Pitfichie Mountain Bike Trails

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Pitfichie Forest, Aberdeenshire, AB51
Directions
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. The car park at Whitehills is the best start point for the cross country routes
Monymusk and Kemnay are the nearest towns or villages.
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NJ655132
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Pitfichie mountain bike trails are in the Forests of Moray and Aberdeenshire in the North-East of Scotland.

The trails are also known by the name "Whitehills Cycle Trails".

There is a Red XC, a Blue XC and an Orange graded Downhill track.

White Route (Blue Grade) - XC

  • The White route is actually a Blue graded trail that is 14.5km long. It traverses the lower edges of the forest mainly on fire roads (with around 10% rough track thrown in). It's known to be prone to mud. As a point of interest you pass the Whitehills Stone Circle. The climbing and descending is moderate with a few steep bits.

Red Granite Top Trail  (Red Grade) -XC

  • The Red Granite Top trail is 6.5km long. It starts off from the White trail and is made up of singletrack, hill climbs,berms, steep descents, switchbacks, large granite blocks and a few small drops. The Cairn William section of this trail is famous for rocky terrain, slab sections (including the Devil's staircase), berms and jumps.

Orange Cycle Trail - (Orange grade) - Downhill

  • The Orange Cycle Downhill track is 1.6km long. It is fast, very steep has granite slabs, jumps, step downs, roots, rocks, berms and drops.
  • As a reminder Pitfichie Downhill is at the opposite end of the forest from the Whitehills carpark. 

Groups and Clubs

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Other Stuff

  • Download the Pitifichie cycle trails map (PDF 186k).
  • Pitchie trails form part of the Scottish Downhill Association's championship series.
  • The forestry commission were pivotal in investing in and developing these trails. The intention is to attract mountain bikers away from other hills in the area which are often very busy with walkers. Money well spent.

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Trail Variety
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Devils staircase worth the climb
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Made me smile..... and struggle

User Review

Good Points
Good climb up. Tough on the granite stairs. Bit of a test but all made worthwhile on the Devils staircase.
Bad Points
Some seriously steep climbs.
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Rocky fun if you're willing to put the effort in
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
White hill section is a 2 way section that's no longer sign posted, natural rocky climb from either side with challenging rocky sections to get over although usually an easier alternative route round unless it's been wet.

Can easily link White Hill, Cairn William (Granite top) and both downhill lines together to produce a good afternoon or evening out on the bike. Downhill tracks can be taken with care on an XC bike although I managed to blow most of the air out my forks at one point.

If it's quiet then returning over Granite Top trail in the wrong direction is an option to save the fire road return to the main car park.

Cracking views from the top
Bad Points
Car parks are just car parks, no facilities
White Hill section is no longer signposted
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