Cairnwell Pass (A93)

[Heading north on the A93 at Spittal of Glenshee]

Running above wooded gorges and through huge glacial valleys, the A93 climbs ever more steeply until the magic 670 metres above sea level is reached in passing the county border from Perth and Kinross into Aberdeenshire. The Cairnwell Pass is the country's highest road, one of its most scenic, and one of the most enjoyable to drive; Top Gear made the trip here to road test the Jaguar F-TYPE in 2013, for example. The steepest climbs and descents are either side of Glenshee Ski Centre (the notorious Devil's Elbow hairpins fortunately now bypassed), but the magnificent Cairngorm scenery extends all the way from Blairgowrie in the south to Braemar in the north. It's also the bane of many a Scottish skier's life; in winter the road can be a different beast altogether, with the long southern approach in particular vulnerable to drifting snow.

[A snowy approach to the ski centre from the north in winter (26/1/13)]

📌 Cairnwell Pass (A93) ★★☆
Location (summit): A93 between Spittal of Glenshee and Braemar, G.R.: NO 142775 ///fast.prelude.estimates
Start (south): Spittal of Glenshee turnoff, G.R.: NO 111702 ///mopped.swerving.elevates
Finish (north): Braemar, G.R.: NO 152915 ///labels.rivers.grasp

Distance: 24 km / 15 miles
Height gain: 330 metres
Type of road: Surfaced A-road, suitable for all vehicles
Open: Almost always: snow closes the pass a few times each winter, mainly overnight
Cost: Free

[Southern approach to the pass, seen from Ben Gulabin (25/11/17)]

[Glenisla junction at Lair (northbound) (25/11/17)]

[Slochnacraig (northbound) (25/11/17)]

[Spittal of Glenshee (northbound) (25/11/17)]

[Gleann Beag (northbound)]

[Gleann Beag (northbound) (25/11/17)]

[Gleann Beag (northbound) (25/11/17)]

[Gleann Beag (northbound) (25/11/17)]

[Gleann Beag (northbound)]

[Gleann Beag (northbound)]

[Final ascent (northbound) (25/11/17)]

[Summit of the pass at Glenshee Ski Centre (northbound)]

[Descent on the north side (northbound)]

[By the Clunie Water (northbound)]

[Clunie Water (northbound)]

[Beginning the descent on the south side (southbound) (25/11/17)]

[Near the old Devil's Elbow hairpins (southbound) (25/11/17)]

[Gleann Beag (southbound) (25/11/17)]

[Gleann Beag (southbound) (25/11/17)]

[Gleann Beag (southbound) (25/11/17)]

[Spittal of Glenshee - not as big as the sign suggests (southbound) (25/11/17)]

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Fatlips Castle

Black Watch Museum & Castle

Walk: Blue Kinnoull views - drama above the Fair City