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I would second this location as a good choice for when you are around. In the early 1990's I saw the sands of Morar dusted with snow which was totally idyllic. There were incredible amounts of snow on the way to Fort William and we were lucky to get through in the wee small hours!Glencoe and nearby Fort William area (Harry Potter viaduct) are achievable > Invercoe site at Glencoe is open all year but around Christmas and New Year holiday maybe booking advisable
What are auto socks?This is a great thread! I’m also thinking of heading north of the border over Christmas and am very grateful for all the beautiful west-coast suggestions, though I was thinking the weather might be better if I stayed further east...?
Another thing I’m wondering is whether to spend 60 quid on some AutoSocks?. Any thoughts on how likely I am to make use of them, and how good they are if so, would be welcome! Not much call for them here in East Anglia...
Generally the weather is milder on the West (Gulf Stream) but is also a wee bit wetter. Snow is less likely if you stick by the coast and avoid the A9!This is a great thread! I’m also thinking of heading north of the border over Christmas and am very grateful for all the beautiful west-coast suggestions, though I was thinking the weather might be better if I stayed further east...?
Thanks, Tom! You obviously know your way around there!In winter, the Lecht road, through the Cairngorms from Tomintoul to Braemar, is often blocked due to ice and snow and is ill advised. [...] You may also find problems with the A9 if the weather turns colder. [...]The road from Glen Coe down to Loch Etive [...] could be icy and it is not a good place to get stuck as help is a good distance away and there is minimal phone reception ......
Cheers bvdobb, I know all the roads you have identified - I have lived here a loooong time. By all means pm me or contact me when you are here or indeed anyone else who is visiting Scotland, happy to help.Thanks, Tom! You obviously know your way around there!
We do realise that the weather may force us on a completely different route once we're there. Perhaps indeed stay West, do more of Skye, that sort of thing.
We also found this site that is supposed to list weather incidents and snow closures on Scottish roads (currently none...) Don't know if it is as accurate and current as the Icelandic version, but we will be monitoring it!
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As they should be! Thanks Mart, we will be bringing snow chains for you-never-know, but we have been where conditions can change very quickly before and we won't be taking any risks! Just looking forward to a no doubt wonderful trip!There are snow gates at each end of the high passes and they are usually shut well in advance of bad weather.