Road Cycling Routes in Aberdeenshire and Moray
Aberdeenshire and Moray are ideal for road biking. Well maintained roads, relatively traffic free and beautiful countryside. With so many great cycle routes the problem you have is deciding where to go cycling. Hopefully our list of road cycle routes below will give you some ideas, whether it be for a few miles close to where you live, or for an all day tour.
As a start, we have listed a series of rides, leaving from rail stations along the two lines serving Aberdeen. These allows easy access to some of the best countryside on offer. Taking your bike on the train is relatively straightforward - see our page on bikes on trains if you have any doubts about how to do it.
We are always interested in new bike routes, so if you have a favourite cycle route in Aberdeenshire or Moray not covered below then let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.
Cycle Routes West of Aberdeen
Trains run from Aberdeen to Inverurie twice an hour, with trains to Insch and beyond running one every couple of hours.
The Hatton Hoop
This relatively demanding 20 mile route starts and finishes at Dyce railway station and passes through the villages of Kinmuck and Hatton of Fintray. There is an option to cut the route short if need be.
The Kintore 100k
A tough 100km loop leaves from Kintore station beside the River Don, and makes its way to Royal Deeside before returning via some of the areas tougher climbs. Expect over 4,000 feet of climbing on this scenic route.
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.
Aberdeenshire Cycling Map
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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.
Cycle Routes South of Aberdeen
Trains run from Aberdeen to Stonehaven twice an hour, with trains to Laurencekirk and beyond running once an hour.
The Slug Road Circuit
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.
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