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Kirkhill Forest Mountain Biking
Kirkhill Forest mountain bike fun park and cycle trails, just a couple of miles out of Aberdeen on the A96, is definitely worth a visit.
On offer is a purpose built MTB fun park with bumps, jumps, berms and challenges; plus 7 or so miles of cycle trails on fire break roads, and loads of very tricky sections of single track.
The Kirkhill bike trails manage to provide challenges for the experienced mountain biker, and yet still be suitable for a family cycle.
 

 
Routes
The most popular car park for Kirkhill, perhaps because it is right next to the bike routes, is sign posted from the A96, about a mile from Dyce airport roundabout. Its big, holds loads of cars, but has been known to attract thieves so make sure you lock up and hide your valuables when out riding.
 
East Woodlands is a small alternative on the north side of the forest, which gives access to the main trail via the North Spur.
 
See our Map of Kirkhill Forest page for more details.
 
MTB Fun Park
Officially opened in March 2005, this short section of trail (about a mile) was purposely built to provide a range of technically challenging features - jumps, bumps, berms, switchbacks and more. 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.
 
 
 
Kirkhill Loop
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. The relatively easy gradients make this trail suitable for all, although the first few hundred yards are uphill.
For the more adventurous there is a choice of 3 single tracks leading from the tower back on to the Kirkhill Loop.
 
South Spur
The short (½ mile) south spur also begins (or ends?) next to the Fun Park 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 experienced riders, and adrenalin junkies.
 
North Spur
Its not single track, and its not fire break. It's the North Spur. This slightly narrow trail, shared by horses, walkers and cyclists leads slightly uphill from the East Woodlands car park to the Kirkhill Loop. White markings guide the way.

 
Getting to Kirkhill Forest
Aberdeen, Inverurie and Pitmedden (OS Landranger Map Series) Kirkhill Forest main car park (grid reference 855114 - see OS map 38 Aberdeen, Inverurie and Pitmedden ) is situated adjacent the A96, about a mile north of Dyce, or a mile and a half south of Blackburn. It is not signposted so look out as you near the top of the hill.
 
East Woodlands (grid reference 856146 - also on (OS map 38) is reached by taking the turning at the railway bridge on the Blackburn to Hatton of Fintray road (B979), then taking the next left and following this road for about 1.5 mile. The car park is sign posted on your right.
 
See our Kirkhill Forest Map page for more details.

 
Facilities
Parking - Pay to park, choice of two. See above.
Toilets - None
Showers - None
Bike Wash - No
Cafe - No. Blackburn to the north and Dyce to the south offer shops, pubs and take aways.
Bike Hire - No
Repairs - The nearest cycle repair shops are in Aberdeen or Inverurie.

 
Nearby MTB Trails
Other trails to explore in the area include:
Durris Wood between Stonehaven and Banchory
Pitfichie Forest near Alford
Scolty Hill near Banchory

 

 
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