Kirkhill Forest Mountain Biking Trails

Kirkhill Forest

Kirkhill Forest mountain bike trails and fun park pump track, just a couple of miles out of Aberdeen on the A96 between Dyce and Blackburn, is definitely worth a visit.

Kirkhill Forest

On offer is a purpose built MTB fun park and pump track, with bumps, jumps, berms and challenges; plus 7 or so miles of cycle trails on fire break roads, and heaps of very tricky sections of unmarked single track. Kirkhill provides challenging cross country mountain biking trails, and even played host to a round of the Scottish XC Series in 2019.

The Kirkhill cycle trails manage to provide challenges for the experienced mountain biker, and yet still be suitable for a family cycle. However, if you want more action then cross the A96 there where there are loads more paths, tracks and trails to be explored in Tyrebagger Forest. And for a longer ride link these through to Elrick and Brimmond Hill.

 

Kirkhill MTB Trails Descriptions

The car park for Kirkhill, called Mountjoy car park, is right next to the start of the bike trails and pump track. It is sign posted from the A96, about a mile from Dyce airport roundabout. It is big, holds loads of cars, but in the past was known to attract thieves so make sure you lock up and hide your valuables when out riding.

MTB Fun Park and Pump Track

Kirkhill MTB Fun Park and Pump Track was purposely built to provide a range of technically challenging features - jumps, bumps, berms, and tabletops. The 1km long trail was designed specifically to help you perfect your offroad biking skills. It is rated as a Blue trail - intermediate difficulty.

It begins in the car park 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 to finish back in the car park.
 

Tappie Tower Trail

Tappie Tower MTB

The 6¾ mile Tappie Tower Trail starts from the MTB fun park and climbs steadily along fire break roads to Tappie Tower at the summit of Tyrebagger Hill. From here the trail doubles back on itself before taking a right into the trees and onwards to the car park. Before reaching the car park there is the option to join the Fun Park trail.
Although the trail is mostly fire break road it is a good introduction to Kirkhill. It gives lots of opportunity to spot unmarked trails for you to explore, for example the 3 red (difficult) single tracks leading from the tower.
 

Just Explore the Trails

There are hidden gems of single track, swooping downhills and challenging climbs scattered through out the Kirkhill Forest. They are not marked, but they are there. Just get out and explore.
No trail maps seem to be available, however an information board at the car park provides an overview of the forest roads, and an OS map can be useful.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map

 

 

Facilities at Kirkhill Forest and Nearby

local_parking Free parking at Mountjoy car park.

wc No toilets.

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

Nearest shops, bars and take aways are in Dyce.

Mobile phone signal good all over.

build Nearest cycle repair shops are in Aberdeen.

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

 

Getting to Kirkhill Car Park

Mountjoy car park is situated on the north side of the A96 dual carriageway, about a mile north of Dyce and a mile and a half south of Blackburn roundabout.
Use post code AB21 0TU for Sat Nav.

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