Deeside Way

The Deeside Way gives cyclists a green alternative to granite-coloured buildings of Aberdeen. Running from Aberdeen to Banchory, the Deeside Way takes you through a woodland area and near the River Dee. Duthie Park and the David Welch Winter Gardens offer fantastic flora and fauna for visitors enhancing your bike ride with wonderful sights and smells. You will also pass the remains of the stations from the original Deeside railway route which closed in 1966.


The Deeside Way begins in Aberdeen on the east coast of Scotland.

Let’s Pedal

The Deeside Way is a 41-mile (66 km) trail that follows, in part, the former Deeside Railway line. The trail goes along the north bank of the River Dee from Aberdeen to Ballater in Aberdeenshire.

This traffic-free section goes from the Polmuir Road entrance to Duthie Park in Aberdeen to Bellfield Park in Banchory and is ideal for bike rides with younger cyclists.

The pathway from Duthie Park to Peterculter has two breaks across quiet country roads and a larger break at the busier Milltimber Brae. A further one-mile break along Coalford Croft is signposted to Old Manse Wood, allowing you to continue on a narrow path to Drumoak.

The cycle route follows the A93 North Deeside Road for approximately 300 metres to a wide path rejoining the Deeside Way to Crathes, where you will travel on a short stretch of the A93 and then left onto A957 followed by the first right, right again and then take the second left back onto the path.

The Deeside Way continues from Banchory to Ballater, in the Cairngorms National Park. The total distance from Aberdeen to Ballater is 41 miles and involves a number of road sections.

Route Distance

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You will find a number of refreshment stops and public houses available along the route at:

Aberdeen (including Duthie Park), Peterculter and Banchory.


Toilets are located at:

No public toilets, however a number of refreshments stoops have customer toilets available.

Cycle Hire available at:

No cycle hire available.

Tourist information available at:


How to get here

By Car

Aberdeen is reached on the A90 from Dundee and Peterhead, and on the A96 from Inverness.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near the trail at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
Broomhill Road Car ParkAberdeenAB10 6JA
Bellfield 2 Car ParkBanchory AB31 5ST
Bridge Street Car ParkBanchoryAB31 5SX

By Cycle

Sections of The Deeside Way form part of National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 195 from Ballater to Aberdeen begins in Duthie Park. NCN 1 coastal path passes through Aberdeen not far from the beginning of NCN 195.

By Train



  • Distance (miles): 16
  • Distance (km): 25.7
  • Start: Aberdeen
  • Finish: Banchory
  • Type: Disused railway line
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: AB11 7WA


  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Tourist Information
  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Toilets

Cycle Hire

No cycle hire available.

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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