Fire Arms Braemar

Places to stay

90 miles of stopovers

When it comes to finding accommodation for your SnowRoads holiday, look no further than this list of local places to stay.

Stay for one night or a week, go luxury with a boutique hotel, or get into the outdoors with a campsite. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s an array of wonderful places just waiting to welcome you.

Snowroads AccommodatioN

Four unique SnowRoads areas, all with 100% Scottish hospitality…

Blairgowrie to Braemar 

This section of the SnowRoads is incredibly diverse, taking in the large Perthshire town of Blairgowrie and one of three art installations you’ll pass on the route, at the Devil’s Elbow in Glenshee. There are bed and breakfasts peppered along the way, as well as camping options, hostels and cottages. In Braemar, you can opt for all-out comfort at the 5-star Fife Arms. It’s the accommodation of choice for A-listers, royalty – and SnowRoaders searching for a luxurious experience! 

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The Fife Arms in Braemar
Habitat at Ballater Hostel
Ballater Hostel

Braemar to Ballater

While we non-Royals are unable to book an overnight stay at Balmoral Castle, there are plenty of other options in the surrounding area. Accommodation in this section of the route includes bothies, bunkhouses, bed and breakfasts,  and boutique hotels such as the five-star Balmoral Arms. Visitors can also book into Balmoral’s holiday cottages and, from late 2024, the Balmoral hostel, too.

Ballater to Tomintoul

As you summit the steep hills surrounding the Lecht Ski Centre and pass the snow gates, which are ready to be closed at the sign of worsening weather (but there’s always a safe alternative route), you’ll understand what inspired the SnowRoads name. Along with hotels with roaring fires and beautiful B&Bs, there are a few more unusual places to stay in this section of the SnowRoads. Among them are camping pods, tipis and Candacraig, a 15th-century house that was once home to Scottish legend Sir Billy Connolly.

The Dell at Glenlivet
Grant Arms Hotel

Tomintoul to Grantown-on-Spey 

The Tomintoul and Glenlivet area of the Cairngorms National Park, which you pass through in this section of the SnowRoads, is a Dark Sky Park. Low light pollution offers stellar stargazing opportunities – making it the ideal spot to opt for a cottage or cabin with a hot tub. Bustling Grantown-on-Spey, the SnowRoads start or finish point, is a popular place to explore for a few nights, with its numerous independent shops and coffee places. Visitors love staying at The Grant Arms Hotel, located in the town centre.

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