Dyce to Hatton of Fintray Cycle Route
At 20 miles this is a short but tough cycle route with over 1200 feet of climbing.
The route follows the north bank of the River Dee to Hatton of Fintray where it joins the hilly road race circuit once used as part of the Hatton Festival of Cycling. The festival has not been held for a couple of years, but there is talk of it being brought back to life.
On returning to Hatton our hoop then tackles Bendauch Hill, used locally as a hill climb course, before dropping back to the start in Dyce.
The cycle route also offers some fine points of historic interest.
Hatton of Fintray Cycle Route Description
The start and finish point is Dyce Train Station. Check out our page on taking your bike on the train if you are considering using the train. There is limited car parking at the station and lots of on street parking in Dyce if you decide to drive.
Leave the station and head into the town, turning left on to the main road. Continue past the shops, through the traffic lights to the roundabout at the far end of the village. At the roundabout head straight crossing the River Don to the traffic lights. Filter left, sign posted Hatton of Fintray.
Within a couple of hundred yards you pass under the Formartine and Buchan Way (a long distance cycle path) and within another couple of hundred yards you pass over the Aberdeen Western Periphry Road (AWPR).
Continue on this road for 4 miles all the while climbing until you begin a descent with a 90 degree left hander part way down and an option to go straight ahead, sign posted Inverurie. With care, take the unclassified road straight ahead.
This will take you through Kinmuck to the junction with the B993.
The Lang Stracht, Balbithan Woods
At the junction take a left. After a mile there is a steep descent, and you turn off to the left at the bottom. (This is also the Alternate Finish Point - see below.)
Continue for two hundred metres, and take a left. (Point of Interest #1 - see below). Start climbing again and continue along the "Lang Stracht" through Balbithan Woods to meet the B977 once again.
Turn left taking you into Hatton of Fintray. At the cross roads in Hatton, turn right, cross the River Don and continue to cross the railway. Immediately after crossing the railway turn left. Get ready to climb!
Keep on this road, steadily climbing to reach Slacks car park at the summit. Slacks is an entrance to Kirkhill Forest, home to some good offroad mountain bike trails and a fun MTB park.
From Slacks car park you descend to run parallel to the railway. Just before passing under the AWPR, the road to the left diverts you to Point of Interest #2. After passing under the AWPR, take a left and follow the road to the traffic lights in Dyce. Take a right, and then another right to take you back to the station.
Instead of turning left to leave the B993, continue into Inverurie. From here you can either head for the train station for a quick return home or, if you want to enjoy a longer ride take in the Garioch Loop.
Points of Interest
#1 - Kinkell Church
Instead of turning left, continue straight for ¼ mile to visit Kinkell Church. A ruined 16th century church and sacrament house cared for by Historic Scotland - free entry. Also contains the grave slab of Gilbert de Greenlaw, killed at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411.
#2 - Dyce Symbol Stones
A ¼ mile before the airport periphery road take a left, sign posted Dyce Symbol Stones. Six engraved stones are housed in the ruined St Fergus' Church. One of them has a Celtic cross ornamented with a central boss of spiral work. Worth the short detour.
Hatton of Fintray Route Map, Profile & GPX
Aerial preview of the Hatton of Fintray Route
Facilities in Dyce
Free parking available.
Dyce Community Centre on Gordon Terrace.
See our page listing Cafes in Dyce.
Good mobile phone signal throughout.
Cycle repair shop in Bucksburn, Aberdeen.
Loads of shops, bars & take aways in the town.
Other Road Routes to Try
The Slug Route
Departing the coastal town of Stonehaven this 29 mile circular route travels inland on National Cycle Route no.1 to meet the River Dee before returning via the challenging Slug Road climb.
Insch Leasure Loops
A series of three routes, all less than 10 miles, from Insch that can be tackled individually, or combined to form a more challenging route.
Halt for a Malt
A scenic 45 mile cycle route from Huntly to Dufftown, in the heart of Malt Whisky country returning via the charming village of Rhynie.
The Garioch Loop
The 35 mile Garioch Loop leaves from Inverurie station and circumnavigates the areas most famous landmark - Bennachie. En route you pass castles, ancient standing stones and have fine views to the distant Harlaw Monument.
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