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Visitors will see many changes at Glentress as part of the Masterplan development. If you have any questions about the work, you can email them to our South Region office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'll add answers to the most commonly asked questions to this webpage on an ongoing basis.

Last updated: 5 June 2023


Why are the cafe and shop closing?

The Glentress Forest Cafe and Alpine Bikes shop are closed for up to two months while the boardwalk surrounding the premises is replaced. This is part of the Masterplan project and necessary to allow the works to proceed as quickly as possible. Cafe facilities will be available elsewhere on-site, alongside temporary toilets. Both cafe and shop will open as normal once the works are completed. The Gateway Building will also be closed at this time with no publioc vehicle access across the Peel Bridge (adjacent to the bike shop). Get the full story.

Is the Buzzard’s Nest car park closed?

Yes, the car park is now closed, as per the Glentress Masterplan. However, we’re pleased to say that new and expanded parking areas, adjacent to the Glentress Forest café and Alpine Bikes shop, are now open and ready to use.

How do you access Buzzard’s Nest?

Cyclists, walkers and horse riders can still use the forest road and trails as normal. Adrenalin Uplift will also continue to provide a bike uplift service. Find out available dates, times and prices online at Adrenalin Uplift.

Is the Berm Baby Berm trail being lost?

No, Berm Baby Berm will remain an essential part of our mountain biking offering, alongside our new world class trails.

Is the Blue Velvet trail being retained?

Most of Blue Velvet will be unaffected by the development works, remaining open throughout. However, the final section will be replaced – first by a temporary diversion, then by a new, permanent section of singletrack.

What is happening with the Zoom or Bust trail?

Zoom or Bust is now permanently closed. Ho Chi Zoom Link trail is also closed.

Why is the Freeride Park closing?

The Freeride Park is closed to allow Forest Holidays to begin their development. The closure of the Freeride Park has always been part of the Masterplan and we have kept it open as long as we possibly could without compromising on visitor safety.

While a new Freeride Park will not be created as part of the Glentress Masterplan project, we look forward to opening new trails, which will provide exciting opportunities for riders to push their skill levels.

What new trails are being built?

There will be 16km of new trails built as part of the Masterplan project, including:

  • Multi-User Path: This wide path will be accessible to all, including wheelchair users, and run from the Gateway Building across the hillside to connect into the existing walking trail network near the Ponds.
  • Green, Blue, Red and Black Network trails: These trails will link into the existing trail network and offer new descents ending just north of the Peel Tower. They can also be sessioned easily by a number of methods from joining the main trail network to using forest roads. The trails pass under the Multi-User Path.
  • Green, Blue, Red and Black Taster trails: These short stand-alone loops will begin and end to the south of the Peel Tower and provide a way to sample each grade before committing to a network trail. The shared climb will gradually change in difficulty from Green to Black grade as the climb goes on, before splitting at various points to separate Green, Blue, Red and Black descents. These trails do not directly link into the main trail network, but can be reached via the Multi-User Path, and can be sessioned easily. These trails also pass under the Multi-User Path.
  • Skills Loop: After the World Championships in August 2023, work will start on reducing the size of the new start/finish area and installing short skills loops of various grades to the south-west.



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)