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
Dufftown Circular Cycling Route
Glens & mountains 64 miles
Up and down through Cairngorms and Speyside
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.
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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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