Bikemagic Trail Guide: Pitfichie, Aberdeenshire

Nikalas Cook

Destination: Pitfichie, Aberdeenshire

Considering how near Pitfichie is to Aberdeen, it has a surprisingly ‘out in the middle of nowhere’ feel to it. It’s lacking on the facilities front so big crowds won’t be a problem. It’s a really pleasant place to ride with some fairly serious downhill runs and the chance to get in some XC miles. There’s probably not quite enough to fill a whole day but it’s worth popping in.

Pitfichie Trail Guide
Get away from the crowds at Pitfichie

How to get there

Follow the B993 out of Monymusk towards Alford. After approximately two miles turn right at the sign for Whitehills Cycle Trails. Follow this road for about half-a-mile to the car park.

Sat Nav: Monymusk

Facilities

Parking and an information board.

Trails

First up, you’ve got the 15km blue-graded White Trail. It’s mostly forest road but odd bits of double-track keep things interesting and the views are good. It’s a fairly long ride that would probably be a bit much for younger kids.

Although relatively short at 7km, the red-graded Red Trail has a fair bit of technical interest. It branches off the White Trail and has some rocky slab sections including the Devil’s Staircase and some berms and jumps. A dab free ride is quite an achievement, especially after conquering the first climb.

Finally, the Orange downhill runs are old skool, rooty, rocky and natural tracks with some intimidating drop-offs and a very steep finish.

Pitfichie Trail Guide
Get some XC miles under your belt on Pitfichie’s blue and red trails (© Douglas Cook)

Nearest bike shop

Alpine Bikes, Aberdeen
Edinburgh Cycle Co-Op, Aberdeen

Other info

Kirkhill isn’t too far away if you need to fill up your day. Check out the Bikemagic Trail Guide.

Useful links

Forestry Commission guide to Pitfichie

Location map


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