LO­CAL KNOWL­EDGE ABERDEEN

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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.

ROUTE ONE

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:

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ROUTE TWO

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:

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ROUTE THREE

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:

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