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Glentress is one of eight forests in the Tweed Valley Forest Park and has over 300,000 visitors a year. It’s one of the UK’s premier mountain biking destinations, with around 50 miles of trails, and is the flagship 7stanes venue.

Alongside mountain biking, a variety of other activities take place in the forest, including:

  • Walking, with about 25 miles of walking routes
  • Sightseeing
  • Go Ape treetop adventures
  • Wildlife and nature observation
  • Education and learning
  • Forestry operations – much of the Glentress area is a working forest

The ‘Glentress Peel’ is a mixed-use development with a café/restaurant, a bike shop, showers and changing rooms, as well as being an interpretation and information gateway.

What is the Glentress Masterplan?

The Masterplan sets out the main opportunities for development in Glentress forest. It includes a vision for Glentress to be a ‘well-integrated, multi-user destination, which specialises in mountain biking and offers a world-class visitor experience for all visitors’.

The video below gives an overview of the Masterplan.

Glentress Masterplan document

The full Masterplan is available on the Borders Council website.

View the Glentress Masterplan

More trails and new paths

As part of the Masterplan works, we’re creating 10km / 6 miles of new mountain bike trails and routes, an additional Skills Park, mountain biking taster trails, plus a new trailhead.

As well as the trails, we’re building a much improved multi-user path which will give access to new parts of the forest.

Car parking is also being improved, with increased capacity.

You can read more about these developments on the Masterplan - further information page.

Will any parts of Glentress be shut during the works?

We’re aiming to get the work done without having to close any part of the site, although it’s possible there will be times when we have to, such as to ensure visitor safety.

How long will this take?

Work began in May 2022 and is due to be finished in late 2024.

Keep up to date

You can keep up with progress by reading the Masterplan blog update, and on FLS’ social media channels.

There's also more detailed information on the Masterplan - further information page.


For any queries regarding the Masterplan project please contact Forestry and Land Scotland South Region in the first instance.

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Phone: 0300 067 6900 (option 1)