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Drumtochty Forest Mountain Bike Trails
Drumtochty Forest and its adjoining neighbour, Fetteresso located between Stonehaven and Banchory are the biggest forests in the area. Drumtochty offers a few cycle trails, the most popular being either around Glen Bervie or a way of accessing Fetteresso Forest and its mountain bike routes.
 
The Glen Bervie loop offers straight forward cycling - you don't need expert bike handling skills, you don't need a full suspension mountain bike - but you do need to be relatively fit. On offer are a wide range of gradients which means you can expect some lung busting ascents and eye watering descents, all mixed in with long drags and shallow downhills.
 
Although this is trail riding rather than true mountain biking it is not recommended for the very young due to the gradients.
 

 
Glen Bervie Route
The cycle way follows fire break/land rover tracks all the way round. Navigation will not be a problem as the cycle trail is very well signed - just follow the white route.
 
As you leave the car park on the tarred road, engage bottom gear and get set for a climb. A long climb! After what feels like a couple of miles the trail levels out before roller coasting its way into the valley and the tranquility of the Bervie Water. The trail follows the stream for close to a mile before you'll find yourself searching for that bottom gear again, well not quite - the worst of the climbs are behind you by this point.
 
The Forestry Commission provide a Drumtochty map showing the route, however it is not very detailed.
 
If you want to follow the Drumtochty routes on an OS map then you'll need Landranger map 45, see below.

 
Getting to Drumtochty
Drumtochty Forest car park (grid reference NO697798 - see OS map Stonehaven & Banchory is situated at the start of the Glen of Drumtochty, just of the unclassified road running from the Clatterin Brig at the bottom of the Cairn o' Mount to the village of Auchenblae.
 
See link for streetmap view.
 
Sat Nav - Lat 56°54'33.12" Long -2°29'56.76"

 
Facilities & Services
Parking - Free. See above.
Toilets - None
Showers - None
Bike Wash - No
Cafe - No. Clatterin Brig is the nearest. However there is a picnic area at the car park.
Bike Hire - No
Repairs - The nearest cycle repair shop is in Stonehaven.

 
Points of Interest
Drumtochty Castle can be climpsed at the start and end of the Genbervie Loop. The castle, built in the neo-gothic style in 1812 is really a castellated mansion. It was bought by the Norwegian government in exile during the 2nd world war and used as a boarding school for Norwegian children who were refugees from the German occupation of Norway. Nowadays Drumtochty Castle grounds play host to the Drumtochty Highland Games in late June every year.
 
Drumtochty is home to one of Scotland's heritage trees - the Drumtochty Sitka. Dead easy to see, opposite the car park. It is one of the biggest if not the biggest Sitka Spruce trees in Scotland; its girth is recorded as 6.78 metres (22 feet 3 inches), and its height as 50 metres (164 feet). Treemendous!
 
Drumtochty Forest and Fetteresso are home to the annual Great Drumtochty Challenge. The Challenge is a one day mountain bike orienteering competition held in May each year. Since the inaugural event in 1998 the Great Drumtochty Challenge has rapidly gained a national following and is regarded by many as one of the best 'Polaris' type events in Scotland.

 
Other Trails to Try
Other trails to explore in the area include:
Bennachie Forest Trails A variety of way marked trails on the gentle slopes of Bennachie, ideal for families.
The Deeside Way follows the route of the Old Deeside Railway Line from Aberdeen to Ballater.
The Formartine and Buchan Way follows the route of the Old Formartine and Buchan Railway Line from Dyce to Fraserburgh or Peterhead.

 

 
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