Cycling in Aberdeen

Scotland’s Granite City has much to offer keen cyclists! The presence of many industrial, shadow-ridden streets can make it easy to forget the sweeping landscapes, striking shorelines and even leaping dolphins that Aberdeen and the surrounding areas have to offer. Yes, this corner of Scotland might just surprise you…

Best for great views: Aberdeen Wester Ord

The Aberdeen Wester Ord cycle route is an 18 mile round journey through Aberdeen’s hinterland, with some spectacular scenery. Enjoy views of Lochnagar mountain, and look out into Deeside – the home of Balmoral Castle. 

You’ll head through the forest area of Countesswells and through to Wester Ord farmland, before travelling through the Milltimber suburb and onto an old railway line, which then leads you back into the city.

The best seaside trail: Aberdeen Beach Loop

To get away from the traffic and feel like breathing in some fresh sea air, the Beach Loop cycle route is perfect. It starts just off King Street and takes you right along the shore.

There's a selection of cafés and restaurants along the beachfront, as well as the popular Codonas amusement park.

The best for wildlife: The Banffshire Coast

Unspoilt, stunning and abundant with marine wildlife, this gorgeous area of Scotland is known as the Dolphin Coast. The sandy beaches, coastal villages and quaint harbours will charm you, and sports and activities are rife here. You’ll discover an array of cycling routes on the Banffshire Coast, ranging from 7 to 28 miles in distance.

The best route for exploring Aberdeen: Dyce Village to Hillhead Halls

It has to be said that some of Aberdeen’s charm lies in those glittering granite buildings. Dyce Village to Hillhead Halls is a commuter route that takes you from Cordyce View (near the airport) to some of Aberdeen’s residential and industrial areas. It’s a great journey to make if you’d like an in-depth view of the city.

Bike hire in Aberdeen

Hiring a bike is a great option, whether you’ve planned ahead or have decided to embark on a spontaneous adventure. Head to one of the following for bike hire, tips on local trails and advice on keeping your bike in tiptop condition:

Cycle Highlands
Alpine Bikes

You’ll find that most hire deals come complete with the necessary equipment, and test rides are usually available, so you can make sure you’re completely comfortable with your choice.

Don’t forget to look into upcoming events before you arrive in Aberdeen. Ride the North is a 170 mile cycle challenge that takes place over two days every summer and is worth getting involved in (be sure to sign up early). 

There’s also the national cycling charity, CTC, who promote all forms of cycling and provide details and updates on events across the UK. 

Find a hotel in Aberdeen

Ready to hop on your bike but need somewhere to rest after a long cycle? Find Aberdeen hotels with Premier Inn and start planning today!