Aberdeen to Inverurie (18 miles)


The route from Aberdeen to Inverurie heads north-west out of the city and is 18.1 miles long. There is 1,165 feet of ascending, reaching a high-point of 486 feet, and the undulating nature of the terrain means this route gets a difficulty rating of 6.

You will start at the University of Aberdeen. This area is the most ancient part of the city, and it is worth taking some time to look at King’s College Chapel (completed in 1510) and the Cathedral Church of St Machars (which has been a place of worship since 580, with the current cathedral built between 1380 and 1520). If you are looking for something more contemporary, then visit the university library which was opened in 2012 and won prestigious British and Scottish architecture awards.

The first part of the cycle is entirely urban. You will cycle over the River Don at the new Don Crossing, which was completed in 2016 at a cost of £22.3m. You then pass through the residential areas of Danestone, Middleton and Bridge of Don, which together form the largest suburb in Europe. From the bridge you encounter a nasty 1.5 mile climb before finally hitting the countryside. But looks can be deceiving – you actually pass very close to Dyce (the centre of the oil and gas industry in the city) as well as Aberdeen International Airport and the newly opened Conference Centre.
The route from Aberdeen to Inverurie heads north-west out of the city and is 18.1 miles long. There is 1,165 feet of ascending, reaching a high-point of 486 feet, and the undulating nature of the terrain means this route gets a difficulty rating of 6.

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