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Best Cycle Routes Scotland – Ballater to Edzel

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 by Tim Francis

Cycling along Royal Deeside is a pleasure. Smooth roads, majestic scenery and Victorian highlights.  This cycle route from Ballater takes in the best of views of the local area. 

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Cycle Route Notes

There is a bit of height gained during the morning before a welcome cake and coffee stop. And here the challenge begins as we cycle over Cairn o’Mount. This is no easy challenge. 8.5Km of continual ascent to 455 metres above sea level with gradients of 15%. But the reward is a fabulous lunch atop a 4000 year old cairn with a panoramic view to die for. A fast but steady descent awaits! After flying through daffodil fields and ancient towns you arrive at the charming Edzell. Once there make sure you treat yourself to a soak in a spa pool! You will deserve it.

Cycle Route Statistics

  • Distance: 63.4 km
  • Duration: 6 hours, 8 minutes and 10 seconds
  • Minimum Elevation: 56 m
  • Maximum Elevation: 452 m
  • Total climb: 792 m
  • Total descent: 942 m

Cycling Route Ballater to Edzell, Royal Deeside

GPX Cycle route Ballater


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Tim Francis

Tim's a passionate biker and hill-walker, who was a business development manager in a former life and spent 4 amazing years working in South America. Lucky for us he's returned to the Highlands to live and become a mountain biking and walking guide.

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