Useful Links

We have added a few links and sites that we hope you will find useful for your outdoor adventures, for local clubs and groups to take part in outdoor activities or potential funding opportunities.

Staying Safe and Well Outdoors

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks are a real problem in our area, so please make sure you give yourself a good ‘tick check’ after you have been in the woods, moors or grass areas. If you think you have been bitten, visit your GP for advice. You can get an O’Tom tick remover from most vets and would be a very handy addition to any outdoor backpack! For more information on how to remove ticks and Lyme’s Disease, please follow the links below.  It is important you remove a tick correctly to avoid it reguritating back into your blood system and increasing your chances of Lyme’s Disease.
About Ticks & Lyme Disease
How to remove a tick

Weather

Local Outdoor Activity Groups

Everything Cycling Related

National Cycling Authorities/Charities

  • CTC A charity promoting all types of cycling. They use their knowledge to influence decision makers and work towards make cycling safer, with campaigns such as ‘Fill that Hole’ and ‘Road Justice’.
  • Cycling Scotland Working to make cycling in Scotland an acceptable, attractive and practical lifestyle option through training courses, cycle friendly schemes and campaigns such as ‘Give Me Cycle Space’.
  • Scottish Cycling The governing body and your gateway to all cycle sport in Scotland including BMX, Speedway, Cyclo-cross, MTB, Road and Track.
  • Sustrans Supporting people to use active travel by promoting and co-ordinating the National Cycle Network and influencing policy development with the Scottish Government, Local Authorities and politicians.
  • Transform Scotland Campaigning for a society where all travel needs are met in an environmentally sustainable way including cycling, walking, public transport and lift sharing.
  • Grampian Cycle Partnership Grampian Cycle Partnership works proactively in partnership with local clubs, groups, associations, businesses and workplaces and individuals, the local authorities, government and national organisations to help achieve their ambitions through encouraging, developing, promoting and supporting cycling and work towards making Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire and Moray even more welcoming to cycle in than they are currently.

Local Groups

  • Belles on Bikes A ladies leisure cycle club for women around Moray, funded by CTC and Cycling Scotland. Leisure rides of about 20 miles, with a stop for a cup of tea, some cake and a natter!
  • Dirt Vixens Aiming to cater for female mountain bikers of any level who want to improve their riding. Skills sessions following the Go MTB proficiency course take place fortnightly.
  • Elgin Cycling Club Recreational and sporting cycling events and social activities for mountain bikers, triathletes, road cyclists and racers.
  • Forres Cycling Club Founded in 1938 as a Touring Club, but have since dabbled in racing – road races, time trials and grass track.
  • Moray Mountain Bike Club Aiming to get more people out to enjoy the countryside coupled with a good social atmosphere. Club rides every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm from Bishopmill Primary car park.

Mapping Tools

  • Cycle Streets Like google maps but specifically designed for cyclists. Enter your start point and your end point and see the fastest route, quietest route and a balanced route.
  • Cycle-Route A list of routes all across the country, including maps – find the perfect place to ride or add your own.
  • Map My Ride Also available: Map My Run and Map My Walk. Shows tried and tested routes and allows you to add your own. Can be used with a Garmin or linked to several other fitness accounts.
  • Strava Monitor your mileage, your elevation gain, calories burned and race others to be the fastest on strava segments. Can be used with a Garmin or has a useful app for smartphones.