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Trail Riding (5 Day)

Learn LEVEL | 5 day(s) | Ratio 1:6


This is an essential course to provide you with the foundations on which to build an exciting future on a mountain bike. You will learn the fundamental elements of controlling your bike with the key goal of gaining flow when out riding. The aim is that you will go away with all the skills to exude confidence in your riding, on natural and man made trails up to around red grade. The five days gives you plenty of time and terrain to develop and bed in new skills on a wide variety of trails. Glenmore Lodge has an on-site mountain bike training circuit and we will use elements of this as well the use of video feedback to review and improve your skills. We will also make use of the incredible local trails, both natural and man-made to give you a stunning playground to develop your riding.

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We want to maximise your enjoyment out on the trails. If you are having fun your riding will improve! We aim to equip you with the skills to head out to your local trails and not just survive them, but ride with flow whilst having a blast with your friends.


A desire to ride through beautiful scenery and develop your own ability.


Gain core skills and lay the foundation for a lifetime of mountain biking. We do this through a mixture of personalised coaching sessions and riding some of Scotland’s finest trails. This is suitable for anyone looking to ride trails off-road, in style and with confidence. It is common that we’ll ride about 20km per day on a variety of trails.


Under the watchful eyes of our experienced and enthusiastic coaches you will learn how to ride on a variety of trails. Fundamental elements of the week include:

  • The ready position – purposeful poised positioning to deal with whatever’s ahead.
  • Cornering – eliminate that feeling of being dragged towards the edge.
  • Braking – the how’s, why’s and when’s. Learn how to add control with your brakes, not take it away.
  • Flow – Learn to deal with common features that threaten your flow.
  • Manuals – getting your front wheel airborne can unlock so many trails and can also get you up a kerb!
  • Climbing – how to arrive at the top having enjoyed the process!

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Use of kit – please note bike hire not included.

Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day

In-course transport


Accommodation in an en-suite bedroom.  If booking as an Individual, you will not be asked to share with a stranger.

Breakfast on each course day

Dinner on each course day (except the final day)

Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge.

Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities.



If you do not have your own bike or are unable to bring it with you to the Lodge, we have a limited fleet of Trek bikes available for use. Please get in touch to arrange this prior to your course. E-bikes can also be ridden on any of our skills courses.

  • Bike
  • Small bike lights front and rear – always a good idea to carry just in case!
  • Small Biking Day pack – 25L max
  • Helmet
  • Eye wear
  • Thin woolly hat or buff for under helmet ***
  • Gloves – thin, full finger cycling gloves are perfect ***
  • Warmer Cycle friendly Full finger Gloves – just in case its cold ***
  • Water proof jacket & trousers – Suitable for cycling
  • Padded cycling Shorts – there really are worth it for comfort!
  • Outer Baggy Cycling Shorts
  • Thin fleece or similar
  • Full leg covering – for cold days e.g. cycle tights or cycling leg warmers
  • Warm outdoor wear
  • Insulating layers – a variety of base layers are useful to control your temperature
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Drink system – hydration pack / water bottle
  • Spare inner tube x2 for your bike
  • Spare Brake pads x2 for your bike
  • Spare Rear Gear Mechanism hanger for your bike – Call your local bike shop for help with this
  • Small Trail Toolkit – Pump, multi tool and chain breaker at least ***
  • Emergency survival bag ***
  • Head torch
  • Whistle ***
  • Suncream – you just never know! ***

We have Laundry facilities here and a fantastic drying room so there is always the option to wash stuff as you go. Glenmore Lodge also has a pool & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/climbing kit!

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