The service connects the towns and villages of Crieff, Comrie, St Fillans, Lochearnhead, Killin, Kenmore, Acharn and Aberfeldy on a circular route, providing easy access to the area’s top tourist attractions including Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Dewar’s World of Whisky, the Birks Cinema, the Scottish Crannog Centre and Highland Safaris.
Running both clockwise and anti-clockwise four-times daily to a scheduled timetable, the bus offers visitors and residents the means to have a perfect day out in Breadalbane, accommodating space for bikes, buggies and well behaved dogs at no extra cost.
With their 8-bike trailers and passing by many popular walk locations, the Explorer opens up the area to linear walks and cycle routes which otherwise can only be undertaken using two cars. With major events such as the 2014 Ryder Cup literally taking place on their doorstep later this year, organisers expect there will be a rise in demand for the service as more visitors than ever are expected to flock to the area.
About Breadalbane - The Gaelic words Bràghad Albainn mean 'the high ground of Scotland', a fitting name as the dominant mountain, Ben Lawers, is the highest in Scotland outside the Nevis and Cairngorm ranges.Although the area is centred on the upper reaches of the Tay River and loch system, it has no exact geographic definition. Here we use the centuries-old name of Breadalbane to tell you about the many attractions that can you enjoy, year-round, in the basin of the upper Tay from Tyndrum in the west to Kenmore in the east, from Glen Lyon in the north to Balquhidder and Strathyre in the south, and in Strathearn from Lochearnhead to Comrie. The western half of Breadalbane lies within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Breadalbane is not just a summer destination. Winter hill walking is popular, as is ski mountaineering when conditions permit. Deer stalking and shooting continue through the winter months and it is possible to fish all year round. And what better time to visit a distillery than on a chilly winter day!
Known widely as “Rob Roy” country, the Breadalbane area is actively promoted by the Breadalbane Tourism Co-operative who developed the Ring of Breadalbane Explorer service and have won a Scottish Thistle Award for their innovative approach to opening up the area to visitors.
The 2014 Explorer service is funded by: Transport Scotland Bus Investment Fund, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Perth & Kinross Council, Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership (tactran) and the Breadalbane Tourism Co-operative.
The Co-operative is further enhancing the visitor experience this year by launching The Rings of Breadalbane, complementing the Explorer bus service with a number of walking, cycling, golfing and angling circular routes to guide visitors through the stunning highland scenery of Breadalbane. The project has secured funding from Visit Scotland’s Growth Fund to assist with its promotion.
To help visitors get the best out of the service, the website has a series of day trips using the Breadalbane Explorer that have been recommended by local people
For more information on timetables, events etc telephone 01567 820 527 or visit the website www.breadalbane.org
Using the Breadalbane Explorer would be a great way of seeing the area while on a holiday in central Scotland and staying in one of Cooper Cottages self-catering holiday cottages.