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Work on the Glentress Masterplan has been well underway for several months now and we're starting to see some real progress. 16km of new trails are being added to the network to suit every level of rider. In advance of opening the new trails, we need to give them a name, which is where you come in.

A mountain bike trail under construction on sunny day

Jumps on the Black taster trail beginning to take shape 

We want your help to pick a trail name for each of the green, blue, red and black trails. Like all mountain bike trails, we want the names to be fun, inspiring, and with a connection to the local area. Our team on the ground have come up with a shortlist for each grade. Check out the potential names below and vote for your favourite before Tuesday 30 May.

The poll for trail names has now closed. The winning names will be announced soon.

Where the names came from


  • Apple Peel: Most of the new trails finish close to the Peel Cafe with surfaces as crisp as any Granny Smith.
  • The Drover: The Borders is known for its heritage in sheep and cattle, and the old drove roads running over the hills which shepherds used to move their flocks.
  • Reivers Cleuch: If you look at a map for this area you'll find dozens of cleuchs (steep sided valleys/gorges) and the Borders is known for the reivers (raiders who would pilfer sheep and cattle from across the border with England).


  • Turn and Burn: The new blue trail runs very near the Eshiels Burn, and features a considerable number of turns. Channel your inner Tom Cruise in Top Gun for the full effect.
  • Fleeced: Ironically this trail offers tup(!) value and smiles for miles. Better head up for another run.
  • Eshiels Calling: Classic The Clash song by way of Eshiels. Look out from the top of our new blue trail and you'll see the hamlet of Eshiels on the valley floor beckoning you on. 


  • Eshiels Strikes Back: Feel the force as you balance speed and traction in this classic red trail.
  • Buchan Belter: John Buchan, author of spy thriller The 39 Steps, was a great lover of this area. And this trail is an absolute belter.
  • Smells Like Tweed Spirit: One of the 90s biggest hits meets the Tweed Valley. The perfect song to get you in the zone.


  • Castle Black: Most of our new trails run down the west side of Castle Hill. A slight Game of Thrones reference too, though less ice and fewer wildlings here.
  • The Borders Beast: Our new black trail is a true beast. There's nothing else like it at Glentress. Prepare for take off.
  • The Cuddy: From a free-flowing stream running through nearby Peebles to a free-flowing trail where you can really turn up the style.

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