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Mountain Biking in Scotland

Scotland was made for mountain biking - just look at the landscape! Through hill, glen and forest you'll find trails, tracks and technical trick parks, not to mention the most awesome scenery imaginable.

New to mountain biking?

Then try it for the first time in Scotland! At the likes of Glentress in the Tweed Valley or Nevis Range in the Highlands, take advantage of bike hire and tuition, and start out on the gentler trails. Before you know it, you'll be bunny hopping down a gnarly single track!

Trails

Across Scotland, there are incredible mountain bike trails of varying length and difficulty. Many are developed and maintained by Forestry Commission Scotland, and other trails can be found on country estates.

Mountain biking holidays

Have an adventure on two wheels! Make mountain biking the focus of your trip to Scotland and book a biking tour with an outdoor activity provider.

Why would you want to take a mountain biking holiday in Scotland?

  • Explore the landscapes - on some organised trips, you'll experience mountain biking away from biking centres and pedal your way through wild, untamed back country. 
  • Help every mile of the way - for multiday trips, luggage transfer and support vehicles are often laid on. 
  • Types of holiday - trips can be self-led, or you might book a tour with an experienced mountain bike guide to keep you on the right track.
  • The range of locations - pedal coast to coast, along the Great Glen Cycleway, through the Outer Hebrides, or on the Isle of Skye, home to the best single track riding in the UK.

Read Danny MacAskill's interview about his ride along the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye and watch the video below.

Mountain biking events

Mountain biking can be as exciting to watch as it is to take part. Whether you're a hard-core mountain biker or are just after an action-packed day out, there are some brilliant events which serve up the thrills.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Huge crowds make their way to Fort William every year for UCI Mountain Bike World Cup where the crème de la crème of professional mountain bikers compete. It's an adrenaline-packed summer weekend of world-class Downhill and 4-Cross action. At its heart is the World Cup Village, with its family-friendly festival atmosphere, loads of activities and captivating entertainment.

The Fort William event is one of a series of nine World Cups taking place across Europe and North America from April to August and has been voted the best event of its kind in the world by both riders - who absolutely love it here - and spectators alike.

TweedLove Bike Festival 

If you love biking, you'll love TweedLove.  It takes place in the Tweed Valley, home to some of Scotland's best biking routes. It's a festival where you can really get involved with a whole range of activities, including races, family rides and cultural events, and enjoy spectator events. Highlights of the festival include exciting mountain bike races, such as the Glentress Seven and the Tweed Valley Enduros.

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