Scotland is one of the best countries in the world for mountain biking according to the International Mountain Biking Association. If you’re thinking of a biking holiday here you have the choice of riding custom built mountain biking trails or wild and free across some of the most scenic places in the country.
The 7 Stanes project stretches right across Southern Scotland and has some outstanding mountian biking centres with Glentress being particularly singled out by most bikers as a world-class destination.
The forests around Callander and Aberfoyle also provide some fantastic mountain biking on marked trails.
Between Crieff and Comrie in Perthshire lies Comrie Croft who have been busy building mountain bike trails in recent years and they also host the Hairy Coo Mountain Bike Challenge.
Aonach Mor ski centre has also been venue for World Cup Mountain Biking in recent years with both cross country and downhill tracks available to ride (and a gondola to get you to the top of the hill!)
All the way up in Moray there are the Moray Monster Trails with routes of varying grades and difficulty.
For those who want to get away from prepared trails Scotland has some of Europe’s most liberal land access laws for non-motorised access. This means that if a track exists on a map, there’s a good chance you can ride it (as long as it’s not interrupting other activities like shooting and fishing).
Mountain bikes can take you deep into the Cairngorms, or on long cross country routes like Dalwhinnie to Fort William. Some holiday makers ride the West Highland Way, Sothern Upland Way or Speyside Way as a challenge.
The Great Glen Way is a cycle route running from Fort William to Inverness along the Great Glen and past Inverness.
Across much of Scotland the roads are quiet too so linking up off-road stuff with sections on tarmac is not as much of a chore as it can be in busier areas.
So if you decide to have a mountain biking holiday in Scotland, there is more than enough to keep you busy. Ride safe!