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Learn about Scotland's fascinating and complex history at each and every turn of your SnowRoads adventure.

Lecht Mine (Well of the Lecht)

Iron ore was mined here between 1730 and 1737 and from 1841 manganese was mined.  At its peak more than 60 men worked at the mine but operations ceased in 1846 due to the falling price of maganese.

Today only the building of the... read more

Lecht Mine (Well of the Lecht)

A pleasant short walk from the car park takes you to the isolated site of the Lecht Mine, a former iron and manganese mining site.

Well of the Lecht
Between the Lecht and Tomintoul

Oakbank Mill

The mill originally worked as a flax mill, but laterly was mostly spinning jute. 

It was built by James Grimond and was the first mill in Scotland to spin jute successfully. After the decline of Jute industry the mill was forced... read more

Oakbank Mill

The Oakbank Mill is a three-storey derelict mill building which sits on the banks of the River Ericht at Blairgowrie.

Oakbank Road, Blairgowrie

The Royal Bridge

The Royal Bridge in Ballater was built in 1885 by two engineers, Jenkins and Marr.  It’s a four-arch bridge with dressed-stone arch rings and pinned ashlar spandrels. 

An inscription explains that the first bridge on the site... read more

The Royal Bridge

The Old Royal Bridge in Ballater offers views of the River Dee on the South East side of Ballater. It was opened by Queen Victoria in 1885.

St Margaret's Braemar

The St Margaret’s Project aims to establish an internationally-renowned performance and arts venue in the heart of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park.

It celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Braemar and Royal Deeside... read more

St Margaret's Braemar

St Margaret's Braemar is 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.

http://www.stmargaretsbraemar.org.uk/

Email

07850 758427

Glenshee Rd, Braemar, Ballater AB35 5YQ

The Hidden College at Scalan

The college is in a remote spot at the foot of the Ladder Hills in the Braes of Glenlivet. Visitors today will note that the college is largely invisible until you are very close to the college.

For much of the 18th century,... read more

The Hidden College at Scalan

In 1716 Catholic Bishops established a secret college for priests at Scalan. They chose this remote spot to avoid persecution by Hanoverian soldiers. It was this little seminary that ensured the survival of Catholicism in Scotland and about one hundred priests were trained at Scalan up until 1799.

Chapeltown of Glenlivet
Ballindalloch
AB37 9JS

Strathdon and Corgarff

Strathdon lies in Upper Donside in the Cairngorms National Park.  It’s an area rich in scenic beauty and places of interest with marvellous opportunities to observe wildlife.  As the River Don winds its way through, the landscape... read more

Strathdon and Corgarff

This remote and tranquil oasis boasts stunning scenery and is the perfect place for wildlife watchers and explorers looking for history and hidden gems.

Glenshee

Glenshee is located in a very central position in Scotland, with all of Scotland’s major cities no more than two hours’ drive away. Offering some of the highest peaks in Scotland, fertile farmland and rolling hills, the rugged landscape of... read more

Glenshee

Glenshee is known as the Glen of the Fairies due to its magical atmosphere and it caters for year-round sports against a rugged backdrop.

http://www.glenofthefairies.co.uk/

Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

Just at the edge of the village of Dinnet, The Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve offers signposted walks through beautiful Deeside woodland and around waterlily clothed Loch Kinord. 

It is a great place for... read more

Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

The Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve offers a blend of signposted woodland walks, wildlife spotting, open water, historic hidden gems, geological features, a visitor centre and picnic areas all in one place.

https://muirofdinnetnnr.wordpress.com/

01339 881667

The Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve
Dinnet
AB34 5NB

Crathie Kirk

The Kirk is situated across the River Dee from Balmoral Castle on a raised elevation. 

There have been places of worship in Crathie since the 6th Century. You can still see the remains of the 14th Century Church... read more

Crathie Kirk

Crathie Kirk is a Church of Scotland place of worship most well known for regular visits by the Queen and Royal Family when they are in residence at Balmoral Castle.

http://braemarandcrathieparish.org.uk/crathie-kirk/

01339 742208

Crathie Kirk
Crathie
Ballater
AB35 5UL

Kinord Cross

The Kinord Cross is a beautifully carved ornate slab, located on the shores of Loch Kinord, which dates to the end of the Pictish era.  Despite the passing of over 1000 years the carving of interlaced pattern remains... read more

Kinord Cross

An excellently preserved Christian monument from the end of the Pictish period, carved in the 9th century.

Kinord Cross
Dinnet
AB34 5NB