Aboyne Bike Park
Aboyne Bike Park, built in 2013 in Bell Wood close to the town centre, is the result of loads of hard work by Mid Deeside Community Trust who own the mountain bike park and woodland.
The trails are short, but are beautifully formed and superbly maintained by the voluntary Aboyne Bike Park Association who manage the park.
The Bike Park is an open-all-hours facility with no charge and no on site supervision.
On offer in the Bike Park are a short black graded downhill trail called "The Rattlesnake", a longer red graded downhill called "The Side Winder", 3 parallel orange grade jump trails dubbed "The Spitting Cobra", and a pump track and skills area that goes by the name "The Python".
Bell Wood also has a few shared use tracks that are worth exploring, perhaps as part of your warm up for the challenges of the jump park, but note they can be busy with dog walkers.
Aboyne Bike Park Trail Descriptions
The Rattlesnake Trail (Black)
A short downhill trail with continuous rocky difficulty with no chicken runs. This trail requires commitment and is suitable for expert cyclists with a high level of technical ability and good quality downhill bikes.
The Sidewinder Trail (Red)
This is a steep and tough single track with technical sections, berms and small drop offs. It is suitable for proficient mountain bikers with good off road riding skills. A decent mountain bike is required for this trail.
The Spitting Cobra Trails (Orange)
This triad of trails offers a variety of different earth mound jumps of varying sizes allowing you to progress from relatively easy to difficult. 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, jumping and landing skills and good quality downhill bikes.
The Python 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 Aboyne Bike Park
60+ free spaces in Aboyne.
None - nearest on Ballater Rd.
Nearest cafes in Station Square. See our page listing Cafes in Aboyne.
Nearest bike hire provider is in Aboyne. See our page on Bike Hire in Aberdeenshire.
Shops and bars in Aboyne.
Mobile phone signal relatively good in the park.
Nearest cycle repair shops are in Aboyne.
If you think we have missed something in our guide to the Aboyne MTB Park trails then let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.
There is no parking available close to the entrance to the Aboyne MTB trails. Best to park in Aboyne village. Station Square is ideal. Use post code AB34 5HT for Sat Nav.
Coming from Ballater & Braemar
Enter the village on the A93, Ballater Road. Continue through the village until you see the wide open "Charleston Green" on your right. Take the first on the right, and then left into the car park.
Coming from Aberdeen
As you enter the village look out for the shops on your left hand side. When you see the shops take the second left and park up.
Getting to Bell Wood, Aboyne
From Station Square follow the Low Road east, that is along the road in front of Troup the butchers, out of the Square and along the south bank of the Tarland Burn. After a mile cross the footbridge opposite the water treatment works. This is the gateway to the Bellwood bike trails. Follow the well signed main track east through Bellwood for another mile to the bike park.
Suggested Day Out
If you have yourself a few hours to spare, here is an idea to allow you to experience two of best small mountain bike parks in the north east of Scotland.
Enjoy the Aboyne Bike Park then cycle the 6 miles, mostly off road, to Tarland using the Tarland Way, have a blast round the Tarland Trails and return using the Tarland Way. There are cafes in both Aboyne and Tarland so you can refuel before, during or after your trip to Tarland.
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.
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.
Other MTB Trails Nearby
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.
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.
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.
Wild Mountain Biking
Scotland Mountain Biking:
The Wild Trails
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