Braemar Circular Tour to Linn of Dee Cycle Route

Braemar Circular Tour via Linn Dee Cycle Route

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An approximate 19 mile cycle route on both tarmac lanes and off road section, so a mountain bike or hybrid are required for this beautiful scenic cycle route. The cycle route takes you out from the lovely Scottish village of Braemar along The Linn of Dee Cycle Route along quiet country lanes along the banks of ‘The Royal’ River Dee to Muir and then back along the opposite bank of the river where you cycle along an off road section through a wooded trail and then back to Braemar.

Braemar is situated on the banks of ‘The Royal’ River Dee just off the A93 approximately 35 miles north of Pitlochry in central Scotland. Braemar has a variety of small shops, cafes, and The Fife Arms Hotel, so there are plenty of establishments for you to get refreshments. Braemar also has a castle (Braemar Castle) situated on the outskirts of the village which was built in 1628. It is the ancestral home and seat of Clan Farquharson and is said to be haunted by several ghosts. The castle is open to the public.

Starting from the Fife Arms Hotel on Mar Road in the centre of Braemar Village cycle to your right along Mar Road, away from the A93. After 200 yards you come to a small roundabout. At the roundabout TAKE THE SECOND EXIT on to Linn of Dee Road and cycle out of Braemar with The River Dee on your right hand side as you cycle along this beautiful river.

Continue to cycle along the road and after about 3 miles you pass Victoria Bridge over the river (which is an alternative shorter route). Continue along Linn of Dee Road past Victoria Bridge and about half a mile you come to the small hamlet of Inverey. Continue along straight through Inverey and after 1 mile you come to Muir where the road bends to the right and takes you over the stone bridge on The Linn of Dee.

When you reach the other side of the river FOLLOW THE ROAD ROUND TO THE RIGHT keeping to the Linn of Dee Cycle Route which takes you back towards Braemar on the other side of the River Dee. After about three quarters of a mile you come to the small hamlet of Claybokie. Cycle straight through Claybokie. (Note: – if you wish just after Claybokie you can turn right down the lane to Mar Lodge and Victoria Bridge).
Continue past Mar Lodge after about 1 mile you come to a wooden bridge and a small car park at The Linn of Quoich. The Linn of Quoich, is a waterfall through the narrow ravine, where the bridge passes over. Near the bridge is the Earl of Mar’s Punch Bowl – a natural hole in a rock midstream that was literally used as a punchbowl at the end of hunting deer in the neighboring forest. It is at this point that the tarmac road ends and you continue northwards along the state road past some old farm buildings. Continue to cycle along the estate road and when you enter the dense pine woods follow the signs for green Scottish rights of way cycle signs which eventually takes you past Invercauld House and round the river down to a ‘T’ junction with the A93, which is about three and a half miles from where you joined the estate road.

At the junction TURN RIGHT along the A93 (sign posted The Linn of Dee Cycle Route) in the direction of Braemar. After about one and a half miles you pass Braemar Castle on the right as you approach Braemar and 300 yards after the castle you TURN RIGHT on to Invercauld Road which takes you in to the centre of the village and back to The Fife Arms Hotel. The start/finish of your cycle ride.

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