Our vision is to create an exciting and innovative, outdoor adventure park in Aberdeenshire, unlike anything Scotland has seen before. The facility will provide an immersive forest experience that will be the regions hub for mountain biking, adventure sports and outdoor play.
The park will be located on the western edge of the beautiful Durris Forest, between Banchory and Stonehaven, just 15 miles south-west of Aberdeen City. The 168-hectare plot offers excellent topography for an adventure park, direct access from the A957 (Slug Road) and can be developed with minimal visual impact. Another highlight of the site are the breathtaking views up the Dee Valley and out to the North Sea from the summit of Cairn-mon-earn, 378 meters above sea level.
At the heart of the site will be a relaxed and welcoming café, serving delicious locally sourced food and expertly created teas and coffees. The building will also be home to our bike and adventure sports shop, with experts on hand to help keep your adventure going.
The facility will provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life to discover the outdoors and reconnect with nature. The biodiversity of Durris Forest will be enhanced over time, as we move away from a forest mono-culture, reintroduce native species and protect natural habitats.
In addition to the many health and social benefits that the facility will bring, it will also act as the catalyst for stimulating a positive economic growth cycle based around adventure sports tourism. Local business will benefit as visitor numbers to the area increase The local community will benefit by having access to exciting outdoor adventure experiences in close proximity to major population hubs.
Gravitate North is the charity that was set up to deliver this vision. We are a two tier Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). Registered charity number SC046136. The charity is governed by the guidance set out in its constitution and reports to the Scottish Charites regulator, OSCR.
Our aim is to deliver this vision by forming partnerships and working alongside key sports, tourism and economic regeneration bodies such as Scottish Cycling, Aberdeenshire Council, Opportunity North East, Visit Aberdeenshire and Scottish Enterprise.
The following series of short films discuss why this facility is needed, what the benefits will be and what the vision looks like for the future. They also describe how we engage with the community, who will benefit and the way forward for the project.