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What is Trail Riding?
It is not mountain biking, though you can use a mountain bike. It's not necessarily about being off road though you may be. It's about avoiding traffic, avoiding danger and pollution. Its cycling on reclaimed railway tracks, towpaths, reservoir trails, estate or forestry tracks.
On the TrailTrail cycling can vary in its severity. Many cycle trails are suitable for families, for children over 4 years riding solo, for bikes with child seats or trailers, and for bikes for those with disabilities. Surfaces are blacktop or compacted limestone or gravel allowing for easy riding. Some are more demanding and are best suited for the more experienced cyclist where surfaces may be a bit rougher.
Here in Grampian, as you would expect, we have all types. To help you get the most from the bike trails we have details on start points, terrain to expect, facilities on route etc. If we have missed something you would like included then let us know.
Trails reviewed include:
Bennachie Forest Trails A selection of cycle routes suitable for families on the forestry tracks and lower paths around Bennachie.see more...
Formartine & Buchan Railway A long distance cycle route and walking path running from Dyce Railway Station through rural Aberdeenshire along the route of the former Formartine and Buchan Railway Line, with links to Peterhead and Fraserburgh. see more...
Deeside Way Part 1 A 16 mile cycle trail and footpath running from Duthie Park in Aberdeen through rural Aberdeenshire along the route of the former Deeside Railway Line terminating in Banchory. see more...
Deeside Way Part 2 A 7 mile cycle track and pedestrian walkway running from Dinnet adjacent to the River Dee along the route of the former Deeside Railway Line to Ballater. see more...
Drumtochty Forest offers a cycle trail around Glen Bervie or a way of accessing Fetteresso Forest and its mountain bike routes. see more...
Isla Way
The Isla Way is a 13 mile cycle route and walking path joining the world's malt whisky capital, Dufftown, to the market town of Keith. It follows the River Isla for much of its way. see more...
The Tarland Way is a family friendly 6 mile route joining the historic village of Tarland with the bustling town of Aboyne. A great combination of purpose built path, and quiet country roads. see more...




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