Mountain biking in the Highlands

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Logo for the Mountain Biking in Scotland Highland E-guide including imagery of chain links, mountain peaks and a stag.
Mountain Biking in Scotland Highland e-guide ››

Discover great mountain biking trails with this comprehensive guide to routes in the Highlands.

  • Cyclists on mountain bikes in snowy heather with trees and snowy peaks behind.
    Mountain biking near Avimore, Cairngorms National Park
  • A group of mountain bikers in the Cairngorms National Park, the Highlands
    A group of mountain bikers in the Cairngorms National Park, the Highlands
  • Danny MacAskill riding the Ridge in Skye
    Danny MacAskill riding the Ridge in Skye
  • The Mountain Bike World Cup 4-cross course at the Nevis Range, near Fort William
    The Mountain Bike World Cup 4-cross course at the Nevis Range, near Fort William
  • Looking over to two cyclists mountain biking on forest track.
    Mountain biking near Ballachulish, The Highlands

Discover the thrill and excitement of mountain biking in the Highlands. Whether it is a short trip through a forest, test your skills on some technical features or a white knuckle ride down the UK’s only official world mountain biking downhill track you will be guaranteed a great day out.

The Isle of Skye is regularly described as a great place to go mountain biking by experts. The Quiraing was voted as one of the best single track mountain bike routes in the UK. This challenging route takes you and your bike past dramatic scenery, over gullies and small waterfalls.

You can watch Danny MacAskill's new mountain biking video, The Ridge, which he filmed in the Isle of Skye. It's not for the faint-hearted, but it gives you a glimpse of the awe-inspiring scenery that Skye has to offer!


Every June you can see the world’s top riders battle it out on the extreme trails at the UCI Mountain Biking World Cup, near Fort William. Home to the only downhill World Cup track in the UK, the internationally-acclaimed Nevis Range Mountain Experience, is true haven for mountain bikers. Here you will discover gentle flat forest trails for beginners and extreme, adrenaline pumping downhill courses and epic all day cross country tracks for the experienced and skilled rider.

With over 30km of single track mountain bike routes, grade from green to orange and a freeride section the three centres of the Moray Monster Trails have routes to suit all abilities. You will also find lots of technical features to test your skills.

Those looking to perfect their mountain bike skills can head to the Abriachan community owned forest with a jump park and 14kms of mountain biking trails - known as the kelpies trail - after the famous mythical water horse. This is primarily a family friendly mountain biking centre but there is the option to tackle over 4km of red trails.

Visit Sutherland in the north of Scotland and you will discover one of the country’s hidden mountain biking gems. With stunning views over the Kyle of Sutherland, the inner Dornoch Firth and Bonar Bridge, the Kyle of Sutherland Mountain Bike Trails offer 17km of trails for a range of skill levels. There are blue, red and black graded trails combining in-forest riding, technical features and forest roads.