October 8, 2008 - 5.0
I rode from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and took the scenic route. From Perth, follow the signs for Scone, and from Old Scone to Blairgowrie you get some god stuff, but between Blairgowrie and Braemar it is simply motorcycling nirvana.
Food & Fuel
Just after old Scone there is a snack caravan that does tea and bacon rolls. Petrol in Blairgowrie, Braemar has the Hungry highlander which si popular among bikers.
Twisties, straights, mountains, forest, this road has it all,and the traffic is usually quite light. In winter it gets busy with people heading to Glenshee ski area, but thatll be in winter in snowy conditions. Otherwise youre likely to meet the occassional tractor or christian motorist. There are plenty of places to pass them, but some seriously twisty parts where you may want to hold off until youve got visibility.
The surface is good. Not track smooth, but for a highland road it is quite smooth. The bridge after Blairgowrie has been replaced by an excellent twisty section that is brand new and is fantasticlaly smooth. Black ice starts here in October and can last until early April.
Police do pass through here, usually in land rovers, but they are few and far between. If you do get stopped for speeding just remember that if they ask you why theyve stopped you, make sure they tell you its for speeding, not you telling them! Also if they have the radar gun remember to ask if they have the paperwork to confirm that its been calibrated for that day. Its unlikely to happen but you never know.