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Mountain biking in Scotland sends you out into the wilds along tracks between mountains, across open moorland with lochs glinting in the sunshine and across clifftops above crashing waves. From the verdant, rolling Lowlands to the vast, exposed terrain of the Highlands, there’s a landscape for every mood and a route for every ability. 


Some of the most exhilarating MTB routes in Scotland lie in the Central Belt, where you can enjoy a fantastic array of trails. Misty forest singletrack challenges and builds your technical skills while mountain trails test the thighs and stretch the eyes. There are multiple dedicated trail centres in Scotland too, with graded routes and hand-crafted berms; Innerleithen and Glentress are two of the best. For real drama, it seldom gets better than in Fort William. 


Mountain biking in Scotland might sound like it requires experience but you’ll find plenty of beginner and family-friendly routes too. Lochside trails and flatter forest loops are great training grounds for children.


The 20 best MTB rides in Scotland

    1
    Difficult
    02:19
    12.1 mi
    5.2 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    2
    Difficult
    01:44
    10.00 mi
    5.7 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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  • 3
    Difficult
    03:27
    22.9 mi
    6.6 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    4
    Difficult
    01:49
    8.97 mi
    5.0 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    5
    Intermediate
    01:45
    10.2 mi
    5.8 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    6
    Intermediate
    01:36
    9.56 mi
    6.0 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Intermediate
    03:01
    23.7 mi
    7.8 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    8
    Difficult
    02:01
    12.7 mi
    6.3 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    9
    Intermediate
    02:59
    24.2 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    10
    Intermediate
    01:35
    9.35 mi
    5.9 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Difficult
    01:40
    12.2 mi
    7.3 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    12
    Difficult
    02:58
    16.3 mi
    5.5 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,400 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    13
    Intermediate
    03:19
    25.5 mi
    7.7 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    14
    Difficult
    02:50
    14.7 mi
    5.2 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    15
    Intermediate
    02:10
    13.5 mi
    6.2 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    16
    Intermediate
    01:09
    7.09 mi
    6.2 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    17
    Difficult
    01:50
    11.9 mi
    6.5 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    18
    Intermediate
    03:45
    26.7 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    19
    Intermediate
    03:56
    30.7 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    20
    Difficult
    04:11
    29.9 mi
    7.2 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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