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Getting to and around Grampian by Road

By Bike
There are many ways to get here by bike. The most popular is to use National Cycle Route No 1. Route No 1 passes through Grampian, with Aberdeen being a major halt on the route.
 
From the south
Edinburgh to Aberdeen via Dundee, a distance of 170 miles. From the Kingdom of Fife with it's beautiful countryside the route follows the coast north passing through picturesque fishing villages such as Johnshaven and Gourdon on to the impressive Dunnottar Castle and nearby Stonehaven. Numerous nature reserves such as St Cyrus and Fowlsheugh offer great birdwatching opportunities.
 
From the west
The Inverness to Aberdeen section of the Aberdeen to John o'Groats route. The Aberdeen to Inverness section is 150 miles long. This route is one of contrasts - from the remote scenery of the Highlands the route follows the coast through the towns of Cullen, a scenic town with a striking series of railway viaducts, Portknockie, Findochty and Buckie before dropping south towards Aberdeen.
More information on both of the above routes can be found on the Sustrans website.
 
By Coach
Getting your bike to Grampian by coach is nigh on impossible. However, if you get to Aberdeen then there is the opportunity to use Stagecoach buses between Aberdeen and Braemar. Service 201 will take two bikes in the boot of coach-style buses. Even better, they dont charge.
 
By Car
The main roads into the area are the A90 from Dundee, the A96 from Inverness, A93 from Perth and A95 from Aviemore.
The A90 from Dundee is a dual carriageway, littered with speed cameras and unmarked police vehicles. It is not the most pleasant of roads but it does its job of getting you in and out of Grampian with little or no fuss very well. Do not even consider cycling on this road.
The A96 to Inverness is a busy, occasionally frustratingly slow trunk road that is renowned for accidents. It passes through, or near, some lovely towns and villages and as long as you keep your witts about you can be a pleasant drive. Best avoided by bike - even for short stretches.

 
Getting to and around Grampian by Train
Grampian is served by 2 main lines, the Scottish East Coast line, and the Inverness to Aberdeen line.
 
The East Coast Line brings trains from the south (Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh and beyond) to the heart of Aberdeen. En route the line passes through stations at Stonehaven, and Portlethen. Scotrail, and GNER both run on this line. Scotrail's service includes The Caledonian Sleeper, which (unsurprisingly) travels overnight from London and is scheduled to arrive in Aberdeen before 8 am.
 
The Aberdeen to Inverness Line provides access to Dyce, Inverurie, Insch, Huntly, Keith, Elgin and Forres. Scotrail are the only operator on this line.
 
Each of the train operators serving Grampian have their own rules and regulations with regard to taking bikes on their trains. See our Bikes on Trains page for operator specific information and contact details.
 
Tickets for both Scotrail and GNER can be purchased and reservations made from the MyTrainTicket.

 
Getting to Grampian by Air
Regarded by many as the most dagerous thing you can do with a bike - taking it on a plane. However many people do just that and encounter no problems. (See the CTC website for an excellent information sheet on minimising the risk of damage). And lets face it, sometimes air travel is the only practical option to get close to your chosen destination. So if you want to get to grampian by air, read on..
 
Aberdeen, in the heart of Grampian, has an international airport. It is located in Dyce about 5 miles north of the city and is served by British Airways, British Midlands, EasyJet, Ryanair and many foreign carriers.
 
Inverness, to the west of Grampian may be worth considering if you are visiting Moray. Inverness Airport is not serviced as well as Aberdeen, (Flybee, Easyjet, and a few foreign carriers) but could save you some travelling.

 

 
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