Perth to Inverness through the Cairngorms National Park
North of Balmoral on the B976 RP 11
Perth to Inverness through the Cairngorms National Park.
This route starts from a McDonald's where there is a hotel and fuel station nearby. It travels through the breathtakingly beautiful Cairngorms National Park on the Old Military Road A93. As the road heads north from Perth, you start to get glimpses of the snow covered peaks and expectations of your ride to come. You will not be disappointed, the views along this route will take your breath away. The beauty of the heather covered mountains, the crystal clear waters of the rivers and streams and the conifer woodlands are almost too beautiful to take in, you need to make frequent stops on this route to fully absorb it all.
The route follows the magnificent River Dee from Braemar to Balmoral. Carry on for 200 m past route point 10 to visit Balmoral Castle. You never know, you might see her majesty!
I have added a coffee/snack stop at Tomintoul, route point 15. There are several Whisky distillers in the area and there just happens to be a Whisky shop here too! I would allow a minimum of 5 hours to complete this route, this will allow plenty of time for photographs.

We rode this route in May 2016 as part of our Lands End to John O'Groats tour, I have awarded 5***** stars for this route as it has everything that a great motorcycle ride needs. Excellent roads and scenery and plenty of sights to see.
Links for the two hotels are below this review.
Gairnshiel Bridge RP 12
Old Military Road A93 Cairngorms National Park.
Useful links:
Start hotel. Travelodge Perth
End Hotel. Travelodge Inverness

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