The Snow Roads

[The Snow Road south of Glenshee Ski Centre]

The Snow Roads is a recently-created, 90-mile scenic route (on existing roads) through Scotland's eastern Highlands. En route from Blairgowrie in the south to Grantown-on-Spey in the north, the journey takes in two of the UK's highest roads (the Cairnwell Pass and the Lecht Pass) and fabulous views of the Cairngorms National Park. In an age of rising temperatures, the road might seem optimistically named; indeed, while snow by the roadside is possible from November to April, it's certainly not guaranteed. However, catch it after a rare winter storm when walls of snow on either side dwarf the size of your car and you might understand the rationale. We think it's a great driving route at any time of year, and an excellent (slower) alternative to the busy A9 if you're driving north from the Central Belt. Art installations have been commissioned at various points on the route to liven up the already beautiful panoramas; beyond these, there are dozens of places of interest to stop off, and a list showing those featured on SOBT can be found here (or look at our map page).

[Alongside the Clunie Water, south of Braemar (November 2015)]

Name: The Snow Roads ★★★★☆
Location (middle): A93 near Easter Balmoral, G.R.: NO 290956 ///ruffling.playroom.snowmen
Start: Blairgowrie, G.R.: NO 179453 ///deaf.icebergs.splits
Finish: Grantown-on-Spey, G.R.: NJ 032277 ///signature.lawn.grunt

Distance: 143 km / 89 miles
Height gain: 620 metres
Type of road: Surfaced A-roads, some single track sections
Open: Almost always: snow closes the passes several times each winter, occasionally for a few days at a time
Cost: Free

[Descending the north side of the Lecht Pass (December 2017)]



[Approaching the hairpins at Bridge of Brown (December 2017)]

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