With a population of 10 thousand people, Ellon is a popular local service centre for the Formartine area. Picking up a bike from Ellon, users can access the F&B Way easily from the network of high-quality cycle paths, leading back through the town centre following the meandering River Ythan.

Route Planning

Great journey planner for bikes –it’s open source so any cycle routes added to OpenStreetMap appear here: www.cyclestreets.net

Route cards for the Formartine & Buchan Way can be downloaded at this link: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

For public transport to/from Ellon, plan your journey at www.travelinescotland.com

Local Trips

If you want to cycle locally, there is a network of cycle paths and routes available. Following the riverside paths gives you a quiet, scenic cycle that’s loved by locals. Or, take in the woods at McDonald, or the open spaces at Gordon Park. The old railway viaduct on the Formartine & Buchan Way is a fantastic example of Victorian engineering and a great place to take in the views from Ellon.

Further Afield

As a traffic free route, the Formartine & Buchan way provides a great opportunity to take in the fresh air, savour views across Formartine and look out for the abundant wildlife as you cycle the route.

  • Heading North –Auchnagatt (23km round trip): This route provides great views across the Formartine countryside. The local shop in Auchnagatt is a great place to stock up on supplies before you head back or if you are continuing further north.
  • Heading South–Udny Station (16km round trip): Cycle across the impressive Victorian viaduct as you head south passing through rich Formartine farmland and open countryside. With hedgerows supporting birdlife this is a great option for nature lovers. Check out a local hotel for refreshments.

Whether you choose your own route around town or explore the Formartine & Buchan Way, be sure to make time to take a break at any one of the excellent cafes or bakeries in Ellon, and check out some of the brilliant local shops too.

For further inspiration and suggestions for places to eat, take a look at visitabdn.com

Find us

Ellon Academy Community Campus, Kellie Pearl Way, Ellon, AB41 8LF