Mountain biking at Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre, Moray Speyside
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Mountain Biking in Scotland

Scotland was made for mountain biking - just look at the landscape! Our mountain bike trails will take you into some of the most awesome scenery imaginable through hill, glen and forest.

Scotland has over 25 mountain biking centres, including the world-class trails of 7stanes Glentress in the Scottish Borders and Nevis Range, near Fort William. We’ve also got brilliant beginner-friendly bike parks and pump tracks, amazing mountain biking events, biker-friendly accommodation and a great network of mountain bike guides, bike shops and cafés for that all important cake stop.

All of this makes Scotland one of the best places to ride on the planet.

Where to Mountain Bike in Scotland

Our friends at Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland have created some great information on where to ride in Scotland. Check out the links below to learn more, then get out there! 

There are mountain bike trails at Scotland’s mountain biking centres to suit all abilities. Green- and blue-graded tracks are perfect for beginners, whilst more confident riders will love the red-, black- and orange-graded trails. Just remember to stop occasionally to admire the amazing views.

A growing number of urban trails and bike parks - great places to hone your technique and practice your skills - are springing up in our towns and cities too.

If you have the experience, embark on a day or multi-day adventure and explore one of Scotland’s wilder trails. Take a trip along the 79-mile Great Glen Way. Try a circuit of lower Glen Tilt in Highland Perthshire. The 83-mile Loch Ness 360 is a great two-day adventure. Or ride 25 miles through Highland history between Fort Augustus and Laggan, along the epic (and steep) Corrieyairick Pass

For the ultimate mountain bike challenge, take ‘the long journey’ (An Turas Mor®). This mammoth challenge runs over 350 miles between Glasgow and Cape Wrath on the north coast over a suggested duration of eight days.

Gravel Biking

Somewhere between mountain biking and road cycling lies gravel biking, where routes are likely to be a mix of smooth tarmac and off-road trails. There are loads of places across Scotland to take your gravel bike or e-gravel bike, but just make sure you have the right skills and fitness level for heading into wilder terrain, and remember to ride responsibly

Bikepacking and packrafting

Bikepacking reflects the advances in lightweight packs and gear and allows you to explore new places with few limits. It’s a good way to get off-the-beaten-track and absorb more of your surroundings and is particularly good for backcountry bike trips with overnight stays. 

Packrafting in Argyll 

Packrafting is another way to bike with few limits, where riders can transport themselves, their bikes and their packs across calm waterways. It's a great way to explore Argyll in particular, but just remember to stay safe on the water and wear a buoyancy aid.

Mountain biking holidays

It’s easy to add a day out mountain biking to any Scottish holiday plans. There are loads of places to explore, bring your own bike or hire one when you get here, and if you need lessons or you’re looking for a guided trip, then we’ve got that covered too. Check out the entries below to learn more.

You’ll also find a great selection of cyclist-friendly accommodation across Scotland, with businesses well set up to offer secure bike storage, drying facilities and local route suggestions.

Hire a bike in Scotland

Find cyclist-friendly accommodation in Scotland

Mountain biking events

Scotland hosts world-class mountain bike events. A round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup has been held at Nevis Range, near Fort William, since 2002. And Scotland will be the first nation to host the biggest cycling event in history, when we welcome the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships to Scotland in August next year. It’s going to be awesome! 

Whether you’re spectating or participating, there’s a load of other biking events to enjoy too. Don’t miss the: