By Robin McKelvie
Published: Sep 25, 2012More by
What Makes Scotland’s Mountain Bike Trails Great?
I’ve been lucky as a travel writer to ride mountain bike trails on five continents, but hand on heart the finest biking in the world for me is right here in Scotland. Don’t just take my word for it. An International Mountain Bike Association ‘People’s Poll’ has hailed Scotland as the world’s number one MTB destination and as soon as you point two wheels in this direction it is easy to see why.
An increasing number of bikers are heading to Scotland these days. Indeed since 2002 Fort William has been holding rounds of the Mountain Bike World Cup and in 2007 it hosted the first three-discipline spectacular of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series. Scotland’s reputation seems on an inexorable rise and Fort William also successfully staged the UCI World Championships in 2007.
Scotland could have been sculpted with mountain bike trails in mind. The country overflows with epic mountains, rugged moors and rolling hills, with plenty of wilderness out there for everyone. There are rough old drovers’ trails to explore and virginal hillsides to check out, as well as the new breed of dedicated mountain bike centres that have sprung up over the last decade or so.