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Experience Mountain Biking: Cairngorms National Park

Cycling in Scotland is an exciting pastime and there are plenty of mountain biking trails in the Highland E-Guide for the adventurer in you to explore. Having played home to local bikers Nash Masson and Danny MacAskill, Scotland is no stranger to the spotlight when it comes to cycling. Whether you’re a biking beginner or a mountain bike pro, experience the exciting mountain bike trails Cairngorms National Park has to offer - each one waiting to be explored.

Ballatar to Aboyne
If you’re on holiday with the family and looking for an easy mountain biking route that will give you a chance to really explore the Cairngorms, the Ballatar to Aboyne route offers just that. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed experience or a simple route suitable for children, the Ballatar to Aboyne route boasts stunning views of the Cairngorms as you navigate your way along the River Dee. With so many picturesque spots, you can hop off your bike at any time and enjoy a picnic by the river before carrying on with your journey.

If you’re looking for exciting, purpose-built mountain bike trails, Glenlivet Estate is home to the Glenlivet Trail Centre. Whether it’s a preplanned trip or a spontaneous day out, with bike hire available on site, you needn’t worry if you’ve left yours at home. From easy to difficult mountain bike trails, Glenlivet has plenty to offer enthusiasts of all kinds. The blue route is a great introduction to cross country riding and, covering 9km in total, offers beginners and intermediate riders an exciting route to get them started. The red route is more suited to experienced riders, packing plenty of thrills over a 22km stretch. So, pick your trail and enjoy mountain biking in Glenlivet.

The Old Logging Way
This off-road route was established in 2008 as a way for people to travel safely between Aviemore and Glenmore - running through the Rothiemurchus Estate. Popular with cyclists, runners and walkers, the Old Logging Way is in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and provides a safe and picturesque passage between the communities.

For a fun day out with the family, take a trip to the Lecht trail centre. Whether you want to explore the moderate Blue Hare trail or challenge yourself with the Red Fox route, a day spent at the Lecht offers all the thrills of off-road biking. After your daring descent, there’s no need to worry about getting back to the top, as the three man chairlift will do the work for you - so you can sit back and absorb the spectacular view.


Laggan Wolftrax
If you want to enjoy all the thrills of purpose-built trails then kick-back in a relaxing environment, the Laggan Wolftrax trail is the one for you. Covering over 18km of land, all routes are graded by colour to help riders choose their difficulty. From the easy green run to the technically challenging black trail, there’s a route for every rider. With changing and shower facilities as well as an on-site cafe, the Laggan Wolftrax Trail Centre has everything you could want from a day mountain biking in the hills.

The Speyside Way
The Speyside Way is a route which runs from the NE coast of Scotland down to Aviemore, on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains. Between Boat of Garten and Aviemore, the route is shared with a section of the SUSTRANS millennium cycleway

Anagach Woods, Grantown
This stunning pine forest is a natural beauty spot and has plenty of trails for you to spend your day navigating around. Committed to providing recreational activities and riding routes to the general public and local communities, this is the perfect spot for a relaxed ride with the family.

From spontaneous days out to a whole holiday spent mountain biking, Cairngorms National Park has something for everyone.

Read our blog on Fiona Outdoor’s 5 great Mountain Bike Routes in the Cairngorms National Park