Route Cairngorm Classic Distance 133 miles Description Old Military Road is worth the trip alone
Scotland has an unusually high proportion of epic riding roads and this route through the Cairngorm mountains is one of the classic runs. Leaving behind the A9, which has been controversially coated in speed cameras, and heading into Perth starts off the more interesting way to make your way north. Cross the River Tay and head north on the east coast, then follow signs for Blairgowrie as you take a short section of A85 and then a long stretch of A93.
The A93, also known as the Old Military Road, starts out easily and then becomes more involving as you head north past the Spittal of Glenshee. Turning left at Crathie takes you over the moor through Cock Bridge (stopping for the compulsory photo with the town sign) and Tomintoul before the final run down to Grantownon-spey.
The direct route to Inverness from here is to head west to the A9 and cruise, but it’s more fun to finish off the Old Military Road to the north before following the coast of the Moray Firth back along to Inverness and settling down after a good day’s riding.
NORTH FROM PERTH A85 – BLAIRGOWRIE LEFT A93 – BLAIRGOWRIE LEFT A93 – BRIDGE OF CALLY
RIGHT A93 – CRATHIE LEFT – B976 – TOR NA HAISH LEFT – A939 – GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY RIGHT – A939 – HOUSEHILL LEFT – B9101/B9090 – INVERNESS AIRPORT LEFT – A96 - INVERNESS
The UK’S finest roads are north of the border. Go ride them