Road: A93 The Cairnwell

[Approaching the final climb north of 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 A93 is the country's highest road and one of its most scenic - 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 (January 2013)]

Name: A93 The Cairnwell ★★☆
Location (summit): A93 between Spittal of Glenshee and Braemar, G.R.: NO 142775 / fast prelude estimates

Distance (Blairgowrie to Braemar): 53 km / 33 miles
Height gain: 610 metres
Type of road: Surfaced A-road
Open: Always, except for weather-related closures (usually overnight and snow-related, in winter or spring)
Cost: Free

[A93 near Spittal of Glenshee]


Popular posts from this blog

Bangour Village Hospital


Scottish Fisheries Museum