Mountain Biking in Scotland
It seems as if Scotland's hills were made for mountain biking, from the gentlest ascent to the most hair-raising descent. The country is undoubtedly the UK's premier destination for mountain biking. New access laws have made more places accessible to mountain bikers thus offering a wider variety of riding opportunities for of all abilities.
Enjoy the wide open spaces of Scotland, the dramatic scenery and clean fresh air. There are routes and trails to suit all abilities, from dedicated centres and forest trails to quiet countryside lanes and minor roads. Cycling affords greater freedom and time to explore the country at your own pace, either using the National Cycle Network or making up your own route.
The Seven Stanes network of trails in the Scottish Borders is a network of seven different manmade trails which cater for both novice and experienced mountain bikers. If you prefer your mountain biking experience to be a little more natural there is no limit to Scotland's provision of great routes such as the infamous Devil's Staircase at the top of Glencoe and the world class Fort William Downhill Course.
Alternatively take the more relaxing option of the country's family routes such as Glasgow: Art and the Park, through three parks, two art galleries, a swimming pool and a ski centre - yes, all on your bike! The Glasgow to Loch Lomond offers a great day out and is also the start of the national Lochs and Glens Route. There are also routes from both Glasgow and Edinburgh along canal towpaths to the Falkirk Wheel.
Whatever type of cycling you enjoy, Scotland has it all from the wilderness of mountain biking in the rugged outdoors to the accessibility of the manmade trails to road cycling your way round the country. Scotland undoubtedly rivals any other country in the world for the quality of cycling that is available.
Mountain biking routes and trails:
- Devil's Staircase, Glencoe, Highlands
- Edinburgh to the Falkirk Wheel
- Fort William Downhill Course, Highlands
- Glasgow: Art and the Park
- Loch Ard Route, Stirlingshire
- Seven Stanes, Borders
- The Greenock Cut, Inverclyde