Research Info
  • Researcher Name(s): University of Highlands & Islands Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research
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Mountain biking has grown by 7-10% between 2009 & 2012 and is worth £49.5m per year to the Scottish economy, according to research undertaken by University of Highlands and Islands and commissioned by Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland and partners.

The key recommendations to build on this success, from the report, include all Scottish cities to have accessible mountain bike trails; development of purpose built trail centres which link into other activities in key tourism destinations; improvements in the marketing and promotion of mountain biking, particularly on sustainable ‘natural’ trails, and continued support for the DMBinS project.

Mountain biking is a Scottish success story. With our fantastic purpose built centres, from the 7stanes in the South to Golspie in the North, our amazing access legislation which allows mountain bikers to responsibly create their own adventures, and our world class events - Scotland is regarded as one of the best biking destinations in the world.

It was also estimated that if the key recommendations are implemented then there will be further economic growth in the region of £26m to the Scottish economy by 2015.

The study also considered the success of the project in implementing the world’s first national strategic framework for mountain biking, co-ordinated by the Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland project (DMBinS). It was found that DMBinS has been managed well, provides value for money, and has delivered, or is in the process of delivering, on a high percentage of its outputs.

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