Cycling Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Cycling is a great way to be active & keep healthy.

A comprehensive network of on and off-road cycle routes have been established across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, and more projects are being completed all the time.

Why not add cycling to part of your journey? From curated routes and journey planners to cycle training and getting involved with local cycling groups; we've got you covered.

Cycling benefits include:

  • Improved fitness
  • Boosts mood & wellbeing
  • Reduces heart disease and cancer risk
  • Avoid traffic and congestion
  • Cost effective
  • Environmentally friendly & sustainable!

Cycle Routes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Whether you are looking for recreational routes or getting about in the city centre:

Cycle Grampian has a fantastic collection of routes - whether you are interested in road, mountain or recreational cycling. You can also find out more using the links below:


Bike Hire in Aberdeenshire

Looking to hire a bike in Aberdeenshire? Bonus - they're electric! You can now hire an electric bike in Aberdeenshire, with bikes available in Ellon, Mintlaw, Peterhead or Fraserburgh, perfect for a trip on Formartine & Buchan Way!


Bike Recycling and Refurbishment

Got an unwanted bike you no longer use? Or looking to buy an affordable bike?

CycleHub.Org is a collaborative project designed to kickstart bike re-use in the North East of Scotland.

Aiming to see thousands of unwanted bikes across the north east saved from scrap and instead given a new lease of life in support of local people and causes.

Find out more about donating an unwanted bike, or buying an affordable refurbished bike.


Get involved

Passionate about cycling and want to get involved locally? Why not try:


Group Rides

Just starting your cycling journey, or not been in the saddle in a while? CTC Grampian offer 'Try Cycling' where group rides have experienced cycle leaders and visit local places of interest with a cafe stop along the way! 

British Cycling also offer Breeze - free and fun women-only bike rides for all abilities

They also offer free, friendly local rides, led by knowledgeable ride leaders.

Cycling Training in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Are you ready for the road? Are you a new cyclist or has it been a while since you last cycled? We've got a variety of information and useful links below which will help you to "get on your bike".

A number of different cycle training schemes are available locally which seek to make safe and confident cyclists. The schemes are designed to provide a range of cycling related information, including safe riding, basic cycle maintenance and on-the-road training which will maximise your safety irrespective of your age or experience. The schemes available locally are:

Bikeability bike


Bikeability is a national cycle training programme from Cycling Scotland aimed at primary school and early secondary school age children. The programme is about gaining practical skills and understanding about how to cycle on roads.

Bikeability provides skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling. Locally, a number of primary schools offer Bikeability training, however this varies from school to school.

Each local authority has their own Bikeability coodinator - view the Bikeability contact details for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire 

A mountain bike

I Bike Project

The I Bike project is promoted by SUSTRANS and works with primary schools and secondary schools in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to help embed a culture of active travel and create safer, happier and healthier school communities. The project also delivers practical solutions to combat the drop in cycling levels seen when children move from primary to secondary schools and to increase the numbers of girls cycling the school journey.

Keep up to date with their work over on Twitter at:

Bike gears and chain

Essential Cycling Skills (ECS)

Cycling Scotland has teamed up with bike retailers and training outlets across Scotland to offer locally based adult Essential Cycling Skills sessions. This training provides a suite of resources to help boost the confidence of those new to, or returning to, cycling and give them the necessary skills to negotiate on-road journeys. This includes the ECS app for Apple and Android, three short videos and a downloadable ECS Quick Guide.

Find our more about your local ECS suppliers.