Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre, Scotland

Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre, Scotland

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Bike Glenlivet, Kirkmichael, Nr Tomintoul, Ballindalloch, AB37 9AR
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From South via A9: Leave A9 at Aviemore, take A95 to Grantown on Spey, then A939 to Tomintoul. From South via Braemar and Deeside: Leave A93 at Crathie, take B976 to Bridge of Gairn then A939 over the Lecht pass to Tomintoul. From the north via Elgin: take the A95 to 1 mile S of Marypark then branch left on to the B9008 to Tomintoul.
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Bike Glenlivet - Fantastic fun packed, flowing single track trails, spectacular scenery and stunning views in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

Blue and Red trails (with black grade features) with cafe, facilities and pump track.

There is also a network of natural XC trails

Glenlivet Blue

  • Glenlivet Blue is a 9K blue grade route suitable for all the family but exciting to ride with its twists and turns and great flow. The Blue is 'swoopy', sort of like a bobsleigh run stroke roller coaster ride. But it is blue so no deliberate jumps on it, however, if you try hard and you know the trail there are jump opportunities to be had. It's pretty rad for a blue.

Glenlivet Red

  • Glenlivet Red is a 22K red grade route with black grade technical features to keep the expert mountain biker entertained all year long! GlenlivetRed climbs to the summit of Carn Daimh, offering breathtaking views of the Cairngorms before plunging into the Glenlivet descent; 6.5K of single track downhill packed with black grade features and jumps. the red is tight n twisty, described as sort of 'Welsh' in places (think narrow full bench cut on a steep sideslope).

Pump Track

  • A 75 metre progressive pump track.

Facilities

  • A friendly welcome awaits at the BikeGlenlivet centre which has all the facilities to meet your needs
  • The Coffee Still cafe is ready to refuel you after your ride with a selection of hot snacks and delicious home baking.
  • Car Park / Cafe / Toilets (open 24hrs) / Baby changing / Trail guide (download here) / Bike hire / Bike wash (free) / Information

Natural Trails

  • There are many miles of epic natural trail riding available within the Glenlivet Estate, a free estate map is available locally and on the estate website to help plan your route.

Clubs and Groups

  • Moray Mountain Bike Club is based locally and there is potential for a Glenlivet based club to develop in the future.  

Other Stuff

  • The project was created by The Crown Estate, owners of Glenlivet Estate, with assistance from the European Development Fund, Cairngorms National Park Authority and Moray Council
  • The trails opened in November 2013
  • Russell Burton carried out the initial feasibility study in 2009 with Paul Masson at 'Cycletherapy' taking over more recently as trail builder/designer. 

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Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre, Scotland
Glenlivet Red trail; Gully plunge
What a location
Top Red Trail - Jan snow
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Carn Daimh (Red Trail) summit
All ages!
Wolfpax club
Scottish Enduro Race 2
Scottish Enduro Race
pump track
Glenlivet Red - Smugglers Wynd
Glenlivet Red Trail
Glenlivet Blue Trail
Coffee Still
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View from the top :)

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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
Facilities
From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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5.00
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
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5.00
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5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

Fantastic

A beautiful place to ride bikes. Great facilities. Superb place for less experienced riders as it's not too technical. Maybe not the place for really competent riders but excellent for kids etc.

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Good Points
Fantastic blue run - my son had an amazing time - so much so we went round 3 times. Huge grins on faces. Fabulous cakes afterwards and great service. I broke my QR collar on the 1st lap and the bike hire guy loaned me one until we were done.
Bad Points
None
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
2.55
Grin Factor 
 
2.50
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2.00
Skills Development 
 
2.00
Trail Quality  
 
3.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

Okay, lots of potential though

I can understand a lot of effort has went into all the trails on the Estate but there is so much potential here especially with the gradient. The decents arn't the fastest except the first one down from the top of red as they are built on a diagonal course rather than straight down which would be good for downhill features. Have a look at Bike Park Wales for an example plus they pull in a lot of money and are always very busy, you have all the right ingredients to be even better than them and could be the best in the U.K.

User Review

Good Points
Good Cafe, Parking
Bad Points
Poor use of gradient, too much hard pack, no natural hand cut trails
Would you recommend?
No
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Overall rating 
 
3.52
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
2.50
Skills Development 
 
3.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.50
Facilities 
 
4.00

Great day out

Good for a day trip

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Good Points
Start and finish the red route on nice flowing quick down hill. The trails are well maintained and the 'coffee still' café at the car park has very helpful and friendly staff.
Bad Points
If you're looking for jumps and air time then this isn't the place at the mo. I think some of the trails could be enhanced with some 'north shore' platforms
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.62
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
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3.00
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2.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
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5.00

Great for a social ride

A great place to visit and suitable for all. The trails are fast and there aren't any nasty surprises. Technically, I would say it is easy but the climbing and distance make it a good trail to visit.

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Good Points
Well built trails
Mostly sheltered if the weather isn't great
Lots of down for your up
Decent length
Well marked
Great cafe
Bad Points
Not technical
Tends to get icy in winter
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Yes
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4.43
Grin Factor 
 
4.50
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

A bit isolated but worth the trip

Unthinkable the blue family trail might be a little too tough for the kids so more return to base shortcuts would be good

User Review

Good Points
Plenty to entertain
Good flow and black sections can be demanding if you want them.
Bad Points
Signage posts around red could do with increasing frequency with a numbering system to pinpoint you if broken down or injury

A couple of black sections might catch you out on your first time
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Yes
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5.00
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5.00
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5.00
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5.00
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5.00
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5.00

First timers view

Rode this for the first time in August. Loved it, still grinning thinking about it. Blue run is so fast and flowing while the red run tests the stamina on the climb but it's worth it when you reach the top. Can't wait to go back again!!

User Review

Good Points
Friendly staff, excellent food and coffee, awesome trails and good general facilities.
Bad Points
Some trail damage but how do you get the Scottish weather to play ball!!
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.77
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

A superb day out.

Staying on site would be a bonus. A camping area would be good even if it was within a few miles of the centre.

User Review

Good Points
The trail centre has plenty of parking on site and the staff are always welcoming.
The trails themselves have enough features to keep riders of all skills happy and the pump track is a great way to get warmed up before you start.
I had a need for some technical help with my bike on the last visit and the staff were more than happy to help.
The cafe menu is varied and well priced with a good slab of cake available too.
Bad Points
None really, it's a pity the trails are an hour and a half from home but that's the price you pay for living in Aberdeen.
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(Updated: August 24, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.43
Grin Factor 
 
4.50
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

The Glenlivet, well worth a visit.

Well worth a visit !!!

User Review

Good Points
Trails quality is amazing and the design works well. Lots of thought gone into the design and the hub facilities.A lot of care has gone into the build and the team who are behind it have done lots of good stuff around Scotland.
Bad Points
Not for the hard corse guys, but a great family set up
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Yes
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Glenlivet- Fantastic!

Great place to spend the day on your mountain bike, love the fast trails on the red route and the odd jump and obstacle thrown in, brilliant! Nice little flowing section at the start to get you going. Good food at the cafe afterwards too. I've been to many trail centres and this is definitely my favourite! All the Methlick Cycle Challenge guys love it.

User Review

Good Points
Nice long downhill runs
Plenty to keep you occupied all day
Great views from the top
Great cafe
Bad Points
None
Would you recommend?
Yes
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(Updated: August 24, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.79
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
4.50
Facilities 
 
5.00

Nice climb and excellent flowing Red down

Apart from Glentress and Les Arcs in France this is one of the best I've visited... Good climb up to the top of the Red route and its flows lovely all the way down to the Cafe... Some good humps n jumps stuck in for good measure too...  Cafe is excellent with superb food....

Would be even better if there were camping facilities near by...

User Review

Good Points
Nice challenging red route climb
Super flowing downhill with a few jumps stuck in for some fun
Excellent Shop with cracking food
Bad Points
Not any
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Yes
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