Blairgowrie to Braemar
The southern entrance to the SnowRoads is known as Cateran Country. As one of the largest towns in Perthshire, Blairgowrie sits on the banks of the River Ericht and is an ideal place to begin, or end, your SnowRoads adventure. It’s the main start point for the 64-mile circular Cateran Trail which offers a network of walking routes for all abilities and wildlife is frequently spotted at nearby lochs. Winding on your journey you can stop over at the Bridge of Cally and Glenshee for further access to walking and the opportunity to venture into the mountains. Glenshee is known in Gaelic as ‘Gleann Sith’, or Glen of the Fairies, due to its magical atmosphere and it caters for year-round sports against a wild and rugged backdrop. Part of the route here used to include a hair-raising, double-hairpin bend. It was so dangerous that it earned the nickname ‘The Devil’s Elbow’ but, much to the relief of motorists, it was bypassed when a section of the road was straightened.