This is the gateway to the essential knowledge required for the planning and enjoyment
of your mountain biking in Scotland.
The buttons on the right take you to the main trail groups. Within a group there
can be a number of trails, each one has a button on it’s group page. There are location
maps throughout this section to help you find the trail heads and PDF maps where
available. You will need a PDF reader installed for the trail maps.
This is the subject that usually results in a big yawn but seriously, the sport is
dangerous and bad things can happen if it all goes wrong. Although there will always
be a risk of serious injury or death you can do a lot to greatly reduce this risk.
1/ Never try anything beyond your capabilities; build up to it with training and
2/ Always ensure your bike is in an excellent state of repair and that it has the
ability to withstand what you are about to do.
3/ Wear adequate safety gear for your ride.
This should always include a properly fitting and robust helmet, gloves, eye protection
and shoes that match your choice of pedal. You may need to add arm, leg and chest
protection; especially if you are riding difficult to severe trails.
4/ Always wear clothing suited to the prevailing weather conditions and carry a drink.
You will get cold if you have to stop for any length of time and therefore should
make adequate provision for this.