Explore the forest at Kirkhill
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 practise 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.
You can download a guide to Kirkhill and the surrounding area in our forests in Aberdeenshire map.
Advance warning. The AWPR (Aberdeen Western Periferal Route) construction has begun and will have some effects on Kirkhill forest. The land on which the new road will be built is now owned by Transport Scotland. Construction and haulage vehicles will be transported to the worksite along Forestry Commission roads throughout Kirkhill, affecting the waymarked trail. The forest remains open, but we ask the public to take extra care during the work.
Room for everyone
Kirkhill is popular with walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Please be considerate to others: there is room for everyone.
Tappie Tower Trail
Climb through the forest to the 19th century folly at Tappie Tower, which provides panoramic views from the North Sea to Bennachie.
Firm and mostly wide gravel surface, with some uneven and slightly rocky sections. One long fairly steep slope. Parts may be wet after rain.
3 ¾ miles / 5.9 km Allow 2½ hours
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 Aberdeenshire.
Mountain biking trails
Kirkhill’s wide trails are good for horse riding, and there’s plenty of space in the car park for horse boxes.
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.
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