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New mountain bike skills area launched at Glenlivet

The Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre this weekend opens its new skills area, which promises to be an exciting addition to the Estate’s existing trails.  

The new area extends BikeGlenlivet’s family credentials adding to the facilities that suit all ages and experience, and allows family members to undertake different activities as part of the one outing. The skills area, designed by renowned trails designer Paul Masson, allows mountain bikers of all ages and abilities to safely practice their techniques and skills in an area away from the main routes.

Simon Ovenden, Crown Estate Scotland’s Countryside Manager for the Glenlivet Estate said: “BikeGlenlivet attracts thousands of visitors to the area and lets them discover the natural beauty of the Cairngorms, while doing something both fun and active. Our Red and Blue trails provide plenty of thrills along with great viewpoints, and we have concentrated on building additional activities around the café and shop at the central hub to keep pace with visitors’ requests to provide additional challenges at the venue.”

BikeGlenlivet reopened in April 2018 following closure for essential tree felling works by managers Crown Estate Scotland. The mountain bike trails themselves were not affected but recent diversions have just been removed and the original challenging Red Route has now reopened. A highly positive recent inspection report by Cycle Therapy confirms that the routes are well-designed and in a robust condition.  

BikeGlenlivet has something for everyone, offering a 9km Blue Trail ideal for families and bikers of all ages and abilities. The Red Trail is more technical, with fit, experienced mountain bikers completing the circuit in approximately 20 minutes, while average riders take around 45 minutes.

The Coffee Still Café is also geared up for a busy holiday period. The café's local, home-cooked produce is popular among visitors, providing before and after meals and snacks, alongside bike and equipment hire. The pump track next to the café is popular for warming up or practice.

Glenlivet Estate is a popular location for outdoor enthusiasts and visitors, attracting people from across the UK and beyond to enjoy an unrivalled visitor experience with a variety of activities including walking, running, cycling and wildlife watching as well as whisky tasting at local distilleries. 

For further information, please visit the Glenlivet Estate website:


For more information please contact Erin White at Pagoda Public Relations on 0131 556 0770 or call John Lang at Crown Estate Scotland on 07741 801225.


Notes to Editors

About Crown Estate Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland manages land and property on behalf of Scottish Ministers. It works with people, businesses and organisations to ensure that the assets are managed in a sustainable way that creates prosperity for the Scotland and its communities.

The business started operating in April 2017, replacing The Crown Estate in Scotland, and pays all revenue profit to the Scottish Government.

Crown Estate Scotland manages:

37,000 hectares of rural land with agricultural tenancies, residential and commercial properties and forestry on four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirth and Whitehill)

Rights to fish wild salmon and sea trout in in river and coastal areas

Rights to naturally-occurring gold and silver across most of Scotland

Just under half the foreshore around Scotland including 5,800 moorings and some ports and harbours

Leasing of virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles covering some 750 fish farming sites and agreements with cables & pipeline operators

The rights to offshore renewable energy and gas and carbon dioxide storage out to 200 nautical miles

Retail and office units at 39-41 George Street Edinburgh

Crown Estate Scotland is a public corporation which manages the assets on an interim basis until new legislation sets out permanent arrangements.

Mountain bike trails and visitor centre

The Glenlivet Estate is managed by The Crown Estate Scotland and attracts around 30,000 visitors a year.

Funding for the £600,000 project was provided by The Crown Estate investing £375,000, and further funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cairngorms National Park Authority and Moray Council.

There are two bike trails. The Blue Trail (9km) is perfect for novice to intermediate mountain bikers. The Red Trail (22km) is for experienced riders and includes a climb up to the summit of Carn Daimh, offering breathtaking views of the Cairngorms, before plunging into the Glenlivet descent; 6.5km of single track downhill.

The Coffee Still cafe is open from Tue - Fri, 11am-5pm and Sat - Sun, 10am - 5.30pm. Closed Mondays - except bank holidays & school holidays. In winter, it's best to check weather conditions.


New skills area at the Glenlivet Mountain Bike Centre