EDINBURGH - ABERDEEN ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The Edinburgh - Aberdeen cycle route fits into the middle section of cycling's UK north eastern coastline, sandwiched between the Coast & Castles route and the Aberdeen to John O' Groats route. The route leaves Edinburgh and heads to Queensferry (excellent signposting all the way) and along to a view of the spectacular Forth Railway Bridge, a monument of great engineering achievement, and you get a great panoramic view when crossing its sister bridge, the Forth Road Bridge.
After crossing the bridge, it's onto Fife where there is a choice of route heading towards Dundee. One alternative has a more coastal bias although both routes find low-lying countryside, pretty villages and historical sites. The coastline around this coast of Scotland is littered with 'links' golf courses. One of the most famous is at St. Andrews, the famous university town which retains much of its life and character. Across the river Tay lies Dundee (the cycle lane across the Tay has a protected cycle and pedestrian path between the two lanes of traffic) and the route hugs the coastline as it heads north, with the occasional foray inland, but the North Sea is never far away.
Now the fishing towns dominate. Arbroath, famous for its smoked fish (kippers), Montrose, also well known for its tidal basin and wildlife, while the journey through Stonehaven goes close to the cliff top ruins of Dunnottar Castle. And finally, its a well earned visit to the 'granite city' of Aberdeen.
Take your time on this route. It's not one for cycling 70 miles a day. Just cycle through the coastal towns and and enjoy the Scottish culture and friendliness.
Information courtesy of Sustrans