Cairngorms National Park

View of Glen Isla, Caenlochan National Nature Reserve

Scenic routes

Whether travelling by bike or car, there are plenty of places to stop and take in the natural beauty of the landscape.

Cotgarff View Point
Corgarff View Point

Cairngorms National Park ‘Snow Roads’

Scottish Scenic Routes is an initiative which aims to provide models for new and innovative design along scenic routes that encourage motorists to stop and enjoy the outstanding landscapes of Scotland.

In the Cairngorms we are developing the ‘Snow Roads Scenic Route’ running from Blairgowrie to Grantown-on-Spey, via Braemar and Tomintoul, and over two high mountain roads at Glenshee and Lecht.

Recently graduated architects and landscape architects and those qualified within the last five years were invited to submit proposals for fully realisable structures to be constructed along the proposed route.

The first structure on this route is known as ‘The Watchers’ which has specially designed seats that allow to appreciate the wonderful view of Corgarff Castle and the surrounding mountains. See for yourself by scrolling around the video below.


Two other installations are in currently in development making this dramatic and wild drive even more attractive.

The Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative is supported by:

  • Scottish Government
  • Transport Scotland
  • Visit Scotland
  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority
  • Cairngorms National Park Authority
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Scottish Canals
  • Forestry Commission Scotland
  • Sustrans
  • Edinburgh Napier University