Train to Aberdeen then cycle to Aboyne via Banchory (B976/B9077). By car from Aberdeen or Braemar take the A93.
Quite a lot of sandy soil in the area. You may well meet horse riders, stop to let them pass.
Where to stay:
Tourist Information Ballater (01339-755306) for B&Bs etc, but you'd find a B&B no problem in Aboyne.
Independent Hostel, The Wolf's Hearth, Tornaveen, by Lumphanan (10 miles NE on B9119)
Where to eat & drink:
There are plenty of pubs and tea rooms in Aboyne which is quite near the foot of Glen Tanar. On the other side of Mount Keen, at Glen Esk, there is a tea room half way down the glen, and lots of eating places, plus B&Bs and hotels in
Bike Life, Station Road, Ballater Tel: 01330 825313