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Etape Royale 27th Sept ’15

Ballater Autumn High Street Royal Deeside Scottish town centre Craigendarroch hill some 40 miles west of Aberdeen in Aberdeenshire in North East Scotland. Lying to the north of the River Dee it is a popular tourist centre for visitors travelling the length of this beautiful valley going southwards to Perth, visiting Balmoral Castle or Crathie Kirk or as a stopover before venturing northwards over the Lecht to Inverness.

Ballater Autumn High Street Royal Deeside Scottish town centre Craigendarroch hill some 40 miles west of Aberdeen in Aberdeenshire in North East Scotland. Lying to the north of the River Dee it is a popular tourist centre for visitors travelling the length of this beautiful valley going southwards to Perth, visiting Balmoral Castle or Crathie Kirk or as a stopover before venturing northwards over the Lecht to Inverness.

Brand new for 2015 the Etape Royale is a closed-road cycle sportive set in the regal surroundings of Scotland’s majestic North-East.

The 102-mile, closed-road route takes cyclists across Aberdeenshire and Moray’s breath-taking scenery, through the heart of whisky country and Royal Deeside.

Starting in Ballater, the circular route takes you on a traffic-free journey via Rhynie, Dufftown, the Lecht and back to Ballater on the banks of the River Dee. The route has a real mix of scenic rolling roads, a challenging ascents and alpine-esque descents through a wild landscape scattered with iconic whisky distilleries.

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