School holidays are nearly upon us once again. But what family fun do you have planned for yourself and the kids? The options for family days out in Scotland are virtually limitless, but one of the best ways to have fun with the kids, is on two wheels along some family-friendly mountain bike trails.
We’ve put together some suggestions (with the help of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland) of urban and rural mountain biking trails for families that shouldn’t be missed.
5 COUNTRYSIDE TRAILS
1. 7STANES GLENTRESS, SCOTTISH BORDERS
Thanks to its large variety of routes for all abilities, 7stanes Glentress near Peebles, is the UK’s premiere mountain bike trail centre. It also has a fantastic bike shop, modern café, toilets and showers and even self-catering accommodation and a camping ground at the foot of the trails, so you can really make a day or weekend of it!
There are two easy (green) routes for families here – great mountain biking trails for beginners. The lower green route starts from the café and bike shop, and after an initial forest road climb, stop off with the kids at the small ponds and discover native animal sculptures, interpretation panels and hopefully wildlife! Back on the bikes, the route then climbs in a loop before dropping back down to the ponds via some nice singletrack.
If you’re driving, you can head straight to the Buzzards Nest car park further up from the main Glentress Peel centre, where the upper green begins. The 1.25 mile (2 km) singletrack trail is gentle and fun and there’s also a skills area off the route where you can hone your trail technique.