A stunning 2-night mini break on the SnowRoads in Scotland

Sometimes all we need is a bit of escapism. And where better for that than the SnowRoads in the Scottish Highlands?

Spanning 90 miles of the Cairngorms National Park, the route offers up the very best of Scotland: epic mountain scenery, romantic hotels, outdoor sports, magnificent wildlife, and stunning architectural sites. 

So whether you’re scouting ideas for a last-minute weekend break or planning a romantic getaway, set the SnowRoads as your destination. For inspiration, check out our two-night break itinerary, but of course, you don’t have to stop at two nights, you could spend so much longer!


Start your adventure with a hearty breakfast in one of the many lovely cafés in Blairgowrie, one of Perthshire’s largest towns.

To aid digestion, take a short walk from the village centre along the River Ericht to Cargill’s Leap. The famous Covenanter, Donald Cargill, was said to have escaped government troops by jumping across the narrow gorge. Today the location is far more tranquil, making it the perfect place to listen to relaxing river sounds as you take in the scenery around you. 

The war memorial in Blairgowrie town square

When you’re ready to hit the road, pull in at Persie Distillery to discover more about the Scottish gin industry. 

In the afternoon, stock up on Instagram-worthy photo opportunities — both at llama trekking, and the Connecting Contours art installation at Glenshee – before making your way to the much-loved Braemar, a village rich in history. 

Visit two nearby castles  – either Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s Scottish home, or the community-run Braemar Castle, which also offers guided tours. Balmoral visitors can also stroll through the estate’s stunning grounds and gardens, an idyllic romantic activity for two or a fun excursion for larger groups. 

In the evening, check into one of Braemar’s idyllic bed and breakfasts or hotels before diving into the area’s local culinary delights – whether that’s at the five-star Fife Arms or the many other charming bars and restaurants on your doorstep. 

Glenmuick Parish Church in Ballater


Wake up feeling refreshed, ready to continue your royal adventure in Ballater. Learn about the Old Royal Bridge and the newly restored Old Royal Station, which boasts a restaurant run by the Duke of Rothesay’s charitable trust. 

Continuing further to Glen Tanar Estate, from forest tracks along the meandering Water of Tanar, to climbing, single-track trails across heathery moors, a walk in Glen Tanar is good for the soul.

As you journey onwards, gather more snaps of stunning views and Corgarff Castle from The Watchers art installation before you eventually reach Tomintoul.

Head to the Discovery Centre for tips on how to plan a jam-packed day in the Highlands. Discover the stars at their dark sky exhibition a must-visit before a night under the stars. 

Why not learn about whisky at the area’s many distilleries, such as Tomintoul and Glenlivet, which are just a stone’s throw away? We recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

Tomintoul is also known as one of the best places in the Cairngorms National Park for viewing the night sky. So pack up a picnic blanket, a flask of hot chocolate and some snacks before you head to one of the three Dark Sky Discovery Sites. With the expertise of a local guide, see how many famous constellations you can spot! Local businesses have stargazing kits to help you plan your night.


Finish off your tour in Grantown-on-Spey, where a bustling high street full of delightful shops awaits. You’ll discover galleries, markets, cafés, a candle shop, pottery painting and more. If you need more of a nature fix, you’ll find a host of walking opportunities nearby, many offering views of the River Spey, the Cairngorms, Ben Rinnes and the Cromdale Hills. 

Walking through the Anagach Woods in Grantown on Spey

Plus, if two nights hasn’t been enough, you’re now excellently located for exploring Scotland’s many other favourite tourist routes such as the Malt Whisky Trail and the North Coast 500, with the start point only a little further north in Inverness. Or explore the rest of the Cairngorms National Park.

Uncover wild landscapes, historic tales, grand days out and more.

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