Hill of Fare Mountain Bike Trails

Hill of Fare

Hill of Fare mountain bike trails extend across the flanks of the Hill of Fare massif, an area of forestry and rough moorland criss-crossed by landrover tracks.

HOF, as it is often referred to by local riders, boasts a number of distinct peaks with the highest peaking out at 471m (1545 feet). This varied terrain, selection of peaks and proximity to Banchory make the Hill of Fare mtb trails a popular spot for riders looking for a challenge.

Hill of Fare

Testament to the challenges presented by Hill of Fare, is its inclusion in the Aberdeenshire Enduro Series competition. Check out our mountain bike enduros page to see the events planned for this year.

There are over 57 kms of trail to explore. Overall you can expect 17 access road type trails, 4 blue, 11 red, and 5 black graded trails. These are spread over the six predominant peaks of Meikle Tap (height 359m), Greymore (393m), Blackyduds (343m), Graigrath (436m), Tornamean (458m) and Hill of Fare at a height of 471m. So definitely worth a visit if you like climbing and rapid descents.

 

Hill of Fare MTB Trails Descriptions

Since 2019 there has been Forestry work going on at HOF. This has resulted in some trails being temporarily closed, and unfortunately some trails have been impacted by the work. Both Spaniels Lugs and My Little Pony have been trashed.

Below is an introduction to some of the more popular trails, but there are loads more so get out there and explore.

DoonThaBrae

The most accesible trail from Sunhoney car park.
A RED trail named in honor of its inclusion in the Doon tha Brae enduro.
Trail Stats:
Length ~ 400m,
Altitude drop ~ 59m,
Average gradient ~ -15%
Leave the car park on the access track and when it splits take the left. Continue for about 400m, where DoonThaBrae starts on your left.
What3words location: strays.endearing.rolled

Teddybears Picnic

This RED trail spits you out next to Sunhoney car park.
It is not as popular as its nearby neighbour, DoonThaBrae, but with its drops and rocks it is still woth a try.
Trail Stats:
Length ~ 400m,
Altitude drop ~ 62m,
Average gradient ~ -15.5%
Leave the car park on the access track and when it splits take the left. Continue for about 500m, where Teddybears Picnic starts on your left.
What3words location: sunset.outline.cement

 
The next two trails end close to the start of both DoonThaBraes and Teddybears Picnic, so they are well worth the uphill slog to get to. When you finish them, take a right and look out for the red trails begining on your left.
 

Bitchin

This BLACK trail is a steep, narrow and rocky single track with super-tight bermed S-bends, a few drops and jumps, all spiced up with plenty of roots.
Trail Stats:
Length ~ 600m,
Altitude drop ~ 97m,
Average gradient ~ -16.6%
Leave the car park on the access track and take the 2nd access track on the left, about 1.4 miles from car park. Continue for about another 3/4 of a mile, where Bitchin starts on your left.
What3words location: sheets.domestic.lurching

Don't Tell Your Mother

This BLACK trail splits from Greymore Downhill, or can be joined from Bitchin via a wee RED trail called Short Cut. Some recent reports of forestry work at the end of the trail.
Trail Stats:
Length ~ 375m,
Altitude drop ~ 72m,
Average gradient ~ -19%
Leave the car park on the access track and take the 2nd access track on the left, about 1.4 miles from car park. Continue for about another 3/4 of a mile, 100m beyond where Bitchin begins.
What3words location: knee.deferring.homework

 
The next two trails - Kevin Spacey and Gnarly Greymore - begin at the top of Greymore Hill. It is a big effort to get there, involving a lot of climbing on forest track, but once there the rewards are great. Finish either of these, then hook up onto one of the two blacks mentioned above, then onto the reds. Superb!
 

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey is a long RED trail that starts out on open moorland before heading into the trees. Can get a bit boggy on the open section so perhaps one best left to the dry days of summer.
Trail Stats:
Length ~ 825m,
Altitude drop ~ 149m,
Average gradient ~ -18%
Leave the car park on the access track and take the 1st access track on the left. After about 3/4 miles take a right, again on access road. Continue for about another 3 miles. Take a right onto a single track trail and climb to the summit. At the summit take the left (i.e. north west) trail.
What3words location: tags.sprayed.clef

Gnarly Greymore

Gnarly Greymore is a long BLACK trail that starts out on open moorland before heading into the trees. Like Kevin Spacey, it does get a bit boggy on the open section so keep this one for summer.
Trail Stats:
Length ~ 660m,
Altitude drop ~ 107m,
Average gradient ~ -16.4%
Leave the car park on the access track and take the 1st access track on the left. After about 3/4 miles take a right, again on access road. Continue for about another 3 miles. Take a right onto a single track trail and climb to the summit. At the summit take the right (i.e. north east) trail.
What3words location: tags.sprayed.clef

 

 

Facilities at Hill of Fare

local_parking Free parking at all car parks.

wc No toilets.

Nearest cafes are in Banchory - see our page listing Cafes in Banchory.

Mobile phone signal patchy in places.

build Nearest cycle repair shops are in Banchory.

Wide selection of shops, bars and take aways in Banchory. Shops also in Torphins and Echt.

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

 

Getting to Hill of Fare

Hill of Fare has three areas for parking. The Sunhoney car park gives the easiest access to the black and most of the red trails. The Echt car parking is often busy with dog walkers but gives good access to the round Greymore loop. The Back of Hill of Fare car park is great for forestry roads and a climb to the cairn at the summit of HoF.

Sunhoney B9119 Car Park

Sunoney Car Park
Post code AB32 7AL
Space for about 9 vehicles.
Take the B9119 out of Westhill towards Tarland. About 1.5 miles after passing Echt turn left opposite the entrance to Sunhoney Farm. Follow this forest access road for about quarter of a mile to the car park.
Sunhoney is about 15 miles west of Aberdeen.

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Echt B977 Car Park

Echt (B977) Car Park
Post code AB32 6XJ
Two small informal laybys with space for about 12 vehicles in total.
Take the B9119 out of Westhill towards Tarland. Turn left in Echt onto the B977. The laybys are about 1.5 miles from Echt, on the left handside of the road.
The Echt B9119 car park is about 15 miles west of Aberdeen.
 

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Back of Hill of Fare Car Park

Back of Hill of Fare Car Park
Post code AB31 4NT
Space for about 9 vehicles.
Take the A980 out of Banchory to Torphins. In Torphins turn right onto the B993. The entrance to the car park is on the right, at the top of the Learney hill, about 2.5 miles from Torhins centre.
The Back of Hill of Fare carpark is about 20 miles west of Aberdeen
 

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