Some see it as utterly mad, others beg to differ. Either way, there’s no denying the liberating feeling when you set off on a mountain biking expedition. Scotland is a particularly appealing place for such shenanigans. Nowhere else will you experience such fresh air, the abundance of wildlife, mysterious lochs, or such perfect scenery. Here, we round up the most desirable spots to go mountain biking in Scotland.
Soaking up the serenity of Clatteringshaws Loch and exploring the swathes of mystical scenery of the Galloway Hills is the best kind of therapy. This forest park is a perfect place to bring your bike to embark on a spontaneous bout of adventure. Although an ideal spot for those perfectly happy to conquer easier trails, there are some cracking sloped climbs and exhilarating descents. The visitor centre also happens to be a prime location for snacks if taking flasks seems unappealing.
Situated in the Borders and another trusty member of the 7 Stanes, Newcastleton is a hidden gem and grossly underrated. A prime spot for witnessing the raw, ineffable beauty of Scottish wildlife and riddled with history, this forest boasts undulating trails of varying degrees, making it perfect for when the whole family is involved. Those hoping for secluded tracks devoid of unwanted biking traffic will flock here like a cyclist to the Tour de France.