The Tarland Way - A Family Friendly Cycle Trail

The Tarland Way is a family friendly cycle trail joining the Aberdeenshire village of Tarland with the nearby town of Aboyne. The 10k (6 miles) cycle/walking route passes through the Howe of Cromar, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The trail was officially opened on 23rd June 2011.

The Tarland Way passes through a varied scenic landscape, rich in wildlife with features that might just get you off the bike to look a bit closer. The Tarland Development Group have produced a one page "lookout sheet" to help keep the children busy as you cycle the route. The Paper Shop and the Pharmacy in Tarland both sell a very informative guide to the trail - worth making a point of getting hold of one.

The Tarland Way was a project initiated by the Tarland Development Group and undertaken and managed by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust (COAT) with generous funding from Aberdeenshire Council, Leader Two, The MacRobert Trust, the Scottish Climate Challenge Fund and the Scottish Government.

The Tarland Way Start Points

The Tarland Way is a point to point route - from Tarland to Aboyne. Or if you prefer, from Aboyne to Tarland. It therefore has two start points:

Tarland Start Point

The route starts on Coull Road, to the left of the church opposite the entrance to the Square.

Aboyne Start Point

The route starts on Charlton Avenue, at the entrance to the Kemsley Green housing development. From the town centre make your way along the Ballater Road, then turn right onto the road signed B9094 Tarland. Charlton Avenue is a couple of hundred metres along on the left.




The Tarland Way Route

From Aboyne the route follows the line of the Aboyne to Tarland road. It then crosses the road and winds down to a new bridge across the Tarland Burn. The track then continues through scenic and varied countryside until it reaches the Coull road near Coull Manse. The remainder of the route is along the quiet Coull road into Tarland. This final section of the ride into Tarland is also the final section of the Alastrean Circuit (a circular waymarked walk that explores the woods and fields on the east side of Tarland).

Tarland Way route

Don't be put off by the profile of the route below - the scale of the graph makes the route look hillier than it really is - honest!

Tarland Way profile

If you want to follow the Tarland Way on an OS map then you have a choice. Either a Landranger, or for a bit more detail a Leisure map, (both available from Amazon):

Facilities and Services along the Tarland Way

Free car parking available in both Tarland and Aboyne

Toilets are available close to both start points.

Nearest cycle repair shops are in Aboyne.

Mobile phone signal relatively good along the route.

Aboyne and Tarland offer a selection of cafes.
See our page listing Cafes in Aboyne and Tarland.

If you think we have missed something in our guide to the Tarland Way cycle trail then let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.

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