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10 Incredible Bike Parks and Trail Centres in Scotland

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There is nothing quite like the feeling of freedom you get from riding a bike. Scotland is made for cycling; you’ll find an excellent network of trails that are easy to get to with good parking and no riding permit required. From urban jungles to the quiet countryside, bike parks and trail centres are great for beginners and experts alike. Newbies can feel safe within the confines of the park while expert riders can put their skills to the test with big jumps and technical trails.

To help you decide, we’ve gathered a list of our favourite bike parks to allow you to explore fun trails along the way. Get ready to don your cycling gear, test your suspension and head out on the ultimate cycling quest.

Trail Grading

All trails have a difficulty rating system which is used to categorise the technical difficulty of mountain biking. The four categories are:

🟢Green (easy): for beginners/novice cyclists with basic bike skills. Relatively flat and wide with climbs and descents mostly shallow.

🔵Blue (moderate): for intermediate cyclist/mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills. Most gradients are moderate but may include short steep sections.

🔴Red (difficult): for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills. Steeper and tougher climbs and descents that are mostly single-track with technical sections.

⚫Black (severe): for expert mountain bike users, used to physically demanding routes. Sections will be challenging and variable.

🟠Orange (bike park): for riders aspiring to an elite level of technical ability, incorporates everything from full-on downhill riding to big-air jumps. All sections will be challenging.

1. Cathkin Braes, Glasgow

Two cyclists on the Pump Track at Cathkin Braes

Pump Track at Cathkin Braes © VisitScotland

Situated in the south-east of Glasgow, Cathkin Braes offers an excellent mix of terrain for your next two-wheeled adventure. It’s home to 9 kilometres of trails and provides a challenging course for riders. If you’re feeling brave enough, take on its Red Circuit route with lots of tables, doubles and gaps in store to hone your skills. You can break the route down into sections or do full loops right down the hill. Of course, there are plenty of blue and green trails aimed at beginner and intermediate riders if the jumps are a bit out of your comfort zone.

The park’s star attraction is the Vesolutions pump track – one of the largest in the UK. Suitable for riders of all wheel types, it’s part of the wider mountain bike trail centre, that includes competition MTB cross country trails, skills trails and a jump track.

Cathkin Braes is free to use and open all-year round with 60 car parking spaces available onsite. There are no other facilities so make sure to come fully prepared with a hearty picnic. You’ll be able to enjoy lunch with a view as you overlook the city and beyond with highlights including Gleniffer Braes and the Kilpatrick and Campsie hills.

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2. Laggan Wolftrax Mountain Biking Trail Centre, Laggan

Cyclists looking at the view from Laggan Wolftrax Mountain Biking Trail

Laggan Wolftrax Mountain Biking Trail © VisitScotland / Luigi Di Pasquale

Looking for a fun family day out? Grab your bikes and head to Laggan Wolftrax. Open all year round, the mountain bike centre welcomes riders of all ages and abilities. The trails range from an easy-going green route for a shorter and flatter ride to white-knuckle red, black and orange routes which are more technical if you wish to embrace your inner daredevil. If you’re undecided on which route is best for you, test yourself with the skills area at the trailhead so you know what to expect out in the forest. On weekends, make sure to pop into The Bike Bothy Laggan for all your cycling needs. They’ll be able to offer service and repairs, bike hire and essential accessories for your ride.

Facilities onsite include a café, toilets and shower facilities to freshen up afterwards. Car parking is also available for a small fee with all money raised towards future maintenance of the trails.

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3. Beecraigs Mountain Bike Trails, Linlithgow

Located in Beecraigs Country Park in West Lothian, this outdoor playground is one for the bucket list. Experienced riders can take on the 7km red graded bike trail or if you feel like taking it up a notch, the black route has lots of drops and chutes for a hair-raising bike ride. Before you set off, make sure that your bike tyres are sturdy enough as the ground can get very slippery during wet weather. You’ll also find a skills area which is perfect for improving your mountain bike skills.

For families, there are a variety of green cycling trails that are not too strenuous on the legs and are ideal for a leisurely cycle along scenic woodland and countryside. The kids can let off steam at the adventure playground, say hello to the neighbourhood deer and during the summer months, enjoy a delicious ice cream from the visiting ice cream van.

Facilities include free parking, toilets and a café serving lots of tasty snacks and bites to eat.

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4. SKELF Bike Park, Edinburgh

Open to anything with wheels, from BMX and mountain bikes to scooters, roller blades and balance bikes, SKELF Bike Park is simply one of a kind. The Blue Trail is the perfect introduction to mountain biking for young children. The 800m long route runs the length of the woods allowing riders to gently navigate and weave their bike between the trees. For more experienced riders, there are more challenging red graded routes which feature table-tops, drop-offs and rock gardens. Develop your bike skills and technique further at The Pump Track. This small but mighty circuit has lots of thrills in store including rolling bumps, table-top jumps and berms. All this without having to pay a single penny, what’s not to love?

The bike park is open 7 days a week all year round with limited parking available, so if you’re bringing the car make sure to arrive early!

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5. Inverness Pump Track

Just next door to Inverness Skate Park, Inverness Pump Track is a great place to hone your skills. From beginners right through to seasoned pros, this 330-yard track also includes a beginner’s pump track and small skills area packed with rollers and berms. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets. The track is floodlit until 10pm if you wish to extend your cycling fun, ideal for those dark winter nights.

Entry to the bike park is free and open 24/7. Skateboarders are allowed to use the pump track, but scooters are not permitted.

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6. Comrie Croft, Crieff

A child cyclist at Comrie Croft Skills and Fun Park

Comrie Croft Skills and Fun Park © VisitScotland / Luigi Di Pasquale

Perthshire is a firm favourite with outdoor enthusiasts, so it’s no surprise that you’ll find it’s home to lots of mountain biking trails. At Comrie Croft, you’ll find over 16km of pump, berms and rollers along its graded blue, red and black trails. Each grade has a series of interlinking loops which you can do all at once or pick your favourite. Before you take your mountain bike for a spin, Comrie Croft Bikes are on hand to help with any burning trail questions, bike repairs and have a range of bikes available to hire which include hardtail bikes, full suspension, e-bikes and much more. There is also a small skate park just on the outskirts, if you want to swap two wheels for four. Facilities include hot showers (small fee required), a bike cleaning station, toilets and car parking for just a small fee.

 Wish to extend your stay? Comrie Croft have lots of accommodation on offer. Enjoy a cosy retreat in the farmhouse, check into a hostel or camp underneath the stars in Nordic Katas for the ultimate wild camping experience.

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7. Fife Cycle Park, Lochgelly

Fife Cycle Park is a definite must for every rider, from beginner right up to experienced. The 1.6km tarmac cycle route is traffic-free for the perfect flat bike ride. Pick up tips from the experts with its range of programmes and activities on offer. After your ride, head to the Clubhouse where you’ll find indoor and outdoor viewing areas so you can watch other cyclists in action while they tear up the track.

Bike and helmet hire is also available with facilities including vending machines, an outdoor sitting area, showers, changing rooms and onsite parking with disabled spaces too.

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8. Carron Valley Mountain Bike Trails, Denny

We hope that you’ve got your water bottle filled, snacks and waterproof packed? Let your cycling quest begin at Carron Valley in Denny. Intermediate riders can take on the red-graded trails along single-track and forest roads but there are shorter routes available if you’re looking for something not too strenuous. The Pipe Dream is an ideal warm up before ascending to Eas Dubh, this single-track route breaks up into a gentle climb and provides the goods with its scenery across the valley from the viewpoint. The fast exit into the quarry through Stoney Broke will set you up for the climb to Eas Dubh. Experienced riders can put themselves through their paces on the Eas Dubh descent and sweeping Cannonball Run. There is also an orange-graded bike park packed with lots of features including berms, jumps, stone drop-offs and table-tops.

Facilities at Carron Valley include parking and public toilets.

Find out more about Carron Valley Mountain Bike Trails

 

9. Avonbridge Pump Track, Falkirk

This pump track is one of Scotland’s newest additions to the list having opened only in 2020. Avonbridge has a lot to offer and is purpose-built for BMX bikes, mountain bikes, scooters and skateboards which includes disability access and is suitable for beginners through to advanced riders. You’ll find lots of playground equipment to hone your skills and once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the picnic areas for an alfresco feast. The design of the pump track gives a special nod to the area’s rich mining and railway industrial heritage.

Avonbridge is free to use and is open all day with parking facilities also available.

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10. Highland Wildcat Trails, Golspie

Looking for big mountain trails hand-crafted by the pros? Look no further than Highland Wildcat Trails. Designed by Pete Laing who built the first trails at Glentress and just an hour’s drive north of Inverness, it’s the most northern mountain bike trail centre in Scotland. The trails have been designed with everyone in mind allowing riders to take on the dizzying heights of Ben Bhraggie before plunging back down to Golspie again. Intermediate riders will be able to reach the summit of ‘The Ben’ from the blue trail which has a double track leading off at the crossroads in the forest, while experienced riders can seek more of a thrill along the red and black single-track routes. The riding is generally fast-paced and undulating to keep you on your toes but make sure not to go too fast as hikers and runners regularly use these trails. Families who wish to take it easy and enjoy a cycle along the lush forests can follow Pict’s Path.

Need a helping hand with your cycling equipment? Ticket to Ride offers a bike taxi service and can help up to 6 cyclists get to the trails with their bikes and kits. Bike hire is also available which includes mountain bikes, hybrid bikes and road bikes with car parking nearby.

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