It turns out that the Deeside Way is a really nice ride through the posher, more picturesque parts of Aberdeen and shire. I think the tell-tale sign was that the fields tended to have horses in them rather than stinky, grass munching bovines.
So, I found out that it was around about Banchory that the sensible part of my brain said, "Charlie, do yourself a favour. Eat some lunch and head back before your legs drop off." However, it was rudely interrupted by the daft part of my brain which then said, "Ooh, look at that tower on top of Scolty Hill. It would be rude to visit Banchory and not visit that."
So after some pushing of the bike and polite banter with a group of oldies walking down (Blue rinse #1: oh they don't like those things up here. Blue rinse #2: There's even a no bikes sign at the top. Blue rinse #1: Aye, I saw that too. Tsk!) I made it to the tower and gazed down upon my conquered domain. I know owned everything from the tower to the horizon!
A fine ride and I even got back in time to meet Beth from school. Now that I've had my cuppa, I'd better go and wash the trusty steed.
Here's the route:
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