So where is Grampian?
Well, Grampian doesn't exist!
We all think of the wee bit of Scotland that proudly sticks out into the North Sea as being the Grampian region. And we would be right to think this way, but strictly speaking, Grampian doesn't exist.
Grampian was a local government region of the north east of Scotland between 1975 and 1996. In 1996 the region was split into 3 councils, namely Aberdeenshire, Moray and The City of Aberdeen. However, for the purpose of this site Grampian most definitely does exists and, conveniently, covers the 3 districts previously mentioned.
Grampian was one of the largest regions in Scotland, with an area in excess of 8700 km2. Couple this with its relatively few inhabitants (just under 600,000 in 2017, 40% of which live in the city of Aberdeen) then you can start to appreciate the attraction of cycling in this area.
Click on the map opposite to enlarge it and see some of the major towns in the region.
The area is a region of contrasts. It has a long coastline which is characterised in the North by shifting dunes and wide stretches of golden sand. There are even nationally renowned spots for watching dolphins. In contrast the South, boasts spectacular rock formations providing sanctuary for thousands of sea birds, and rocky beaches.
In land is just as contrasting. Rolling hills in the north and some challenging climbs in the south.
There is plenty to see both on and off the bike. The region is home to over half of Scotland's whisky distilleries, a major ski development, over 70 ruins, tower houses and mansions, botanic gardens, museums of all sorts, art galleries, music festivals, comedy festivals, a castle trail, a stone circle trail and of course a spectacular coast.
It is hoped that the following pages will help you get more from your cycling trip to Grampian. If you think we have missed something you would like included, then let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.