Cairngorms National Park

View to Braemar


Cycling is one of the more popular ways to explore and discover the sights, nature and wildlife here in the Park. For the road and lesiure cyclist there are a variety of routes to ride from tarmacked paths to forest trails

A family of cyclists follow the Deeside country paths during the fall, The Cairngorms National Park.
A family of cyclists follow the Deeside country paths during the fall, The Cairngorms National Park.

Aviemore to Glenmore – The “Old Logging Way”

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This safe, off-road, 4 mile one-way route between Aviemore and Glenmore takes you past  Loch Morlich, winds through forests and lochs, with views of the Cairngorm mountain in the background. This is an ideal route for those who are less enthusiastic about tacking hills and those with with children.

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Snow Roads

The Snow Roads scenic route is a 90 mile journey that traverses the highest public roads in Britain taking you through some of the most outstanding landscapes on the eastern side of the Park. The journey runs from Grantown-on-Spey, through Tomintoul, Ballater, Braemar and down to Blairgowrie. This cycle is entirely on-road and takes in some of the steepest ascents and descents, in particular the Cairnwell Pass at 670m above sea level at the Glenshee Ski Centre.

Download the Snow Roads leaflet and map here.


The Speyside Way: Nethybridge to Boat of Garten

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This is an accessible section of the longer Speyside Way route for walkers and cyclists and takes in some stunning views of the Park, the 5 mile route is a good challenge for the novice cyclist. Of course you can extend the route to take in more of the Speyside Way which is one of Scotland’s longest distance routes running from Buckie on the Moray Firth to Aviemore, a distance of approximately 65 miles.

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Blair Atholl to Killicrankie

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Blair Atholl to Killiecrankie is a quiet, flattish route suitable for families with lovely views of the river. Set off from the Atholl Arms Hotel down the wee road past the Watermill to the river. Follow the path at the end of the road which will take you over the River Garry. At the other side turn left and follow this wee lane all the way to Killiecrankie. For a circuit, turn left when you meet the main road and follow this back to Blair Atholl, or alternatively go back the way you came for an almost traffic-free return. 7 miles return trip.Take care for occasional quarry lorries on weekdays.

The Deeside Way: Ballater to Abyone

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This route is a mix of on-road and off-road but is ideal for a family or group of cyclists with a degree of experience, and should take about 3 hours to complete. This route is part of the longer National Cycle Route 195 which links Ballater to Aberdeen.

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National Cycle Routes

There are two cycle routes which pass through or into the Cairngorms National Park.

Route 7: Links Sunderland to Inverness and takes you through the west side of the Cairngorms National Park, passing by Pitlochry, Kingussie, Aviemore and Carr-Bridge.  This route contains a Sustrans Greener Greenway, a corridor of undeveloped land, reserved for recreational uses and environmental conservation.

Route 195: The Deeside Way, on the west side of the Park, follows the line of the Deeside Railway between Aberdeen and Ballater. This 28 mile route runs from Duthie Park in Aberdeen through quiet country roads to Aboyne and then onto Ballater.

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