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Riding from Donside over to Deeside involves some climbing to cross between river valleys. Alford to Banchory provides some rolling hills and great Aberdeenshire scenery. At exactly 19 miles and with some weighty climbing it scores 6 points.
There is a clear climb out of Alford and at Archballoch after 1½ miles the road is certainly letting you know that it’s climbing. The news start of good and keep improving over the next few miles. We pass Craigievar School and then approaching Tullochvenus (after 6 miles) there are stunning views back to the north that demand you to pause and look back. Here you will join the B9119 for a fast downhill section that has some great views to the east this time.
Turning off the B9119 the road required is signposted towards Kincardine O’Neil. This is a quieter road that is likely to have little traffic and there is beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside in all directions. At the A980 we take a left heading downhill towards the village of Torphins. There are local facilities in Torphins where you can find mini supermarket, hotel and Cafe (Platform 22 is a favourite with many local riders. The two miles beyond Torphins can be a little busier and the route turns off towards Glassel with 5 miles more to Banchory on minor roads.
After reaching Banchory, onward rides can be found on the Banchory page here
The interactive map below shows the route (press play if you can’t see it). Once you have clicked into the map it will show an option for MENU on the top right corner. This menu will provide a link to elevation profile (Hills), download of files for use on GPS devices and the opportunity to add photos or comments.