A long route with a lot of climbing and a fair few bits of pushing. The return along the hilltops, views, and descents are great.
Here's a short little evening route I sometime do. It's pretty good.
Without leaving the city of Edinburgh, it's a bit of bike paths, plenty of off-road walking paths with a little bit of quiet roads.
It takes you over Craigmillar hill with it's fun little paths, through Insh Park, up to and through the lovely woods of Mortonhall, back over the top of the Braid hills. Then there's a nice run down the upper sections of the Hermitage of Braid to finish the offroad sections.
When you reach the bridge (NN605071) on the single track road the road the original route guide tells you to go straight on along the south side of Loch Venechar. Instead, take a right over the road bridge and follow the road up to the busier A821. Straight across the road is a pedestrain gate which leads onto the path. Take a left at the path junction up the hill and then go straight on all the way until your rejoin the existing route (NN531084) at Glen Finglas Reservoir.
This route is a bit different. Starting out with a 300m climb up a tarmac
access road to a radar station. Views on a clear day are great as the road
passed along the ridges between Lowther Hill and the highest point at
This relatively easy route takes you on a tour of the varied countryside
around Plockton. With views from the coastline of the Applecross
peninsula and across to the Cullins in Skye its a route best done on a clear
day. The route also climbs up to the tv tower above Plockton with
spectacular views in all directions before a speedy descent back down to
This route takes you out of the center of Pitlochry, up onto and over the
barren hilltops up to a height of over 600m. This route is made up of
paths, trackroad, and a bit of tarmac. This is a great ride, with the wild
hills providing the climbing challenge, as well as the pay off on the other
side with a seemingly never ending descent.
This route can be done in one go on a long summers day, or there is a
bothy about half way around. Alternatively, take a tent and camp out by
beautiful Loch Avon.
Most of this route is on dirt track, leading across the heather and through
valleys. Some of it is on single track, parts of which are hard to follow or
boggy during wet periods. Other parts are practically un-cyclable and will
require some pushing and carrying, these can be frustrating but the route
is worth the short term pain...honest.
The Lammermuir hills may not be especially high (Lammer Law being the
highest point at 528m), but the desolate steep hills provide for a
This route is an alternative short cross country route to the excellent
Seven Stanes route on the other side of the valley.
It covers a figure of eight route with a part of the climb having to be
repeated. Whilst mostly on forest track, a fair bit of the route is single
track with steep challenging downhills and possibly a couple of short bits
of bike pushing
This is a good winter/wet route as it's nearly all on well drained tracks.
There isn't much single-track here but the views are amazing.
The first part of the ride is flat and gentle, and not really mountain biking
at all (I've been along here with friends on hybrid bikes as far as the pub at
But none the less, it's a nice ride, starting on quiet tarmac, later becoming
an unsurfaced path twisting along the loch edge, before becoming forest
track as you pass the end of the loch.
This route takes you into a wild bit of country. It's within the boundaries
of the Cairngorm national park even though most of it is privately
Glen Almond is an impressive, remote, glaciated valley.
This route starts in the small village of Durisdeer. The route follows the
roman road which passes through the village.