Our favourite forests for cycling
Our forests are more than just great places for a stroll, they are amazing places to enjoy a leisurely cycle. From daylong routes to shorter treks, we have put together our favourite places to enjoy an easy cycle in our forests.
Known for its stunning beach and iconic sand dunes, Tentsmuir is also a great place for a bike ride. The forest is ideal for an easy cycle with a good network of firm and level trails through stunning pine woodlands and a range of wonderful wildlife.
You can hire bikes at Tayport and Leuchars, or bring your own! Near the car park you’ll find picnic tables and a children’s play area to relax after your ride.
Aldie Burn is home to the 12-mile Morangie Cycle Trail, a family fun trail to a wonderful viewpoint. You start your cycle at the car park and climb steadily up on the forests roads to a view over Dornoch Firth. You can either head back or continue over the rougher off-road terrain to finish the route.
There is also an extensive network of unmarked forest roads which are great for the bike, but be careful as they can be busy so watch out for other cyclists, walkers and vehicles while out exploring.
Home to two cycling trails, you can either plan on being out on the bike all day or take the shorter route and enjoy some of the other activities Glenbranter has to offer.
The Glenshellish Loop is just over 6 miles long and is a great introductory route to off road cycling. This mostly firm trail takes you alogn the forest where you might spot red and roe deer splashing in the ford and gives you plenty of time to enjoy the views of Beinn Bheula and Beinn Laggan across the glen.
The longer Loch Eck Loop is a full day adventure with some of the best views in Cowal. This 21-mile loop is quite a challenge but you are rewarded with stunning views of Loch Eck, Dunoon and the Clyde.
A mix of woodland and industrial history, Blairadam is a great place to explore.
The three trails are all cycle friendly. The Keltyhill Glen Trail takes you along the Drumnagoil Burn, while The Glen Trail takes you up the Kelty Burn beneath spruce trees.
The longer Blairenbathie Mine Trail is a 2.5-mile trail thought broadleaf trees to the site of the two Blairenathie coal pits and the Lochornie Burn Bridge.
This mossy-floored woodland is a lovely spot for a gentle cycle or a walk.
The Fishery Trail takes you to an old ice house and along the loch with views of Delgatie Castle. The longer Song Birds Trail is a firm uneven gravel path that takes you through a larch and pine forest.