COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland
FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.
Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.
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.
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.
Allow 2½ hours
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.
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 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.
AB21 0TU is the nearest postcode.
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