New route cards which showcase the tremendous mountain biking on multi-use trails, and the local businesses which can help you make the most of your mountain biking experience, were launched today at stunning Glamis Castle, Angus.
Local children from Arbirlot Primary School, members of Angus Mountain Bike Trails Association (AMBTA), the project manager for Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) and representatives from Angus Council enjoyed a ride around the route at Glamis taking in the stunning scenery and wildlife and the great trails.
The route cards have been developed using the local knowledge of the best routes in the area by AMBTA and have been supported by DMBinS, Glentrek and Angus Council. Funding for the cards has been supplied by the European Regional Development Fund, through a Rural Tourism Business Support Project which aims to deliver an innovative, collaborative, partnership approach to improving tourism products in the East of Scotland.
Scott Francis, secretary of AMBTA, explains the attraction of the trails in Angus. “We love riding the trails in Angus, both around the towns and villages and into the Angus glens and we are delighted to be given the opportunity invite mountain bikers to share our favourite trails with us.”
Angus Provost Helen Oswald said: “These route cards will enhance and improve the enjoyment of mountain bikers who live in or visit the area. Angus Council has been pleased to work with our partners to boost tourism as well as encouraging outdoor pursuits.”
The cards are part of a roll out of route cards across Tayside & Fife as part of a regional mountain biking cluster being co-ordinated by DMBinS. Project manager Graeme McLean explains “Tayside & Fife is an area with some of the best multi-use trails in Scotland, if not the world, and the Angus route cards build on the existing ones in Highland Perthshire and Dundee. We hope these cards encourage visitors to come to explore the area and locals to be inspired to dig their bike out and have great fun on their doorstep.”
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