Feel inspired at Tyrebagger
Tyrebagger is a place to enjoy the grandeur and peace of a mature forest. The Beech Tree Trail is ideal for toddlers and anyone pushing a buggy, while longer routes connect the forest with four hills around Aberdeen.
There are some truly impressive trees at Tyrebagger. In the east of the forest you’ll walk under superb Douglas firs, towering above you like cathedral pillars, shading a carpet of ferns and wood sorrel. In other parts of this old forest you’ll find fine beech trees as well as lofty Scots pine and larch.
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Beech Tree Trail
Stretch your legs in this enchanting mature woodland and listen for birds, deer or red squirrels.
Firm but uneven gravel surface throughout. Some short fairly steep slopes. Parts may be slightly muddy and rooty.
¾ miles / 1.3 km Allow ½ hour
The route passes some of the forest’s fine beech and giant Douglas fir trees, and you can start from either car park.
The Robbers Trail
Explore the towering trees of Tyrebagger Wood and see if you can find the Robbers’ Cave and some of the sculptures hidden in the forest.
Uneven gravel surface with some exposed tree roots and potentially muddy parts. Some fairly steep slopes.
1 ½ miles / 2.3 km Allow 1 hour
The trail is named after the Robbers' Cave, near the southern edge of the forest. Legend tells how it was a hideaway for 17th century brigands, though it may be the remains of a primitive iron ore mine…
Mountain biking trails
Tyrebagger’s trails are great for small children to cycle. If you’re looking for something more demanding try Kirkhill Forest, on the other side of the A96.
For a longer excursion, the Aberdeen Four Hills Walk links Tyrebagger with Elrick and Brimmond Hill as well as Kirkhill forest. For more information on this walk contact the Aberdeen City Council countryside ranger service on 01224 326429 or by email.
How to get here
From the A96, turn south on the B979, signposted for Kirkton of Skene, between the Dyce and Blackburn roundabouts. There are two car parks along this road on the left, one after about 275 yards and one after about ¼ mile. Both forest trails pass through both car parks, so it doesn’t matter where you start your visit.
The Christmas tree car park, which is only open in December, is opposite the entrance to the second car park.
The first car park is at grid reference NJ 851 111.
AB21 9TE is the nearest postcode
Buses from Aberdeen to Inverurie (service 37) pass close to Tyrebagger. Ask to be let off at the crest of the hill before Blackburn and walk down the B979, following signs for Kirkton of Skene. Take care if you need to cross the A96: it is a busy dual carriageway with fast traffic. You’ll find service details at Traveline Scotland.
Kirkhill Forest is just next door. It’s got a range of longer routes, and plenty of scope for a work out on foot, bike or horseback.
Pitfichie, about half an hour’s drive away, offers challenging cross country mountain bike routes on forest tracks.
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