The Lecht Road runs 38 miles between
Grantown on Spey in Speyside
and Ballater in Aberdeenshire.
This is one op the most Top Roads in
Scotland to Drive or Cycle, through the
scenic Grampian Mountains where it passes
2090 Ski Centre at 2,090 feet.
See also a large Click On
Map for Top Attractions in the area.
The Image top is of the Main Street in
Grantown on Spey, gateway to Speyside for the
many Single Malt Whisky
Distilleries. Grantown on Spey was built
Grantown East is an Old Railway
Station about 1 mile southeast of Grantown on
Spey, now a Heritage Centre with a Cafe/Diner.
This Station was operated from 1863 to
One third of a mile east of Grantown East is
the start of The Lecht Road, also known as the
Old Military Road, or A939 Road.
1746 - the Battle of Culloden led to the
defeat of the Jacobite's, then the Government
building Military Roads throughout the
Highlands, to prevent an more Jacobite
This Mountain Road was one of many Military
Roads built from that time, to help bring Law
and Order to the Highlands.
These Military Roads
were like Roman Roads, mainly built with large
1820s - Macadam Roads were
built, some over the Military Roads, made from
different sizes of small stones, packed down to
make an even surface.
1895 - the first Cars were imported into
Scotland, creating a lot of dust when traveling
fast over the Macadam Roads.
1902 - Tar was sprayed on the Macadam Roads
to prevent dust, beginning of modern day
8 miles along the Lecht Road you pass the
Bridge of Brown Tearoom.
5 miles past Bridge of Brown you arrive at
Tomintoul Village. At 345m / 1,132ft,
this is claimed to be the Highest Village in
the Highlands. The Highest Village in Scotland
is the Lead Mining Village of Wanlockhead
in Southern Scotland at 410m / 1,350ft.
Tomintoul was built for Alexander
Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon, from 1775.
7 miles south of Tomintoul is the Lecht 2090 Ski Centre, at 2,090
feet above sea level. This Ski Centre was built
up from the 1970s, most northerly Ski Centre in
Cock Bridge is 6 miles south of the Lecht
2090, now only a Small Bridge and a few
is under half of a mile west of Cock Bridge,
built from 1530 for the Elphinstone family, now
open for visits.
15 miles south of Cock Bridge you arrive at
Ballater, one of a number of interesting Towns
west of Aberdeen. Ballater was established in