Be Inspired: Cycling Perthshire

Perthshire’s love for a day on two wheels knows no end. Check out the full range of Perthshire's mountain bike trails. Or get your fixie ready for some long stretches of open road through some of Scotland’s most stunning countryside. We even have a skatepark or three.

Whether you bring your own bike or hire one while you’re here, pedal power is the way to go. We've also pulled together local bike repair shops (because we know what those fast turns can do), trails and hire shops.

Mountain Bike Trails in Perthshire

Mountain biking in Perth and Kinross is one of the best ways to explore our beautiful area. To help you experience the best the region has to offer, the clever people at Komoot reviewed our full collection of mountain bike routes to bring you the top 20.  Click through to find real tips and photos shared by members of Komoot’s mountain biking community, and find out what they enjoyed most when exploring Perthshire. 

The 19 best MTB rides in Perth and Kinross

All Trails have gone all out with 44 ideas ranging from a steady cycle down the River Tay Way to a thrilling 27km climb through the Spittal of Glenshee and Glas Tulaichean Circular. 
Best Mountain Biking Trails in Perth and Kinross

Road Cycling in Perth and Kinross

Two major cycle routes cut through the wonderful scenery of Perthshire.

  • The Salmon Run – also known as the National Cycling Network’s route 77 - follows the fish up the Tay for 54 miles, mostly on quiet roads. 
  • Route 7 meanwhile – as part of its mammoth journey from Sunderland to Inverness – take you off-road north through the hills from Aberfoyle before settling onto a railtrail to Loch Tay.

Salmon Run >    

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As well as this, road cyclists will find some outstanding loops including the world class road through stunning scenery to Rannoch Station, Britain’s remotest train station with its famous tearoom.  Perth itself is a gateway city for Scotland’s most popular cycle routes; north from the city the NCN77 follows quiet roads 16 miles to fascinating Dunkeld, with good views of Scone Palace en route. East from the city, it follows the Tay on road to Dundee.

Again, the Komoot community has reviewed a whole host of road cycling routes in the region to deliver the top 20. Just click on each route to see a full breakdown of detailed information including elevation profiles and surface analyses, and browse real tips and photos uploaded by real cyclists.
https://www.komoot.com/guide/50833/road-cycling-routes-in-perth-and-kinross

BMX Skateparks 

If you perfer your adventure a little more stunt based then head ot one of six Skateparks across Perth and Kinross. See the Scottish Skatepark directory for full details of each. 

•    Perth City, South Inch 
•    Blairgowrie BMX Track, Hatton Road
•    Pitlochry Skate Park
•    Comrie Skate Park
•    Crieff Skate Park
•    Auchterarder Skate Park 


Highland & North Perthshire

Progression Bikes

Progression Bikes is based in Dunkeld, catering for school and beginner groups, families, stags and hens, downhillers wanting uplifts with timing facilities, and even those looking for that epic day ride or bespoke training course.

There are plenty of great trails that go right from their shop.

From easy rides along by the river to half or full day rides into the hills, there are plenty of singletrack routes graded red or black, but it’s best to call in for some route advice or take a guide.

Why not take advantage of their ebike with lunch package? Available for families, mixed fitness groups and technical riders. Get in touch via their website>

www.progressionbikesscotland.com/


Escape Route

Escape Route has been a leading independent cycling and outdoors retailer for 21 years. They are located on the main street of Pitlochry close to the start of a range of trails that take you along the rivers and amongst the mountains and forests of Highland Perthshire. They opened their cafe next door to the bike shop in 2016 and it is now voted no.1 cafe in Pitlochry on TripAdvisor.

They are here five days a week to support all your bike and outdoor needs for you to get the most from your time out there.

Their bike shop is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am-5pm and their cafe is open seven days a week from 9am-3.30pm serving up the best coffee and food in town.

www.escape-route.co.uk/

 


Highland Perthshire Cycling

Highland Perthshire Cycling is a registered Scottish Charity (SC044141) set up for locals and visitors to promote and enable more people to cycle more often in communities around Highland Perthshire. They work alongside many different local groups, schools and businesses, running workshops, activities and events to achieve this.

Their activity varies from year to year depending on funding and ideas. For the past six years they have run the Dunkeld Enduro mountain bike event and for the past five years Belles & Buns, Scotland's only women only road cycling event. 

HPC has installed a network of Bosch ebike charging stations across Highland Perthshire. 

The stations are provided by Highland Perthshire Cycling in partnership with Bosch UK. The power is provided by your host venue.

They have installed chargers at the following locations:

  • Birnam Arts cafe, Birnam/Dunkeld
  • Escape Route Cafe, Pitlochry
  • Highland Safaris, Dull, near Aberfeldy
  • Comrie Croft, near Comrie

For great off-road routes near or between these places, please visit Perthshiregravel.com

www.highlandperthshirecycling.com/


Perthshire Gravel Trails

Highland Perthshire Cycling, who manage Perthshire Gravel, were awarded grant funding by Nature Scot to develop the website to include a collection of introduction and family-friendly routes.

Kat Brown of Cycling Solutions Scotland – a mum, cycle leader and coach – Rosie Baxendine – a gravel and bikepacking guide specialising in introduction to adventure trips – were tasked with this. Both local cyclists, their experience of leading younger or less experienced riders enabled them to create suitable routes for all abilities.

Kat and Rosie created 10 routes – from a 5km flat route round Taymouth Castle suitable for even the littlest of legs, to a 22km route into the hills above Loch Rannoch – perfect for an introduction to more remote gravel riding.

These routes are all predominantly on well-surfaced tracks or fire roads and are ridable on any hybrids designed for off-road use or mountain bikes.

A collection with all routes and an overview map are available on Komoot. Information on distance, ascent, terrain, route category, riding time, start and finish, parking, public transport, key facilities and which maps to use can be found on the individual route pages.

http://perthshiregravel.com/


Beyond Adventure

Aberfeldy and the surrounding landscape offers outstanding biking to suit all levels and tastes. Enjoy a family cycle along one of the many local river paths, or a more adrenalin-charged run down a forested mountain bike trail.

Beyond Adventure can advise and guide you to the many local options and help you make the choice to suit your party. 

They offer:

  • Half Day Discovery tour - for those of you who are interested in mountain biking but don’t know how to get started, this half-day introduction will be perfect for you.
  • Full Day Explorer - for the riders who want to stretch their legs and have a proper explore of their trails.
  • Bike Hire - Beyond Adventure have a full suite of ebikes and standard mountain bikes. Available for local hire.

Having recently teamed up with Progression Bikes in Dunkeld, Beyond Adventure are offering e-bike hire based from their bike hut in Aberfeldy.

Bikes are available to hire on a half-day, full-day or multi-day basis.

They also offer guided trips on their local trails by their team of guides – suitable for beginners/ families and experienced riders.

www.beyondadventure.co.uk/


Etape Caledonia

Born in the magnificent setting of Highland Perthshire, Etape Caledonia celebrates its 15th birthday in 2022, marking its pioneering position as the UK’s original closed-road cycling sportive. 

A two-wheeled closed-road journey that boasts 85 miles of stunning rural Scottish hills, plus a shorter 40-mile loop suitable for those not yet brave enough to take on Schiehallion. Etape Caledonia has tested the hearts and legs of more than 50,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities over the last 15 years to become one of the UK’s ‘must-do’ challenges. 

With many participants raising much needed funds for the event’s official charity partners, Marie Curie and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, this is a date for the diary of every road cyclist and the perfect excuse for a cheeky weekend away in gorgeous Perthshire. 

Etape Caledonia 2022 is available to register now at:

www.etapecaledonia.co.uk


Kinross & Loch Leven

Loch Leven Cycles

A fabulous new workshop and bike hire at Loch Leven's Larder, right next to Loch Leven Heritage Trail. A 13-mile traffic-free path around the loch, with a gravel and mostly flat surface. With views of hills and the opportunity to take a boat trip to a castle on an island. Surely, the perfect day out? A nice and easy trail for a quick scenic day out on a bike.

Loch Leven Cycles do minor repairs on the spot. However, for larger repairs, servicing and cycle hire it's best to arrange in advance. Cycle hiring is more than welcome.

www.facebook.com/LochLevenCycles/

 

 


Perth City Centre

J.M. Richards

J.M. Richards is a family-run cycle shop located in the heart of Perth city centre. 

44 George Street has been home to a cycle shop since 1906, when original owner John Sinclair set up his cycle sales and repair business.

Their Perth shop is full of fantastic bikes, helmets, gloves, and accessories such as lights and spare parts. And of course, they are on hand to help you make the right choice.

They know that sizing a bike isn’t an easy task, so will help you with that, too! They are all keen bikers from many disciplines so have a wealth of knowledge between them.

They offer a full range of workshop services, from the basic tube replacement to a full service or re-build. They carry all the specialised cycle tools to carry out any job including more technical work like seized seat posts/bottom brackets. They have all the latest headset/bearing presses and spot-facing tools for all your hub and full suspension services.

Expert wheel-builder John can cater for any type of build from road or mountain bike to BMX wheels. A full degrease and deep clean service is available which is sure to bring your bike back to its former self. All repairs are carried out on site by their own fully trained technicians.

www.jmrichardscycles.com/


Bell's Sports Centre - All Ability Cycling

The All-Ability Cycles are a fleet of adapted bicycles, primarily aimed at adults who have disabilities that can make cycling a standard bike difficult. Although available to hire for any adult, the adapted bikes are designed to encourage and enable those with balance and coordination issues, vision issues or mobility issues to experience cycling. 

They typically see a number of carers bringing their friends, family or service users down to the Inch to have a go at this fun activity, as well as retired individuals and local groups. All Ability Cycling is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm - booking required.

To book an All Ability Cycling session, please contact Ella at [email protected] or call 01738 454647.

www.liveactive.co.uk/Wellbeing/all-ability-cycling

 


Blairgowrie & East Perthshire

Coupar Angus Cycling Hub

The Coupar Angus Cycling Hub is here to get people of all ages and abilities cycling. They get people on bikes through a variety of projects and events over the year. Their activities aim to increase active travel to lower people's carbon footprint and promote cycling for the environmental, health and social benefits.

Their bike shop has a large range of new and second-hand bikes, parts, clothing and accessories for sale to suit all budgets from a huge range of suppliers. They have a large workshop where they repair and service all types of bike. They are also a Bosch service centre for ebike servicing. They demo and hire bikes from Full suspension Mountain bikes to ebikes and have a good range of bikes in stock to see and try. 

•    Bikes for Sale
•    Repairs & Servicing
•    Electric Bikes        
•    Mechanics Workshops

Coupar Angus Cycling Hub hosts a large range of events throughout the year to get more people on bikes and to promote the incredible roads, routes and mountain bike trails we have on our doorstep.
From ladies-only events and cycle Santathons to their massive Summer Cycling Festival there will be an event for you, your family and friends to get involved with.

https://cacyclinghub.com/


Alyth Cycles

Based in Blairgowrie, Alyth Cycles is a small independent bike shop supplying the finest quality mountain, road and ebikes. 

Their reputation is based on their excellent workshop service where they are known for their frank, down to earth communication, lasting repairs and attention to detail.

Customers that purchase a bike from Alyth Cycles know they're getting top quality machinery, backed by bullet proof warranty and expert assembly and future repairs.

www.alythcycles.co.uk/


Auchterarder & South Perthshire

Synergy Cycles

Scotland's premier road and ebike shop and cafe. Custom-build specialists putting the focus on the 'right' bike for you, fitted and finished expertly.

Synergy Cycles provides cyclists with the very best cycling brands and all the goods and services to assist them to enjoy their sport – including a full workshop and bike/helmet/shoe and insole fit service. Put simply, their aim is to give you the best products and care in the industry; to find, build and maintain the best bikes and the best accessories for you.

This simple mission will be carried out in a space where you can also enjoy a cycling culture - based café, currently selling the finest coffee.

Their passion for service, bikes and good coffee (and a fresh croissant!) will mean that Auchterarder will be home to the very best bike shop in Scotland! 

www.facebook.com/synergybikeshop/


Strathearn & West Perthshire

Comrie Croft Bikes

Comrie Croft Bikes is based at Comrie Croft, the award-winning 4 star independent hostel and campsite.

Quality. Value. Fun. The three cornerstones of their bike rental fleet. Choose from their great selection of rental options to find the bike that best suits your needs. Comrie Croft Bikes offers quality bike hire, hand-built trails, new and ex-hire sales, servicing, spares and accessories, expert advice and more.

Comrie Croft Trails

Whether it’s their hand-crafted Red and Black-graded singletrack, their swoopy bermy Blue, or the bike skills and fun park, there is something for everyone at Comrie Croft Trails. The trails have a very natural feel and are feature packed.

Set in the stunning Strathearn Valley, and only an hours drive from Scotland’s major cities, Comrie Croft Trails are an evolving and expanding set of dedicated trails with a little something for everyone. The trails are located on a private estate and pack in some mighty punches over a relatively small area. Variety is key to the trails, you’ll be sure to enjoy the challenges that Comrie Croft Trails throw up, and soon be heading back round for more!

www.comriecroftbikes.co.uk/


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