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RtN153 is a challenge we are running from May to Sept – it will support the future of our event and will assist our tourism industry in difficult times. You can opt into that from 26 April when registration opens.
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Aboyne sits in the centre of Royal Deeside. The name was first recorded in 1260 and there is evidence of the Knights Templar in the immediate vicinity, though the town wasn’t formally founded until 1671. Aboyne and its inhabitants played a role in the Jacobite uprising of 1715. Because of its location it is a very popular tourist destination for those looking to explore Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms. It is a centre for outdoor activities including mountain biking, canoeing and gliding, and a full Highland Games is held annually in August.
This is a great centre for cycling, within reach of the highest roads in the Cairngorms for dedicated rider while offering easier riding in the Dee valley. Routes linking over to Donside to the north are somewhere in between in terms of the challenge and offer classic Aberdeenshire scenery. We have four routes beginning from Aboyne.
If you are arrive by car, you will be able to park in the centre of the village around the shops and/or the the village green. There are shops, cafes and a small number of visitor accommodation businesses in Aboyne.