From the berry producing fields surrounding Blairgowrie through to the farming and estate land of Glenshee and Royal Deeside and the whisky stills of Speyside, the SnowRoads is home to a variety of industries. One which has shaped the land extensively in the past includes cattle farming. The Cateran Trail is a notable example of this. The walking route follows the paths of old Drovers roads which would be used to move farm animals around the region to new grazing spots. You will also now find artists, makers and designers in the communities who are inspired daily by the landscapes, nature and history all around them. Their work is showcased all along the way with exhibitions, shopping and events. Take the opportunity to learn about the past and present industries and the people who contribute to thriving communities across the SnowRoads.
DAY 1: BLAIRGOWRIE
The southern entrance to the SnowRoads is famed as the biggest berry producing region in Scotland. There are various farm shops where you can try the local produce freshly picked from the fields.
Blairgowrie Market, Wellmeadow
In Blairgowrie town centre’s green space, known as the Wellmeadow, a market is held every year from April – September on a Saturday where stalls sell the local fare. Nearby in Alyth, Alyth Craft Tourism offers a chance to learn about willow weaving, pottery and much more.
DAY 2: BRAEMAR
Drop into the Braemar Gallery to see some local art and to Lamont Sporrans to find out if your family has its own unique Scottish tartan fabric. In the centre of the village is St Margaret’s, an A listed building of historic and architectural importance. Since 2015, the Community Trust has been working to restore the building with a full programme of concerts, performances and exhibitions alongside a permanent heritage display. Musicians perform at St Margaret's, Braemar
DAY 3: BALLATER
As you travel to Ballater, look out for the royal wave as you pass cars along the route as it’s not uncommon to see the Queen and other members of the royal family out and about. They stay at Balmoral Castle during August and September. Visit the Royal Lochnagar Distillery which takes its name from a nearby mountain and gained royal status following a visit by Queen Victoria in 1848. A jewel in the Royal Deeside crown and a great place to discover how Scottish whisky is made. Enjoy a dram of 12-year-old single Highland malt at the end of the tour.
The Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Crathie
In Tomintoul, the gallery is the home of the award-winning Batik Arist - Jane Lannagan. The Tomintoul Gallery
It is also just a stone’s throw away from many distilleries including The Glenlivet which is part of the Malt Whisky Trail. Learn about the agriculture industry at the newly refurbished Tomintoul and Glenlivet Discovery Centre.
Just before you enter Grantown at Cromdale be sure to call into Balmenach Distillery home of Caorunn Gin. Carefully handcrafted Gin produced in the Cairngorms, Caorunn is artisanal and small batch. Caorunn, the Gaelic word for Rowan Berry, forms the very soul of the gin. With tours twice daily throughout the week, book ahead to avoid disappointment. Balmenach Distillery, Cromdale
In the village, Smarty Art offers a ceramic painting studio and The Pagoda hosts community events.