5 of the Best Wild Mountain Bike Rides in Scotland

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Glen Tilt Tour

Highland Perthshire has a plethora of MTB trails hidden amongst its forests and as I have lived in the region for the last 7 years I feel like I know most of them (I have probably only scratched the surface).

The Glen Tilt Tour feels different though, with minimal forests and plenty of open hillside this cycle offers something that a lot of the other trails in the area does not. First you get to cycle next to the river Tilt, a wonderful river to kayak if adrenaline is your thing, and taking in the views of the rapids and pools will keep you occupied as the trail ascends into the hills.

The route rides around the massive Beinn A Ghlo, one of the most inaccessible Munro’s in Scotland, and lasts about 39 miles. Your legs will take a hammering as well with 1600 metres of ascent but the sense of wilderness you get on the far side of the mountain makes it worth it. The return leg of the journey back to the carpark takes in some great singletrack and as you burn through the heather you will realise that the journey was worth it! The Athol Arms Hotel is always cosy for afters!

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