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This is version 2 of the Fyvie to Huntly route. Maps suggested that a path allowed riders on the original version to avoid a small sections riding on the A96 BUT after implementing this, it turned out not to be correct, so this new version goes a longer distance (on a scenic route) to avoid riding on the A96. It has been given 7 points. This new longer version has become the signposted route.
The original route has been left on-line here
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.
As noted above, the final third of this route is a diversion north to Rothiemay. It’s all pretty nice cycling roads, although the section back towards Huntly on the B9022 can have a more traffic. By clicking on the ‘play’ symbol on the graphic below you can see route map. The elevation profile of the ride can be seen via the Hills tab with files for use with a GPS device also available for download. If you take any photos of the route that you’d like to share, please submit to email@example.com
Onward rides from Huntly can be found here