The Best Cycling Routes in Speyside, Scotland

We’re in Whisky Country! The area has highlights of a dozen or so visitable distilleries, plus great scenery, wildlife, and remote-feeling roads with mountains, moors and glens. You need to be prepared by carrying tools and spares as there are no bike shops out here, or hipster urban cycle-cafes. Our rides centre on ‘whisky capital’ Dufftown, home of Glenfiddich among others. Illustration: Tonwen Jones

Illustrated cycle route Speyside Scotland

Dufftown Circular Cycling Route

Glens & mountains 64 miles

Up and down through Cairngorms and Speyside

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From Dufftown, take rolling lanes through villages and valley scenery. While passing through the village of Tomintoul (the highest in the Highlands), you can grab a late breakfast, before taking a final moorland ride back to Dufftown. Climb fans can add a 14-mile trip to the south-east to the Lecht summit. Get the route tinyurl.com/cplus-glens

Dufftown Circular Cycling Route via Glenlivet

Whisky chaser 36 miles

Distilleries galore in postcard scenery

One for your cyclo-cross/mountain bike. Indulge in a coffee at Craigellachie’s hotel overlooking Telford’s historic bridge, before riding 10 miles off-road on grassy rail trail. You’ll pass several distilleries, some of which host tours. Take an afternoon nip at Glenlivet before descending back down the glen. Get the route tinyurl.com/cplus-whisky

Dufftown Circular Cycling Route via Glenfiddich
Nature trail 23 miles

Woods, wildlife, heritage trains

Enjoy a return jaunt to Keith with easy mix-and-match options for any bike or rider. The signed Isla Way goes from the Glenfiddich distillery over a footbridge on forest and lakeside gravel paths and back lanes; the B9014 parallels it, as does the Keith and Dufftown railway, stopping halfway at Drummuir.
Get the route tinyurl.com/cplus-nature


LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Have breakfast – The Old Firestation Tea Room

In the heart of Tomintoul, sample fresh bread baked on site, scones and cakes.
Where 37 Main Street, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch AB37 9EX

Stop for cakes – Bridge of Brown Tearoom

The welcome Bridge of Brown Tearoom is grandly situated in a valley outside Tomintoul.
Where Tomintoul, Bridge of Brown, Ballindalloch AB37 9HR

Get Spare tubes – Bikes and Bowls

Based just 30 minutes from Keith, you will find a wealth of advice and kit from this family-run shop.
Where 7 High Street, Elgin IV30 1EQ

Fancy a pint? – Craigellachie Hotel

Or a wee dram? The hotel boasts 800 single malts in its Quaich Bar, claiming the world’s biggest choice.
Where Victoria Street, Craigellachie AB38 9SR

The family? – Keith & Dufftown Railway

Enjoy the heritage railway with three daily services running Friday and Saturday through the summer. Bikes go free!
Where Dufftown Station AB55 4BA

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