Pass of Aglon

Pass of Drumochter

The Pass of Drumochter (Scottish Gaelic: Bealach Druim Uachdair) is the main mountain pass between the northern and southern central Scottish Highlands. The A9 road passes through here, as does the Highland Main Line, the railway between Inverness and the south of Scotland. The Sustrans National Cycle Route 7 between Glasgow and Inverness also runs through the pass.

It is the high point on the A9, at 460m (1508 ft.), and in winter can be subject to severe weather conditions. Routine winter patrols take place between November and March and the road is occasionally closed with snow gates near Dalwhinnie and Dalnacardoch. The summit of the railway line is 452m (1480 ft.), making it the highest in Scotland and indeed, the UK. The route through the pass has been used since prehistoric times.

Formed by glacial action during the Ice Age, the River Garry flows to the south, and River Truim to the north.

It is extremely isolated, and the nearest settlement of any size is Dalwhinnie, a small village.

The highest point on the pass marks the boundary between Perth and Kinross and the Highland Council area. A sign at this point says "Welcome to the Highlands/Fàilte don Ghàidhealtachd", although this is the boundary for the authority rather than for the Scottish highlands which extend further south of here.


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