The Cairnwell

  • Location: Blairgowrie, Cairngorms, Scotland,
  • Other names: A93
  • Distance: 5.0 miles
  • Average gradient: 4%
  • Maximum gradient: 12%
  • Height gain: 328m
  • Summit height: 670 m (2199 ft)
  • KOM time: 18.44 – 16.3 mph
  • 100 climbs: #65
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The Cairnwell is a long climb in the south of the Cairngorms National Park in central Scotland. The first 3 miles of the climb is a very gentle introduction as you rise slowly up the valley floor. It is the last mile and a half where the climb gets testing rising to a 10% gradient. The climb takes you up to Glenshee ski resort so the weather can be quite inclement, but there are wonderful views on the way up and from the top.


Cainwell – looking south in winter

The modern A93 bypasses the old steep hairpins, known as the “devils hairpins”



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