We’re always on the lookout for new spots where we can put our mountain bikes through their paces and it seems that Scotland could be the next place to head to if you’re keen to hit some tracks amid stunning scenery.

Given that Scotland is one of the few parts of the UK with proper mountains, it would make sense for the sport to gain more traction here, and it seems the Scottish government is keen to support that.

It has just provided a grant of £185,000 to help develop the sport in the country, after already investing £1 million in the sport alongside Forestry and Land Scotland.

Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s tourism minister, unveiled the additional funding ahead of a new publication outlining a new national mountain biking strategy.

“By using our natural terrain and the expertise of organisations such as the Mountain Bike Consortium, we can further develop mountain biking opportunities to grow the sector and attract even more visitors,” she stated.

If exploring Scotland’s mountain bike trails sounds like your kind of break, get some mtb coaching before you head off to make sure you’re prepared for what’s on offer.

Looking for some inspiration on where to go mountain biking north of the border? Take some inspiration from Red Bull. The organisation that’s known for its extreme sports, as well as its energy drinks, picked out some of the top spots for mtb fun.

Among them are the Tweed Valley, Fort William and Dunkeld. Tweed Valley was picked as the number one place to visit because it’s the “home of the original man-made trails in Scotland”.