Scotland’s mountain bike trails have put it on the mountain biking world map. Here are some top trails that we reckon you should acquaint your rubber with.
Length: 42 miles
Kirroughtree is one of the 7Stanes mountain biking destinations as well as one of the most unique. Its epic rocky and rooty singletrack lies hidden between the pine trees and is home to one of the longest black-graded loops in Scotland, christened Black Craig.
Fast, flowing singletrack and rocky technical features will test all your mountain bike mettle – not least the epic ‘McMoab’ slabs at the outer reaches of the black run.
While the name and painted directional arrows are based on its Utah cousin, the climate and scenery are quintessentially Scotland.
Length: 12 miles
Glentrees is one of the busiest trail centres in the UK with over 300,00 visitors a year, magnetically drawn to its extensive network of bike trails, covering every grade, with over 55 miles of sign-posted singletrack loops and counting.
The black route is long and rough, but not too technical and is a great option for a sunny day because the views of the Tweed Valley are simply outstanding.
All you riders looking for less remote and more easily accessible bursts of fun should be aware that the GT Red and Blue trails are legendary in mountain biking circles.
How does the name Spooky Woods grab you? It’s arguably one of the most ridden trails in the country because the tabletops, drops, and pure speed you can muster are something else.
Dumfries & Galloway
Length: 12 miles
Mabie is one of the world-class 7stanes mountain bike venues. You’ll find a superb variety of green, blue and red graded trails, an extreme downhill section for the serious experts, and a skills area for perfecting your technique.
Check out the Big Views Loop and its gentle slopes and sweeping scenery that conspire to make this an easy and enjoyable ride.
Woodhead Loop is slightly harder and explores the far side of the forest using quiet forest roads and some easy singletrack
Phoenix trail is more of a mixed cross-country route in stunning woodland on natural trails and singletrack.
Nevis Range Resort,
Hosting its first UCI DH World cup 16 years ago made Fort William a mountain biking mecca. It’s an awesome spectacle when over 20,000 bikers and their admirers descend on the town from all over the world.
They cheer on some of the best downhill riders in the world once they’ve ploughed down the side of Aonach Mor
If you want the UK’s highest mountains, lochs, changing weather and all the drama and romance and magic this conjures up, then this is the trail for you.
The Nevis Range has gondola uplift to the world-renowned DH tracks and a challenging red graded trail. At the base, you’ll find World Cup standard XC loops, family-friendly trails for all abilities, skill and jump lines, and hidden wild trails that regularly feature in Enduro races.
The Tweed Valley
Length: 15 miles
The downhill trails at Innerleithen are some of the UK’s best.
A rich history of trail building has curated a rabbit warren of ‘natural enduro’ and machine-built trails that drop steeply and majestically through the forests around town.
The original DH tracks crafted by local trail builder Dik Hamilton widen options for riders and race organisers.
Try your rubber on the steep, rooty, tight and twisty Cresta Run - a hand-built line in classic Innerleithen style.
Length: 15 mi
Located close to the Scotland-England border, this area includes a green skills loop, 2 blue-graded routes, a red-graded route, and a bike park-extreme trail.
Trails include The Caddrouns, Linns Trail, Dead Man's Quarry Climb, and Swarfe Hill.
Learnie Red Rocks,
Length: 6 miles
Novices and intermediaries flock to this trail because it’s purpose-built and fun for all levels but especially those that are still finding their trail feet.
You can mix the green, blue, and black graded trails with forest roads and an orange-graded bike park and dirt jump area to make a full day in the saddle.
Look beyond your front wheel and take in some cracking views too.