Deeside Way


The Deeside Way is a longer distance path running from near the centre of Aberdeen, oil capital of Europe, to Ballater, in the Cairngorms National Park,  famous for it’s Victorian Heritage and links to Balmoral Castle.

The path is suitable for walkers and cyclists with many sections suitable for horses as well and is Route 195 of the National Cycle Network which is coordinated and promoted by Sustrans.
The route follows the line of the Old Royal Deeside Railway from Aberdeen to Banchory, through woodland and farmland to Kincardine O’Neil and then rejoins the old line from Aboyne to Ballater, total distance 41 miles.
Along the way there are many opportunities to see remains of the old railway infrastructure as well as stunning views over the River Dee with the Cairngorm Mountains as a backdrop.
Most of the route is off road with gradual gradients making for easy going particularly suitable for family cycling although there are some short steeper sections giving more of a challenge.  Along the way there are opportunities to link into other paths including historic drove roads like The Fungle and Firmounth and local path networks.
The Deeside Way offers the opportunity to explore a beautiful area of Aberdeenshire with its changing landscape from sea to mountain and makes the ideal base for a walking holiday or cycling holiday or indeed both.

Aberdeen to Drumoak
Leaving Duthie Park near the centre of Aberdeen and out through the suburbs following the old line to Peterculter and Dalmaik before arriving at Drumoak More
Drumoak to Banchory
Following the A93 from Drumoak to Crathes and then on to Milton of Crathes and the restored Deeside Line. Between the Dee and the railway to Banchory, largest town west of Aberdeen More
Banchory to Aboyne
Head south crossing the Dee, through Blackhall Forest and recross the Dee at Potarch. Head to Kincardine O'Neil, through Westerton Woods rejoining the old line at Dess. More
Aboyne to Ballater
From Aboyne west to Dinnet. Across the Muir of Dinnet NNR to Cambus O' May with its suspension bridge. Finally arriving at the Old Royal Station in Ballater and the end of the line. More