Day One (option 2) – Castle Fraser to Elgin (89 miles)

Ride the North 2018 will have two start/end options and two overnight hubs. The magnificent National Trust for Scotland property Castle Fraser some 20 miles north west of Aberdeen will be the start point for those who are riding to Elgin (from where transport will be available to Lossiemouth, Fochabers, Rothes and Craigellachie).

The route will pass Keig, Rhynie, Dufftown, Edinvillie, Dallas and Forres. This is a day with considerable climbing. It’s only a short warm-up before The Lord’s Throat (8 mile mark) following the River Don to Keig. then it’s on to The Suie to Clatt, the Cabrach heading north towards Dufftown, while the Beatshachn (between Dufftown and Edinville) promises to be the toughest of the day. The final 15 miles between Forres and Elgin are a little easier going.  Elgin marks the 89 mile point and the end of a tough opening day, but with multiple refreshment stops along the way.

Health Warning – The route presented here is a provisional plan. Ahead of the event we will be working with Local Authorities, local communities and Police Scotland to confirm plans. It is anticipated that the route may be subject to change, but the overall objective will be a level of challenge (distance and hills) which are consistent with what is presented.