10,000 visit Tomintoul bike trails
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VISITOR numbers at a Tomintoul mountain bike trail have outstripped original predictions.
More than 10,000 people have been to BikeGlenlivet since its opening last November.
The Crown Estate, which created the trails and visitor centre on the Glenlivet Estate, hoped to reach the 10,000 mark over the first year but that target has been reached in nine months.
It was the Robertson family from Auchenblea near Laurencekirk that pushed numbers over the 10,000 mark.
They have visited the trails several times this year and spent time cycling on one of its two tracks during their most recent trip.
To mark the milestone the family received a goodie bag from Base Camp Bikes in Grantown and a voucher to use in the shop from the Crown.
They also enjoyed free coffee and homemade cake courtesy of the Coffee Still Café.
Set in the Carn Daimh forest near Tomintoul, the BikeGlenlivet centre and its trails – the blue graded nine kilometre route and red graded 22 kilometre loop – have a four-star rating from VisitScotland.
The centre has bolstered the local tourist trade with the trails being at the centre of the Rock&Road biking festival in May.
There are also plans in progress to expand facilities by creating a pump track next to the café.
Vicky Hilton, countryside manager for the Glenlivet Estate, said: "The trails have exceeded all expectations – the team here has been thrilled to welcome so many visitors and reach this milestone figure in less than a year.
"We’ve watched visitor numbers steadily increase since November and find that lots of people, such as the Robertsons, are choosing to return to BikeGlenlivet for its quality facilities and memorable experience.
"It’s especially great to welcome so many families to the centre this summer and see the children enjoying the trails and improving their skills."
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