06 October 2022.

Scotland, Cycling & Mountain Bi..

Scotland is at the top of its game when it comes to mountain biking. Not only is the country covered from head to toe in hills and mountains but it leads the way in world class mountain bike trail centres too. These centres are dotted all over the country and are usually found within the confines of forests. They are for the most, well designed and cleverly engineered, producing a great range of spills and thrills for all level of rider. Many companies that operate cycling holidays in Scotland include a day or two at one or more of these centres in their holiday itineraries. They’re great places to brush up on some basic mountain bike riding skills before taking on some of Scotland’s tougher off-road routes.

Cycle touring in Scotland takes place on a mix of dedicated cycle ways, forest roads, mountain tracks, footpaths, minor country roads and canal towpaths that wind through a variety of stunning landscapes. The National Cycle Network is growing all the time as groups like Sustrans convert disused railway lines and the like into well manicured cycle lanes. Slowly these are spreading throughout the countryside and the reality of a well connected and traffic-free cycle network is coming ever closer. In some areas the cycle trails are suitable for young families looking for a day out while other sections demand travelling along roads utilised by other forms of traffic and therefore may not be.

Regardless of the type of cycling being undertaken in Scotland you can be assured that the scenery will be spectacular. From the dense forests of the Scottish Borders, Galloway and the Trossachs to the remote expanses of Rannoch Moor or the Grampian Mountains Scotland offers cyclists the chance to taste some truly epic adventures.

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