The Scottish MTB Gathering will bring together the mountain bike community, industry, land managers/owners, trails associations, destinations, and the agencies that support mountain biking in Scotland to discuss its future, the priorities, and connect, learn, and share with each other.
The MTB Gathering will be held over two days (Thursday 5th & Friday 6th October) with the greatly anticipated Scottish MTB Awards held on the Thursday evening.
On day 1, attendees will be treated to inspiring presentations, updates on trail development and support for Trails Associations, MTB leadership and coaching developments, participative workshops, and a ride out to finish the day.
There will be a mixture of presentations and topics covering DMBinS work themes including Trails, Health, Destinations, and Innovation the day will have a focus on sustainability in all its facets including social, environmental, and economic sustainability of mountain biking in Scotland.
We will be investigating trail development models, with unprecedented levels of investment into our trail network and facilities, we need to understand how we can continue to work together towards a long-term sustainable and secure trail network.
There will be the opportunity to find out more about the different Health, Diversity and Inclusion programmes across Scotland, and how the Scottish Health Fund seeks to make our nation happier and healthier and increase the diversity on our trails.
Day 2, will take place on the amazing trails at Comrie Croft. There will be dig sessions, ride outs focussing on improving knowledge sharing, helping to develop our leadership network, and more opportunities to engage with programmes from across Scotland.
Thursday 5th October
Day session - 10-4.30pm
Scottish MTB Awards - 7.30 til late(ish)
Friday 6th October 2023
Outside Day - 10-3pm
We know times are tough. We are investigating options to keep the quality high, while being sustainable for us to organise. We want to deliver an event that can fit all budgets.
Please put the dates in your diary and we will get the tickets launched as soon as we can.
Comrie Croft - Winner of Inaugural Responsible Tourism award at this years Visit Scotland Scottish Thistle Awards!
Comrie Croft is one of Scotland's best trail centres and captures the spirit of mountain biking in all its glory. The trail centre combines a feeling of free-living, unique accommodation options including nordic kata's, wild camping, eco-lodges and hostels, a range of activities, a fantastic café, a quality bike shop, and (of course) an amazing range of trails.
Comrie Croft, owned by 50 employees and local people, has a vision for rural regeneration with a rich natural environment that includes people, homes, farming, recreation and businesses as an integral part. Specifically they are rewilding over 50 ha of land; planning to build affordable natural housing; providing opportunities for ten (and counting) nature-based enterprises; growing food; outdoor recreation and other land uses as part of an interdependent ecosystem.
Kata’s, Campervan parking, Steading, Farmhouse, Camping, Glamping will all be available at a reasonable charge - see Comrie Croft website for more information on the available options.
We will offer 'bolt on' options for the various accommodation offerings when tickets are launched
We are working hard with Comrie Croft to investigate as many options as we can to get you to the venue as sustainably as possible. We are working on car sharing options, buses with bike trailers from transport hubs, and opportunities where you can ride to the event and get discounted accommodation if you do.
We will update this section as soon as we get more details.
The Scottish Mountain Bike Gathering, 5th and 6th October 2023. SAVE THE DATE!
The Scottish Mountain Bike Gathering will bring together the mountain bike community, industry, land managers/owners, trails associations, destinations, and the agencies that support mountain biking in Scotland. The event will provide the opportunity to discuss its future and the priorities, while connecting, learning, and sharing with each other.
The MTB Gathering will be held at one of Scotland’s best trail centres and award winning ‘green’ destination, Comrie Croft in Perthshire over two days, Thursday 5th & Friday 6th October. The greatly anticipated Scottish MTB Awards will be held on the Thursday evening.
Graeme McLean, Head of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS), explains more;
“With unprecedented levels of investment into the Scottish trail network and facilities, we need to gather as a community, and a sector, to understand how we can continue to work together towards a long term sustainable and secure trail network.
Attendees will be treated to inspiring presentations, updates on strategic trail projects, support for Trails Associations, MTB leadership and coaching developments, and participative workshops. The
presentations and topics will have a strong focus on sustainability in all its facets including social, environmental, and the economic sustainability of mountain biking in Scotland.”
There will be the opportunity to find out more about the different Health, Diversity and Inclusion programmes across Scotland, and how the Scottish Health Fund seeks to make our nation happier and healthier and increase the diversity on our trails.”
“The final day will comprise of dig sessions and ride outs focussing on improving knowledge sharing, helping to develop our leadership network, and more opportunities to engage practically with programmes from across Scotland. We are delighted to be working with Comrie Croft to deliver a high quality, sustainable event to suit all budgets.”
Andrew Donaldson, Founder of Comrie Croft said;
“We are excited to be working with DMBinS to host the most sustainable and community-rooted Scottish Mountain Bike Gathering yet. It's shaping up to be a really enjoyable learning and networking opportunity where you spend as much time outdoors, as inside. Alongside a relaxed vibe, we are aiming for the event to be Trash Free Trails Approved (Gold Standard), lay on sustainable and cycling transport options, and to use some amazing local businesses to provide the best of local food, drink and services. We're looking forward to welcoming everyone involved in Scottish Mountain Biking."