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Action and Adventure on the SnowRoads: 5 days

The Snow Roads offers 90 miles of sporting pursuits including a vast network of bike and walking trails. Hill walking is a huge draw and the route offers access to some of Scotland’s famous Munros - mountains over 3,000 feet in height. Backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, golfing, hillwalking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing: You name it. The Snow Roads offers huge opportunities to access the outdoors and, with a diverse range of activities, offers options for all abilities. The challenge of traversing the two highest public roads in Scotland, with all their twists and turns, has seen adventurers come back time and time again to set themselves against the route. This itinerary offers just a taster of the Snow Roads’ great outdoors.

DAY 1: BLAIRGOWRIE

Blairgowrie sits on the banks of the River Ericht.  Why not take a guided kayak tour down the river?  It’s a great way to take in the scenery and enjoy the banter of a local guide.  Stop for some lunch before you wind through Glenshee. 

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Glenshee mountains in snow

The ski area here boasts the largest lift system in the UK with over 38 runs over three valleys.  It’s wild, rugged backdrop adds extra thrills for any explorer on skis, foot or bike.  You’ll also find year-round sports and activities including llama trekking, geocaching, stalking, shooting and fishing.     

DAY 2: BRAEMAR

Onwards to Braemar, a great base for adventure along the Snow Roads.  It’s an ideal stopover for those planning to do some hiking including access to the Lairig Ghru from the Linn of Dee.  Play a round of golf here and you can boast that you’ve played on Scotland’s highest 18-hole golf course. 

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Braemar Golf Course 

DAY 3: BALLATER

On day three check-out the Royal Deeside area including Ballater for some cycling.  The village is surrounded by circular routes typically lasting between one and four hours.
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A family cycles in Deeside

The Old Deeside Railway cycle route is especially suitable for families with tearooms and river-side views. The Bike Safari route is great for spotting wildlife including Buzzards, Red Squirrel, Osprey and Highland Cattle and the Glen Muick to Glen Girnock route offers a little more adventure.  There are two bike shops in the village for hire and guidance.  

DAY 4: TOMINTOUL

Any thrill seeker coming to Scotland needs to bag one of Scotland’s famous Munros - mountains over 3,000 feet in height.  A favourite visitor activity in Tomintoul is scaling the town’s own Munro, Ben Avon, followed by a tipple in one of the local eateries.

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DAY 5: GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY

Set in a stunning location on the banks of the River Spey, there is a glut of outdoor activities in Grantown.  There’s easy access to two national walking routes, the Speyway and the Davaway, salmon and trout fishing, mountain biking, golf, tennis and an activity centre. 
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Anagach Woods, Grantown