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16th April 2018 | Regional News

Family-Friendly Cycling Trails in Scotland

Scotland is a vast and beautiful country and there’s so much to explore on a holiday here. One of the best ways to discover this incredible country is by bike, as there are hundreds of cycling routes throughout Scotland, suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. So, whether you’re an extreme mountain biker or a family looking for a relaxing ride, you’ll find a cycling path to suit you.

From wonderful woodlands to spectacular shorelines, Scotland is the perfect destination for a family holiday. Here at Parkdean Holidays, we want to help you see as much of this beautiful country as possible, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite Scottish cycling routes for you to enjoy.

Ayrshire Coast Cycleway

Stretching between Irvine and Ayr for 19 miles is the Ayrshire Coast Cycleway, a fantastic family-friendly cycle path. An easy, flat route, starting right on the doorstep of Sundrum Castle Holiday Park, pop on your helmets and head out on a coastal bike ride like no other.

For the majority of the journey, you’ll be riding alongside the glistening coastline, where you’ll pass a variety of spectacular views along the way. Keep an eye out for the Isle of Arran, which you’ll be able to see on a clear day from the mainland.

Just before you reach Irvine, you’ll pass through two Scottish wildlife reserves, Shewalton Wood and Gailes Marsh. As you cycle through these wonderful woodland areas, look out for the different species of wildlife that live here. From birds of prey and bats to roe deer and foxes, there’s plenty of wildlife to discover along this route. When you reach Irvine, be sure to check out the Scottish Maritime Museum, where you can learn about the history and heritage of Scotland’s coastline. Here, you’ll find historic artefacts, ancient vessels and the largest collection of shipbuilding tools and machinery in the country. Kids will also love learning how to sail a boat on the indoor and outdoor boating ponds.

Video sourced from Something Different – Drone Videos

Cairngorms National Park

Just a few minutes from Tummel Valley Holiday Park is Cairngorms National Park, an absolute must for cyclists! From mountain pathways to flat trails through the woodland, there are plenty of cycling routes to enjoy. Whether you’re a pro looking for a tough challenge or a family who fancy a relaxing day out, you’ll find the perfect path for you in Cairngorms National Park.

One route that’s ideal for families is The Old Logging Way. Connecting Aviemore and Glenmore, you’ll be surrounded by towering trees, and you might even spot some red deer too! You’ll also pass Loch Morlich, a freshwater loch at the heart of the national park, which is popular with watersports enthusiasts. There’s even a beach here too, so you can sit down and take a well-deserved rest on the sand.

Another popular cycling route in the national park is the Speyside Way, providing cyclists with an easy terrain and stunning mountain views. Following the River Spey for the majority of the journey, you’ll pass plenty of fishermen, watersports enthusiasts and ideal picnic spots along the way.

Video sourced from The Cairngorms National Park

Loch Lomond

About an hour from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park is Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where you’ll find a range of cycling routes for all abilities. If you’re looking for family-friendly cycle paths then you’re in luck, as there are many here which provide an easy terrain, as well as attractions and activities to keep the little ones entertained along the way.

One route that’s particularly popular with families is the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path. Starting at the Visitor Centre in Balloch, the first part of your journey will take you past the epic Loch Lomond Shores! Here, you’ll find shops and restaurants, and attractions such as the SEA LIFE Aquarium, the Bird of Prey Centre, and the TreeZone Aerial Adventure Course, so be sure to take your bike locks so you can head inside for some fun.

The Cat Craig Loop is another popular family cycling route. Named after the Scottish wildcat, the route is only 5 miles long, making it ideal for those holidaying with the little ones. You’ll see lots of amazing wildlife along the winding paths, including red squirrels, roe deer and owls. On a clear day, you might even catch a glimpse of the spectacular Ben Lomond mountain!

Video sourced from OutandAboutinScotland

Loch Rannoch Circular

If you’re looking for miles of natural beauty, then a cycle around Loch Rannoch Circular is a must. Under 20 minutes from Tummel Valley Holiday Park, this is a quiet route, making it the perfect cycle path for families.

You’ll start and finish the journey at the square in Kinloch Rannoch, a beautiful village on the banks of the loch. Along the way, you’ll ride past beautiful pine trees, peaceful waters and a variety of plants and wildlife, including pine martens and red squirrels. On the northern shore of the loch you’ll find a sandy beach, perfect for a picnic and a rest. If you fancy hopping off your bike, there are plenty of walks surrounding the loch too. From woodland paths in the forest to strolls along the waterside, there are many places where you can head off on a walking adventure.

Close to Loch Rannoch is Rannoch Railway Station, one of the most remote railway stations in Britain. Whether you’re cycling or walking past, take the time to admire this historical building on your journey across the Rannoch Moor. The building has now been converted into a tea room, so you can also stop for a bite to eat or a cup of tea if you fancy a rest.

Video sourced from Wild about Scotland

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