Fantastic Places for Family Mountain Biking in Scotland

15 June 2019 - News

Fantastic Places for Family Mountain Biking in Scotland


Frog Bikes were proud to sponsor the Family Zone at Tweedlove’s Transcend MTB festival this year. If you were unable to attend the Transcend festival, then why not plan a holiday instead and sample what Scotland has to offer you and your mountain biking family.


To help you decide where to go we have picked the brains of Lee Craigie (The Adventure Syndicate), Tim Hall (Frog Bikes’ Scottish Rep) and the Tweedlove crew to get some insider knowledge just for you. So grab one of our amazing Push The Limits MTBs and head for the hills!


Lee Craigie


Glasgow born Lee had an extremely active childhood before going on to become the 2014 British National XC MTB Champion at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

She is now a part of the amazingly inspiring Adventure Syndicate. This group of amazing women promote the great outdoors to children, encouraging them to think outside the box and not to put limits on their ambition.


Cairngorms National Park


Lee loves the Cairngorms for the range of terrain and linking network of good quality trails helping you get deep into the heart of the mountains.


North West Scotland


For her wild and rugged, type 2 fun she heads to the North West. It might not be for the fainthearted but Lee feels that Fisherfield, between Dundonnell and Poolewe is some of the most spectacular riding anywhere in the world.


“Its rugged inaccessibility is both its beauty and its drawback. It's somewhere you only venture with respect but in doing so, often experience complete awe”.


If you just want to pootle around, then Lee suggests the Rothiemurchus Estate, Aviemore for a smooth, sociable ride with accessible terrain for all.



Tim Hall


Tim has been the Frog Bikes rep in Scotland for 5 years now and recommends the following trail centres for some fun family shredding:

7Stanes


The 7stanes venues span southern Scotland running from Glentrool in the west through to Peebles in the east. The eight mountain biking trail centres offer everyone no matter how experienced, some of the world's best mountain biking.


Tims personal recommendations are Kirroughtree - “it’s extremely popular with all levels of Riding and is a great Family cycling location


Drumlanrig Castle


Here you can experience world-class mountain bike trails through some of Scotland’s finest scenery. From gnarly ‘old school’ technical, single-track routes to swooping family trails through the beautiful Drumlanrig woodlands and quiet country back roads you won’t be disappointed.


“This is another fantastic location with a great Cycle Shop - Rik’s Bike Shed. Rik has great knowledge of the area.”



CJ




CJ is part of the Tweedlove Event Management team and a keen mountain biker who rides regularly around the Innerleithen area. For him Ae Forest and Skelf Bike Park are standout locations for mountain biking with kids and here’s why:


AE Forest


I’m a big fan of Ae forest, which has recently had one of its most popular trails ‘Shredder’ re-done and is looking amazing.


Adrenalin uplift offer uplifts at the weekends to make life a bit easier too. The variety is huge from one of Scotland’s toughest downhill tracks to family-friendly trails.


The blues and greens are great trails for the whole family allowing you to explore this incredible forest.


Skelf Bike Park


Skelf Bike Park, in Edinburgh brings mountain bike thrills to the city. With a short off-road course and a world-class pump track, you can spend hours with the kids here. It's perfect for some School Holiday fun!


Pump tracks are great for developing skills in a safe controlled environment that you can then take out to the trails. This community-led scheme continues to expand with another pump track to be built this year.


We hope these 7 amazing recommendations, from the bike park to the rugged, wild freedom Scotland has to offer will inspire you to visit soon :)


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