Mountain bikers

Helping capercaillie and the mountain biking community to thrive alongside each other in the Cairngorms.


In 2020, a survey of 388 mountain bikers who ride in the Cairngorms National Park, found that almost all feel responsible for the environment they ride in and are willing to change behaviours to help protect the environment. You can read the full survey results here.

In response to these findings, a group of over 20 riders from the Cairngorms National Park, came together to help turn this consensus into action and create a plan to help the mountain biking community to enhance and protect the environment it enjoys.


Over the winter, the group of riders, who represent a range of riding abilities and interests and include bike shop owners, mountain bike guides and members of the Badenoch & Strathspey Trail Association, took part in a series of action planning workshops.

Through this process the group have become more informed about capercaillie; been able to identify potential solutions; and have agreed a goal and a set of actions to share and start conversations around this spring, to help deliver win-wins for capercaillie and the mountain biking community.

Events and activities

Please watch this space for upcoming events and activities.

Meeting notes

Notes from the mountain biking group's meetings.  The group are always open to new members. If you’d like to get involved please get in touch.

Latest news for mountain bikers

Keep up to date with news related to the mountain biking community.


New powers to mountain bikers to help save capercaillie

Joint media release from the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland