Cycling on Our Coast
Scotland’s Dolphin Coast – a magical mixture of wildlife, dramatic landscapes and picture-perfect towns and villages. And with an abundance of cycle trails and quiet country roads, there is no better way to see the stunning beauty of this coastal playground than on two wheels.
You can cycle routes where you can catch a glimpse of dolphins, seals and seabirds, take it easy on gentle countryside trails surrounded by woodlands, or take on punishing uphill gradients that will challenge even the most hardened cyclists. It’s even possible to cycle over the top of stunning 19th century railway viaducts with simply breathtaking views of the Moray Firth.
Whether you are an experienced cyclist or a family looking to try cycling for the first time, Scotland’s Dolphin Coast is geared up to welcome you.
The area has stand-out accommodation with a wealth of self-catering properties that are ideal for groups of friends or families, high quality camping/caravan parks and glamping, as well as lots of small boutique hotels and cosy guest houses. Many of them are part of the Cyclist’s Welcome scheme and are able to provide bike storage, washing facilities and advice on where to enjoy cycling a little off the beaten track.
And you’ll be pleased to learn that there are no shortage of places for those all-important fuel stops. You’ll never have to cycle more than a few miles to find a coffee shop or tea room offering the very best of local produce and incredible homemade food.
There are a number of popular routes for cyclists of all ages and experience.
Full details of the Fraserburgh to Gardenstown and Lossiemouth to Cullen routes, including attractions on the way, are downloadable here. You can have a preview of what it is like to ride the Fraserburgh to Gardenstown route at breakneck speed by watching Ride Scotland's Dolphin Coast - to the music of Moonshine Madness (Neil Hankin, Ronan Fitzsimons and Andrew Service).
We are fortunate to be on the National Cycle Route 1; the Aberdeen to Inverness route is described by Sustrans as “an excellent cycle trip for a short holiday through some of Scotland's most celebrated towns and cities as well as beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside with breathtaking views of the Moray Firth coastline. Cycling from Aberdeen to Inverness via National Cycle Route 1 is a must for those cyclists who like the peace and quiet.”
As a taster of our spectacular scenery and to see just how close you can get to the waves, do watch this Moray Coast Trail on mountain bike video.
For great exercise in support of local charities, why not enter the Banffshire Cycling Challenge, organised by the Rotary Club of Banff and supported by the Banff Round Table and Deveron Cycling Club. It is designed to encourage cyclists of all ages and abilities from first timers to experienced riders.
The BRG Coastal Challenge is an annual challenge (in August) for walkers, runners and cyclists to complete a 17½ mile coastal course from Fraserburgh (known locally as the Broch) to Gardenstown (also with a local name, Gamrie).
So what are you waiting for? Saddle up for the ride of your life on Scotland’s Dolphin Coast.