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The route from Fyvie to Inverurie is 13.9 miles long with total climbing of 1,001 feet. Like most of Aberdeenshire the roads are rolling, but there is nothing that is overly difficult and so this route has been given a rating of 5.
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 visit to Fyvie Castle (one mile north) is definitely recommended – it dates from the early 13th century, though most of the existing buildings are 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.
After crossing the River Ythan in Fyvie, you head west for 1.2 miles, passing Atnach Wood, Den of Rothie and the marvellously named Rothiebrisbane. You then head south, surrounded by the lovely farm and woodland that characterises so much of the north east of Scotland. The route starts with a short climb before rolling along to mile 2.8. You then ascend an annoying double hill that takes you to the high point of 636 feet at mile 5.3. The main sites of interest are Neolithic – you pass a Pictish marked stone at mile 7.7 and then one of the best preserved examples of a stone circle at Loanhead of Daviot at mile 8.2. The remaining 5.7 miles are easy, and you reach the outskirts of Inverurie from the north at mile 12.8. You will then have to cycle through the town, finishing close to the centre on the east side.
Inverurie is the largest town in Aberdeenshire with a population of around 14,000, and is known locally as the Centre of the Garioch (pronounced Geery). The town was founded in 1308, though its first mention in royal charters isn’t until 1558. If outdoor history is your thing, then the Easter Aquhorthies stone circle dating back to the 3rd century BC is worth a visit, as is the Pictish stone symbol known as the Brandsbutt Stone. There is an excellent range of shops and eateries in the town, as well as a regular farmers’ market. The largest livestock market in Scotland can be found just south of the town at Thainstone, and there is a train station with good links south to Aberdeen and north and west to Moray and Inverness.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Onward rides from Inverurie can be found here