There’s plenty of space beneath Kirkhill’s trees for walking, running, cycling and horse riding. This working forest has a mountain bike fun park too, where you can practice those technical skills.
There are great views all round from the Tappie Tower, a Victorian folly. See if you can spot the Mither Tap – the hill at Bennachie forest away to the north.
Room for everyone
Kirkhill is popular with walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Please be considerate to others: there is room for everyone.
East Woodlands car park
There is a small car park with space for about six cars at East Woodlands, at the north end of Kirkhill. A trail of about 1 mile / 1.75 km leads into the forest, with some long steep sections, and joins the Marcus Hill Trail. This car park is at grid reference NJ 855 146.
Please note. A tree felling operation will be taking place at Kirkhill forest, starting on Tuesday 15th April, for approximately one month. The area of the forest affected is Pitdouries. Some trails will be affected but during your visit please refer to the safety signage on site for details of temporary closures and diversions.
Tappie Tower Trail
Moderate - 3.5 miles / 5.5 km - Allow 3 hours
A grand view is a just reward for the climb to Tappie Tower.More Information...
The trail winds its way through a range of forest scenery before a small path leads off to the Tappie Tower. The folk who built the tower in the 19th century knew what they were about: there’s a stunning view across to Bennachie and the Mither Tap, one of Aberdeenshire’s best known landmarks.
The last section of path, climbing to the tower, is quite strenuous – but the views are well worth it!
Good solid surface.
Marcus Hill Trail
Moderate - 5.3 miles / 8.5 km - Allow 5 hours
Encircle the heart of Kirkhill – great for family cycling.More Information...
Circle the heart of Kirkhill on forest roads and wide tracks, with terrific views over to Bennachie and the north. There are only a few steep gradients, making this trail an ideal family cycle.
If you’re on a bike, remember that you’ll be sharing the route with walkers and horse riders: take it easy, especially near bends when you can’t see what’s round the corner!
Good solid surface.
The mountain bike fun park is just near the car park: it’s an ideal place to practice skills before trying more demanding places like the Moray Monster Trails.
Kirkhill’s wide trails are good for horse riding, and there’s plenty of space in the car park for horse boxes.
There’s a permanent orienteering course here too: download the map before you go.
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How to get here
Kirkhill is on the north side of the A96, between the Dyce roundabout and Blackburn village.
The car park is at grid reference NJ 854 114.
AB21 0TU is the nearest postcode.
Buses between Aberdeen and Inverurie (service 307) stop at Kirkhill. Ask to be let off at the crest of the hill before Blackburn. Take care if you need to cross the A96: it is a busy dual carriageway. You’ll find service details at Traveline Scotland.
Tyrebagger forest, just across the other side of the A96, offers quieter, shorter trails and the chance to spot some intriguing sculptures.
Pitfichie, about half an hour’s drive away, offers more challenging cross-country mountain bike routes on forest tracks.
You can download a map of the trails at Kirkhill and a guide to all our forests in Aberdeenshire.