The regions of Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders both boast a great setting for biking. Forests and woodland, lonely moors, rolling hills and remote countryside dotted with lochs form a natural playground for mountain bikers. It is the perfect home for a number of organised trail centres, so whether you are a novice wanting to give it a go, or a hardened rider of the black runs, you are sure to find just the right experience for you.
There are thrills and spills, fun and mud, but as well as being brilliant, mountain biking lets you discover the stunning scenery of the south of Scotland at its very best.
The 7stanes are eight world-class mountain biking centres spanning seven locations in the south of the country from the Scottish Borders to Dumfries & Galloway. ‘Stane’ is the Scots word for stone and at each 7stanes centre you’ll discover a stone sculpture that reflects a local myth or legend.
In beautiful Dumfries & Galloway, experience the trails at Dalbeattie, Glentrool, and Ae. Rise to the challenge of the Black Crags route at Kirroughtree where you’ll be amazed by the huge slabs and ridges of exposed granite. The Purple Trail Lochbank loop at Mabie is ideal for riders with less technical ability and you can choose to race round as fast as you can or soak up the stunning views at a more leisurely pace.
For those looking for some real tests, the red-graded Hardrock trail at the Dalbeattie centre has some challenging black-graded sections - ominously named The Slab, Terrible Twins and Volunteer Ridge. Ae lies just twenty minutes from the motorway but you wouldn’t believe it when you cycle along peaceful trails and reach a whole other world.
Close to Dumfries itself, the bike trails around Drumlanrig Castle are an easily accessible place to get out in the scenic woodlands typical of this part of the world.
Over to the east in the Scottish Borders, take in the views from the loftier points of Glentress, where there are more than 75kms of trails to explore. Nearby in the picturesque Tweed Valley, there is another trail centre at Innerleithen Freeride Park or take on the short, fast routes at Newcastleton, which straddles the border between Scotland and England. Scale the heights of Minch Moor at the top of the trails for a stunning view of the valley.
The 7stanes cater for all levels, so take your time along a forest track, or feel the exhilaration of a downhill trail. Whichever you choose, you’ll be guaranteed a great day out amongst some of Scotland’s finest forest scenery.
Wherever you try mountain biking in the south of Scotland, you can be assured of top trails and scenery that will take your breath away, even if the biking doesn’t!