Comrie Croft Bike Trails are a new, compact and expanding set of dedicated trails with a little something for everyone.
It is likely to come as no surprise that one of the most naturally beautiful areas of Scotland should also boast some great mountain biking. But whereas most other areas now have dedicated centres, with specially built trails, in Perthshire the riding is, in the main, on natural paths and tracks, and no poorer for it.
Nestled in the Strathearn Valley, yet only an hours drive from Scotland's major cities, Comrie Croft Bike Trails are a new, compact and expanding set of dedicated trails with a little something for everyone. Like Drumlanrig and Golspie, these are located on a private estate and have been dug by local volunteers, which gives them a surprisingly natural feel.
Variety is a key to Comrie's trails and what is at present a relatively short loop packs a fairly mighty punch.
From the car park you are quickly climbing on forest trails, which although steep at first, become a little kinder on the calves and as you rise out of the valley you are greeted by some spectacular scenery.
Following a brief downhill respite, the single-track begins and winds its way up through some technical forest sections with some interesting features - check out the chunky bedrock slab with off-camber descent and the water splash! A little more climbing takes you to the descent, which is a thrilling mix of tight twisty single-track and natural bedrock. On the way down you will also encounter a little fun park in a disused quarry with a great variety of surfaces.
This is not a course to be ridden at top speed, the emphasis is more on the technical and challenging aspects of riding and after an hour you will be back in the car park with a big grin on your face and a healthy notion to go and do it all again!
Facilities are good with bike hire, a shop selling drinks, snacks and basic spares, free toilets, parking and a four star independent hostel on site. Trail maps and friendly advice are available from reception. Showers, a cafe, campsite and many trail extensions are in the pipeline.
You will aslo find great natural trails throughout Perthshire as well. A few key locations include Craigvinean Hill and trails to Loch Ordie from nearby Dunkeld and on the Perthshire/Kingdom of Fife boundary lies Pitmedden Forest. Popular with local bikers, this is a relatively undiscovered location for mountain biking with forest roads and single-track to keep you entertained for hours.
Red - 5.5 kms
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