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Mountain biking in Scotland – what you need to know

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Have you seen Danny MacAskill’s latest mountain biking video yet? If you haven’t then make sure and check it out, you won’t be disappointed!

The Ridge follows Danny as he returns home to the stunning Isle of Skye to take on a death-defying route along the spectacular Cuillin ridgeline. Featuring some of the most beautiful footage of Skye that we have ever seen, The Ridge will have you reaching for your bike faster than we can say ‘remember to pack a lunch!’

While it might be best to leave tackling vertigo-inducing ridges like the Cuillins to pros like Danny, Scotland has plenty of world-class mountain biking routes and centres throughout the country that will suit every skill level.


Whether you want a gentle off-road ride amidst stunning scenery or something a little more adventurous, here’s our quick guide to getting the most out of Scotland on a mountain bike:

  • Location, location, location – Scotland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to go mountain biking. You’ll find a great choice of trails and centres across the country, from epic routes in the Highlands to fun woodland trails in Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders.
  • Wheels – Not got your own bike? Don’t let that hold you back! There are plenty places throughout the country to hire one.
  • Do it like Danny – We don’t recommend you tackle Danny’s route along the Cuillin ridgeline just yet, but if you want to have a go at some fun off-road tracks then have a look at the routes in the new Highlands mountain biking guide from Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland. The guide even includes two routes on Skye, one easy and one epic, so you can experience the same fabulous landscapes that Danny tackled in The Ridge.
  • What is the code of difficulty? – Is a green route right for you? How skilled do you have to be to tackle a blue run, or even a red or a black one for that matter? The Forestry Commission’s code of difficulty will help you decide what sort of mountain biking route suits you best.
  • Pack a camera – Make sure to pause for breath and capture images of Scotland’s stunning scenery and wildlife while you’re on your journey. From sea eagles at the Quiraing on Skye to herds of majestic red deer in the Highlands, you never know what marvels Scotland’s landscapes have in store for you. If you do snap some crackers why not share them with us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for your chance to be featured as our Instagram photo of the day or in the weekly roundup on Facebook?
  • Relax with a dram – Cosy up at dusk after a day in the hills and enjoy a well-earned drink in one of Scotland’s fine restaurants or bars, before snuggling down into your cosy bed for the night
  • And then do it all over again the next morning!

Find more info on mountain biking throughout Scotland, book some great accommodation and head out for a day of adventure on your bike.


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