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Danny MacAskill: The Ridge
Danny MacAskill: The Ridge

Watch Danny MacAskill in his latest vertigo-inducing adventure "The Ridge" filmed on the beautiful Isle of Skye.

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Scotland is the perfect choice for all levels of mountain biking with miles of trails, tracks and technical trick parks. Enjoy a varied landscape which offers an exciting ride amongst some of the most awe inspiring scenery in the world.

Discover Scotland’s top mountain bike attractions, the 7stanes. Spanning the south of the country from the Scottish Borders to Dumfries & Galloway, each centre offers a unique array of world-class trails, and a unique stone statue reflecting a local myth or legend.

Why not explore the islands or Scotland’s coastline on a mountain bike holiday to Scotland? Specialist tour operators take the stress out of planning by running dedicated mountain biking holidays where meals, accommodation and luggage transfers are all taken care of, leaving you to focus on enjoying yourself in the great outdoors.

You can also see world-class events including the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, which sees the mountain biking elite rattle down the Nevis Ski Range in the Scottish Highlands for an adrenaline-packed weekend of world-class Downhill and 4-Cross action.

  • A group of mountain bikers on a trail in the Cairngorm National Park -  Rothiemurchus near Aviemore.
    A group of mountain bikers on a trail in the Cairngorm National Park - Rothiemurchus near Aviemore.
  • A silhouette of a biker jumping in the air against a dramatic sky
    A demonstration by the Animal-Braun stunt bike team at Cairn Gorm mountain, Highlands
  • Danny MacAskill rides the Ridge in Skye
    Danny MacAskill rides the Ridge in Skye
A couple of mountain bikers on the Black Crags Single Track Trail at Kirroughtree, near Newton Stewart

Mountain biking holidays

There are many miles of trails across the country so you can have the perfect mountain bike holiday.

A biker admires the view of mountain on a Balblair Mountain Bike Trail near Bonar Bridge, Sutherland, Highlands

Trails

Explore Scotland's range of unique and exciting mountain bike trails through glens, forests and rugged mountain ranges.

A couple of mountain bikers tackle some grey rocks on the Mcmoab trail at Kirroughtree Forest, near Newton Stewart

7stanes centres

The world-famous 7stanes mountain biking centres showcase some of the very best trails in southern Scotland.

Mountain Bike World Cup © Gary Williamson

Mountain bike events

Scotland hosts an exciting variety of mountain biking events, the highlight being Fort William’s UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

Danny MacAskill cycling in Skye

The Highlands

Head to the Scottish Highlands and discover some world-class mountain biking trails.

Glen Isla, Angus

Dundee & Angus

From inner-city and woodland trails to challenging mountain routes, enjoy mountain biking in Dundee & Angus.

Directions for the Four Abbeys Cycle Route in the Scottish Borders

National Cycling Routes

Scotland’s cycle paths offer a fantastic chance to explore some of the most scenic areas of the country on two wheels. There are routes to suit all level of cyclists from the Scottish Borders right up to the Highlands and islands.

Cyclists on the lochside road skirting the northern shore of Loch Katrine in the Trossachs

Cycle hire

Scotland’s brilliant countryside, coastlines, towns, cities and islands are best explored by bike and there are a range of bike hire companies, with friendly, expert staff who can offer advice and ensure you have the most suitable bike to meet your needs.

Other activities

Cycling

Go cycling in Scotland and experience the beauty of the country’s landscapes, seascapes, towns and cities.

Fishing

Discover fantastic fishing in Scotland by chartering a boat, hiring a ghillie or venturing out on a picturesque river.

Watersports

Surrounded by water with hundreds of rivers and lochs, Scotland is the perfect destination for your next watersports adventure.

Skiing & snowboarding

Scotland is home to five ski centres and offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy a range of snowsports in the off season.