Think Scotland, think ancient castles. Mountains too, of course, and perhaps an osprey wheeling above a Highland stream. Whisky probably comes to mind, along with golf, a side of leaping salmon, or maybe a glassy loch or thundering waterfall. These things are quintessential Scotland, and all can be experienced on the recently launched Heart 200 touring route.”

Few places are better suited to a road trip than Scotland, and one of the best is the newly launched Heart 200 route, which loops around Stirling, Highland Perthshire and the Trossachs to combine some of central Scotland’s best attractions in one easy trip.

I’ve done many a drive on this route over the years, stopping off at some of Scotland’s most dramatic castles (such as Stirling Castle, pictured), one of its loveliest lochs (Loch Tay) and one of its very best hotels (glorious Gleneagles).

My most recent trip was just last month, when my family and I discovered the beautiful woodland of southern Perthshire and I was delighted to write up my adventures on the Heart 200 for Britain magazine’s current issue.

Read my article on the Heart 200 for Britain magazine here