Perthshire Biking Centre

Perthshire Biking Centre has been established with input from local biking enthusiasts, a great donation of some tools from Girvans in Aberfeldy, and permission from the landowners of Glassie Farm to use approximately 70 acres of land.
 
The site at Glassie Farm, already home The Bunkhouse and The Armadilla, is currently being developed by planting up the areas around the tracks with native trees leaving space for wildlife to establish naturally. 

About Perthshire Biking Centre

We have permission from the landowners at Glassie Farm to develop approximately 70 acres of land into a biking centre for all varieties of bikes. The site will include separate track areas for Non-Technical Skills, Technical Skills, Pump Track, Skills Trail and Freeride Trails. 

These areas will be built over the next year with guidance from groups such as Scottish Cycling who are at the forefront of British cycling development.    

We also plan to set up club, based at Perthshire Biking Centre, to help bring together local communities and get the area linked up better with cycle routes of all types - from mountain to road bikes and everything in-between.  We will also develop walking routes around Glassie Farm which link up with the town to take in the fantastic views of the valley and beyond.

The pictures below show first bit of groundwork on site, done by Ray Wills from Rabbies Trails during November 2020. Connell Strickland is also now doing a good bit of track building on-site, working as a great team.

Join Ray at www.facebook.com/rabbiestrails to follow the development of biking in the Aberfeldy area.

Below: 1st picture: potential jump, 2nd picture: test run down to jump,  3rd picture: lift off with safe landing. 

Establishing Perthshire Biking Centre at Glassie Farm

Julian Rickard and Louise Olipant owners of Glassie Farm have been successfully running The Bunkhouse and The Armadilla at Glassie Farm for many years. They saw a gap in the facilities offered in the area and knew they were in a position to help revive and further enhance the local area by promoting a community-led biking / walking centre.

They are putting forward 60-70 acres of land to be used in the project, as well as supplying pipes to help track builders and topping grass for track routes as a start, plus plenty more. Here they are topping bracken / long grass for 2 routes down in to a wooded area. (Thank you to John Rickard). 

Whilst The Bunkhouse and The Armadilla are seperate entities to the Biking Centre, they are also an additional asset as a facility which allows groups will be able to stay on-site for courses and have use of a classroom if required.

The team at Perthshire Biking Centre are also looking for other community-based people to help with the development of the Centre and to to re-juvinate Aberfeldy and promote Perthshire as a cycling / biking destination.

 

Perthshire Biking Centre Club

The formation of Perthshire Biking Centre Club is underway. The Chairman is Sean Quinn, with Julian Rickard and Louise Oliphant as the landowner representitives. A couple of other posts have been filled by volunteers like Ray and Karen Will who have taken on the roles of Site Track Development / Maintainance and Youth Development.

If you fancy helping develop this community project then please contact us, thank you.