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

Cainwell – looking south in winter

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