|Distance:||13.2 miles (21.2 km)|
|Meets:||A9, A86, B970, A95|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9152 follows the old route of the A9 in Strathspey.
We start in an end-on junction with the A86 east of Kingussie, with that road providing the slip roads onto the A9. The road's entire length, some 13 miles, is then spent heading northeastwards along the valley, sandwiched between the A9 and the railway line, with the River Spey just beyond that.
At times the A9 is just a hedgerow away on the left and if that road is blocked by lorries, we may find ourselves 'overtaking' its traffic! However the new dual carriageway section has sped up progress a bit. In Kincraig, a minor road crosses the Spey to join the B970 on the far side of the valley, and then we briefly pick up a section of military road, which was built through the valley 250 or more years ago. After the 'village' of Alvie has flashed past, we pass a very short spur linking to the A9, and then a mile later a spur of the B970 turns east, leading into the heart of the Cairngorms and the Ski Centre.
We are now in Aviemore, a small town with a big reputation as a tourist destination. It is always busy, whether with summer holidaymakers, mountain climbers, or skiers and winter sports fanatics. It is also home to the Strathspey Steam Railway. There are plans for a major redevelopment of the hotel complex too, which may see the town become even busier. With a bit of luck, however, we are soon through (unless of course you've been tempted to stop and see what all the fuss is about) and a mile further on we terminate on the A95 at a TOTSO. It is now that road's turn to follow the old A9 route.