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Cateran Ecomuseum


Some of the most outstanding landscapes in the Eastern Cairngorms

The SnowRoads Scenic Route is a 90-mile journey which takes you from the picturesque market town of Blairgowrie at the southern end of the Cateran Ecomuseum area to the traditional Highland town of Grantown-on-Spey.

This itinerary, starting in Blairgowrie, will guide you along the SnowRoads for about 19 miles as far as the Spittal of Glenshee.

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It will take you through some of the most outstanding landscapes in the Eastern Cairngorms and offer you the opportunity to slow down and stop off at a number of historic places along the way.

The SnowRoads are slow roads. Take your time to enjoy the views and points of interest along the route. You will experience steep hills, ‘blind’ summits, tight bends and single-track roads in part so be sure to drive with care and courtesy. On narrow sections, please be aware of other road users and use passing places to allow others to go by safely and continue on their journey.

You may wish to start your day by enjoying one of our walking itineraries in Blairgowrie - A Spin Along the Ericht - which tells the story of the town's textile mills.

And you can add another loop to your excursion which will take you to the eastern side of the Ecomuseum by following this itinerary here.

You can read more about the full SnowRoads Scenic Route here and find out more about each point of interest in our itinerary below.

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Photographs: Markus Stitz

Points to visit

Along the way you will find these points of interest:

  • Bridge of Cally

    The leading entrance to the Highland Glens. Bridge of Cally is small village just north of Blairgowrie through which the Cateran Trail runs. The village sits at the junction of the glens Glenshee and Strathardle where they combine to form a third,...

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  • Dalrulzion Forest

    The site of a number of iron age round houses. Dalrulzion is a name given to a particular form of iron age house building style with double walls. They are so named because there are many examples of this type of ancient building within the forest....

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  • Clach Na Coileach

    The gathering place of the Clan MacThomas. Just south of Finegand, in Glenshee, is a large glacial erratic stone. There are many erratics in this glacial landscape but the thing that makes this stone special is that it is now the gathering place for...

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  • Caulfeild’s Military Bridge

    The military story behind some of Scotland’s roads. Major William Caulfeild, the British government’s Inspector of Roads from 1732 to 1767, was responsible for building new roads and bridges in the Highlands of Scotland, the aim of...

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  • Glenshee Kirk

    A traditional Parish Church built on the site of an old standing stone. Glenshee Kirk is built on the site of a late Neolithic, early Bronze Age (c 3,000 – c 2,100 BC) standing stone, which can still be seen behind the Church. It is a good...

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  • Diarmuid’s Tomb

    One of many legends in Glenshee connected to Finn mac Cumhaill. Dhiarmaid or Diarmuid O’Duibne (“of the bright face”) was one of the legendary Finn mac Cumhaill’s most trusted warriors. It is said that he is buried in this mound and that...

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  • The Caterans

    The story behind the word Cateran. ‘Cateran’ derives from the Gaelic word ceatharn meaning ‘warrior’, but usually one that is lightly armed. The term was originally given to a band of fighting men of a Scottish Highland clan but in the...

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