5 Days of action and adventure on the SnowRoads

The SnowRoads offers 90 miles of sporting adventure, including a vast network of biking, hiking and walking trails.

Access some of Scotland’s famous Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet), such as Lochnagar, Mayar and Glas Maol, situated near Glenshee ski centre. Or choose from a range of other activities such as cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, golfing, mountain climbing, mountain biking, fishing – you name it. The SnowRoads offer dozens of opportunities for outdoor exploration to suit all needs and abilities. 

The challenge of traversing the two highest public roads in Scotland has lured cycling adventurers back, time and time again, to set themselves against the clock. But for those taking the slow travel route, searching for new and exciting ways to experience the landscape of the Cairngorms National Park, we’ve mapped out an action- and adventure-packed five-day itinerary. So all you have to do is get on the open road and let Scotland do the rest.


Blairgowrie sits on the banks of the River Ericht. Why not take a guided kayak tour down the river? It’s a great way to take in the scenery and enjoy the banter of a local guide. Plus, there are plenty of local cafés and eateries for you to stop at before you wind through Glenshee. 

With more than 38 runs over three valleys, the ski area boasts the largest lift system in the UK. With one of the lifts also open in summer, the wild, rugged backdrop is ideal territory for any explorer on foot or bike. You’ll also find year-round sports and activities in this area, including llama trekking, geocaching, stalking, shooting, and fishing.     

Glenshee Ski Resort

A short distance away is Glenshee Ski Centre, open in winter and summer! Summer in the mountains never looked so good with plenty of activities to keep you thrill seekers and outdoor adventurers busy during the warmer months.

Linn of Dee


Onwards to Braemar, with plenty of activities available to get your adrenaline fix. It’s an ideal stopover for those planning to do some hiking, particularly with access to the stunning mountain pass, the Lairig Ghru. Starting (or finishing) at the Linn of Dee, the 19-mile route winds through the Cairngorms, from Deeside to Speyside.

Explore Britain’s largest National Nature Reserve at Mar Lodge Estate, immerse yourself in the wild landscapes of this estate, at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

Enjoy a round of golf at Braemar Golf Club and boast that you’ve played on Scotland’s highest 18-hole golf course. 


Cycling is one of the best ways to explore Ballater and the surrounding Royal Deeside countryside. With Ballater Bike Station offering hire and guidance, you’re in good hands.  

On the outskirts of the village, multiple circular routes – spanning between one and four hours long – await you. The wild terrain and scenery of the Glen Muick to Glen Girnock mountain biking route is perfect for an adventurous day out. For those searching for a more relaxed pedal, the Old Deeside Railway cycle is just the ticket. Plus you’re in for a treat with charming cafés and tearooms along the way serving up delicious coffee, cake, lunches and stunning riverside views. View our cycling routes for Ballater here.

Cairngorms Cycle Routes
Image: North East Adventure Tourism – Rob Grew

The Bike Safari route is a favourite of nature lovers. See if you can spot some of the region’s captivating wildlife, including buzzards, highland coos (cows), red squirrels and ospreys. 

If skiing’s more your style, drive onwards to the Lecht Ski Centre – a dreamy spot for soaking up winter in the highlands. 

NB: In heavy snow conditions, the snow gates might be shut. Be sure to check weather conditions ahead, either through the ski centre webcam or by checking Traffic Scotland.

Still viewpoint near Tomintoul


Any thrillseekers coming to Scotland need to bag one of Scotland’s famous Munros. Passing by Tomintoul, you might be tempted up the town’s own Munro, Ben Avon. Upon completion, mull over the day’s adventures over a tipple at the whisky shop of dreams, Whisky Castle.


Set in a stunning location on the banks of the River Spey, Grantown offers buckets of outdoor activities for solo adventures, couples, and large groups alike. Two national walking routes – the Speyside Way and the Dava Way – are easily accessible, as are salmon and trout fishing, mountain biking, golf, and tennis. Plus, you’re only a stone’s throw away from other local mountains for hiking and skiing, such as Cairngorm Mountain. 

KJ delivering bread near Grantown on Spey. Image: Ed Smith

And for the best adventure fuel or mountaintop feast, pop into KJ’s Bothy Bakery for the most delicious cinnamon buns, bakes, and sandwiches your tastebuds will ever know.

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