|From:||Coylum Bridge (NH915107)|
|To:||Cairngorm Mountain (NH988062)|
|Distance:||7.4 miles (11.9 km)|
|Former Number(s):||A951, B970?|
|Route outline (key)|
The C1126 climbs up from Coylum Bridge near Aviemore to the Cairngorm Ski Centre. Whilst the lower section of the road, through Glenmore and past Loch Morlich is an old road, the climb up the mountain was built progressively as part of the development of Aviemore and the Ski centre from the 1960s onwards. This means that the road is a good quality S2 almost throughout - the almost referring to the one way system near the top. Curiously, only the downhill section is part of the C1126, the uphill loop being given a U number instead.
In the 1960s, much of this road was part of the A951, although different maps show the road changing length substantially over the years. It is also possible, that following the declassification of the A951, part of the route may have briefly been a spur of the B970. As it stands, the two routes meet at a TOTSO, priority given to the road from Aviemore to Cairngorm. At the other end, the road stops at the car park entrance. Due to its destination, the road is one of the few C roads in the Highland Council area given priority for winter treatments and snow clearance!