Scotland is proving to be a popular destination for adventure travelers, as the country attracts more than 415,000 adventure seekers every year, according to the Scottish Tourism Bureau. So if you are looking for a new way to experience a country, explore Scotland on a bike.
Scotland is hosting the 2010 Adventure Travel World Summit this October, also boats some of the best mountain biking and cycling routes that a country can offer.
Visit the 7stanes, which was named after the Scots' word for stone, for trains across Dumfries and Galloway. Each of the 7stanes is home to a stone sculpture that represents a local myth or legend, according to the Forestry Commission. The Glentrool stane, offers a Big Country route that provides cyclists beautiful views of the Galloway hills during a 58 mile ride, and the Forest of Mabie was the original mountain biking venue in southwest Scotland.
Looking for a real test? Check out the trail at the Dalbeattie stane, where the black-graded sections - named The Slab, Terrible Twins and Volunteer Ridge - will challenge even the most experienced mountain biker.
Apart from the 7stanes, another great place to bike is Fort William, which is the capital of Lochaber. The easily accessible town provides easy access to the Highlands and the Islands. Lochaber is also where the UCI Mountain Bike and Trails World Championship track is located
The best way to cycle through Scotland is with a small group, which allows you to have the most authentic experience.
Cycle your way through Scotland
Posted on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010