Mountain Biking Scotland

The International Mountain Biking Association recently named Scotland the top mountain biking destination in the world, usurping the throne from Canada. The Scottish Highlands offer their own brand of challenging rides and scenic mountains that’ll make your legs ache on the way up, and your heard pound on the way down.

Today, The Times Online takes a look at mountain biking in Scotland in their Travel Section, allowing us a first hand peek at what the country has to offer.

The story notes that many people looking to escape the urban sprawl of London for a weekend getaway have often hopped a train to Scotland, usually to play some golf or hit one of the many lakes for some fishing. But increasingly there are many mountain bikers hopping the train as well, hoping to turn that weekend getaway into an adventurous outing.

For those planning to go, the article recommends going to the Cairngorms National Park, near Kingussie, for a good ride for beginners. The region has a number of trails, and guide services to help you out, and if you don’t bring your own bike, it’s easy to rent one there. There are also plenty of good inns and places to eat in the area as well, and once you’re comfortable in the saddle, you can head out to one of the more remote, and challenging trails.

From the sound of things, it seems like this is a great place to jump on your bike and ride. The challenge level, while suited for beginners, also offers up something for others as well, and you can enjoy the Scottish countryside all day long, and then stay in a warm inn, with a fine meal and a pint or two at the end of the day. Where do I sign up?

Kraig Becker

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