Introducing the SnowRoads Scenic Route

The SnowRoads Scenic Route passes through 90 miles of Scottish countryside and weaves through snow-capped peaks and rugged glens. The route itself celebrates Scotland’s culture and heritage, as well as the country’s beautiful landscapes and untouched hidden treasures. Exploring the SnowRoads will take you right to the heart of the Cairngorms, in what’s being described as a leisurely alternative to the North Coast 500.

The great thing about the SnowRoads is that the route is easily accessible from all major Scottish cities. In fact, they can be entered from the north and south of Scotland, and even from within the central belt. We’ve outlined the distances and estimated travel times below to give you a rough idea of how far away you are from the SnowRoads.

After travelling the scenic route, it’s also really easy to connect to other areas of the Cairngorms National Park and discover everything there is to do on and around the SnowRoads. From world-famous ski centres to traditional art installations created by local communities, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

Our tips for driving the SnowRoads Scenic Route

If you’re planning to do the route, always check the weather forecast before you set off. The 90-mile stretch of beautiful Highland scenery takes you to some of the highest public roads in Britain, which its why it’s so important to follow any weather reports and keep up to date with road closures and travel warnings. Visit Cairngorms has live webcams that are updated every five minutes to help visitors check the snow levels and weather conditions.

The SnowRoads can be pretty tricky to navigate so you’ll need to take extra care. You’ll drive on single-track roads, up steep hills, through blind summits and around tight bends. That’s why it’s important to be aware and courteous of other drivers. Use the passing places to allow other road users to continue their journey and thank others when they do the same for you.

Here are some good things to reminder if you’re voyaging through the SnowRoads:

  • • Keep left.
  • • Seatbelts and child seats are compulsory.
  • • Most cars in the UK are manual transmission so make sure to request an automatic in advance if you’re not comfortable with a manual car.
  • • Always brake gently before bends and blind summits.

If you’re a visitor to the UK, or you’d just like to refresh your knowledge, we’ve put together a list of tips for driving in the UK to help you navigate the journey.

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