Kirkhill Forest is one of the finer trail running options around Aberdeen, and a great place to get in some hill training. The forest is located northwest of the city, near the airport. Whether runners choose the smooth gravel roads throughout the park or the tucked away dirt and grass side paths, there is a running route for all skill sets in the Kirkhill Forest. Most paths are well marked with green trail markers at every intersection. We’ve mapped an 11 km tour of the forest on its gravel roads, which follows a “lollipop” pattern from the main forest entrance off A96. More trails can be found across the highway in the Tyrebagger Hill/Elrick County Park. The trails on this side of the highway are a bit more technical and steep, but they’re a fun challenge for more experienced trail runners.