Day One (option 1) – Oldmeldrum to Forres (85 miles)

Ride the North 2018 will have two start/end options and two overnight hubs. The market town of Oldmeldrum some 20 miles north of Aberdeen will be the start point for those who are riding to Forres (from where transport will be available to Nairn and Findhorn).

The route will pass Inverurie, Castle Fraser, Keig, Rhynie, Dufftown, Edinvillie and Dallas. This is day with considerable climbing. It’s mostly fairly easy going for the first 25 miles other than the steep drive to Castle Fraser, but the Lord’s Throat (29 mile mark) following the River Don to Keig is the start of a succession of hills. The Suie to Clatt, then the Cabrach heading north towards Dufftown and the Beatshachn (between Dufftown and Edinville) promises to be the toughest of the day. The beautiful Moray town of Forres marks the 92 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.

Route map for Oldmeldrum To Forres by Neil Innes on plotaroute.com