The Glenlivet Bike Trails are well-designed, purpose-built mountain bike trails on the 58,000-acre Glenlivet Estate (part of the Crown Estate). The trail network is comprised of the nested Blue Trail (easy) loop and the longer Red Trail (intermediate) loop. The trails are one-way and well-marked with sequential numbered markers. Once you've finished, the estate has the world famous Glenlivet Distillery that you can also visit as well as a separate network of hillwalking trails.
From the car park, head up the forest road following the trail markers. Shortly thereafter, follow the singletrack that veers to the right. After a short descent to get the blood flowing, you break out of the forest and have a great view of the Cairngorms National Park and the Grampian Mountains. Then you'll got a pretty easy climb up a couple of easy switchbacks before you end up back in the forest. Reentering the forest signals the beginning of a 1.5-mile descent.
This section of singletrack features a number of tight slaloms through the trees, small tabletops, and some awesome bermed turns as you drop almost 400 ft. in altitude. At 2.5 miles overall, you'll take a sharp left at marker 3 to stay on the Blue Trail. If you reach the forest road (Too Blue
), you've gone too far; turn left on Too Blue
to rejoin the Blue Trail at the other end.
From the branch point with the Red Trail, you begin a slow climb to regain the 400 ft you just lost. Much of the climb is on forest roads, but there are some singletrack sections. When you leave the forest road for the final time at 4 miles, you've got a few more jumps, slaloms, and bermed turns back to the car park.
Once you've mastered the Blue Trail loop, the Red Trail is a longer version with somewhat more difficult and somewhat more fun technical features along with an even better view of the Cairngorms National Park from the Carn Daimh Spur
to the summit (1,864 ft).
Bring 3£ for the car park. The trailhead features a small cafe with WC including shower facilities as well as a bike wash.