Some say it’s the most beautiful place in the world to take out your bike and go for a ride in the Highlands. We don’t like to brag about it or be narrow-minded, but we totally agree with this statement.
The highlands of Scotland are simply amazing and beautiful. Next to the astonishing nature there are some amazing people and this almost magic-like atmosphere wherever you go. Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye and the Ben Nevis are just some examples of what Scotland has to offer in terms of tourism and mountain biking.
Still not convinced? Then take a look at some of the trails and other amazing highland nature.
Yes, Ae is probably the shortest name of a village you’ll ever hear, but it’s also home to some of the most beautiful biking trails in all of Scotland. It’s only a 20 minute ride from the M74 motorway in Dumfries and Galloway.
There are several kinds of trails in the Ae area which attract casuals, families as well as some of the more hardcore bikers out there. The green-rated trails are aimed mainly at families and offer some nice sightseeing with simple routes.
Blue-rated trails are still considered easy and accessible for beginners, but take you a bit further into the forests. So if you like animals, trees and plants this one is definitely for you. Then we have the orange and red-graded trails. These are usually for the more experienced riders and should be avoided by beginners.
The Scottish Power Renewables Trail is a difficult but amazing red-graded trail near the village of Ae. With an aggressive freeride style and the final descent of the so called ‘omega man’ even the experienced biker will find this one a hard nut to crack. (but definitely worth the effort, for the surroundings are amazing)
The Balblair routes
Welcome to the real highlands! These trails in the North of Scotland provide some fun trails, amazing scenery and are accessible via Bonar Bridge. Facilities for Balblair include parking, toilets and café’s with food & drinks and a Youth Hostel for overnight stays.
The Balblair Blue trail is great for those who are looking for a simple but quick spin in the forest. The difficulty is set moderate but most beginners will be able to descend here without too much hassle. Then there’s the Balblair Black trail which is about 8 – 10 km long. There’s plenty on this trail that will even make the most experienced bikers think twice before descending. It is definitely not for the faint hearted with its rock slabs and quite difficult uphill section.