Tarland Trails is a small mountain bike centre, located in Drummy Woods on the outskirts of the Aberdeenshire village of Tarland.
The trails are short, about 3km in total, but are beautifully formed and superbly maintained. Renowned trail designer Paul Masson designed the trails for a wide range of users from novice to experienced and competent riders, balance bikes, mountain bikes and jump bikes.
On offer are 3 trails and a pump track. There is a family trail (blue), a technical run (red), a big jump run (orange) with the pump track providing a space to practice your skills - so something for everyone.
The Blue is known as the The Spikey Hedgehog, the Red trail as The Red Squirrel and the Orange as The Slinky Fox. The pump track is called The Puddock Pump Track.
Tarland Trails Descriptions
All trails begin from the iconic Tarland Trails Arch, at the top of the forest road. Access the forest road from the bottom corner of the car park.
The Spikey Hedgehog Trail (Blue)
This family friendly trail is a smooth roller coaster, with lots of humps, bumps and smooth berms for its 900m length. It is suitable for intermediate cyclists with basic off-road skills using basic mountain or hybrid bikes. A great trail to get you warmed up for the more difficult trails.
The Red Squirrel Trail (Red)
This is a challenging, rocky, technical and free flowing trail full of berms, drops and rock features. It runs parallel to the access trail so you get a good look at the obstacles as you climb to the start. It is suitable for proficient mountain bikers with good off road riding skills. A decent mountain bike is required for this trail.
The Slinky Fox Trail (Orange)
This winding trail is full of berms and a variety of different jumps. Expect a series of table tops and split level jumps of different sizes and difficulty. It is suitable for experienced riders with a high level of technical ability and good quality downhill bikes.
The Puddock Pump Track
An area for all standards and ages of riders. The challenge is to only use your momentum to get through the berms and rollers - the less you can pedal, the more you're showing your skills.
The trick is as you approach the rollers stand up on your pedals with your knees and elbows bent and look ahead. Push down into the dips between each roller using your arms and legs and pull up or "unweight" your bike on the front side of the next roller.
Facilities at Tarland
local_parking £1 donnation encouraged
wc None - nearest in the Commercial Hotel in The Square
Nearest cafes in The Square. See our page listing Cafes in Tarland.
Shops and bars in The Square.
Mobile phone signal relatively good along the route.
build Nearest cycle repair shops are in Aboyne.
If you think we have missed something in our guide to the Tarland trails then let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.
Tarland Trails Parking
The trails have a small car park on Burnside Road, at the entrance to Drummy Woods - grid reference NJ 477 043
Use post code AB34 4ZQ for Sat Nav.
Coming from Aboyne
As you enter the village, turn left just before the humpback bridge onto Burnside Road. Continue along Burnside Road and take the second left onto a narrow lane. The car park is at the end of the lane.
Coming from Aberdeen
Continue through the village to turn right into The Square. Pass through the Square and turn left onto Mill Road at the Tarland Garage. Follow Mill Rd to the end, then turn right onto Burnside Road then left after 100m.
Other Child Friendly Cycle Routes Nearby
The Deeside Way
The Deeside Way is a 41 mile long, disused railway line that runs from Aberdeen to Ballater. With loads of ways to get on to the Deeside Way your cycle can be as long, or as short as you want making it ideal for cycling, and especially family cycling.
The Formartine & Buchan Way
A long distance cycle route and walking path running from Dyce railway station through rural Aberdeenshire along the route of the former Formartine and Buchan Railway Line, with links to Peterhead and Fraserburgh.
The Tarland Way
The Tarland Way is a family friendly 6 mile route joining the historic village of Tarland with the bustling town of Aboyne. A great combination of purpose built path, and quiet country roads through the Howe of Cromar.
The Isla Way
The Isla Way is a 13 mile cycle route and walking path joining the world's malt whisky capital, Dufftown, to the market town of Keith. It follows the River Isla for much of its way using a mixture of tracks, paths and public roads.