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“Move over Dr Beeching” 4 of 5 stars
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Old Deeside Railway Line
Access from Duthie Park | Polmuir Road, Aberdeen AB11 7TH, Scotland
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Ranked #25 of 89 Attractions in Aberdeen
Type: Biking Trails, Trails, Outdoors
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Stonehaven, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Move over Dr Beeching”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

The line is in the process of being reconstructed by a group of enthusiasts and you can take a short train journey along and back. they sometimes run a steam engine. Check their website.

Visited December 2011
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“We live right beside it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

We walk it nearly everyday ..we are lucky to live in a railway cottagein Culter the walks are lovely scenery beautiful

Visited May 2012
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“Great cycle-way with views over Deeside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2008

Very pleasant multi-user path running from Duthie Park in the middle of Aberdeen to Peterculter some 7 miles distant along the trackbed of the old Deeside Railway line. Well-surfaced with either ash or tar it is a pleasant run for all the family. Some of the bridges crossing busy roads have been replaced but there are no bridges at the busy main road at Milltimber or at a couple of quiet side roads near Cults.
There are plans to formally extend the path as "The Deeside Way" west of Peterculter to Banchory and beyond, passing the preserved and being rebuilt Royal Deeside Railway at Milton of Crathes. Part of this route will be on quiet country roads

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“Safe Cycling”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2008

Along with the former Formartine and Buchan Railway line this provides one of the most safe and scenic cycling routes in the North East of Scotland. Anyone planning to have a cycling holiday in Scotland should be aware that cycling or indeed walking on public roads can only be described as hazardous. However these two routes can be enjoyed in complete safety with plenty of villages along the way where refreshments can be obtained. The Old Deeside Railway line provides an excellent way to explore Royal Deeside and if required there is a campsite complete with toillet/showering facilities at Ballater at the most westerly end of this route. Along the way you can visit the towns of Banchory and Aboyne and the castles at Crathes, Drum and Aboyne.

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“Fit for Royalty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2008

This is the route of the original Deeside railway line that ran from Aberdeen to Ballater. It was intended to extend the track to Braemar , but apparently Queen Victoria ' was not amused,' and objected to it , fearing that it might attract hordes of undesirables from the city that would invade her privacy, as the line would pass through Balmoral, near the Royal residence.
The line was axed in 1966 as part of Dr Beeching's cuts and is now open to the public for walking, cycling and horse riding.
The new route starts at the Duthie Park, Polmuir Road in South Aberdeen.
It is a fairly flat well made path with easy access and it provides a pleasant journey westward, running more or less parallel with the River Dee. There are still remnants of platforms at the various suburban stations and most of the old wooden railway buildings are still in use as private homes or workshops.
As you leave Aberdeen the first main station is Pitfodels, followed by Cults, and Bieldside , which are mainly very affluent areas populated by professional and wealthy people.
Then it's on to Maryculter and to the end of the line at Culter, (Pronounced Cooter ), or to give it it's full title 'Peterculter'.
If you continue westwards through the village and proceed halfway over the Bridge, look to your right and you will see a statue of Rob Roy McGregor resplendent in his Highland attire.
It was reputed that he may have jumped over Culter Burn to escape from the redcoats.!!!!!!!!!! ???????
The line is a haven for birds and small animals, but even if you're not a twitcher or naturalists it's a very pleasant break from
the city.
Total distance for the round trip is approximately 18 miles.

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