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About Us

The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has recently awarded Scotland the Worlds’ top mountain bike destination for the second year running.

Ballater, Royal Deeside lives up to this accolade and is an ideal location from which to explore natural trails and various purpose-built centres.

Nestled on the Eastern side of the Cairngorms National Park, Ballater is surrounded by terrain suitable for all abilities. From easy forest trails to single-track descents you can explore for an hour, day or week. The quiet roads give a spectacular window into local nature and history.

Cyclehighlands ltd was formed in 2004 by Richard and Elizabeth Watts.  Richard grew up exploring Royal Deeside by bike and now operates north east Scotland’s most experienced guiding team.  Thanks to our staff’s trail knowledge, the shop has become the hub for all cycling around Aboyne, Ballater, Balmoral and Braemar.

Now Aberdeenshire’s biggest bike shop, we also provide bike hire, guiding and corporate days suitable for any ability. The shop is Scotland’s No 1 dealer for Santa Cruz, Cannondale ,Kona and CUDA kids bikes.   Other leading brands include IBIS, NINER, Orange and Freego E-bikes. Our workshop provides unmatched customer service from qualified technicians who are also Bosch E bike certified.  We have the largest stock and selection of bikes in the north east and with safe test ride areas and plenty of free parking – buying a bike could not be easier!

Cyclehighlands awarded Highly Commended in the Visitor Experience Category at the North East Scotland Tourism Awards 2007.