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.
Cycling routes in Aberdeen
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.
Best seaside trail: Aberdeen Beach
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.
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.
Best 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.