The Red Trail (22km)

Thrills a plenty for the experienced

Winter Closure - Trails closed from 30th Oct 2017, for essential tree felling.


Head out on the blue trail before forking off along the Wee Red for a taste of what's to come. It's a leg warming ascent from here on, to the summit of Carn Daimh (570m). Take a break and enjoy the panoramic views, before starting on the Glenlivet descent. It's downhill from here as you enjoy over 6km of single track with adventure a plenty as you leap through Beaton's Boys and tackle the Gully before heading through Smugglers Wynd and powering through the Double Grinder. Re-join the blue trail to enjoy the thrills of the twists and turns of the Barrel Run for a finish to remember.

View our short film of action on the Red Trail at BikeGlenlivet

What to expect on the Glenlivet Red

  • 16.5 km of singletrack trail - all with a predominately smooth surface
  • 5.5 km of forest road - can be rougher with small loose stones and is used for uphill sections
  • Climbs! But it's worth it for the views and the downhill
  • Technical Trail Features (TTF's)
  • Black grade TTF's - these can all be by-passed  and include; drop off's, jumps and stone staicases.
  • Red grade TTF's - part of the trail and include; drop off's, rollers, stone staircases, berms and trail surface cambering.
  • Spectacular scenery, fast, flowing trail across moorland and through woodland

How long does it take?

As a rough guide; the fit experienced mountain bikers have been completing the circuit in under an hour, an average rider usually takes around 2-3hrs.

View the trail guide & map here


For your safety

  • Always wear the right safety clothing - at least a helmet and gloves
  • Carry the right equipment and know how to use it
  • Only cycle within your abilities
  • Only tackle jumps and other features if you are sure you can do them - have a look first
  • Train properly, especially for difficult and technical routes
  • Expect the unexpected - watch out for other visitors
  • Follow warning signs and advice given
  • This is a working forest - look out for vehicles and timber lorries

USER ADVICE: The Crown Estate encourages the reasonable and responsible use of the facilities provided and would like to remind trails users of the need to consider their skills and abilities before selecting a suitable course to ride. When you ride here please be aware you take responsibility for yourself  and behave responsibly towards other users.

Standard Trail Grading Information

Red- Difficult

Suitable for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills. Suitable for better quality off-road mountain bikes.

Trail & surface types are steeper and rougher, mostly singletrack with technical sections. Expect very variable surface types.

Gradients & Technical Trail Features include a wide range of climbs and descents of a challenging nature. Expect boarwalks, berms, rocks, medium steps, drop-off's, cambers, water crossings.

A higher level of fitness and stamina.


Black- Extreme

Suitable for expert mountain bikers used to physically demanding routes. Quality off-road mountain bikes.

Trail & surface types are as "red" but with an expectation of greater challenge and continuous difficulty. Can include any useable trail and may include exposed open hill sections.

Gradients & Technical Trail Features include large, committing and unavoidable TTF's. Sections will be challenging and variable.

Suitable for very active people used to prolonged effort.

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BikeGlenlivet was constructed by The Crown Estate with support from European Regional Development Fund, the Cairngorms National Park and Moray Council.

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