Explorers of the Snow Roads, (in Gaelic referred to as “Slighean Sneachda”), will discover the most spectacular, unspoiled and wild landscapes on the Eastern side of the Cairngorms National Park.

The 90-mile journey winds its way from the picturesque market town of Blairgowrie through to the Highland village of Grantown on Spey. With the highest public road in Britain part of the route, enjoy breath-taking scenery at every turn including a mysterious glimpse of snow on the hill tops almost all year round. Live like locals during your travels, in the communities of Braemar, Ballater and Tomintoul and experience a range of natural and cultural attractions from historic Balmoral Castle to Royal Lochnagar and Balmenach distilleries.

Dozens of walking opportunities await including tracks to impressive geological features such as the Burn O’Vat and Linn of Dee, all peppered with native flora and fauna and wildlife.

The Snow Roads are slow roads. Take your time to enjoy the views, villages and attractions along the route. You will experience steep hills, “blind” summits, tight bends and single track roads on part of the route so be sure to drive with care and courtesy. On narrow sections please be aware of other drivers and use passing places to allow others to continue on their way.

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