Located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, in the Scottish Highlands, the A939 (also known as Lecht Road and Old Military Road) is possibly one of the best roads in the UK. The road includes really steep sections (up to 20%).
This mountain road is 59.6 miles (95.9 km) long. It was built after the Jacobite rising of 1745, and is asphalted. It’s located, literally, in the middle of nowhere: bare landscapes, endless views over mountains, sheep and lambs grazing in the fields around you, and so remotely positioned that you might even spot deer or other wild animals. This road through Glenshee to Braemar was once was an important military road constructed by road builder William Caulfield, an officer in the British Army. Caulfeild was responsible for 900 miles of road and over 600 bridges. Major Caulfeild died in 1767.
The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. It takes you through the kind of sceneries you would expect to see on your drive through Scotland and it is one of those roads that barely has any traffic at all, because most traffic will be on the highway that runs next to the national park. A drive through the Wicklow Mountains is well worth it, bumpy, lots of twists and turns, isolated phone reception at time but pretty.
Exercise extreme caution when passing on-coming traffic, over-taking and around corners in this important military road, which is a high mountain scenic drive, climbing up several passes: Dava Moor 1053 ft (321m); Bridge of Brown 1436 ft (438m); Lecht Ski Centre 2090 ft (637m) and Gairnshiel Summit 1836 ft (550m).
This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. In fact, it’s regularly the first road in Great Britain closed due to snowfall between Cock Bridge and Tomintoul.The road layout is fantastic with beautiful curves mixed with some rollercoaster-like ups and downs that makes you think you maybe should have skipped that piece of cake on your last coffee stop. A road that should not be missed out on!