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A93 Road

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The A93 Road runs 108 miles between Perth and Aberdeen.

The 33 mile section between Blairgowrie and Braemar is one of the top Roads to travel in Scotland, passing through the Cairnwell Pass at 670m / 2,199ft, highest main road in the UK.

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The Road passes right through the middle of the Glenshee Ski Centre with a large Diner with mountain views. Large Image.

You can also take a Chairlift most of the year to the top of the 933m / 3,061ft Cairnwell mountain for amazing views. Large Image.

The 3 Mountains over 3,000ft at the Ski Centre are the Cairnwell 933m / 3,061ft, Carn Aosda 917m / 3,009ft, and on the east side of the road, Glas Maol 1,068m / 3,504ft. Mountains Map.

The image top is of Blairgowrie Centre. Second top is of the A93 looking north towards the Spittal of Glenshee.

Dalmunzie House Hotel is about 1 mile up a country road at the Spittal of Glenshee.

The Spittal of Glenshee Bridge is next to the A93, only a very short detour.

Next to the Bridge is the Spittal of Glenshee Church.

From the Spittal of Glenshee, the road goes up into the Cairnwell Pass. If cloudy, you will be driving through clouds with little visibility, a strange experience.

If sunny, the views are amazing with mountains all around.

There is a sign at the Cairnwell Pass for the start of Aberdeenshire.

At the Pass is the Glenshee Ski Centre with a large Diner named Tee at the Shee.

The Chairlift next to the Diner runs most of the year to just below the top of Cairnwell Mountain. You only have to walk a short distance to the Summit Cairn.

Operators stop and start the Chairlift so you do not need to hop on and off like the Skiers do in winter. Large Top Image.

The road goes steep downhill from the Ski Centre, then runs north beside Clunie Water into the scenic village of Braemar.

A93 Road History

1746 - the Battle of Culloden led to the defeat of the Jacobite's by Government forces.

This led to the Government building a number of Forts around the Highlands of Scotland to prevent any more Jacobite Uprisings.

The government also began building better roads to these Forts.

1749 - construction began on the Military Road between Blairgowrie and Fort George by Inverness.

This road passed through Glenshee and Braemar.

1900s - the road between Blairgowrie and Braemar was upgraded a number of times with some sections following the old road, and others alongside the old road.

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