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Formartine and Buchan Way

Cycling_263The Formartine and Buchan Way has been justifiably designated as one of Scotland’s Great Trails.  It is an impressive, safe pathway suitable for all abilities of walkers, cyclist and horse-riders. 

The pathway uses the former railway line linking from Dyce, on the edge of Aberdeen in the south, to the village of Maud where it splits into two routes; eastwards to Peterhead and northwards to Fraserburgh.

The route is an impressive 53 miles in length, is entirely off road and relatively flat, however it passes through such a varied and interesting landscape that the outlook is constantly changing and the journey never boring. 

The section of the Formartine and Buchan Way between Dyce and Parkhill (crossing of the A947) is going to be upgraded during late 2014 early 2015. Please contact Aberdeen City Council on 01224 523316 or Aberdeenshire Council on 01467 628380 for further information.

If you are intending to use the Formartine and Buchan Way for an event, please ensure you notify the relevant Councils to ensure there are no planned works at the time of your event.

In addition to being a great route for recreation and commuting, the former railway line is also an extremely valuable natural corridor providing a haven for many kinds of wildlife in the midst of a productive landscape.  

  • Challenge yourself to cycle or ride the whole route or enjoy one or more of the short
    sections, linking with other path networks to make a circular route or catching a bus
    to back where you started.
  • Visit Country Parks, stately homes, historical sites and museums situated alongside
    the old railway line
  • Discover the many local and migrating species of wildlife which use this
    natural corridor as their home.
  • Join in with the many events held throughout the year in the towns
    and villages along the route.

A new information pack has been produced providing lots of detail to help you make the most of this great trail, including some history of the former railway line and information about the towns and villages along the route.  A set of eleven route cards accompany the information booklet and these provide more detailed information about short, easy to manage sections of the route. The information packs can be purchased from Tourist Information Centers and some local shops priced at just £2.50 a pack or they can be downloaded free of charge from here.