Must-cycle routes in Aberdeenshire

In this part of Scotland, you’ll find epic cycling routes through mountains, great estates and ancient forests in Royal Deeside, along our 165 miles of spectacular coastline and even in Aberdeen city itself. Here are just some of the cycling routes you’ve got to add to your 2018 bucket list:

For the road cyclist

Aberdeenshire’s rural and wide winding roads matched with its picture-perfect panoramic mountainous landscapes, make it the idyllic place for road cycling in Scotland.

Cairn O’ Mount

This is a challenge for even the fittest legs as you cycle at gradients up to 18% from coastal Stonehaven to Banchory, in majestic Royal Deeside.  

Glenshee Loop

Ride through Royal Deeside to the Cairngorms National Park and take on the UK’s highest pass at the Glenshee Ski Centre.

Remote Aberdeenshire

Take on some of the area’s most popular paths including Gairnsiel, the Lecht and Suie, as you visit scenic Aberdeenshire towns and villages – you’ll even pass Balmoral Castle on this 110-mile ride.

For the mountain biker

Imagine how you'll feel off road mountain biking across Scottish Munros, immense loch's, heathry moors, ancient forests, great estates and wide sandy expanses.

Deeside Trail

For classic adventures, bikepacking and multi-day explorations why try the 140-mile Deeside Trail. Along the route you’ll take on technical descents as you visit Loch Muick, Scolty Hill and Glen Lui.

Hill of Fare

Put your skill to the test on some pretty ambitious descents, coupled with long drags and shallow downhills.


Get ready to earn your descents by pedalling up and then testing your bike skills as you will be faced with steep descents packed with surprises.

For the leisure rider  

With open peaceful roads, ancient forests, historic railway lines and long golden beaches there’s every chance to get our on your bike in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Deeside Way

Be stirred by mountainous and river views along the 41 mile-long Deeside Way. Start in Aberdeen, where this route follows the line of the Old Deeside Railway towards Ballater.

If you really want to make the most of cycling here in North-east Scotland, make sure you check out our cycling tour guides. Happy cycling in #beautifulABDN!

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