The route from Fyvie to Huntly is 17.9 miles long and has 1,368 feet of climbing. There are a couple of harder climbs and as such this has been given a difficulty rating of 6.
Fyvie is in the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire. It is worth seeking out St Peter’s Church which has Pictish symbols and crosses built in to the east gable. A mile from the village is Fyvie Castle which dates from the early 13th century, though most of the building is newer. The gardens were beautifully landscaped during the 19th century, and the whole estate was passed to the National Trust for Scotland in 1984. The castle is said to be haunted, though this cannot be confirmed or denied by Ride the North.
Starting at a picnic area just south of Fyvie, you will cross the River Ythan and start heading due west. The road is consistently uphill for the first 10.6 miles, and if you are unlucky with the prevailing wind then this will be quite tough. There are various points where you will feel quiet isolated, but it is a beautiful part of Aberdeenshire and a pleasure to cycle in. After the high point you will get some respite with mainly downhills and flat, though there is a nasty wee climb between miles 13 and 14.6. At mile 16 you come off the back roads and join the A97 for 0.8 miles, and then the A90 for a few hundred yards. You will need to take care on these sections. You are now at the east side of Huntly and the final 1.1 miles are through town, finishing in the Market Square.
On leaving Fyvie, you will pass Den of Rothie before going through the brilliantly named Rothiebrisbane, which may or may not have given its name to the city in Australia. You will then cycle near the Roman remains at Glenmellan (mile 8.6) and the Wells of Ythan at mile 9.6. The high point at mile 10.6 is 804 feet above sea level and sits between Broom Hill and Kirk Hill. If you are lucky with the weather then you should get some marvellous panoramic views across Aberdeenshire
The town of Huntly has had settlements dating back to the Neolithic period. There is an excavated Iron-Age fort on the edge of town, as well as numerous Pictish remains and stones. The town is the historic home of the Gordon Highlanders Regiment, and the ruined castle is worth a visit. If you are looking for some sustenance before your efforts, the shortbread maker Deans has its HQ (and a café) in the town. There is a good range of eateries and supermarkets in town, as well as a train station with links south to Aberdeen and north west in to Moray and Inverness.
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Onward rides from Huntly can be found here