MOUNTAIN BIKING in East Scotland
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Glen Derry
Orange Route: 23 kms approx    
The tracks marked here are an introduction to an area that is home to many tracks leading off deep into the Cairngorms. This is true upland country in the shadow of several of Scotland's highest peaks, and is characterised by wide open spaces punctuated by atmospheric fragments of ancient Caledonian woodland. The attractive town of Braemar is nearby for post-ride refreshments.


At the official car park marked on the map. There are several other official car parks in this tourist hotspot that are also within range if necessary, and the minor roads a pleasure to cycle on.



Route description:

The route marked consists of a ride up Glen Lui and into Derry, taking in views towards the Cairngorm plateau, and then returning to the road, paying a visit to the Linn Of Quoich. There are plenty of options for picnics by the river on a sunny day.

The route is of little technical difficulty, consisting of fast landrover tracks in Glen Lui, and rougher but still good quality tracks, with more inclines and water splashes in Glen Derry. The area is popular with hikers and campers in peak season, but there is plenty of space for everyone, with consideration.


The track from Linn of Dee towards White Bridge is the start of a route connecting Deesside with Speyside. It's around 22 miles, including a six mile section of rough footpath, some of which needs to be walked.

Photo © Martin Good