Just a stones throw away (3 miles) in Drummy Woods are the Tarland Trails. The Spikey Hedgehog (blue) trail is a smooth trail aimed at beginners and perfect for families. The Red Squirrel (red) offers rocky and flowy sections for more technical riders. The Slinkey Fox (orange) is a downhill trail full of jumps, berms and drops for experienced riders. For those wishing to test their skills The Puddock Pump Track is 220m of rolling berms and gap jumps. A Cairngorm Bothy provides convenient accommodation for families and groups wishing to experience the local 5 star trail centre. Find reviews here.
Within An Hour
The International Mountain Biking Association has recently named Scotland as the world’s top mountain biking destination for the second year running. Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms really have the very best that the UK has to offer. Trail centres include Pitfichie (40 mins drive), Glenlivet (50 mins) and The Lecht (30 mins drive), who offer upift services on the ski lifts during the summer. A wide range of options are on offer for cyclists of all skill levels.
Bike Hire and Guides
Cycle Highlands are based in Ballater and offer a range of high quality bikes (hardtail, full suspension, junior, road, tandem, e and trailer) for hire at competitive prices for up to 7 days. Guided tours are available for those who want to explore unique routes stress free. For the more adventurous types, guide maps are included with your hire. Cycle Highlands offer a convenient delivery service, dropping your bike direct to your Cairngorm Bothy.