Glenlivet Estate to get £500k of mountain bike trails

You may have not really needed another reason to visit one of the most beautiful areas of the UK, but the Cairngorms are set to get a new trail centre, in addition to the stunning variety of natural trails on offer. Based at Carn Daimh on the Glenlivet estate, construction has just started on a small trail centre and a pair of routes, weighing in at 10km and 19km. They’re being built by Paul Masson and Mark Hedderwick, whose past work includes Laggan, Golspie and Nevis Range, so we’re expecting big things when the project is completed in summer next year.

Full press release is below…

Glenlivet to become a mountain bike destination

Construction work has now started on the £500,000 development of purpose-built mountain bike trails on the Glenlivet estate in Moray.

The Crown Estate’s Chief Executive Alison Nimmo cut the first sod to mark the start of construction at the Carn Daimh Forest, near Tomintoul.

Commenting on the news Alison Nimmo said: “This is a fast growing sport and this extraordinary new biking trail will be an important addition to the Cairngorms visitor offer.  The trail, designed and built by local businesses, is a great example of local partnership working.  It will help to underpin the area’s economy and attract visitors and spending power to this beautiful part of the National Park.”

The project, led by The Crown Estate, includes the development of a mountain bike centre and two new mountain bike trails and is set to realise the Cairngorms potential as one of the world’s top mountain biking destinations.

The new trails will be cross-country bike trails enhanced by the wilderness and stunning views of the area. They will be constructed predominately within the commercial forest area and will consist of two routes (10km and 19km) using a combination of existing forest tracks and newly built single track trails.

Paul Masson of Cycletherapy, the consultant who designed the new trails, commented: “Designing a set of trails that will please as many people as possible is a tricky proposition, but the task at Glenlivet was made much easier by the terrific terrain available.

“These trails will draw in a wide range of users, from families with young children to local and visiting hardcore mountain bikers. There will be child-friendly trails that are safe, fun and weatherproof as well as exciting, feature-rich trails for the experts. The trails will be as natural as possible and will really complement and integrate with the environment of the National Park.”

Along with the trails, a small visitor centre with space for a cafe, information area, toilets and car parking will also be developed.

Funding for the project is being provided by The Crown Estate, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cairngorms National Park Authority and Moray Council.

The contractors are D&I Rutherford of Dornoch who are working with Mark Hedderwick of Hitrak Ltd and Paul Masson of Cycletherapy. Both Paul Masson and Mark Hedderwick are Strathspey based and have worked on several major bike trail construction projects in northern Scotland – including Laggan, Nevis Range and Golspie. Paul Masson has pioneered design techniques which have driven innovation in bike trail construction. The project is expected to complete in summer 2013.

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