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Deeside peak recommended for mountain bikes

Posted 25 January 2011
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Deeside peak recommended for mountain bikes
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Those who love to jump on mountain bikes and explore the Scottish Highlands may enjoy a great ride when conquering one of the Munros, it has been noted.

A guide has been produced by the Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms Destination Management Organisation listing good winter walks around the area, the Press and Journal reports.

Among these are a number of climbs up Scotland's mountains over 3,000 ft, including the second highest in the country - Ben Macdui at 4,295 ft, as well as Lochnagar.

But it also notes the 3,081 ft Mount Keen makes for an "easy" ascent and is ideal for those heading up in their cycle gear rather than walking boots.

Mount Keen is the easternmost of all the Munros and was once climbed by Queen Victoria, the first modern monarch to live in the area when she and Prince Albert moved to Balmoral.

Mountain bikes can also be useful in the area for covering large distances, such as when riding from Braemar to the Derry Lodge, at the foot of several Munros including Ben Macdui and also Derry Cairngorm, Beinn Bhreac and Beinn a'Chaorainn.