Aberdeenshire has more castles per acre than any other part of Scotland. There are more than 300 so if you love your castles this is the place to come. It is home to Balmoral Castle where the Royal Family spend many of their holidays. Disused railways lines like the Formartin and Buchan Way and the Deeside Way provide excellent traffic-free cycling. There are also miles and miles of quiet roads through the region's extensive farming country.
The Deeside Way Travel Feature
The railway line from Aberdeen to Ballater was once used by The Royal Family to travel to Balmoral Castle. The line is now a cycling path that provides access to castles and other attractions.
This cycle route takes in two castles, the Grampian Transport Museum, standing stones, a ride on a narrow gauge railway and plenty of quiet country roads. I also enjoyed the experience of cycling through a snow storm.