BALQUHIDDER

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

Pure NATURAL MAGIC...

Welcome to the Balquhidder Mountain Bike Trails!

Here, local riders and trail builders share their pick of the best wild and natural singletrack trails and MTB routes in and around the area.

You'll also find our top tips on parking, 4G, great food stops and the nearest local bike repair shops.

For those interested, you can also learn how to get involved in Trail Building and Maintenance with the local Trail Crew who work tirelessly to try and maintain and improve the local network of natural trails.

WHAT'S HERE...

For just about any mix of riders there's a pretty decent selection of riding here in Balquhidder that'll fill a day if you want, including:-

  • 5 x wild and natural downhill singletracks - The Bigfoot, Troll, Hobo, Hippy and Goblin.

  • A 1.1k rolling woodland singletrack called the Elf with a 600m B road uphill section that combines for a great 1.7k cross country loop.

  • 2 x 16-20k scenic mountain loop routes that take in a host of other ascents and descents with easier/harder routing options

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YEP! YOU CAN EXPECT a fun day of wild riding. The singletracks are all natural trails, originally sculpted out of the rugged Scottish landscape by deer, sheep and walkers... but over the years our small group of volunteers have worked away to make them safer, more robust and full of enhanced flowing turns and natural features. Every month we're out there doing our best to maintain them in decent condition.

BUT DON'T COME EXPECTING a managed trail centre with smooth groomed runways, as Balquidder certainly doesn't offer that! This is an all-natural wild venue and we want to keep it that way. Whilst we might try, these are fundamentally all UN-MANAGED trails so please remember that you'll be riding under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) entirely at your own risk and that around any corner there could be a hazard or a local walker. So, as always, ride safely and with courtesy to other trail users! Here is some guidance from Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland.

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STUFF YOU MIGHT NEED

It helps to be in the know, so here are our handy tips that we think will make for a better visit.

PARKING: Parking is free at Balquhidder church and the village hall but you know what, just as a gesture, bang a buck into the donations box in the village hall door.

FOOD + TOILETS: There's great food at Mhor 84, The Broch in Strathyre and also at the Golden Larches on the NAT7 cycle route, just north of Mhor 84.

They also all have toilet facilities and do coffee to go...

HOTSPOT: Unbelievable I know, but we have a 1Gb open hotspot at the Balquhidder village hall carpark!

4G: At road level you should get 4G and good reception with EE. O2 and Vodafone have voice but virtually no data. Reception from others providers is pretty sketchy.

NOTE: Once you start heading up the hill signal deteriorates quickly so don't be daft, tell at least one person where you're going.

NEAREST BIKE REPAIR + HIRE:

Roll Outdoors (just 2 miles away, next to Mhor84 where you can eat and drink while they repair your bike :-). Roll outdoors is a brand new startup that opened in 2021 with parts and servicing. Ask for Mike and say Iain sent you!

Wheels (14miles) does sales, hire and repairs and holds a good stock of parts. Lots of knowledge and parts. Ask for Mark but don't try the Iain sent you trick :-) - doesn't work!

Comrie Croft Bikes (19miles) does hire and repairs. Good lads with a sound and solid service! Hire a bike and ride their trails while they fix yours!

SO WHERE IS BALQUHIDDER

Balquhidder is nestled in the glens of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (map) just over an hour and quarter from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Oban. The scenery is pretty stunning but it's probably most famous as the historic home of Rob Roy MacGregor.

GETTING HERE

Pretty straightforward! Get onto the A84 between Stirling and Lochearnhead and turn off at the Mhor84 motel. Then drive just 2 miles up a small single track road until you see the sign indicating the start of the village of Balquhidder. 100metres further on you can park up on the right at Rob Roy's Grave (in front of the church) or go on a further 100m to the village hall car park. Postcode FK19 8PA

RESPECT

If you're not local and coming from further afield, please respect our small rural community, beautiful landscape and hard earned trails. The riding is free so you won’t be paying for your fun, but please do us a favour, don't tear up the trails with your back brake constantly locked (!) and go and spend a few quid while you're here. Every penny helps our small rural community.