Picking up a bike from Fraserburgh, access to the Formartine & Buchan Way can be picked up from the car park on Kessock Road, through the Maconochie Road underpass which gives direct access to the start of the route. As a traffic free route, the F&B way provides a great opportunity to take in the fresh air, savour views across Aberdeenshire and look out for the abundant wildlife as you cycle the route.(Note –there are one or two sections where you must cross a main road)
- Strichen (34km round trip): Just north of Strichen lies Mormond Hill. At 769 feet high it overlooks the surrounding countryside and hosts the outline of a White Horse formed by white stones. While there, refuel at a local café or restaurant, then take a wander around the Community Park, or have a browse and at The Old Auction Room.
- Mintlaw (34km one way): If you’d prefer to go a little further but don’t want to cycle back, you could continue through Strichen ,turning off at Maud towards Mintlaw. Mintlaw has Aden Country Park, Pitfour Lake and various cafes. You could then take a Stagecoach bus (usually hourly, check timetable before travel though) from Mintlaw Square back to Fraserburgh –it’s about a half hour journey. Note, this is only available if the Buchan Xpress coach is used –see link for details.
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 taste some locally landed seafood at one Fraserburgh’s restaurants.
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