Nestled in the heart of Scotland, Perthshire boasts glorious native forests, friendly towns and some of the best scenery in the country.
Read on to find out more about this stunning mountain biking location, and discover ways that your business can cater to mountain bike tourists.
Mountain Biking in Perthshire
There’s a lot of ground to cover in Perthshire for mountain bikers, and there are many intriguing and diverse areas to explore.
Widely regarded as one of Scotland’s best trail centres, Comrie Croft is an absolute must for MTB tourists. Visitors can hit the trails or take advantage of the centre’s skills park - just one minute’s ride from the trailhead.
Sculpted over spectacular hills, Dunkeld & Birnam’s hand-built technical trails are a rider’s paradise. The iconic routes have been used by the Scottish Downhill Association (SDA) for many years. However, there’s something for everyone here with an abundance of non-technical trails and classic Scottish MTB routes.
For those who prefer a bit of gravel mountain biking, the Highland Perthshire Cycling Community Group has set up a network of gravel routes that take riders through Dunkeld, Blair Atholl, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry.
Speaking of Pitlochry, this charming town is an ideal base for a Perthshire MTB holiday. With Ben Vrackie standing over 800m tall above the area, big mountain adventures are within easy reach, as well as some fun local trails and riverside rides for a more relaxing journey.
Perth itself is home to Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park. Scotland’s first official woodland park, visitors can enjoy some fantastic natural trails on both sides of the hill. It’s such an epic location that the UK’s most spectacular enduro, Fair City Enduro, keeps coming back every October.
Heading further north, MTB tourists will find Alyth - home to the first trails in Scotland constructed under community asset transfer - and Coupar Angus, a small town whose wood trails make for an excellent location for hosting national enduro events.
Perthshire's MTB Community
From the wild camping at Comrie Croft to 4 & 5 star hotels in Perth, MTB tourists have various accommodation options to choose from.
Various bike shops are dotted all over Perthshire, including the Coupar Angus Cycling Hub - a third sector bike shop selling new and second-hand bikes.
For riders looking to make a quick pit stop, plenty of bike-friendly cafés offer delicious food, comforting beverages, and some sweet treats for a mid-ride pick-me-up!
The Future of MTB in Perthshire
Hosting many mountain biking events in its scenic surroundings, Perthshire is a region that caters to and supports avid mountain bikers.
Aberfeldy - Glassie Bike Park
Currently being developed in Aberfeldy, this new 70-acre bike park is set to bring local communities together by linking up the area with cycle routes for all skill levels.
Perth - Fair City Enduro Event
An enduro event like no other, the Halloween-adjacent bike race is described as one of the UK’s most spectacular enduro. Hundreds of guests attend the one-day event, and everyone is encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit by dressing up.
Perthshire Media Files
We have lots of information about mountain biking in Scotland, but sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Take a look through our library of stunning imagery and action-packed videos to see what Scottish MTB is all about.
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