Bespoke training for Today's Mountain Bike Leader!

Pentland Trail Rides

About us

Pentland Trail Rides is owned and operated by Ernie Tindall, who has over 15 years mountain biking experience and has cycled all over the world often undertaking rides in challenging environments and extreme conditions. Ernie is also an avid skydiver who has completed over 1000 jumps.

Pentland Trail rides was formed in January 2015 and is dedicated to offering bespoke instructor training courses throughout the UK to suit the riders needs and abilities. We also offer a full range of leisure packages, which include ride leader services and equipment hire. We will design the perfect package for your needs. Contact us for further information.

Our Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS), courses are credited by the Association of British Cycle Coaches (A.B.C.C), the Cyclist Touring Club, (C.T.C) and are recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, (AALA), Adventuremark. In addition to MIAS qualifications our students will also be offered the opportunity to obtain Lifetime Achievement Awards at level 2 in Assisting Mountain Bike Activity Leadership and Level 3 Certificate in Mountain bike Activity Leadership.

Our Services


Get MIAS certified!

Bike Repair

If it's broken, we can fix it

Bike & Equipment Hire

If you don't have it, we do!

Custom Packages

Tailored packages just for you!



This course is particularly beneficial for those who wish to gain employment or work as independent operators within the travel industry. It is also very popular with teachers, youth leaders, scout leaders etc. who have benefited from a recognised qualification.

This is a 2 day course. The first day covers all aspects of the syllabus to ensure each candidate has the required knowledge and understanding of the content. The second day involves the candidates assessment in a group ride scenario where each candidate will be taking the lead role and managing the group and any situations that may arise.

Both Level 1 & 2 courses are run together. Candidates & the course instructor will decide after the initial assessment period which certification the individual candidates will undergo on the course - Level 1 or Level 2. The course has national accreditation with The Association of British Cycle Coaches (A.B.C.C.), Cyclist’s Touring Club (C.T.C.) and is recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), Adventuremark.

This qualification is aimed at those who wish to lead groups of beginners in non-technical terrain (forest tracks, canal towpaths etc). Before going on this course you should have a current First Aid Certificate or be working towards obtaining one.

Basic Skills – allowing access into low-level terrain, with little potential hazards. i.e. country parks, canal towpaths, Bridleways and Cycle Paths in non-wilderness areas where help is almost immediately accessible.

This qualification is aimed at those who wish to lead groups of beginners in non technical terrain and intermediate riders in technical (rocky /demanding terrain). For low level rides on Bridleways below 600m in wilderness areas. Before going on this course you should have a current First Aid Certificate and good map reading skills.

Intermediate Skills – allowing access into Wild Country, with the potential hazards that surround such terrain. Candidate must be in possession of a BEL Award, WGL or equivalent or Accredited APL.

Group management
Coaching skills
Route planning
Risk assessment
Legal issues
Recording systems
Access & conservation
Equipment Requirements
Riding skills
Emergency repairs


Knowledge & Understanding
Health & safety policies
Group management
Group safety
Cycle maintenance
Understand and implement risk assessment processes
Understand and implement route planning
Understand and demonstrate riding techniques
Understanding of child protection polices
Legal considerations
Navigating on a cycle
Access & conservation
Weather conditions
Plan, run and evaluate a session
MIAS policy implementation
Practical examination
Understanding and implementation of equality
Understanding of consent and medical information

Cycle FIT Maintenance

We offer a range of in-person, hands-on courses that will leave you confident and competent in being able to keep your bike safe and in good working order.

Bike Repair & Maintenance

We are delighted to offer a comprehensive bike repair and maintenance service. If there is something not right with your bike, you want it upgraded or serviced regularly then please get in touch.

Bike & Equipment Hire

Pentland Trail Rides has a large fleet of bikes and lots of equipment that you can hire if your party needs it. All equipment is of an excellent standard and meticulously maintained.

Custom Packages

We can create bespoke and cost-effective packages to suit your needs whatever they may be! Please get in touch with the team to discuss.

Get in Touch


12 Old Dalmore Gardens

Auchendinny, Midlothian

EH26 0RR

P: +44 (0) 7967 087 507

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