Get active and blow away the cobwebs on the edge of Aberdeen


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.

Parking (charge) Picnic area Viewpoint

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.

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.

Contact Name : Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District

District Office Name : Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District
Address : Portsoy Road
Postcode : AB54 4SJ
Telephone : 01466 794161
Email :

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.

Using SatNav?

AB21 0TU is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

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.

Nearby places

Tyrebagger forest, just across the other side of the A96, offers quieter, shorter trails and the chance to spot some intriguing sculptures.

Countesswells and Foggieton, two other forests on the outskirts of Aberdeen, also have shorter trails just right for a stroll with your dog.

Pitfichie, about half an hour’s drive away, offers more challenging cross-country mountain bike routes on forest tracks.

More information

You can download a map of the trails at Kirkhill and a guide to all our forests in Aberdeenshire.