A great calorie-devouring cycle route to include some roller coaster hills with an optional pit-stop at Knockando Wool Mill.
Starting from Forres town centre, head out on St Leonards Road to Rafford, then on to Dallas via the B9010. Take a right just as you get into Dallas and follow the road through some lovely moorland scenery till you reach Knockando.
We would highly recommend taking a left in the village for coffee and cake at Knockando Wool Mill which has been recently renovated to include a shop, cafe and visitor centre. Take some time here to enjoy the surroundings, learn about the history of the Mill and wander through the gardens. It’s a peaceful haven and a lovely place to stop for a rest.
From there head back to the village and carry straight on to Grantown-on-Spey via Advie. This section includes some fabulous rolling hills and the scenery in the valley is a bonus. We like to stop for lunch in Grantown, especially at Maclean’s the Bakers where you can get a takeaway lunch to enjoy outside on the green, or in the cafe if the weather isn’t so kind.
Once fed and watered, it’s a pretty easy 23 miles back to Forres.
Total: 55 miles