Slug Road Cycle Route

Slug Road Cycle Route

This, tough in parts, thirty mile circular bike route starting on the coast in Stonehaven takes in some of National Cycle Route 1, before skirting the southern banks of the River Dee then climbing the locally infamous Slug Road and ending with a wonderful descent back to its starting point at Stonehaven railway station.

Slug Road Cycle Route

The Slug Road, is one of the ancient "Mounth" passes connecting Angus to Deeside and was at one time a turnpike road which is a main road that you usually have to pay to use.
It is thought that the name "Slug" Road is derived from the Gaelic word sloc, which means hollow or dell. The Road getting its name due to it traversing a narrow mountain pass.

 

Slug Road Cycle Route Description

The start and finish point is Stonehaven's Train Station. Check out our page on taking your bicycle on Scotrail trains if you are considering using the train. There is car parking in the town centre if you decide to drive.

Leave the station courtyard and drop down the hill to the Tee junction. Take a left and continue straight down the hill to the traffic lights in the town centre. Turn left and continue past the open air pool to the mini roundabout. Go left and start climbing, under the railway and dual carriage way to take the first on the left sign posted Peterculter.
This, incidentally is part of National Cycle Route no 1 which leads from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and beyond. Look out for, and follow the NCR 1 signs.

Keep climbing - eventually topping out at 100m - and then continue straight passing through Netherley, with views to Cookney Church on your right.
Some 9 miles or so from leaving Stonehaven you start to drop down to the junction with the B9077. Don't be surprised to see ostriches in the fields on your left!

Keep climbing - eventually topping out at 100m - and then continue straight passing through Netherley, with views to Cookney Church on your right. Some 9 miles or so from leaving Stonehaven you start to drop down to the junction with the B9077. Don't be surprised to see ostriches in the fields on your left!
At the Tee junction, you go left. This is where the alternative start from Peterculter joins the circuit. If you have the time, and inclination take a detour by visiting the Templar graveyard in the grounds of Maryculter House Hotel which is on the right, a couple of hundred yards after joining the B9077. You are now on the South Deeside Road. This skirts the Dee providing views to Drum Castle on your right before passing through the hamlet of Kirkton of Durris

At the Tee junction, you go left. This is where the alternative start from Peterculter joins the circuit. If you have the time, and inclination take a detour by visiting the Templar graveyard in the grounds of Maryculter House Hotel which is on the right, a couple of hundred yards after joining the B9077. You are now on the South Deeside Road. This skirts the Dee providing views to Drum Castle on your right before passing through the hamlet of Kirkton of Durris

After about 8 miles you come to a Tee junction, you go left. This is where the alternative start from Banchory joins the circuit.

Prepare to start climbing- again! The road heads up, then flattens out, then heads up again. If you have the energy look to your left on the second part of the climb - great views!
Just after the summit you pass the entrance to the Durris Wood, and its popular mountain bike trails. You can now relax, its more or less downhill all the way from here.
Watch out for the blind bends on the bridge over the Cowton Burn.

Keep going to cross under the dual carriage way and enter the outskirts of Stonehaven. Take the first on the right as you pass under the railway bridge, and follow this road back to the train station.
Or you could drop into the town for a well earned ice cream by the sea!.

 

Slug Route Map, Profile & GPX

Slug Route map

Slug Route profile

 


Aerial preview of the Slug Route

 

 

Alternative Start Points

From Banchory

An alternative start point is Banchory - this will extend your ride by about 7 miles. From Banchory follow the signs for Aberdeen. After 3 miles, at Crathes, turn right to follow the A957 marked Stonehaven. You are now on the Slug Road. After about half a mile a road joins from the left, this is where you would have joined the Slug Road if you had started in Stonehaven.

From Peterculter

Another option is to start in Peterculter, adding about 3 miles on to the route. Leaving Peterculter, head towards Aberdeen. In Milltimber turn right on to the B979. Follow this to its junction with the South Deeside Road and turn right. After about half a mile, at the Stonehaven junction, you join the route described above.

 

Facilities in Stonehaven

  Free parking available.

Available in town centre.

Good selection in the town - see our page listing Cafes in Stonehaven.

Good mobile phone signal on route.

Cycle repair shop on Evan St.

Loads of shops, bars & take aways in the town.

 

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