Ben Aigan Mountain Bike Trails
Ben Aigan Mountain Bike Trails, in the heart of whisky country, are part of the Moray Monster Trails network.
The Moray Monster Trails work as three independent sites, Ben Aigan, Ordiequish and Winding Walks, with a link between Ordiequish and Ben Aigan giving over 30km of superb MTB routes.
Ben Aigan's trails run through the forest that covers the steep sided slopes of Ben Aigan and neighbouring Knockmore. Ben Aigan lies to the east of Rothes, the north east of Craigellachie and to the east of the River Spey which flows along the foot of its western and northern slopes. Rising to a height of 471m (1546 feet) and extensively forested apart from the summit cone, the top of Ben Aigan provides magnificent views over Speyside, south to Ben Rinnes, and away to the north over the Moray Firth to the hills of Sutherland
The correct spelling is Ben Aigan, but occassionally on line you see references to Ben Aigen, and Ben Aegan. Who cares when the cycling is as good as this!
On offer are a red, a black and an orange trail - all of which demand respect.
MTB Fun Park and Pump Track
Kirkhill MTB Fun Park and Pump Track was officially opened in March 2005 and has been providing ear to ear smiles ever since. This short section of trail (about a mile) was purposely built to provide a range of technically challenging features - jumps, bumps, berms, and tabletops. It's designed specifically to help you perfect your offroad biking skills. Be aware however that it is best suited to intermediate and advanced riders as it is tricky in parts.
It begins with an easy uphill ride through mature conifer forest to an open area, from where the descent back to the start takes you through all the classic mountain biking features you would expect. It finishes in the main car park giving you a great chance to show off to your mates and the other riders getting ready to hit the trails.
The 6¾ mile Kirkhill Loop, way marked by a red bike icon, starts from the MTB fun park and climbs steadily along fire break roads to Tappie Tower at the summit of Tyrebagger Hill. Tappie Tower offers good views to Inverurie and Bennachie to the north. From here the trail drops slowly for the remaining 4 or so miles back to the car park. For the more adventurous there is a choice of 3 unmarked single tracks leading from the tower back on to the Kirkhill Loop.
Although the trail is mostly fire break road - aka boring, it is a good introduction to Kirkhill. It gives lots of opportunity to spot unmarked trails for you to explore.
The short (½ mile) south spur also begins (or ends?) next to the Pump Track and cuts off a corner of the Kirkhill Loop - follow the white markings. This is steep, rough, rocky and criss crossed with roots making it ideal for the more experienced rider.