Google came to Perth

Google came to Perth Scotland and was seen mapping the streets of this picturesque city known previously as a town. Perth was formerly the largest town in Scotland. When Perth became a city Blairgowrie now holds the title as Scotland’s largest town.

Google comes to Perth
Google Comes to Perth

Blairgowrie – the gateway to Glenshee

Blairgowrie is now known as the gateway to Glenshee which claims that it has the highest main road in the United Kingdom.

Glenshee highest road in Scotland
Glenshee highest road in the UK

Video courtesy of Braemar Media

Cairnwell Pass (Highland)

The Cairnwell Pass is a mountain pass on the A93 between Glenshee and Braemar. The Cairnwell Pass is the highest main road in the United Kingdom reaching an altitude of 670m (2199 ft). The pass follows the military road built by William Caulfeild in the 1750s and was used by drovers to take cattle and sheep to market.

A mile south of the summit is the Devil’s Elbow, a double-hairpin bend climbing at a gradient of 33%. The Devil’s Elbow has been bypassed since the road was rerouted in the 1960s but can still be walked or cycled.

Devils Elbow Glensee Scotland
Devils Elbow 1954
Courtesy Alex H Hamilton
Devils Elbow Glenshee 2010
Devils Elbow 2010
Courtesy Colin Prior

The original photograph shows the Queen and Prince Philip negotiating this section of the road on their way to Balmoral.