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Storm Clean-up: Many of our forests, especially in the east and south of Scotland, remain closed. Please plan ahead and check online before visiting.


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Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.

Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

Car park & site closure: There is significant windblow across our Moray and Aberdeenshire sites. Unfortunately, we have had to close all forests, trails and paths to visitors while our team make safety assessments over the coming days and weeks.


Walk, run or cycle to the Tappie Tower

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 your 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.

Kirkhill route card (PDF)

Walking trails


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.

Strenuous trail grade icon
3 ¾ miles / 5.9 km

2½ hours

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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 bike fun park

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.

Horse riding

Kirkhill’s wide trails are good for horse riding, and there’s plenty of space in the car park for horse boxes.


Why not test your navigational skills on Kirkhill's orienteering.

Kirkhill orienteering map (PDF 1.4MB)

Getting here

Kirkhill is on the north side of the A96, between the Dyce roundabout and Blackburn village. Slow down when you see the turn-off signposted for 'Kirkton of Skene' - The entrance to Kirkhill forest is opposite this.

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AB21 0TU is the nearest postcode.

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Nearby forests

Light streaming through a mixed woodland with ferns, Tyrebagger, Aberdeenshire and Moray District,

Family-friendly trails through towering trees

Facilities and activities
Parking icon
Distance from 'Kirkhill': 0.17 miles
Wide woodland path through moody, dark conifer woodland at Countesswells Forest. A beech tree trunk dominates to the right of the picture.

Rightly popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists alike

Facilities and activities
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Horse riding
Horse riding
Distance from 'Kirkhill': 4.32 miles
A man walking down a path in a green jacket with trees and grass around.

Countesswells' smaller and quieter neighbour

Facilities and activities
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Distance from 'Kirkhill': 4.68 miles

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