Get healthy, get happy...Get About!
Discover fantastic local walks, trails and rides to explore the North East this summer
Brush up on The Highway Code
Earlier this year, a range of updates were made to the Highway Code. Among those saw the introduction of a 'Hierarchy of Road Users' which places those most at risk, in the event of a collision, at the top.
While all users must take responsibility, those in charge of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of a collision bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger they pose to others.
Be considerate and behave safely when sharing space with other users.
If you're out with a four legged friend, keep them on a short lead.
And remember that if you are wearing headphones or ear buds, make sure you can still hear what is going on around you.
Respect your surroundings
Getting out and about in comes with all the joy of greenery, flowers and wildlife. To keep enjoying it, we need to be respectful of nature.
Be aware of nesting birds and animals, follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, and if you're enjoying a picnic, remember to find a bin or take your rubbish home with you.
We have a some wonderful routes here in the North East:
Cycling in Summer
Get in gear
Cycle Grampian has a fantastic collection of routes - whether you are interested in road, mountain or recreational cycling.
We all travel at our own speed and as a bike rider you should be able to safely overtake should you need to.
If you’re about to pass someone, let them know in good time. This might be a ring of a bike bell, or a polite 'excuse me'. Then slow down and pass in a safe way.
Be mindful that those around you may have impaired sight, hearing or mobility. Be aware that younger children may need help or take longer to make space.
Bike in need of a tune-up?
The Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme is providing free repairs and maintenance to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. The scheme is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Cycling UK.
Summer by Bus
Day Trips with First Bus
Explore Aberdeen and see where the bus can take you this summer. With plenty of things to do in the city centre as well as enjoying parks and hidden gems around the city.
Day Trips with GrassHOPPER
Looking for a day around around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire? Consider a GrassHOPPER ticket - a multi-operator ticket can be bought as a smartcard or a ticket on the bus - which lets you hop on and off any FirstBus or Stagecoach bus across the north east. Museums, distilleries, parks, beaches....where will the bus take you next?
Summer by Train
Whether using the local rail service across the north east, or travelling further afield, make sure to check out the 'Kids for a Quid' offer with ScotRail.
Up to four children can travel off-peak for just £1 return each, with full details available on the ScotRail site.
They also have a guide to family days out across Scotland by rail. Let's go exploring!
Taking your bike with you?
Most ScotRail services operate non-reservable cycle spaces, but you do need to reserve in advance for some routes, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and Aberdeen and Inverness.
Before you go, take a look at their guide to travelling with a bike on the train.
For CrossCountry, you can make a reservation by contacting them ahead of your trip, although an unreserved space may be available. See their page on travelling with bikes for more information.
Bike Hire in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Looking to hire a bike in the north east? Bonus, they're electric! If you don't have your own set of wheels, you can hire electric bikes in Aberdeen and across Aberdeenshire.
You can hire an electric bike in Aberdeen via Big Issue Bikes on a pay as you go, or subscription basis. There are locations across Aberdeen, and the bikes are booked via an App.
You can also hire an electric bike in Aberdeenshire, with bikes available in Ellon, Mintlaw, Peterhead or Fraserburgh, perfect for a trip on Formartine & Buchan Way!