Upper Deeside has a superb range of routes for both on and off-road
cycling to suit all tastes and abilities. The array of minor tarmac
roads offer exhilarating cycle touring through hidden glens, pinewoods,
along the course of rivers and over mountain passes. For those wanting
off-road, a network of partly- surfaced estate tracks provide some
of the finest exploration into the heart of the hills and glens of
Deeside. Many of the routes through the glens are fairly gentle and
can be taken at a leisurely pace. Some of the hilly routes and passes
however present serious challenges in stamina and skill, so read
the map contours with care!
For both on and off-road cycling please note;
- Most public roads have little traffic, but avoid the main A93
at peak times which is a busy through route.
- drivers may not be expecting cyclists - take care particularly
of holiday traffic.
- distances between centres are large, so take food and drink
- the weather can change dramatically so be prepared, especially
in the hills.
- off-road cycling is usually allowed on landrover tracks but
not on hill paths.
- there may be pedestrians and horses on tracks, so please slow
down and warn
- check access is OK during the stalking season
- remember the cycling code
- cycle hire available in Ballater, Braemar, Aberdeen, Stonehaven
Getting your bike to Deeside:
Stagecoach buses between Aberdeen and Braemar (201) will take two
bikes in the boot of coach-style buses. Scotrail, Virgin and
GNER rail services to Stonehaven and Aberdeen carry bikes, but
you should book in advance. Most air services to Aberdeen (Dyce Airport) carry
bikes, but you should book, and you may need to wrap your bike
and remove pedals. There is a cycle route from Dyce into central Aberdeen.
Recommended cycling routes:
For details and route descriptions of a range of on and off road
cycle routes click here.
Cyclists Touring Club -
Ecurie Neep Mountain
Books and guides:
(Generally available from Tourist Information Centres and Cycle Shops in the area)
- Cycling in Aberdeenshire - 6 pocket leaflets of on and off road
routes, Aberdeenshire Council
- Cycle routes around Ballater and Braemar, Upper Deeside Access
- 101 Mountain Bike Routes in Scotland, Harry Henniker
- The Cairngorm Glens, Peter D Osbourne
- Cycling in North-East Scotland, Collins, 2001
- Mountain Bike Guide to Inverness and the Cairngorms, Timothy
- Scotland Trail, Tom Woodcock, MBRUK (off-road coast-to-coast
route from Montrose to Skye via the Cairngorms)