In its former life as a railway, this was renowned as the route the Royal Train would take to Balmoral.
Now it's a fine traffic-free trail from Aberdeen to the Cairngorms at Ballater. There's a four-mile forest track section after Banchory with steeper gradients, but otherwise it’s easy riding all the way.
Enjoy an overnight stay in the Victorian village of Ballater before returning the next day... downhill.
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