The ultimate guide to running at Countesswells

29th April 2019

With the evenings getting lighter and summer just around the corner, get your running shoes on and your Fitbits ready and head out to enjoy the adventurous and diverse running routes of Countesswells.

Aberdeen’s newest community is the perfect location for those looking to live a more active life. We all know it can be a struggle to go out for a run, however with the mix of tree lined streets, smooth pathways, parkland areas and natural neighbouring woodlands, Countesswells makes going for a run that bit easier and enjoyable.

With this Countesswells running guide there really is no reason why you shouldn’t be out jogging with neighbours, exploring nearby woodland trails, achieving a new PB or just getting out and enjoying the fresh air.

On your doorstep

With open greenspace, natural bridleways and the Cults Burn Park, Countesswells is a haven for running routes.

Nestled amongst ancient woodland, with the planned lay-out used to enhance the natural greenspace, running at Countesswells offers a calm workout in a countryside setting away from the buzz and congestion of the city centre.

Whether it’s a brisk 5km or a slow and steady 10km, the vast 400-acre site is suitable for all distances. You have the freedom to make your running routes as short, long and as flexible as you want, from high intensity race training, to an enjoyable jog with friends and neighbours, Countesswells is perfect for all levels of runners.

Enjoy jogging through the tree lined streets of Regency Place and Jubilee Walk. Passing the Countesswells playpark, looking out for local wildlife at Cults Burn Park and taking in the focal points and scenic views before finishing up at our blossoming community orchard.

Throughout the growing community there are many passing points where you can stop and catch your breath, take in some water and socialise with neighbours during your run at Countesswells.

Plan and explore your routes here:

Into the woods

East of the development lies Countesswells woods, boasting a variety of woodland trails, great for those who are looking to alter their running routes and introduce some tougher terrain and extra endurance into their workouts. In addition to the extra challenge of running off road, woodland running is additionally proven to have positive effects on mental health. Use this time to take yourself away from the worries and stress of work and home life, and instead concentrate on you and your run.

Clock in your steps at Countesswells Woods, just a 3-minute walk from the new town and a popular choice amongst local walkers and runners. The woods offer picturesque views of Deeside and Aberdeenshire’s agricultural landscape.

At Countesswells woods there are two popular running routes to choose from which offer a change to standard path running and include a variety of rocky, rooty and muddy surfaces, fantastic for any trail runners out there.

2.1km Beech Tree Trail: The Beech Tree trail is a short route, lined with huge conifers and colourful beech trees. The course is made up of mostly firm gravel yet does include some uneven earthy paths and muddy areas.

4.4km Gairn Hill Trail: This longer 4.4km route takes on the Gairn Hill Wood Circuit, which is home to an assortment of trees including giant Sitka spruce and majestic Douglas fir.

If you’re enjoying the change to trail running, discover the neighbouring Foggieton woods. Similar to Countesswells woods, this woodland area also boasts a mixture of runs to explore.

The quieter woods of Foggieton are fantastic for those who are looking for shorter distances and are great for a change up from urban and city terrain.

The 2km Ladyhill Trail is one of the most popular running routes in Foggieton woods, lined with mature beech wood and lots of wildlife to look out for. During the summer and autumnal months, keep an eye out for wild raspberries and blackberries growing amongst the trails!

Find out more about the woodland running routes of Countesswells ( and Foggieton (

After more of a challenge?

Show your competitive side by taking part in the Hazlehead Parkrun, just a 7-minute drive from Countesswells.

Held across the world, Parkrun is a collection of 5km running events that take place every Saturday morning. With over 1,400 locations across the world, your nearest run from Countesswells takes place at 09.30 at Hazlehead Park.  It’s you against the clock in a 5km race, where you can choose to run for your own enjoyment with friends or race for your 5km personal best.

The course is run entirely on trail paths, with a wee bit of a hill included, to really challenge those knees. With rainy Saturdays a usual sight in Aberdeen, look out for some muddy puddles along the way!

Free to attend, all you need to do is register on the parkrun website, print out your barcode and arrive in plenty of time to get those all-important stretches in before you run, sprint, jog, walk or skip!

To find out more check out the parkrun website:

And there you have it, the ultimate guide to running at Countesswells. Whether you’re after a run around the block amongst the community’s open greenspaces and tree lined streets or a tougher race around the neighbouring woodland trails, Countesswells really is a great destination for all runners – from novice beginners to experienced marathon junkies.

Let us know if you’ve tried any of these running routes – or any recommendations your might have for our running residents to check out!