I’d been patiently waiting for the clouds over the Cairngorms to clear so I could not only get a decent route in that I hadn’t already covered a million times but also tick this route off, and my patience was finally rewarded last weekend – with not just a few less clouds, but clear blue skies and some pretty warm sunshine!
The Deeside Way itself runs along the disused railway line from Aberdeen to Ballater and is 45 miles from start to finish – but, with just a couple of hours to spare I only sampled the route from Ballater to Dinnet, however,
Terrain: Easy to moderate with a few semi-technical spots, mostly flat with gentle ascent and descent. Distance: 12 miles Highest point: approx. 300m Bike: Hardtail This route would normally be one of my lunch hour jaunts as it’s quick and fun, but having been medically forbidden from riding for about a month (!) while I [...]
This route involves around 40km of distance and 1600m of climbing so is not to be undertaken lightly.
There are two climbs so I would recommend starting from Strathtay to get the first climb out of the way while still fresh. There is a laybay for parking just past the Post office at Grid Ref: NN 908532.
Nearest Town - Dunkeld Distance - 10.5 miles Terrain - Landrover track, hilly, some boggy sections in wet weather . Difficulty - Easy There is nothing particularly technically difficult about this route, but it is a hard hilly climb and can be a bit boggy in places. On the upside though it is very quiet, offers spectacular views of [...]
Nearest Town - Dunkeld Distance - 13.5 miles Terrain - Wide land rover track – good stone base, not particularly muddy or steep. Difficulty - Easy, suitable for begginers From the Cally car park head north up the track (signposted loch Ordie, The Glack) – a slow and relatively gentle incline keeps taking you gradually upwards and northwards – [...]
Nearest Town - Dunkeld Distance - 14 miles Terrain - Narrow paths, lots of muddy sections in the wet, but no steep descents or major technical challenge Difficulty - Easy This is truly a beautiful route, one of the most beautiful you will ever see in Scotland, it is very quiet and a pleasant tour. Navigation is a little [...]
Nearest Town - Dunkeld Distance - 12 miles Terrain - Wide open fire track Difficulty - Easy Located just a few miles from Dunkeld and 15 minutes from Perth this huge forest lies on the imposing hills surrounding Dunkeld. As you drive up the A9 (or down it) to get to the Forest at the hermitage car park the [...]
Nearest Town - Dunkeld Distance - 4 miles Terrain - Steep mountainous and rocky. Not for beginners Difficulty - Difficult Starting Point - small car park just off the b867 a few hundred yards from the A9. I must admit when I looked at the map I did wonder whether this was going to be a mincingly short run, [...]
Nearest Town - Ballater Distance - 10 miles Height Gained - 2300 feet Terrain - Varied Difficulty - Moderate Starting at the Inveresk car park I headed up the valley along a nice wide landrover track, up towards the queens well, and the Glen Mark lodge. The first few miles were flat and very dramatic with the rocky outcrops of “hard hill” [...]