Elibank & Traquair Forest are located in the Tweed Valley Forest Park to the south of Innertheithen in the Scottish Borders.
Thrill seeking has been a feature of this forest since 1107. In bygone days it was for hunting and horse-riding. Today the riding tradition, both horse-back and bike, continues.
This is the largest woodland in the Tweed Valley and includes some of the oldest surviving woodland to be found in the Forest Park. The area also has important links with dramatic periods of turbulent Borders history.
In 1107, King Alexander I signed a charter to ensure these hills became a nobleman's playground for centuries to come, with forests maintained for hunting and riding. Traquair, with its important historical house, has also witnessed turbulent times during some of the most important periods of Scottish history and is well worth a visit.
However, Elibank and Traquair Forest, or 7stanes Innerleithen to give it its more popular moniker, is better known as one of the finest downhill mountain biking hotspots in the UK. Situated just a few miles east of Glentress Forest, 7stanes Innerleithen is a venue for more experienced bikers and is well renowned for its four downhill trails: Matador, Cresta Run, Gold Run and Make or Brake. In addition, you'll find the excellent red-graded Innerleithen cross-country trail here too.
Take the A72, heading east from Peebles for around 6 miles. At Innerleithen, turn right off the A72 and take the B709 for Traquair. The entrance for the large 7stanes car park is on the left, approximately 50 metres over the bridge.
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