Grampian Gravel

The Deeside Trail is really a mountain biking route – you could do it on a gravel bike but it wouldn’t be quick and your body might not thank you afterwards. Deeside has a lot of estate and hill doubletrack which makes for great gravel riding though. Aiming for later in 2021 I’ll have worked out some gravel routes in the area – suitable for 40mm+ 700c tyres on drop bar bikes. In the meantime there are some ideas below from Trailforks and Komoot. Very few are without a fair bit of climbing except for the Deeside Way.

Deeside Way

Shared used path from Aberdeen to Ballater. Good gravel riding from Banchory to Ballater, part paved from Banchory to Aberdeen.


55km, 700m climbing –


40km, 800m climbing ––gravel-ride/

35km, 1000m climbing –

27km, 350m climbing –


60km, 950m climbing –


50km, 450m climbing –

50km, 800m climbing –

35km, 450m climbing –

80km, 1300m climbing –

50km, 800m climbing –


40km, 700m climbing –


If you’d like to put together your own gravel routes I’d recommend looking at these areas on Trailforks to piece something together:

Fetteresso – between Stonehaven and Banchory

Fungle/Firnmouth – south of Aboyne

Crathie – South of Ballater

North of Tarland