GREAT RIDES

Route Cairn­gorm Clas­sic Dis­tance 133 miles De­scrip­tion Old Mil­i­tary Road is worth the trip alone

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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

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