Scotland’s natural topography and wide open spaces make it a world class mountain biking destination. Here are a half dozen of the best venues for beginners and experts alike.

Strathmashie, Laggan, Newtonmore PH20 1BU

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More than 30km of trails offer more than just top class mountain biking – there are also orienteering courses and forest walks. Bikes are available to buy and hire at the Wolftrax centre, which also has a café, toilets and showers.

Braincroft, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 4JZ

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A compact 12-mile network of trails for all ages and abilities makes it ideal for families, especially with the excellent amenities on-site, including a café and bike shop, plus a range of accommodation, including the award-winning campsite of the same name.

Fochabers, IV32 7PG

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This Forestry Commission site offers more than 20km of routes for all abilities. Head to Winding Walks for extreme freeriding and the red-grade Fochabers Ring, or start at Ordiequish for the slightly easier blue routes.

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The 7Stanes is a world-renowned collection of mountain biking centres across the south of Scotland: Dalbeattie, Forest of Ae, near Dumfries, Innerleithen and Glentress near Peebles, Glentrool in Galloway, Kirroughtree in Galloway, Mabie, near Dumfries and Newcastleton, near the border with England.


Just an hour from Glasgow, the village of Aberfoyle is a great base to explore the 200km of trails around Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Much of the riding is on forestry tracks but there is also a network of steep technical descents for the bravehearts. Aberfoyle is gaining a reputation as the home of gravel riding with its Dukes Weekender showpiece event held each year.

Fort William

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Home of the UK leg of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup the Nevis Range is as spectacular as it gets. The network includes the Lower Forest Trails for all abilities and three downhill trails that are accessed by gondola, two graded expert trails and a brand-new blue trail.