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Top 5 bike trails in the Highlands and Moray


By Features Reporter


There are some fantastic bike trails across the Highlands and Moray which are ideal for both thrill seekers and easy riders!

Cairngorms National Park.Picture: VisitScotland/Paul Tomkins
Cairngorms National Park.Picture: VisitScotland/Paul Tomkins

Cairngorms National Park

Boasting impressive off-road cycle routes, the National Cycle Network (www.sustrans.org.uk) allows you to enjoy a peaceful ride through the Cairngorms National Park at your own pace. 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. The routes are particularly special, however, during the autumn months as you will see spectacular forest and mountain scenery in all their autumn splendour – a truly magical experience! Visit the website at visitcairngorms.com

Balblair Mountain Bike Trails, near Bonar Bridge.Picture: Picture: VisitScotland/Paul Tomkins
Balblair Mountain Bike Trails, near Bonar Bridge.Picture: Picture: VisitScotland/Paul Tomkins

Balblair, near Bonar Bridge

On the Blue Trail you can soar through the trees on a twisting trail! It’s an enjoyable quick blast through the trees for competent riders looking to improve their bike handling skills. On the Black Trail you’ll feel on top of the world. A fun and memorable trail with technical rock features and fast-flowing downhill. The climb up Cnoc an Tionail gives you spectacular views – for the brave! Visit forestryandland.gov.scot

On the South Loch Ness Trail by Loch Tarff.Picture: John Davidson/SPP
On the South Loch Ness Trail by Loch Tarff.Picture: John Davidson/SPP

South Loch Ness Trail

The South Loch Ness Trail meanders its way down the south side of Loch Ness. The trail starts in Torbreck and passes through Dores, Inverfarigaig, the Falls of Foyers, Whitebridge and Fort Augustus. On the Foyers to Fort Augustus section, pass Loch Tarff and you may be lucky enough to spot red deer by its shores. Visit www.visitinvernesslochness.com

Learnie Red Rock Trails.Picture: John Davidson/SPP
Learnie Red Rock Trails.Picture: John Davidson/SPP

Learnie Red Rock Trails

These purpose-built mountain bike trails are fantastic fun for all levels, but especially good for novice and intermediate riders.

You can mix the graded trails with forest roads and an orange-graded bike park and dirt jump area to make it a full day. Visit forestryandland.gov.scot

Moray Monster Trails.Picture: Forestry and Land Scotland
Moray Monster Trails.Picture: Forestry and Land Scotland

Moray Monster Trails

Whether you’re new to off-road mountain biking or an expert rider, there’s a Monster Trail that’s just right for you. Head to Winding Walks for extreme freeriding and the red-grade Fochabers Ring, or start at Ordiequish for slightly easier blue routes and the mighty black Gully Monster. A basic mountain bike with suspension forks is recommended – and remember, wear a helmet. Visit forestryandland.gov.scot



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