Best MTB Cycling Routes in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire & Moray
Aberdeenshire and Moray have so many great spots for mountain biking that there is a problem of knowing where to start. Hopefully our list of the best and most popular natural mountain bike routes, groomed fun parks and purpose built pump tracks below will give you some ideas.
We think we have listed the best mountain bike trails in Aberdeenshire and Moray, but if you think we have missed some good trails then let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.
Kirkhill Forest mountain bike fun park and cycle trails, are just a couple of miles out of Aberdeen, making them hugely popular.
Kirkhill offers a good variety of tracks to suit riders of all abilities and degrees of fitness, and even features as a venue in the national SXC series .
Pitfichie's MTB trails lead through varied forest and across open hill tops to provide exciting rides through real countryside. Challenging granite slabs and a downhill specific trail help make this one of the most popular mountain bike venues in Aberdeenshire.
Scolty Hill and Shooting Greens
Scolty Hill is on the outskirts of Banchory, just over the River Dee from the town centre, and forms the eastern end of the Forest of Blackhall. It provides great mountain biking, but is very popular with walkers so be prepared for lots of interruptions especially at weekends.
Drumtochty, just a couple of miles from Auchenblae in south Aberdeenshire is one of the biggest forests in the area.
It offers over a hundred trails, ranging from gravel forest access roads through to proline downhill sections making it suitable suitable for short cycles or for a whole day.
Durris Wood currently offers a couple of marked trails and a complex network of unmarked trails that suits all abilities. There are plans to create a chairlift-serviced mountain bike park, snow sports centre and multi-activity adventure experience at the woods.
Bennachie Turnpike Trail
The Bennachie Turnpike Trail is a tough, circular mountain bike route, using for its first few miles part of the old Aberdeen to Inverness turnpike road. This is definitely one for the more experienced mountain biker.
Tarland Trails is a small mountain bike centre, in the village of Tarland. The trails are short, about 3km in total, but suit a wide range of users from family to experienced and competent riders. There is a family trail, a technical run, a big jump run and a pump track.
Aboyne Bike Park
Aboyne Bike Park is a small mountain bike centre, on the edge of the village of Aboyne, in Bell Wood. Five short trails offer something for the novice to the expert with black grade downhill tracks and a triad of trails making an impressive jump park.
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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 which boasts over 57km of trails, including 17 access road type trails, 4 blue, 11 red, and 5 black graded trails.
Glenlivet Trail Centre
The Glenlivet MTB Trail Centre, known as Bike Glenlivet, boasts a 22km Red trail (with black grade features), a 9km Blue trail, a 1km Orange freeride trail, a short Mini Downhill enduro style track, a pump track, and a skills area.
DH Farm Bike Park
Just south of Portsoy, the DH Farm Bike Park trails were purpose built with the downhill rider, and those who like jumps firmly in mind. The farm organises uplift days, and you can even hire the trails for a day for the sole use of you and your mates.
Iconic Clachnaben offers a classic circular mountain bike trail which makes you feel as if you are truly remote. Grinding ascents, a technical and exposed rocky descent, fast flowing forest sections and gentle firebreak sections. Something for everyone.
Ben Aigan in the heart of Whisky country offers an exposed circular mountain bike trail which provides superb views over parts of the Spey Valley. Tough climbing in parts and free flowing descents.
The Lecht Ski Centre
During the summer the Lecht offers two mountain bike tracks; a difficult red trail and a moderate blue. And, there is no need to cycle to the top of each trail, simply hook your bike onto the chairlift and enjoy the ride.