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Scotland is one of the best places on the planet for mountain biking. The network of exhilarating and challenging world-class trails forests have made the country a big hit on the mountain biking world map.

You’ve come to the right place

Whether you’re a beginner wanting to develop your skills or an expert rider in search of thrills, then look no further. We’ve got a fantastic range of trails, stunning scenery and a warm welcome waiting just for you. Visit one of our purpose-built trail centres, spread across Scotland. You are of course welcome to mountain bike in any of Scotland’s national forests, exploring further, beyond the trails.

Pick a trail that’s right for you

Routes at all our mountain bike trail centres are graded by colour. If you’re new to the sport, start with a gentle green or some blue-graded easy singletrack. Everyone loves blues – even the experts. Many of our trail centres have short skills loops too, where you can practise some of the features you’ll find on the trails.

In addition to having fun, staying safe on the trails should also be a top priority - our section on your safety should help keep you on the straight and narrow.

Still a bit unsure what to expect? Check out this fantastic guide from our partners at Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland.

Riding at trail centres

Off the beaten track

Many of our forests throughout Scotland offer great opportunities for mountain biking but don't consist of waymarked trails. We encourage responsible use of our land, and that means following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Before you set off adventuring, make sure you're familiar with the code and how it might affect your plans. This handy guide from Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland should give you all the information you need.

Do the ride thing

Looking for something a bit less energetic?

Cycling in the forest isn’t just for mountain bike adrenalin junkies. You can also explore by bike at a more leisurely pace along forest tracks and trails suitable for the whole family. Find some of our favourite places in the cycling section.

Trails in the Tweed Valley

Mountain biking is one of the biggest attractions in the Tweed Valley with miles of trails offering something for every rider. Forestry and Land Scotland have worked with several local stakeholders to ensure future growth of the trail network is designed to benefit not just mountain bikers, but also other forest users. Find out more about how we’re working to create ideal environments for walking, mountain biking and horse riding in the Tweed Valley Forest Park.

Tweed Valley Zoning Plan (PDF 6MB)

Our mountain biking trail centres

Mountain biker riding down a steep rockBalblair, in the North Highlands

Swooping technical trails for all levels across two contrasting sites, all with stunning views over the Kyle of Sutherland.



Bike tyreCarron Valley, near Stirling

Discover exhilarating 'big country' biking in easy reach of Edinburgh and Glasgow – 10.5km of fast, fun trails with year-round appeal.

Carron Valley


Mountain biker resting next to a large heart-shaped carved stoneDalbeattie, near Dumfries

Ride the granite features and soak in the coastal views at Dalbeattie.



Bike gearsForest of Ae, near Dumfries

A world class mountain biking site, with a huge variety of trails for all levels.

Forest of Ae


Mountain biker at GlentressGlentress, near Peebles

Head to this incredibly popular mountain biking heaven, just an hour outside Edinburgh.



Bike handlebarsGlentrool, in Galloway

From novice to expert, here you'll find your perfect trail.



Close-up of a bicycle seatInnerleithen, near Peebles

Renowned for its four downhill trails, Innerleithen is a thrill seeker's dream.



Mountain biker riding down a rocky trailKirroughtree, in Galloway

In a league of its own, Kirroughtree boasts trails for all, from gentle family routes to technically challenging singletrack for the pros.



Two mountain bikers riding on a raised rocky trailLaggan Wolftrax, in the Central Highlands

Prime singletrack in the heart of the Highlands with fast, technical, feature-filled runs for riders of all abilities.

Laggan Wolftrax


Three mountain bikers on the ridge of a hillLearnie Red Rock Trails, near Inverness

Billion-year-old rock makes great trails for all skill levels, and there are some of the best MTB trail views you’ll ever find.

Learnie Red Rock Trails


Mushroom and bike wheelMabie, near Dumfries

Scotland's original mountain biking experience, wind through the woods or hone your skills here.



Two mountain bikers riding along a tree-lined trail above a ravineMoray Monster Trails, near Elgin

With 30km of fun-packed singletrack mountain bike routes, there’s something here to feed the monster in everyone!

Moray Monster Trails


A group of mountain bikers riding along a wooden boardwalkNewcastleton, in the Borders

Mountain biking's best kept secret, with trails for all.



Cyclist riding along a wooden boardwalk path in a forestWitch's Trails, near Fort William

Discover 45km of legendary trails at the foot of Scotland's highest mountain, home of the unforgettable World Champs course.

The Witch's Trails


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