Scottish Trail Centres
You are missing Caron Valley and Fire tower trail,
Mugdock park is not (AFAIK) an official mountain bike route (signposted and clear to walkers etc – to avoid). Pollock Park on the other hand is – but whether it is worth your effort might be a different question.
I would have thought the Commonwealth route would count (at least once officially open/complete).
There are various small local centres which are official centres. e.g. Callendar Estate (nr Falkirk), and Abriachan near Loch Ness. And for completeness the trails in Knoydart!
new trails are also under construction at Beecraigs and South Queensferry!Posted 4 years agowiz74Subscriber
Thinking about formulating some kinda ‘all trail centres in Scotland challenge’ as inspired by Issue 82. First challenge is to list them! The 7 stanes are easy and I have the following – any to add???
1. 7 Stanes
3. Strathpuffer (?)
8. Fort Bill
Next challenge is to define what a trail centre is – I mean cheeky local trails can;t be included or we could be here all day! Is the commonwealth track a TC? Probably not, what about Mugdock Park?
Contributions welcome and appreciated!!!
CheersPosted 4 years agotheblackmountMember
Depends on your definition of Trail Centre…
Carron Valley, Callander Estate and Cathkin Braes all def fall into the TC cat. Other locations with purpose built trails incl: Fochabers, (Moray Monster) Middledon, (Kirkaldy) Lochore / Blairadam, Glenbranter, Kyleakin, Fire Tower, Comrie Croft, VAT run, Beecraigs (if it ever gets finished)Cumbernauld, Motherwell, Arran,Inverie (’bout the size of the Vat run ;-))Campbeltown has something iirc, Aberfoyle? Whitelees?
Glenlivet is def a large TC and must be all but practically complete (the next big thing?)
Kinneil – Boness (on the dwg board – needs funding)
Kippenrait – Dunblane (on the dwg board /subject to planning consent)
Lennox – been on the dwg board for years
Angus Glens – Ditto
Others in the pipeline: Muirshiel CP,Kilpatricks plus someehere in deepest Ayrshire (Dalmellington?)
Falkland? Glencoe, Lecht and Glenshee are all gravity assisted (Glenshee may no longer be providing uplift)Cairngorm do a ‘guided only’ descent off the top (but plans on the dwg board for chairlift assisted trails in Coire n Ciste)Posted 4 years ago
Beecraigs (if it ever gets finished)
recent progress has been quite good. 18 months of almost continuous rain has forced them to reinforce more of the route than they originally expected. Its being built by hand (no machines to keep cost down and avoid the path being too wide etc) They are planning to have a red loop (with a wee black off shoot) open by end of summer. What I saw looked ok – its new built trail so a bit “sanitised” but relatively narrow and they are trying to keep roots etc in.Posted 4 years ago
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