Whether you're into road bikes, mountain bikes or a bit of both, you'll find that Scotland has exactly what you're looking for; quiet country roads and superb off road mountain bike trails, all surrounded by magnificent Scottish scenery that makes all the hard work very worthwhile. Mind you not all of Scotland is hilly, so be assured, you will be able to find easy routes too!

Cycling is a great activity to do with family and friends and there's nothing much better than to get out and about for a few hours exercise before returning to your comfortable cottage for a well earned meal and relaxing glass of wine.

Scotland is packed with a host of `natural assets' that offer first class cycling terrain; miles of forest trails, stunning glens, picturesque lochs and striking coastline; a paradise for cyclists that makes for a perfect cycling holiday. With a little bit of research you can plan your routes and days out before you go or if you prefer, simply decide when you arrive, either way you'll be sure to find plenty of great cycling routes in the vicinity and if you can't find room for your bikes in your luggage there's a good chance that you can hire bikes locally.

Cycling and mountain biking can be enjoyed by everyone, young and old alike, and you can take it at your own pace by choosing either strenuous, challenging routes and terrain or by simply relaxing and taking your time travelling through the quiet countryside along easy country roads, stopping off to enjoy the scenery, exploring local villages and towns and maybe dropping in for a drink at the local pub.

The Deeside Way

This mainly off-road route follows much of the former Deeside railway and passes through some key historical settlements.

Glen Figlas Loop
Glen Figlas Loop

This challenging route is perfect for the keen mountain biker. Combining rough and steep tracks with panoramic views this 15 mile trip is certainly not for the feint hearted!

Aberfoyle to Loch Katrine

This 28 mile round route is excellent for exploring Loch Katrine and the surrounding Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Cycling the Isle of Islay

Islay is an excellent Island to discover by bike and it is becoming an increasingly popular method of exploring the islands wonderful array of nature and magnificent sceneries.

The Witch's Trails

With different trails ranging from `easy' to `severe' the Witch's Trails have routes for riders of all different ability.

Stonehaven to Inverbervie

Stonehaven provides a beautiful setting for a cycle with its magnificent harbour and fantastic views of the North Sea.

Cycling in Perth

A popular place to start cycling in the city of Perth, with many routes starting out from the centre.

West Loch Lomond Cycle Path

This popular 16.5 mile cycle route between Balloch and Tarbet along the eastern banks of Loch Lomond is a fantastic way to travel!

Formartine and Buchan Way

Justifiably designated as one of Scotland's great trails, this marvellous route uses the former railway line.

Biking in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Explore Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park on one of the many excellent routes.

Bothy Bikes

Shop with a wonderful selection of bikes for hire so you can explore the area direct from your holiday cottage door. Tel: 01479 810111

The Great Inverurie Bike Ride

This fantastic 25 mile route is perfect for those wishing to explore the sites that trail along the Inverurie.

Carron Valley Mountain Bike Trails

These purpose built 10.5 km trails in the heart of Scotland are guaranteed to offer something fun for everybody.

Cycling around Dunkeld and Birnam
Cycling around Dunkeld and Birnam

These two towns are situated on either side of the river Tay and there are plenty of off road routes to explore the woodlands of Perthshire's `Big Tree Country'.

Crinan Canal

This cycle route is perfect for families and casual cyclists alike as it is perfectly flat, easy to ride and mostly away from traffic.

A Ticket to Ride

Enjoy the flat paths by the river or a mountain bike ride adventure. Bike hire available for children and adults with GPS routes also available. Tel: 01463 419160

The Trotternish Peninsula Circuit

This 49 mile hilly route will take you through some of the most dramatic scenery of Skye's northern peninsula.

The Machars Cycling Routes
The Machars Cycling Routes

These routes make up a collection of quiet roads which allow you to experience the local moorland, sea and wildlife from the area whilst taking in a little local heritage on the way.

Pitmedden to Udny Station
Pitmedden to Udny Station

If it's historical country buildings and beautiful gardens you are after then this easy 11 mile route is perfect for you!

Mabie Forest
Mabie Forest

Mabie Forest makes up one of the 7 stanes trails and is very popular with cycles visiting the area. There are many routes to be taken around the woodland, hills and loch giving outstanding views as you make your way round the wealth of tracks in the area.

Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycle Way

This 20 mile route forms a section of the National Cycle Route Seven.

Crainlarich to Glasgow

For those after a little more distance and adventure on their cycling holiday this route offers a long and challenging journey.

Braemar to Glen Clunie

Starting off in Braemar, this easy 7 mile route will pass the beautiful Braemar Castle.

Fire Tower Mountain Bike Trail

Located in Lochgilphead, these trails have a little something to offer everyone.

Loch Drunkie Loop

Forest tracks and some rough stretches are what characterise this 9.5 mile forest trail.

The Gordon Way

This 20 mile route is still under completion but when finished it will provide a challenging ride

The KM Cycle Trail

Named after the creater of the pedal bicycle, Kirkpatrick Macmillan the KM Cycle Trail was made to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the bicycle in 1990.

Cycling around Kinross and Loch Leven

Kinross, a small town south of Perthshire provides a 16 mile circular route around Loch Leven.

Doune Castle Loop Cycle Route

Starting out at the bridge of Allen, this route takes you to Doune Castle where you can stop for a picnic amongst the stunning views.

Ecosse Mountains

Based in close proximity to the Cairngorms National Park, Ecosse Mountains offers mountain bike instruction for those wishing to improve their mountain biking skills.

Base Camp Mountain Bikes

Base Camp Mountain Bikes are located on the Laggan Wolftrax Mountain Bike Park in Aviemore.

Barcaldine East
Barcaldine East

These short tracks are ideal for an exploration of the eastern area of this forest. Starting and ending in Sutherland's Grove Car Park, you can explore one of the many waymarked cycle routes on the forest roads around Glen Dubh.

MTB Skye

Offering mountain bike hire for anything from half a day to a whole week, MTB Skye can provide you with a wide range of mountain bikes to suit your needs.

RT Cycles and Fishing

For cycle hire and tuition, RT Cycles and Fishing have over 10 years experience in mountain biking in the local area.

Cycling with Adventure Perthshire

Adventure Perthshire offer a considerable amount of outdoor activities including mountain bike hire and treks.

Island Cycles

Skye's only bike shop, Island Cycles offer bike hire, sales, repairs, parts and accessories.

Cycling around Dalbeattie
Cycling around Dalbeattie

With miles of forest, the surrounding coastlines and town of Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie has so much variety to offer any kind of rider. It's also got some amazing cycle paths and routes around the town.

The Quiraing Loop

This difficult but short route has been voted one of the best single track mountain bike routes in the UK.

Monster Bike Cycle Hire
Monster Bike Cycle Hire

Great bikes at great rates. Handy for those wanted to explore the `Great Glen Trail' Tel: 01463 729500

Newcastleton 7 Stanes Trails

The 7 Stanes are a series of mountain bike centres across Southern Scotland each of which is home to a large stone sculpture.

Argyll Forest Park - The Glenbranter Forest Route

This demanding and rather muddy one hour circular trail is ideal for those wishing to discover more of Argyll Forest.

Trek n Trail

Trek n trail offer everything, from easy paced flat route rides to more challenging ventures into the hills and beyond.

Glenmore Lodge Mountain Biking Centre

If you have never been mountain biking before or simply want to get your skills up to scratch then look no further than Glenmore Lodge Mountain Biking.

Ride the Lecht
Ride the Lecht

Once the snow disappears the chairlift here takes mountain bikers up the mountain side where, at the top you can choose from two trails - enjoy bomb holes, dirt jumps and riding features built from rock. Tel: 01975 651440

Moray Monster Trails

Over 30km of fun packed single track mountain biking routes managed by the Forestry Commission. Download a trail map from their website where you can also choose from a number of routes. Tel: 0300 067 6200

Sligachan Loop

If it is a ride in the dramatic and spectacular scenery of the Cuillins is what you are after then look no further.

Cycling around Auchterarder and the Ochills

Situated in the lowlands of Perthshire, Auchterarder is perfectly situated for visits to Celtic Chapels, Roman Camps and Pictish Forts.

Aberdour Bay Circular

Enjoy great coastal views on this scenic route along Aberdour Bay and the rolling landscape of Tyrie.

Kyle of Sutherland Trails
Kyle of Sutherland Trails

Enjoy stunning views over the Kyle of Sutherland, the inner Dornoch Firth and Bonar Bridge on a 17km mountain trail. One not to be missed.

Craggan Outdoor Centre

Craggan Outdoor Centre offers bike hire and instructor led guided sessions ranging from hill to forest and riverside rides.

Loch Insh Bike Hire
Loch Insh Bike Hire

Part of the Loch Insh Watersports - hire bikes for all ages. Helmets, locks and maps of the area included. Tel: 01540 651272

The Isle of Mull - Tobemory to Ardmore

This forestry trail is approximately 12 miles long and takes you along the west coast from Tobemory to Ardmore and back.

A circuit of the Isle of Bute

This 22 mile long picturesque route takes you right round the stunning isle of Bute.

Bankend Loop

Heading out of Dumfries on Kingholm road, the Bankend Loop takes you alongside the River Nith until you reach the coast before heading back again through Bankend and onto Bankend Road back to the centre of Dumfries.

Laggan Wolfrtax Mountain Bike Park

Laggan Wolftrax is a perfect example of what is on offer for the keen riders out there.

7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails
7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails

For riders of all ability and confidence the 7 Stanes are a series of mountain bike trail centres around the South of Scotland. The centres offer all different kinds of trails from woodland routes to rapid downhill.

Loch Katrine Cycle Route

This 12 mile one way route is mainly tarmac and is suitable for cyclists of moderate ability.

Islands Cycles

Bike hire, sales and repairs. The only one on Skye. 01470 552223

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle

Set in vast woodland, Drumlanrig Castle really is a stunning place to go riding.

Mikes Bikes

Owner managed bike shop for road and mountain bikes -suitable for all ages. Free parking outside the shop and special deals for groups. Tel: 01479 810478

The Lochgoilhead Centre

Enjoy the great outdoors with Lochgoilhead's purpose built track.

Insch Cycle Map

There are many way marked routes in Insch which provide ample opportunity to explore the rolling countryside

Glenkiln Loop

Starting once again in the heart of Dumfries, this cycle route takes a westerly route instead to explore the area surrounding Glenkiln.

Newcastleton to Jedburgh

There is quite a climb on this route of around 12 miles as you leave Newcastleton.

The Gairloch Loop
The Gairloch Loop

The Gairloch loop is a 27km single-track route that offers wonderful views stretching over the Western Isles, providing a great biking day out

Cycling around Aberfeldy and Loch Tay

Aberfeldy and Loch Tay are located exactly in the centre of Scotland and provide a thrilling selection of mixed gradient off road routes.