Family Cycle Routes in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray

This section is all about trails, paths and routes suitable for families or those who just want to avoid traffic, danger and pollution. Its cycling on reclaimed railway tracks, towpaths, reservoir trails, estate and forestry tracks.

Our family cycling routes can vary in severity. Many of our listed cycle trails are suitable for young 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.
However, some are more slightly more demanding with rougher surfaces and are better suited to the more experienced cyclist or to the older family members.

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 and things to look out for - like ice cream shops!

If you think we have missed something you would like included, then let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.

Deeside Way

The Deeside Way is a 41 mile long, disused railway line that is ideal for cycling, and especially family cycling. There are loads of ways to get on to the Deeside Way which allows you to make your cycle as long, or as short as you want.
To begin, why not join the line at either the Aberdeen or Ballater end. See our suggestions below,
Deeside Way Part 1 The 16 miles from Duthie Park in Aberdeen through rural Aberdeenshire to Banchory has loads of places to stop for a break, a coffee and an ice cream. More info on our Deeside Way Aberdeen page.
Deeside Way Part 2 The 7 miles from Dinnet to Ballater really lets you feel if you are in the country. Great scenery, suspension bridges and all that Ballater has to offer.
More info on our Deeside Way Ballater page.

The Tarland Way

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 our Tarland Way page for more details.

Formartine & Buchan Way

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 our Formartine Way page for further information.

Bennachie Forest Trails

A selection of cycle routes suitable for families on the forestry tracks and lower paths around the iconic Bennachie hill, close to Inverurie.
See our Bennachie Cycle Trails page for more info.

The 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 our Islay Way page.

Drumtochty Forest

Drumtochty Forest offers a cycle trail around Glen Bervie or a way of accessing Fetteresso Forest and its mountain bike routes. This trail has some tough hills, so is better suited to older family members.
See our Drumtochty Forest Cycling page for more details.