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Cycling: Cairngorms National Park

If you want to explore the stunning Cairngorms National Park, what better way than to cycle through the beautiful backdrop? Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist with a passion for riding or you’re just looking for a fun way to explore, cycling through the Cairngorms provides an exciting day out with plenty of exercise.

With attractions like the farmer’s markets and a range of restaurants being linked by cycle routes, you can make the most of your break by embracing the great outdoors - safe in the knowledge that a welcome pit stop is never too far away. Whether it’s a romantic break for two, a fun-filled family holiday or solo cycling, in Cairngorms National Park, you can do it all.


Chris Boardman in the Guardian
Where’s your favourite place to ride?
"Scotland, and specifically the Cairngorms. I just like the fact that you can get on the sleeper train from Crewe, have a great breakfast in Aviemore and then go out for three hours and see no one. Fantastic roads. Bizarrely, around Aviemore, which is low traffic by anyone’s standards, it’s all cycle paths, all properly joined up. So you see families there on holiday and the whole family go out because it’s appealing".


From riding along the quiet roads to riding in the spectacular mountain landscape, Cairngorms trails offer a cycling adventure suitable for everyone - and it’s not all easy pedalling. The Cairngorms National Park is home to some of the best mountain bike routes in Scotland - ideal for challenging the adventurer in you. From discovering the thrill and excitement of biking in the Highlands to braving some of the park’s dynamic tracks, every trip to the Cairngorms packs plenty of adrenaline.

With a variety of specialist bike shops on site, you don’t need to worry if you’ve left your wheels at home.

If you want to enjoy all the excitement of exploring without the exertion, you and your party can hire electric bikes. Cairngorms National Park has a number of routes for you to follow, thanks to the Electric Bike Network. An e-bike gives you the chance to hop on and off at your leisure, while taking in everything the beautiful countryside has to offer.

Read our Fiona Outdoors blog on 5 great family friendly off road cycling routes       Cycle Friendly Kingussie

Read our blog: Fiona Outdoor’s 5 great Mountain Bike Routes in the Cairngorms National Park









Cycling routes in Cairngorms National Park 
Boasting an impressive 64km of off-road cycle routes, the National Cycle Network allows you to enjoy a peaceful ride through nature at your own pace. From mountain bike trails to on-the-road cycling routes, cycling in Scotland offers you an opportunity to embrace the sights, sounds and smells of this lush landscape. Whether you’re looking for a cliff-top challenge or a quiet day out in the countryside, the Cairngorms National Park has a cycle route suitable for everyone.

For cycling in Glenlivet, the eagerly awaited Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre is now open for business and boasts plenty of routes guaranteed to make your cycling holiday as action-packed as possible. If you’re looking for a convenient place to stay, there are plenty of accommodation options in the area that are a part of the Visit Scotland Cyclists Welcome Scheme - which means they’re equipped to cater for all of your biking holiday needs.

Whatever kind of adventure you’re looking for, a cycling holiday in the Cairngorms really does offer the full package.




Active Outdoor Pursuits - Mountain Biking

3. Active Outdoor Pursuits - Mountain Biking

With Active Outdoor Pursuits you can experience Mountain Biking - one of Scotland's fastest growing sports with purpose built trai...

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Cairngorms Adventure Centre


Laggan Wolftrax

4. Laggan Wolftrax

Over 20 miles (35 km) of purpose-built mountain biking trails wind through Laggan Forest, with superb views of the Monadhliath hil...

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Laggan Forest Trust Forestry Company


Loch Insh Watersports - Mountain Biking

5. Loch Insh Watersports - Mountain Biking

Part of Loch Insh Watersports Centre Bikes suitable for all ages, plus children's seats and tag alongs for teenies! We have a fle...

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Wilderness Scotland, Mountain Biking (Small Group)

6. Wilderness Scotland, Mountain Biking (Small Group)

Internationally acclaimed as one of the best places to mountain bike in the world, we are delighted to share with you Scotland's c...

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Dalfaber Drive


School of Mountain Biking

7. School of Mountain Biking

Everyone connected with School of Mountain Biking is passionate about the sport, our natural environment and our right to responsi...

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8. Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails

Purpose built mountain bike centre at the heart of Glenlivet Estate, with not only fantastic fun packed, flowing single track trai...

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The Crown Estate


Lecht Ski Centre - Mountain Biking

9. Lecht Ski Centre - Mountain Biking

Take a trip to the top with your bike on the Chairlift and try out your skills on the 2 downhill mountain trails and skills park....

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Bike Hire and Guiding by Cyclehighlands

10. Bike Hire and Guiding by Cyclehighlands

Mountain bike guiding and rental at the heart of Royal Deeside. Cyclehighlands is Aberdeenshire largest bike shop and can provide ...

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11. Mountain Biking - Full On Adventure

The Scottish highlands have always had world class mountain biking, set in stunning scenery. Now with the development of numerous ...

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Mountain Biking  and  Bike Hire @ Craggan Outdoors

12. Mountain Biking and Bike Hire @ Craggan Outdoors

Stunning biking terrain and scenery at the 'Best Outdoor Adventure Experience' winner in the Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards 201...

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Craggan Golf Course

Grantown on Spey

Bike Glenlivet

13. Bike Glenlivet

Enjoy fun-packed, flowing single track and stunning scenery at the purpose built mountain bike trails. Family friendly blue, red a...

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The Bike Station

14. The Bike Station

Bike Hire, Bike Guiding and generally outdoor advice on what is on outdoors around Ballater. Trail info, events, weather info....

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Station Square


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15. Bothy Bikes

Bike shop specialising in mountain bikes, adventure tours and e-bikes. Mountain Bike Hire and Cycle Repairs Family run business, e...

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5 Granish Way


Mikes Bikes Aviemore Bike Hire + Guided Bike Rides

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Premium Mountain Bike, Electric Bike, Junior and Road Bike hire in Aviemore! Choose Mikes Bikes Aviemore for your cycling Adventur...

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Craiglea Cycle Hire

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Craiglea now provides Cycle Hire. For 2014 our hire bikes are the GT Avalanche 4 hard tail mountain bike. Around Braemar and the ...

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Glenmore Bike Hire

18. Glenmore Bike Hire

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19. Cairngorm Adventure Guides

13 Railway Terrace,AviemoreT. 07736 933169

20. Atholl Estates Walking and Cycling

Estate Office,Blair AthollT. 01796 481355