If you want to explore the stunning Cairngorms National Park, what better way than to cycle through the beautiful backdrop? Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist with a passion for riding or you’re just looking for a fun way to explore, cycling through the Cairngorms provides an exciting day out with plenty of exercise.
With attractions like the farmer’s markets and a range of restaurants being linked by cycle routes, you can make the most of your break by embracing the great outdoors - safe in the knowledge that a welcome pit stop is never too far away. Whether it’s a romantic break for two, a fun-filled family holiday or solo cycling, in Cairngorms National Park, you can do it all.
Chris Boardman in the Guardian
Where’s your favourite place to ride?
"Scotland, and specifically the Cairngorms. I just like the fact that you can get on the sleeper train from Crewe, have a great breakfast in Aviemore and then go out for three hours and see no one. Fantastic roads. Bizarrely, around Aviemore, which is low traffic by anyone’s standards, it’s all cycle paths, all properly joined up. So you see families there on holiday and the whole family go out because it’s appealing".
From riding along the quiet roads to riding in the spectacular mountain landscape, Cairngorms trails offer a cycling adventure suitable for everyone - and it’s not all easy pedalling. The Cairngorms National Park is home to some of the best mountain bike routes in Scotland - ideal for challenging the adventurer in you. From discovering the thrill and excitement of biking in the Highlands to braving some of the park’s dynamic tracks, every trip to the Cairngorms packs plenty of adrenaline.
With a variety of specialist bike shops on site, you don’t need to worry if you’ve left your wheels at home.
If you want to enjoy all the excitement of exploring without the exertion, you and your party can hire electric bikes. Cairngorms National Park has a number of routes for you to follow, thanks to the Electric Bike Network. An e-bike gives you the chance to hop on and off at your leisure, while taking in everything the beautiful countryside has to offer.
Cycling routes in Cairngorms National Park
Boasting an impressive 64km of off-road cycle routes, the National Cycle Network allows you to enjoy a peaceful ride through nature at your own pace. From mountain bike trails to on-the-road cycling routes, cycling in Scotland offers you an opportunity to embrace the sights, sounds and smells of this lush landscape. Whether you’re looking for a cliff-top challenge or a quiet day out in the countryside, the Cairngorms National Park has a cycle route suitable for everyone.
For cycling in Glenlivet, the eagerly awaited Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre is now open for business and boasts plenty of routes guaranteed to make your cycling holiday as action-packed as possible. If you’re looking for a convenient place to stay, there are plenty of accommodation options in the area that are a part of the Visit Scotland Cyclists Welcome Scheme - which means they’re equipped to cater for all of your biking holiday needs.
Whatever kind of adventure you’re looking for, a cycling holiday in the Cairngorms really does offer the full package.