Durris Wood Mountain Bike Trails

Durris Forest

Durris Forest is one of two popular forests offering mountain biking (the other being Fetteresso Forest) accessible from the A957 Slug Road which joins Banchory and Stonehaven. In fact, the Slug Road separates Fetteresso from Durris.

Currently on offer is an 9 mile cycle trail round the 3 peaks of Cairn-mon-earn, Strathgyle and Mundernal with an optional spur to the top of Cairn-mon-earn. There is also a complex network of other forest roads and off-road MTB trails that provide some fine mountain biking for all tastes. In total there is over 40km of trails from easy forest roads to black graded technical tracks.
The ancient drovers route of Elsick Mounth passes through the forest.

Durris Forest

Gravitate North East (formerly known as NETCO - North East Trail Centre Organisation) have an ambitious and achievable plan to turn Durris Forest into a world class mountain biking trail centre. Work is ongoing, with loads of positive steps forward achieved so far. Find out more about Gravitate North East's plans for an adventure destination for mountain biking in north east Scotland.

The Durris Forest is a chiefly coniferous forest made of the Durris Forest itself and several smaller outlying woods. The forest is co-managed by Friends of Durris Forests, and Forestry Commission Scotland.

 

Durris MTB Trails Descriptions

The small car park sign posted from the Slug Road is a good start point for most of the Durris trails. On offer are 17 forest road trails, 2 easy trails, 6 intermediate, 6 difficult and 4 severe trails giving 45km plus of fun.

Durris Circular Trail

This is way marked with white circles. The route uses forest road, and has some steep sections at the start, although the second part of the route has more gentle gradients. There are great views to the north near the end of the route, and recent felling and thining has opened out views within the forest. The forest route finishes at the Inchloan car park leaving about a mile to be completed on a quiet stretch of tarmac.

Cairn-mon-earn Spur

The yellow way marked Cairn Spur leads off the circular route after about a mile. This is a real lung opener despite the spur being only a mile in length. The summit, at 378 metres high offers superb panoramic views. It is worth getting off the bike for a few minutes to explore the Bronze Age burial cairn which now shares the summit with a few radio masts.

Just Explore

There are hidden gems of single track, swooping downhills and challenging climbs scattered through out the Durris Forest. They are not marked, but they are there. Just get out and explore.

Just Explore

There are hidden gems of single track, swooping downhills and challenging climbs scattered through out the Durris Forest. They are not marked, but they are there. Just get out and explore.

 

 

Facilities at Durris Wood

local_parking Free parking at all car parks.

wc No toilets.

Nearest cafes are in Drumoak and Banchory - see our page listing Cafes near Durris.

Nearest shops, bars and take aways are in Banchory.

Mobile signal good all over.

Nearest cycle repair shops are in Banchory & Drumoak.

If you think we have missed something in our guide to the Durris mountain bike trails then let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.

 

Getting to Durris Forest Trails

The Durris Forest car parks are small and can often be full. However, there are five of them at different corners of Durris Forest so getting parked shouldn't be a problem. The three most popular are known locally as The Upper, The Middle, and The Lower car parks.

Durris Upper Car Park

The Upper car park is situated on the A957, aka the Slug Road, between Stonehaven and Crathes. The car park is about 7 miles from Stonehaven, and about 5 miles from Crathes.

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Middle & Lower Car Parks

On the Slug Rd head towards Crathes, and take the first right which is about half a mile away. Follow this road downhill; 1st on the right is the Middle, and 2nd on the right is the Lower.

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