Tour # 3.
Elgin - Rothes - Dufftown - Alford - Aberdeen
Approx. total hill climb: 600 meters.
Highest point: The crossroad A 941/B9002 (414 meters above sea level).
Severity Rating: *****
Fun rating: ******
How to get to Elgin: Train from Aberdeen and Inverness.
This is a cycle trip I cannot recommend highly enough. It goes
through the best of Crampians and Aberdeenshire. It also goes through
the whisky heartland in the Speyside area. It passes distilleries
like Longmorn, Balvenie and Glenfiddich. The landscape is brilliant
throughout this trip. The road over the mountain between Dufftown
and Alford is not hard, which is a bit of a surprise because the local
people will warn you against this road. But do not listen to them
!!! The road from the top of this mountain to Aberdeen is relative
flat. A brilliant, brilliant cycle trip.
The road (A 941) out of Elgin rises towards the beginning of Glen
Of Rothes and through this valley. The climb is moderate and very
interesting. The road (A 95) goes down to the small town Rothes before
it rises again along River Spey to Craigellachie. The road (A 941)
toward Dufftown takes off the main road in a short, sharp climb towards
Dufftown before it goes down again to Glenfiddich Distillery. Stop
at this world famous distillery and admire the buildings and the dam.
The road rises again from the distillery to Dufftown some hundred
meters from the distillery. Dufftown is a place with a great history
and a world famous whisky shop. A visit is obligatory.
The road goes down again a bit before the crossroad between Huntly
and Cabrach. Follow the road (A 941) up the valley towards Cabrach.
The first bit is a bit steep, but it flattens out and goes down again
a bit. Then the road rises to a mountain (385 meters above sea level)
before a long descent follows. Then the road follows some narrow valleys
and pass the Grouse Inn pub. After this pub, the road goes up to a
moor and climb gently up to the crossroad between A 941 and B 9002.
This crossroad is at 414 meters above sea level. Take the B 9002 road
down the steep descent towards the road (A 97) at Lumsden. The road
(A 944) through Mossat and towards Alford along the river is flat
and interesting. If you think the road down to Aberdeen are a piece
of cake, you will now get a surprise. The road goes up a sharp climb
three kilometers after Alford. Then it goes down again in a short
descent. The road towards Aberdeen are a blend of flat and moderate
climb up towards Westhill. The sting of the tale is a short climb
up the hill overlooking Aberdeen and the North Sea. The view is stunning.
The descent down to Aberdeen is long and moderate. Be aware of the
traffic and enjoy the stunning views along this descent towards Aberdeen.
A perfect end to a perfect tour.