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most stress-free way to drive from Cairnryan to Gardenstown (Aberdeenshire)?

Hi everybody, I am looking for a little reassurance and some practical advice. Coming to Scotland from Ireland in 3 weeks time for 2 weeks holiday with husband and 2 daughters, and very much looking forward to it except for the first long day of driving! I am the sole driver as my husband is partially sighted, and I am normally perfectly competent and confident, but I find myself a bit angsty about this trip, partly because it's my first time driving onto a large ferry, and partly because on a recent trip to Belfast I had a slight scrape on a roundabout and am now a touch nervy about unfamiliar road layouts. To relieve some of the stress we are planning to break the journey overnight, maybe around Perth. I would greatly appreciate any insight anyone might have on the best route (motorway or secondary?), any nasty bits that I should go out of my way to avoid, and indeed where might be a good halfway point to stop (at the moment I'm thinking Travelodge in Perth, but open to suggestions). (The reason for taking on such a long drive, by the way, is that I worked for a while in Aberdeen and Inverness -  I didn't drive at the time-and have friends up there- second week will be in North Berwick near another old friend.  But I should be used to the driving by then!). Many thanks in advance for any help.

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  • El_EEl_E Member
    Thanks Muriel, seeing it like that does make it look easy (actually we drove that way when I moved to Aberdeen 13 years ago but it wasn't me driving!). I'm half thinking that we might stick to the main road the first day and then go cross-country from Perth... but then again the coast road through Stonehaven and past Dunottar is really nice so we might just keep it simple. I will be fine I think, once I get over the ferry bit! Thanks again. Can't wait for my kids' first experience of Scotland, my husband and I already love it (we got married in Aberdeenshire).
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