ON SCOTLAND’S WINTRY A9 ROAD

The weather forecast was almost, but, not quite as dire as some we have heard before a journey. Nevertheless, if we were going to make the journey we had to travel in daylight.  The forecaster warned. that with the temperatures being low, driving conditions could be icy and in addition, there was snow expected on high ground, which would move onto lower ground later on.  It was mid February, daylight hours had increased by four minutes a day since the Winter Solstice, so, that meant we now had a decent chunk of additional daylight time in our favour.

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You Can See The Icy Road Ahead.

Being a Tuesday, we expected to encounter a fair amount of commercial traffic.  Most of the commercial vehicles and some streams of cars were all heading in the opposite direction.  In front here, there was a truck and a tanker.

The road, Scotland’s notorious A9, is currently governed by average speed cameras. Vehicles of 7.5 tons or more, are restricted to 50 miles per hour.  Overtaking opportunities were limited, unless you thrived on serious risk-taking.  There being no other road north, It meant that domestic and smaller vehicles were forced to slower speeds for a much of the time.  You see road signs that tell you ‘frustration kills’.

Here we are into the steady upward climb of  ‘higher ground’ as can be seen by the snow-capped hill on the left and the broken white slopes appearing on the right.  Just in case you are wondering, we are on one  of  the sections of dual carriageway on this road.   There are not many.

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Still, onward and upwards…..

Climbing Higher

Climbing Higher still

 

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Mucky Windscreen, then clarity…….

The snowy  marshmallow pillows were lovely

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This is my way of climbing peaks, using four wheels,

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The dual carriageway at this point is on two levels.  Here in the right corner, you can just see a bit of the upper level.

We caught a heavy bout of ‘lower ground weather’ as forecast, just after a quick, a very quick lunch stop:   me darting in to the cafe to buy two coffees to take away.  The rest of the journey, the last hundred miles or so, was punctuated by heavy wind-driven snow and sleet. But, it was still daylight when we reached journey’s end.  We’d done it!

 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “ON SCOTLAND’S WINTRY A9 ROAD

    • Hi AnneMarie,

      You are so right, that white rain stuff can bite back. You certainly have to be mindful and respectful of what mother nature throws at you and how she does it as well. xx

    • Greetings Travelfranzi!

      Thank you for your comment and thanks for stopping by. My thought was the same as yours, I am pleased the camera was able to capture it.

      • I agree Travelfranzi, sometimes pictures do not always reproduce well and especially when you are taking a picture in a car moving at a speed of about 70km – 80Km. I was happy with the result.

        Thanks.

    • Hi Bushka,

      The views were particularly good, the bright but sharp weather was perfect for them.

      Some of my coffee landed up in my lap, I was in such a rush to benefit from it! (It could have been your ration). I can vouch for the liquid warmth, as could my jeans and legs. Sipping while car is turning is not to be recommended. Still, there was plenty left for me to carefully drink for a while. 🙂

  1. What sensational pictures. And I’m pleased to note that you had winter tyres on. They make a major difference to the level of safety. I hope you enjoy wherever you have gone, cold weather and all!

  2. Thank you for the compliment Gilly.

    The weather remains unpredictable, though, that said, it continues to be predictably very cold.

    I could not agree with you more about winter tyres supporting safety. We’ve used winter tyres for a few years. We have noticed the difference in road holding in icy, snowy and very wet weather conditions. I do not want to find out how they handle black ice. Once without them, in broad daylight was more than enough. We store the winter tyres during the warmer months. I don’t know how well the hybrid tyres compare with winter tyres, however, some level of protection is better than none.

    How’s all with you at your end?

  3. What beautiful views, it’s worth taking the trip just to see them It is hard going in bad weather though and I so glad you arrived safely home, I imagine some aspects of the trip could be quite hairy!xxx

  4. Hello Snowbird,

    There was an incredible light and brightness much of the time on the first part of the trail, which was really striking, very much enhancing the views.

    Hairiness on trips is definitely not to be recommended. Treating the road with respect, and rationing the time taken for stops this trip, overall, was not bad at all.

    We had a really hairy time just over a couple of years ago, racing ahead of amber weather warnings from Cardiff to Edinburgh in one go,(cancelling our original stopover plans). Next morning we awoke to warmth and comfort, whilst other souls had been snowed up on the motorway all night that we had raced up on the day before. Whew… !

    xxx

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