Drumtochty Forest Mountain Bike Trails
Drumtochty Forest, near the village of Auchenblae, and and its adjoining neighbour, Fetteresso located between Stonehaven and Banchory are the biggest forests in the area. Drumtochty offers dozens of trails from access trails suitable for gravel bikes right through to technically difficult black trails and "proline" graded orange trails. The routes to the north side of Glen Drumtochty road also provide a way of accessing Fetteresso Forest and its mountain bike routes.
Testament to the challenges presented by Drumtochty, if any were needed, is the inclusion of Drumtochty in the Aberdeenshire Enduro Series competitions.
None of the trails at Drumtochty are officially sanctioned by Forestry and Land Scotland, therefore they may not be constructed to a standard you expect. Having said that Aberdeenshire Trail Association do sterling work in maintaining trails throughout the forest.
In total you can expect over 50 access road type trails, 16 blue graded trails, 45 red, 24 black and 5 proline trail. And that is before you venture over to Fetteresso.
Drumtochty MTB Trails Descriptions
The North Drumtochty car park, next to the entrance to the castle is the most popular start point for trails.
Most of the trails are on Strathfinella Hill, and Black Hill on the opposite side of the road from the car park. They are easily accessed by trails a hundred yards or so up the road from the car park, no matter if you turn right or left as you exit.
The access trails to the hills, and around the hills are not too demanding, and are criss crossed by the more demanding red and black descents. Trail surface is loamy, and relatively fast draining so worth remembering about Drumtochty during the wetter months of the year. Many of the trails are short, but they are fairly close to each other so are easily linked together to make a fun, and fast descent.
Facilities at Drumtochty Forest
local_parking Free parking at all car parks.
wc No toilets, nearest in Auchenblae.
Nearest cafes are in Fettercairn, of Fordoun - see our page listing Cafes near Drumtochty.
Nearest shops, bars and take aways are in Auchenblae.
Mobile phone signal patchy in places.
build Nearest cycle repair shops are in Banchory and Stonehaven.
If you think we have missed something in our guide to the Drumtochty mountain bike trails then let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.
Getting to Drumtochty MTB Trails
There are three car parks that provide good access to the trails.
North Drumtochty Car Park
The largest of the 3 car parks with space for about 15 cars. Post code AB30 1TP.
Take the Glen Road, on the north edge of Auchenblae. The car park is 2 miles along on the right.
From Banchory, cross the Cairn O Mont, and at the Clatterin Brig take a left signposted "Drumtochty Glen". Car park is 2.5 miles along on the left.
South Drumtochty: Forest Gate
A small car park with room for half a dozen cars. Post code AB30 1TP.
Take the Glen Road, on the north edge of Auchenblae. The car park is 1 mile along on the left.
From Banchory, cross the Cairn O Mont, and at the Clatterin Brig take a left signposted "Drumtochty Glen". Car park is 3.5 miles along on the right.
Laurnay Lodge Car Park
A small car park with room for half a dozen cars. Post code AB30 1SQ.
About a mile before Auchenblae as you approach from the south take a left onto the B966. After half a mile turn right, sign posted Laurney Lodge Kennels. The car park is just beyond the kennels.
Nearby Mountain Bike Trails
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.
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.
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 .
Mountain Biking Books
Scotland Mountain Biking:
The Wild Trails
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