Bikes on Trains
|So where is Grampian?|
Strictly speaking, Grampian doesn't exist!|
Grampian was a local government region of the north east of Scotland between 1975 and 1996. In '96 the region was split into 3 councils, namely Aberdeenshire, Moray and The City of Aberdeen. However, for the purpose of this site Grampian most definately does exists and, conveniently, covers the 3 districts previously mentioned.
Grampian was one of the largest regions in Scotland, with an area in excess of 8700 km2. Couple this with its relatively few inhabitants (just over 1/2 a million in 2001, 40% of which live in the city of Aberdeen) then you can start to appreciate the attraction of cycling in this area. Traffic free roads and hills.
The area is a region of contrasts. It has a long coastline which is characterised in the North by shifting dunes and wide stretches of golden sand. In contrast the South, boasts spectacular rock formations providing sanctuary for thousands of sea birds, and rocky beaches. In land is just as contrasting. Rolling hills in the north and some leg breaking climbs in the south.
There is plenty to see both on and off the bike. The region is home to over half of Scotland's whisky distilleries, a major ski development, over 70 ruins, tower houses and mansions, a castle trail, a stone circle trail and of course a spectacular coast.