Scotland is home to some of the most beautiful mountain bike trails in the world. Some of the most popular trails in Scotland include 7stanes, the Witch’s trails, Laggan Wolftrax, Learnie Red Rock Trails, Fire Flower Trail, West Argyll, Moray Monster Trails, Balnain Bike Park, Carron Valley Trails, and Kyle of Sutherland Trails.
You can really do some world class mountain biking on these trails. There are several trails within each site, and most are graded on difficulty so that cyclers can assess the cost, time, energy expenditure, and dire straights that may accompany them on their trail. All people should be able to find some trail that suits them by looking at a comprehensive guide of all Scotland’s trails.
7stanes Mountain Bike Trail
The 7stanes trails are graded from green-graded or easy, blue-graded or moderate, red-graded or difficult, black-graded or severe, non-singletrack orange grade for a bike park or downhill, ungraded forest road or similar, and so on. There are about 5 trails on average within each designation. Keep in mind that this is only for the Southern part of Scotland. So already looking at the Southern part of Scotland, there are several roads and paths to take that are not so strict and rigid as the uniform look of some old mountain bike trails.
The Witch’s trails are another option with a rich history. The three waymarked trails include Broomstick Blue, Witch’s World Champs trail, and 10 Under the Ben. These trails come replete with parking, toilets, cafes, food, drink, bikes, and equipment for hire. So the ominous name is really not all that ominous sounding as businesses have come in to the cater to the needs of riders that partake of the mountain biking trails of the Witch’s trails. The trails are named after the Witch of Leanachan, and she moved to the hills of Aonach Mor in the 1800s. Her spirit is kept afloat by all the mountain bikers that come to the trails and feel her betwitching presence, or so the legend goes.
Moray Monster Trails
The Moray Monster trails are another trail set that is replete with the difficulties, dangers, and potential disasters incumbent to serious mountain bikers that want to go for the hardest stretch they can muster. For people with the energy, strength, and stamina to tackle the trails, they have 4 options that include the Ordiequish by Fochabers, Whiteash (winding walks), Ben Aigan, and Quarrelwood. There is bike hire available in this trail for those that need a good bike to handle the rigors of the trail. The bike hire is available from one of three vendors that include Speyside bike in Aberlour, Rafford Cycles in Forres area, and Bike and Buggy in Nairn area. Each of these three vendors has bikes that can handle the harshness of the trails. (Update: Bike Hire may no longer be available).
Another set of trails is the Kyle of Sutherland mountain bike trails that is ideal for intermediate mountain bikers with optional rock journeys, serene views, and hard descents. This a great trail for improving your skills.
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