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First mooted in 2015 and now at the council planning stage, the trails facility application by the Arran High School Mountain Bike Club is a well-seasoned and well-considered idea that will pay dividends in the future, for the club and for the island as a whole.

With an emphasis on community use and its potential benefits for Arran’s youth, as well as a burgeoning cycling fraternity, the trails and facilities will undoubtedly be a valuable addition to Arran’s attractions. Cycling clubs, youth organisations, and cycling groups, as well as numerous official bodies have added their support for the project and it is easy to see why.

Proficient cyclists, on the road or off, are safer cyclists, for themselves and other road users. Not to mention that children engaging in healthy outdoors activities, and away from the strong attraction to screens, will be welcomed by any parent who regularly faces this problem. And then there is the added bonus of having a facility, right here on Arran, that will attract visitors to the island while also saving local groups from having to find these useful resources elsewhere.

In the same manner that the mountain bike club has developed far beyond any expectation, so too will the track facility. And even the most ardent detractors of the project will surely see the benefits of the facility freeing up paths and roads for others, along with placing Arran on the Scottish cycling map.