Cycling around Moray
Whether you are looking for gentle recreational cycling or extreme mountain biking the area immediately around Cardhu Country House has everything to offer.
Directly from the house are a number of interesting cross country and road routes to follow.
Only a mile away at Tamdhu Station is the famous SPEYSIDE WAY long distance route.
Drying rooms, power washer and bike storage are available.
The Speyside Way
The house is situated a mile off the route which runs over a sixty five mile stretch between Aviemore and Buckie. Although it’s a long distance walking route, cycling is permitted. From the rugged Cairngorms it follows the course of the Spey through the Moray countryside passing through valleys, forests, fields and hills, on and off road, to the coast.
Aviemore - Tamdhu 34 miles
Tamdhu – Buckie 31 miles
There is also a fifteen mile spur at Ballindalloch (4 miles away) to Tomintoul. - An exhilarating ride with rugged and spectacular scenery.
For more info - speysideway.org/
The Moray Monster Trails
These trails include thirty kilometres of fun packed, single track mountain bike routes and can be accessed directly from the Speyside Way at Craigellachie.
The trails range from easy green to severe black. There is something for everyone from new mountain bikers to serious experts.
For more info – www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-6MRFE5
The Dava Way
Accessible from the Speyside Way at Grantown on Spey is another cross-country route – the twenty four mile Dava Way. Built on a disused rail track this route links Grantown to Forres across a pleasant mix of woodland, moorland and farmland. On a clear day the views to the north across the Moray Firth and to the south across the Cairngorms and Cromdale Hills are stunning.
For more info - www.davaway.org.uk
The Moray Coastal Route
This is a signed cycle route from Burghead to Cullen (26 miles), linking the coastal communities. It can also be extended as far as Forres (50miles). Explore the dramatic landscapes from rugged cliffs to sweeping shores, sheltered coves to fishertown harbours. Visitors are drawn by the resident bottlenose dolphins and the myriad of birdlife on the cliffs.
For more info - www.morayways.org.uk/moray-coast-trail.asp
A network of cross country trails has been established on Glenlivet Estate. The trails are accessible from the Tomintoul spur of the Speyside Way. There are six routes to enjoy exploring forest, farm and open moorland. Routes are waymarked and a Cycle Glenlivet leaflet is available from the information centre.
For more info - www.glenlivetestate.co.uk/cycle.html
Cycle hire is available locally - please contact Dave (01340810895) for information.