They’ve got the wide open spaces, the highlands, the lowlands, the hills, mountains and views, so of course Scotland is becoming one of the world’s greatest places for mountain biking. And being smarter than they are often given credit for, and canny with their money which they are often given credit for, the Scottish have realized the outdoor assets they have and are developing fabulous world-class trails for riding.
Some of the top places to ride are:
1. Nevis Range. Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and is a ski resort in winter and a climbing and mountain bike haven in summer. In 2012 they will host the Mountain Bike World Cup from June 9-10. There are many trails and you can do guided rides, coaching rides and group rides, hiring bikes there so you don’t have to lug your own across the world.
2. 7stanes Mountain Bike Trails in southern Scotland. Seven trails which cross mountains, skirt lochs, rocky granite, forests, include beginners trails to the seriously difficult, from marathons to short outings. Learn more.
3. The Forestry Commission develops and manages excellent trails throughout Scotland including Laggan Wolftrax in the central highlands, and the Kyle of Sutherland trails around this river estuary. It has an excellent site giving up to date information on trails, which are open and closed and listing events happening around the country. Visit their site for more info.