Top 10 Running Routes around Aberdeen

Rebels Favourite Running Routes Around Aberdeen

This blog is for all types of runner! The plodders, the sprinters, the day dreamers. Whether you’re a beginner, seasoned runner or training for an event we hope you find these routes helpful! You will see a map for each run but click on the Strava Link to follow the route more carefully.


Balmedie to Bridge of Don – 9.58km, 87m

A bonnie run along the beach. It’s a good one to do with friends to arrange car share. Drop off a car at Bridge of Don to save you the 10k run back to the start! Click on the link below to view the route on Strava.

Terrain: Sand Buggy Friendly: No Light: No

Cove coastal path – 6.25km, 101m 

Another coastal route, we have to make the most of these in Aberdeen! This time running along the cliffs to Cove. Cracking views, keep your eyes peeled for Dolphins! From Balnagask Golf Course to Cove Bay it is roughly 6.25km but you can make it an out and back and turn back at any point.

Terrain: Trail Buggy Friendly: No Light: No

Parks & Trails Run – 9.27km, 115m

On this route you will run through Hazlehead Park, Johnston Garden, Walker Dam Trail & Maidencraig Nature Reserve. Also running past the famous Rubislaw Quarry. 

Terrain: Trail / Pavement Buggy Friendly: off road buggy Light: In some areas

River Don Trail- 11.58km, 168m 

Follow the snaking River Don along the foot path and you’ll find yourself running through Seaton Park you’ll cross over two bridges. Stop, take a breath and enjoy the feeling of nature so near the city centre.

Terrain: Trail / Pavement Buggy Friendly: off road buggy Light: In some areas

Fittie, Beach front and Broadhill – 5km, 37m 

Make sure you check out the bonnie wee houses of Fittie on this route. Enjoy the flat promenade before taking on the challenge that is Broadhill. The views from the top are definitely worth it! It’s also worth mentioning that there is a Park Run along Aberdeen Promenade (bridge of Don side) every Saturday at 9.30am.

Terrain: Trail / Pavement Buggy Friendly: yes until Broadhill Light: In some areas

River Dee Pathway of Lights – 5.64, 52m 

Running alongside the River Dee for the first couple of kilometres before heading into Tullos then back across the river on the other side of Duthie Park. 

Terrain: Pavement Buggy Friendly: Yes Light: Yes

Rosemount & Parks – 4.72km, 75m 

There is a tough incline up to Anderson Drive with a rewarding downhill on the way back to Victoria Park before finishing off back in Westburn Park. You’ll get the thrill of running through a busy city!

Terrain: Pavement Buggy Friendly: Yes Light: Mostly

Hazlehead to Countesswells – 11.54km, 191m 

An undulating run from Hazlehead Park through to Countesswells and back. If doing this in the dark we definitely recommend a head torch. You can always cut this run into two parts too and do Hazlehead Woods Route one day and Countesswells another. It’s also worth noting that there is a Park Run at Hazlehead every Saturday morning at 9.30am.

Terrain: Trail Buggy Friendly: off road buggy Light: No

Foggieton Woods – 3.43km, 48m 

Explore the woods around Cults and Bieldside in this route. There is a car park next to Hillview Church which is the perfect place to set off from.

Terrain: Trail Buggy Friendly: Off road buggy Light: No

Railway Line Peterculter to Duthie Park – 10.7km, 50m 

You can bus it out to Peterculter on the Number 19 bus to save you from having to run back for your car. The bonus about this is there is a slight downhill all the way back to the park. Run along the traffic free Deeside Way. Treat yourself to a fine piece when you make it back to Duthie.

Terrain: Pavement Buggy Friendly: Yes Light: In some parts

Enjoy the running and hopefully you’ll be this smiley by the end!

If you have any suggestions for other routes in and around Aberdeen, get in touch!

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