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Insch Cycle Routes
The town of Insch, lying between the A96 and A97 about 30 miles from Aberdeen has three circular, waymarked cycle routes that can be tackled individually, or combined to form a more challenging route.
 
All of the Insch cycle routes are on quiet public roads with tarred surfaces, ideal for exploring the rolling countryside between Insch and the Hill of Foundland.
 

 
Each ride begins in the centre of Insch, about half a mile from Insch train station. Leave the station and head straight along Commerce Street to its junction with Market Street. Check out our page on taking bikes on trains if you are considering using the train. If you decide to drive, Bennachie Leisure Centre on Market Street offers parking and showers.
 
If you want to follow the routes on an OS landranger map, then you'll need maps 37 and 38.
 
Strathdon and Alford (OS Landranger Map Series) and Aberdeen, Inverurie and Pitmedden (OS Landranger Map Series)

 
Newton Loop
The 9.5 mile (15km) Newton Loop leaves the town along Western Road, a hundred yards from the town centre junction towards the rail station. The road rises steadily as it passes the entrance to Dunnideer hillfort and tower. Continue for a further mile, then take a left, down a steep hill in to The Shevock Valley. Continue into the valley, crossing the Shevock.
Continue until you reach another steep downhill leading to a 180 degree bend on a bridge crossing the Shevock. Watch out here, the road surface can be slippery.
Engage bottom gear, as the next 1/4 mile is uphill, a steep uphill!
When you reach the road at the top turn right, and enjoy the descent to Insch.

 
Lenchie Loop
The 8 mile (13.5 km) Lenchie Loop leaves the town along Market St, passing the Bennachie Leisure Centre before it starts climbing along a wonderful avenue of beech trees.
The road flattens out slightly as it passes the Picardy Stone. This pictish stone, depicts a double-disc and Z-rod, serpent and Z-rod, and a mirror. It is worth stopping and having a look.
After passing the Picardy stone the road again starts to climb, with a nasty sting in its tail just before you reach the Gartly Moor road. At the junction turn right.
Continue on this road for about half a mile, then turn right.
The road now directs you back towards the beech avenue by way of the Hill of Foundland. This hill provided many of the local houses with slate for their roofs in the early 1800's. Your effort in getting this far will be rewarded with a great descent back to Insch.

 
Scotston Loop
The 8.5 mile (13.6 km) Scotston Loop shares the same exit from Insch as the Lenchie Loop, turning off right half a mile before the Picardy Stone to take you round the rolling farmland to the North of the town.
The road continues to climb, in parts steeply, for a mile before you again turn right. It is now a descent for a mile before a sharp right hander.
Continue until you reach the beech avenue, where you turn right to descend back to the town.

 
Facilities
Insch is a bustling country town with a variety of shops, a couple of hotels and of course a few pubs. It also has a museum, housed in the Railway Station building, providing both railway and local Insch history.
The Bennachie Leisure Centre on Market Street offers parking, showers and refreshments.
The nearest cycle shops are in Inverurie.

 

 
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