Tarland Trails were open for the first time to the public last weekend.
Hundreds of bikes descended on Tarland and Drummy woods from Tarland, Aboyne and across Aberdeenshire to try out the latest facility for mountain bike enthusiasts.
The project has been developed by Tarland Development Group working alongside The MacRobert Trust. Chris Redmond the project coordinator has spent the last 2 and a half years developing the project.
A huge thanks goes to Aboyne Bike Park Association for firstly the inspiration and secondly for the help with funding, signage and planning permission.
This project could have not happened without funding from a variety of sources. The major funders were The Macrobert Trust, Legacy 2014: Active Places Fund, Marr Area Partnership, The Robertson Trust and Cyclehighlands.
A special mention should go to The MacRobert Trust who not only leased the land to Tarland Development Group (TDG) but have also helped to fund the project and have supported TDG in many other ways.
Chris Redmond – TDG Trustee and Project Coordinator said: “The trails are open just in time for the summer holidays.
“We hope many people will take the opportunity to come and give them a try.
“The next big event for the trails will be on Saturday, September 12 when we have the official opening.
“Cyclehighlands will be bringing their Demo day to the trails and it will be an exciting weekend of biking.”
Leaflets are available at the trails, Aboyne Community Centre and all businesses in Tarland.
A spokesman for ABZ MTB Race Team said: “The ABZ B team took a wee trip over to the fantastic “Tarland Trails” for their opening day.
“The runs are short but definitely sweet, with blue, red and orange runs to suit all abilities and a pump track too. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.”