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An exciting destination in the North East of Scotland

Voted Scottish MTB Destination of the Year in 2022 and 2023 Aberdeenshire is right up there with the best riding locations not just in Scotland but across Europe too!

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Running from the eastern Cairngorms to the sea via amazing valleys and ancient forest offering trail centre thrills, skills parks and big mountain adventure, race worthy enduro trails and leg burning cross country routes, mellow little loops and bike packing epics – in short, something to suit every rider!

Tarland Trails, Pittenderich

Aberdeenshire's first purpose built trail centre and Scotland's newest, officially opened in June 2023 with much anticipation. These exquisite trails crafted by CRC Trails, are located on, and around, the hill of Pittenderich. The trails consist of sweeping turns, big berms, jumps and technical riding, with incredible views to boot! The ideal place to take your riding to the next level.

With a massive car park, amenities and the town of Tarland within riding distance it offers an amazing day out for all riders.


Situated right in the heart of the Dee Valley with fun flow trails and some of the regions longest descents interspersed with some short challenging trails Aboyne is fast becoming Aberdeenshire’s go to destination for riders of all abilities. Easily linked by off-road cycle paths to Tarland that open up opportunities for big days or sightseeing epics.

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An iconic destination on any Aberdeenshire trip – a chance to mix epic big mountain rides with some steep enduro classics all within easy reach of a beautiful village location, steeped in history and royal heritage. Ride a mixture of the iconic Heartbreak Ridge, Mastermind or Green Mile trails combined with some of the lesser know trails and you are sure to have a great time. With easy links into Balmoral Estate, and plenty of cafe stops, two local bike shops, you are sure to have the most Royal of epic adventures.

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An enduro riders paradise containing some of Aberdeenshire’s most challenging trails featuring steep slabs with a healthy dose of roots, rocks and off camber sections. With three local bike shops in the area, be sure to stop in by, grab any help you need and find out what trails are running the best.



Pitfichie could be called the home of both downhill and enduro racing in the North-east having hosted local and national level events in both disciplines. A stunning location featuring a mix of flowy single track down Cairn William, rough downhill tracks with lots of granite rock features and an abundance of enduro trails mixing the best of both!

Pitfichie was badly affected by the storms in 2021-22, and the required subsequent felling works. Most trails are back open and with the addition of Tombsteen and Phoneix, Pitfichie is most definitely still on Aberdeenshire's destination list for the ever grippy granite and community built trails.

With parking both at Whitehills and in the Village of Monymusk, where you will find a local bike shop, and bike friendly cafe for pre or post ride fuelling!

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Gravel & Adventure Riding

The vast network of forest tracks and old drove roads are ideal for gravel and adventure rides either to explore the wilderness or to link up some of Aberdeenshire’s sights and attractions.

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Classic Singletrack

Aberdeenshire features some amazing singletrack – weaving through ancient Caledonian woodland, alongside rivers, down valleys running from the mountains to the sea. Accompanied by amazing views and unique wildlife a singletrack experience is often best enjoyed with the help of local guides who know all the secret spots that bring you out at the best swimming spots.

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To minimise our environmental impact we are promoting riders to visit our key destinations and stay for as long as possible.

We hope that riders will consider their impact - travel as sustainably as they can, eat and drink local, give back to the trails they ride, and ride responsibly - considering their impact on other users, mountain rescue teams, landowners/managers, and the environment.

To help you plan your visit to Aberdeenshire and make the most of the regions varied offering please check the following links.

With so many transport options, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire have never been easier to get to.

Aberdeen can be reached by road, rail, sea or air and when you get here Aberdeenshire is easily accessible by public transport, taxi or car.

As the gateway to the Highlands, and only a 2.5 hours’ drive to Edinburgh or Glasgow, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are the perfect point to start your Scottish journey.

Aberdeen International Airport is located just six miles from Aberdeen city centre and is within easy reach of Aberdeenshire.

The region is well connected globally with daily flights to all major airports including London Heathrow, Paris and Amsterdam. The international airport also has many direct routes to most UK cities as well as many key European destinations.

For further information about the destinations you can fly from to Aberdeen, or to book your flight, please visit

Aberdeen Ferry Terminal is located at Jamieson's Quay directly across from the shopping centre, Union Square and the Aberdeen Railway Station.

The centrally located harbour is where ferries travel regularly to/from the Scottish Isles, Orkney and Shetland.

For more information about travelling from Orkney and Shetland and for ferry timetables please visit

No matter where you start your journey in Scotland, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire are simple to get to by car.

Aberdeen is approximately 2.5 hours’ drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow and less than a three hour drive from Inverness. Well sign-posted, the surrounding area of Aberdeenshire is within close proximity of Aberdeen with the towns and villages easy to get to by major country and main roads.

For help with planning your journey to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire please visit

Travel on one of the hourly trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh or use the east coast line to travel from cities such as York or Newcastle.

LNER Trains run services along the East Coast Main Line and frequently run trains from cities such as Edinburgh, York, Newcastle and London further details can be found on their website

Scotrail provides an express rail service direct to Aberdeen from many major cities. For timetables and to book your train tickets to Aberdeen visit the Scotrail website.

Aberdeen can also be reached overnight from London on the Caledonian Sleeper. Visit the Caledonian Sleeper website for more information about this service.

National Rail offers rail services to Aberdeen and the surrounding area, perhaps when you get here you may wish to travel to towns including Dyce, Inverurie and Huntly, visit for further details.

Travel to Aberdeen with world famous steam locomotive Tornado for a nostalgic journey on selected dates in Summer 2020. Starting in Edinburgh and crossing the Forth Bridge, ‘The Aberdonian’ runs along the coast for much of its route making it an unrivalled way to experience Scotland. In Aberdeen there is time to explore the city, or take one of the off train excursions that include a castle or distillery visit. Find out more at

Quirky coastal carriages on the impressive Aberdeenshire coast, welcoming B&B’s deep in the Scottish glens and chic city centre boutique hotels Aberdeenshire has it all.

Recent partnership funding has enable installation of additional safe bike storage at Glen Tanar Estate, Highland Cottage Rentals, Ballater Hostel, Wildflower Eco Lodges, No 2 1/2 in Aboyne, Westerpark, Rose Cottage, The Boat Inn Aboyne, Cairngorm Lodges & Bothies and Douneside House.

No matter what your budget, your group size, the purpose of your visit or your plans when you get here - these are just some of the accommodation options on offer in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire. Check out all the options on

Please consider booking your accommodation using this link to Expedia and 5% of the cost of your booking will go to the Aberdeenshire Trails Association who are looking after the trails you will be riding in the area.

Sample world-famous quality local food and drink across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Our world famous Aberdeen Angus beef is much-prized. Dean’s rich traditional shortbread is made in Huntly. And Ellon, just north of Aberdeen, is home to craft beer revolutionaries, Brewdog.

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are known for the quality and scale of the arable land and rich pastures. We’re known for our fresh seafood including the affectionally named silver darlings that are landed every day in harbours and seaports along the 165 miles of coastline.

Inland you’ll find rivers well stocked with some of the best salmon and trout in the world and over to great estates with a wealth of venison and game. From fields and rivers, the clean clear springs and moorland peat that help to create the perfect dram (Scottish for glass of whisky).

Check here for food and drink experiences, providers and events to enhance your biking trip:

Aberdeenshire is well stocked with friendly independent bike shops. If you find yourself in Ballater Cyclehighlands can provide everything from an inner tube to a demo bike from their Santa Cruz range. Banchory has several bike shops to choose from whether it be custom build enduro specialists at 20Twenty or road and e-bike experts at REM Bikes.

If you find yourself exploring the vast Donside trail network Bennachie Bike Bothy is the one stop shop for route advice, dream builds and last minute spares! In the south of the region close to the Drumtochty trail network you’ll find Bike Remedy in their new headquarters set up to cater for all riders.

Aberdeenshire has a whole host of trails and adventures but some extra local knowledge is key to making the most of your trip - As well as the hugely helpful shops and trail association coaches and guides from Macdui Adventures, DeesideMTB, 57North Dialled In can help make the most of your trip!

You can also check out the skills development hub with Ride in Peace Adventures and If you need bike transport and shuttle services Bothies & Bannocks can provide alongside local food and drink connection.

Trail Maps & Apps For Destination

To help you plan your visit to Aberdeenshire we have collated recent media articles with route and ride spot suggestions with rider-driven apps which can help you discover the best trails across the area.

Rider populated apps are a great way to discover new trails how ever they may not be up to date with trail conditions and we recommend doing further research before you ride.

Please ride responsibly on all trails - follow our Do The Ride Thing guidance.

Nearly three years ago Pinkbike asked Ben Cathro to come to Aberdeenshire and check out if the hype was real. He came and he found it to be true.

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