The mountain bike routes
From easy forest tracks to rocky trails. 10 beginner mountain bike routes in the Highlands of Scotland. Most routes will also suit adventurous families.
The pack contains 10 individual route cards.
Each printed on waterproof paper.
Each route card can be taken out of the pack easily, for use on the trail are a handy A5 in size.
Route 1: Tomintoul
Distance 12.5km (8 miles).
Starting at Tomintoul you soon join a small lane that follows the River Conglass, then its time for an off road section on forest tracks before heading back to Tomintoul.
Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland and is located centrally in the Cairngorm National Park.
Route 2: Braemar
Distance 15.5km (9.5 miles)
A scenic out and back route (so opportunities to turn back at any point if tired!) along Glen Lui.
The route starts at Linn of Dee car park, about 6 miles west of Braemar
Route 3: Inverness
Distance 17km (10.5 miles).
A lovely route, mostly on forest tracks and paths, that touches the northern tip of Loch Ness and is just to the south of Inverness.
Route 4: Aviemore
Distance 26km (16 miles).
Starting just south of Aviemore this route first follows a quiet lane to Glenmore then picks up trails to skirt Loch Morlich, through forests to Loch an Eilein then back on a quiet lane to the finish.
Route 5: Glen Affric
Distance 15km (9.5 miles)
A magical ride that circumnavigates Loch Affric via undulating forest tracks and narrow paths (singletrack). This is a taster for more serious mountain biking as the return leg has some rock and eroded sections; so maybe best saved for when you have tackled some of the other routes first!
Route 6: Contin
Distance 11km (7 miles)
Starting close to Contin this is an easy ride all on forest tracks. A good one to get your confidence going!
Route 7: Ullapool
Distance 13km (8 miles)
Mostly on forest tracks this is a fine circular route just to the south east of Loch Broom.
Route 8: Skye
Distance 20km (12.5 miles)
Forest tracks lead you to Loch Eynor and onto Gruala before the path loops back to rejoin your outward trail.
Route 9: Plockton
Distance 12km ( 7.5 miles)
A wonderful ride on a mixture of quiet lanes and forest tracks, that skirts the sea and passes two lochs.
Route 10: Glenfinnan
Distance 10km (6 miles)
Again and out and back route (ideal if you are unsure of your fitness as you can turn back at an point). This route leaves Glenfinnan to head The Glen Finnan.