Cycling & Mountain Biking on Arran
Various regular club rides occur every week throughout the year, both on and off road, with times and days changing with the seasons. Arran's roads are generally quite challenging with an amazing number of very varied routes considering how few roads there actually are! The island has an abundance of wonderful natural mountain bike trails, singletrack, forest trails and access roads, providing a continually changing and evolving off road riding environment.
The most up to date and live information can always be found on our Facebook page, but here is a general riding schedule to go along with our Calendar page.
Here’s some helpful tips and advice to sharing Arran’s roads safely:
Unlike most roads you’ll be used to, Arran’s roads are narrow and twisty with blind bends and summits at ever turn. This makes being overtaken much more difficult and potentially dangerous, so being more aware and considerate to other road users and letting them pass safely is vital to all concerned. Cycling in smaller split groups of 6 or less helps as does slowing down or pulling in when safe and convenient to allow overtaking and avoiding tailbacks – remember buses have timetables and passing a large group can be very difficult! By spreading yourselves out into smaller groups you’ll see more of our beautiful island too! Let CalMac know which ferries you aim to use. Space on car decks can be limited on specific sailings, so discussing this in advance might save you being left behind! Contact 01294 463470 (Ardrossan) or 01770 302166 (Brodick) With the building works on the new Brodick Harbour development ongoing, it is very important to avoid congestion at the ferry terminal. Why not wait in a designated area and let the ferry traffic and buses clear before you start your journey? Avoiding ferry traffic will make your onward cycle much more pleasant and less congested. VisitArran are happy to offer suggestions... why not email us at
For reasons of safety, please keep bus stances clear at all times.
Take care when descending hills, particularly when roads are wet. Look well ahead to identify changes in surfaces, drains, and wildlife, such as sheep, deer etc, who also like to wander onto our roads!
Indicate clearly when changing direction
Please respect other road users by acknowledging courtesies.
Usually Sunday mornings from approx 9.00am, from 2 to 6 hours, sometimes with a coffee stop. Go to the Isle of Arran MAMIL's Facebook page for more live info.
Ladies rides are usually on Tuesdays from approx 10.00am, Thursday afternoon or evening and maybe a weekend ride. Go to the Isle of Arran BOBs - Belles on Bikes Facebook page for more live info.
Summer Thursday Evenings - April to October - Meet 6.30pm on dates and venues as on the calendar. Up to 2 hours of great mountain biking from a different village, using different trails each week, everyone welcome.
Sunday Morning Rides - Meet 10.00am on dates and venues as on the calendar. See our Facebook page for up to date weekly details. These steady rides will explore Arran's off road trails, build confidence and skills, and usually include a coffee & cake stop, so bring a few quid! Returning home around lunchtime.
Winter Thursday Night Riding - November to March - meet 6.00pm at the venues in calendar. Night riding is very exciting but you do need some good bright lights as most of the riding takes place off road in some very dark places! Up to 2 hours duration.