LOCAL KNOWLEDGE ABERDEEN
The Scottish Highlands may have attention-grabbing high passes, but Aberdeenshire’s network of lanes may well offer more variety. There’s romance to the landscape, populated since ancient times. Stone circles, forts and castles abound; distilleries too, if whisky’s your tipple. The local club, the Aberdeen Wheelers, was founded in 1929 and runs club rides from the city every Sunday morning.
About Aboyne, 67 miles A fine day out, in and around Deeside Deeside is a natural attraction for cyclists and access to it is easy, thanks to the Deeside Way (NCN195), which gets you trafficfree to Milltimber Brae. Rise above the valley for some glorious midlevel road riding to Aboyne. Make sure you don’t overdo your lunch because the homeward leg is much hillier... Get the route:
Slug It, 47 miles Along the coast, over the hill and down the Dee This ride goes hither and thither to keep off the A90 but shows you some wide open Aberdeenshire coast. From Stonehaven, Slug Road is a popular local crossing off the Mounth range that’s not too demanding. Round off the day with a rolling run back. Get the route:
Take A Loch, 36 miles Short, peaceful ride out and back A pleasant destination for a short and easy run out is the Loch of Skene. Though only small, it’s an internationally important habitat for waterfowl and quite romantic. Again, take advantage of the Deeside Way as far as Coalford. This is by far the quietest route so come back the same way. Get the route: