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Tarland Way
The Tarland Way is a relatively new family friendly cycle trail joining the Aberdeenshire village of Tarland with the nearby town of Aboyne. The 10k (6 miles) cycle/walking route passes through the Howe of Cromar, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The trail was officially opened on 23rd June 2011.
 
The Tarland Way passes through a varied scenic landscape, rich in wildlife with features that might just get you off the bike to look a bit closer. The Tarland Development Group have produced a one page "lookout sheet" to help keep the children busy as you cycle the route. The Paper Shop and the Pharmacy in Tarland both sell a very informative guide to the trail - worth making a point of getting hold of one.
 
The Tarland Way was a project initiated by the Tarland Development Group and undertaken and managed by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust (COAT) with generous funding from Aberdeenshire Council, Leader Two, The MacRobert Trust, the Scottish Climate Challenge Fund and the Scottish Government.
 

 
The Route
The Traland Way is a point to point route - from Tarland to Aboyne. Or if you prefer, from Aboyne to Tarland. It therefore has two start points:
 
Tarland Start Point: The route starts on Coull Road, adjacent to the church opposite the Square.
 
Aboyne Start Point: The route starts on Charlton Avenue, at the entrance to the Kemsley Green housing development. From the town centre make your way along the Ballater Road, then turn right onto the road signed B9094 Tarland. Charlton Avenue is a couple of hundred metres along on the left.
 
From Aboyne the route follows the line of the Aboyne to Tarland road. It then crosses the road and winds down to a new bridge across the Tarland Burn. The track then continues through scenic and varied countryside until it reaches the Coull road near Coull Manse. The remainder of the route is along the quiet Coull road into Tarland. This final section of the ride into Tarland is also the final section of the Alastrean Circuit (a circular waymarked walk that explores the woods and fields on the east side of Tarland).
 
If you want to follow the Tarland Way on an OS map then you have a choice. Either a Landranger, or for a bit more detail a Leisure map:
 
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Facilities & Services
Services are limited on the route; however both Tarland and Aboyne offer the chance to re-fuel.
 
Toilets are available at both start points.
 
Unfortunately, no bike shops or repairs in either Aboyne or Tarland.

 
Other Trails to Try
Other family friendly trails to explore in the area include:
Bennachie Forest Trails A variety of way marked trails on the gentle slopes of Bennachie, ideal for families.
The Deeside Way follows the route of the Old Deeside Railway Line from Aberdeen to Ballater, and passes through Aboyne.
The Formartine and Buchan Way follows the route of the Old Formartine and Buchan Railway Line from Dyce to Fraserburgh or Peterhead.

 

 
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