The Devil's Elbow is not as exciting as it sounds. It was the name given to the steeply climbing double hairpin bend on the old road through Gleann Beag near its highest point at the Cairnwell pass in the Cairngorm Highlands. In the space of 5 miles the height above sea level doubles from 1100 feet to 2200 feet at the highest point on the road from Blairgowrie to Braemar. The old road was bypassed by a wider modern road without such dramatic hairpin bends. It's located just past the Glenshee Ski Center, and based on the eternally vague directions of the girl at the coffee shop, a skill few seem to possess in this country, we "think" we found the actual location. Nothing special. Mainly just a very steep descent in the road. As she put it, "It's not a tourist attraction." Hmmm...well, we like that.
These are all pictures taken yesterday as we drove back to the highlands. Yes, we got the "Merc" again. They must love us or something to comp us again. The day started out clear and beautiful at our house and got progressively cloudier as we drove towards the mountains. This time we pushed further past Braemar than we did before Christmas, and we were rewarded with snow (the picture proves it)! I have added the rest to the Highlands photo album for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!