Bike Glenlivet hails second successful year
More than 13,000 people visited the trails at BikeGlenlivet over the past year – bringing the total number of visitors since the facility first opened in November 2013 to over 27,000.
Between November 2014 and October 2015 13,500 people visited the trails, with the vast majority (11,169) visiting during the busy tourist season from April to October.
Visitors hit a peak in June when the Scottish Enduro Series came to the area for the first time, bringing with it 300 riders, as well as many more spectators. The event will also return to BikeGlenlivet again next year on 11 & 12 June 2016.
Set in the stunning Carn Daimh forest near Tomintoul, the BikeGlenlivet centre was developed by The Crown Estate with a view to boosting the local tourist trade. The trails – which include a Blue Graded 9 km and the Red Graded 22 km loop – have been graded four-star by VisitScotland, and were expanded in September2015 with the additional of a pump track next to the cafe.
Vicky Hilton, Countryside Manager for the Glenlivet Estate, said: “Since opening in November 2013, the trails have exceeded all our expectations and have given tourism in the local area a real boost. We were extremely proud to host a leg of the Scottish Enduro Series on the estate at the end of June, which brought a great buzz to the local area and we look forward to welcoming the event back in 2016.
“Many people are visiting the trails time and again, thanks to the top-class facilities and our stunning location. It’s great to have seen so many families visiting the centre as well, with children enjoying the trails and working on their skills. One of the main aims of the project was to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get outdoors and try their hand at mountain biking, and in this sense, our aims have certainly been achieved.”
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