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  • Dunnottar Castle at the edge of the shore, Aberdeenshire
    Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire
  • The Deeside Way - a cycling and walking trail following the route of the Royal Deeside Line, Aberdeenshire
    The Deeside Way - a cycling and walking trail following the route of the Royal Deeside Line, Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen City and Shire has a network of quiet roads, old drovers’ ways and trails which make it the perfect setting for a peddle powered adventure.

If you are looking for an easy cycle ride for the whole family in the heart of Aberdeenshire then try the 7 mile Insch to Oyne route. This excellent trail also allows you to explore the many ancient sites located across the Gariloch area.

The Ballater to Burn O' Vat route also makes for an ideal family day out. Most of the route follows off road paths such as the Royal Deeside Railway Line, but some sections are on road.

To the south of the main city of Aberdeen, cyclists can follow the 25 mile Stonehaven to Inverbervie road. This moderate to difficult route is part of National Cycle Route 1 and travels through the picturesque villages of Kineff and Catterline before passing the impressive cliff top fortress of Dunnottar Castle.

The 11 mile Turriff Circular is an excellent way to see the fertile farmlands around the Fyvie and Formartine area of Aberdeenshire. One of the historical highlights along the route is Delgatie Castle built in 1570.

On the Moray coast you can cycle the 13 miles from Aberdour Bay to Banff. This scenic route follows quiet country roads along the coastline. Points of interest along the way include Rosehearty one of the oldest seaports in Scotland, Pitsligo Castle.

With many dedicated waymarked trails Aberdeen City and Shire comes up trumps for those who prefer mountain biking. The Pitfichie Mountain Bike Trails, near Alford is a cross-country riding heaven, with the added bonus of Red and Black-graded sections. During the summer months the Lecht ski centre offers an ascending ride on the three-man chairlift with your bike before a descent of easy or intermediate-graded mountain trails.

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  1. Turriff Circular - 11 miles

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    Turriff

    This is a short ride around the fertile farmlands of Turriff.

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    Strichen

    This route provides two options. Complete and full figure-of-eight circuit, or take a short journey to Bonnykelly from New Pitsligo or a longer journey to New Deer.

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    Stonehaven

    Moderate to difficult.

  4. Insch to Oyne - 7 miles

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    Insch

    This easy route is recommended for a relaxing cycle in the area around Insch.

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    Banff

    This is a scenic route on undulating country roads.

  6. Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Huntly

    The Centre offers recreational skiing - on all weather track, mountain bike hire, rollerblade hire, rollerski hire - if already taught, refreshments and bookings.

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    Stonehaven

    This is an ideal family route. Some sections are on road and others offroad, including sections of the Deeside Way.

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