Most definitely one for the biking bucket list, the Nevis Range, a fairytale of trails surrounding the majestic Ben Nevis, was crafted to be traversed. After all, Leanachan hosts the Mountain Bike World Cup Cross Country and the notorious Witch’s Trails contain routes from the World Cup and World Champion trails. Newbies need not worry, as the Nevis Range also caters to those a little less experienced, from cross country routes to hardcore mountain bike trails. Overflowing with challenges and surreptitious trails, many spots require a certain level of expertise. Possessing a confident sense of gumption also helps when tackling the more slippery and technical areas.
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.