Formartine & Buchan Way
The Formartine and Buchan Way (F&B Way) is a 54 mile off-road route linking Dyce with Ellon, Maud, Fraserburgh and Peterhead. The F&B Way skirts the northern edge of Aden Country Park and Aden can be the starting point for visitors to explore the line.
The route travels through rolling farmland using the level track bed of the former railway line. The nature of the F&B Way makes it an ideal recreational and commuting route between the various towns and villages located along its length. The F&B Way makes an ideal cycle path and most sections are available for horse riding and some sections are wheelchair-accessible. The route also acts as a wildlife corridor and so there is plenty to see along the route throughout the year.
The Way is well sign posted and because the way is based on the old railway line, navigation is straightforward. The track is relatively flat and only undulates when roads have to be crossed. It is well maintained and few parts are overgrown.
The F&B Way passes through (or close to) many place of interest including Aden Country Park, Drinnies Wood Observatory, Strichen Stone Circle and Deer Abbey. These all make interesting detours.
Like most old railway lines, the Formartine and Buchan way acts as a valuable corridor for wildlife by linking isolated woods, crossing waterways and marshes and providing a sanctuary for plants, animals, birds and insects.
Deer, fox, weasel, stoat and badgers all use the line. Early morning and dusk are the best times for spotting them.
The old railway embankments and cuttings also provide a home for a wide variety of fauna which attracts a great variety of insects and but terflies. Flowers to look out for include rosebay willowherb, harebells, oxeye daises, yellow toadflax, foxgloves and red campion. Dog violets attract pearl bordered fritillary butterflies; an increasingly rare butterfly.
For further information please visit the Formartine & Buchan Way section on the Aberdeenshire Council website.