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7stanes logo, a white seven in a black box with green background. The word 'stanes' is under the '7' and the words 'Mountain Bike Trails' beside it.

The 7stanes are world-class mountain biking centres that span the south of Scotland. Their award-winning trails offer some of the best mountain biking in the country and attract riders from across the UK and beyond.

You don’t have to be an experienced mountain biker to enjoy these famous trails: there are a wide range of routes to suit beginners, families and experts. Plus, many of the centres also have skills areas for you to practise your technique.

Check our advice about safe mountain biking and trail grades before you set off to make sure you select the right route and are fully prepared.

7stanes trail centre locations

Mountain biker resting next to a large heart-shaped carved stoneDalbeattie, near Dumfries

Dalbeattie has a relaxed feel – but the riding is far from dull. It’s renowned amongst the 7stanes for its technical trails, granite features and great coastal views.



Bike gearsForest of Ae, near Dumfries

Ae has a superb variety of green, blue and red graded trails, an extreme downhill section for the serious experts, and a skills area for honing your technique.

Forest of Ae


Mountain biker at GlentressGlentress, near Peebles

This incredibly popular mountain biking heaven is just an hour outside Edinburgh. It has challenging trails for the experts, as well as easy routes for beginners.



Bike handlebarsGlentrool, in Galloway

The trails here offer fun routes for families and beginners, a great blue-grade trail and a long forest road-based ride, all with stunning scenery.



Close-up of a bicycle seatInnerleithen, near Peebles

Renowned for its four downhill trails, Innerleithen is a thrill seeker's dream. There's also an excellent red-graded cross-country trail.



Mountain biker riding down a rocky trailKirroughtree, in Galloway

In a league of its own, Kirroughtree boasts trails for all, from gentle family routes to technically challenging singletrack for the pros.



Mushroom and bike wheelMabie, near Dumfries

Catering for beginners right through to the most experienced riders: there’s a skills area and great trails that snake through the woods.



A group of mountain bikers riding along a wooden boardwalkNewcastleton, in the Borders

Newcastleton has fantastic trails - suitable for all levels - but few crowds. Bikers reckon it’s the ‘best-kept secret’ of the 7stanes.



7stanes community and updates

If you're interested in getting more involved in the 7stanes community, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Trail conditions are updated every Friday in time for the weekend and we'll post on Facebook and Twitter to let you know once they're up.

What are the 7 stanes?

7stanes is more than just a name. 'Stane' is the Scots word for stone, and at each of the 7stanes locations, you'll find a stone sculpture reflecting a local myth or legend. Find out all about the 7 stanes.

Trail building in the Tweed Valley

Mountain biking is one of the biggest attractions in the Tweed Valley with miles of trails offering something for every rider. Forestry and Land Scotland have worked with several local stakeholders to ensure future growth of the trail network is designed to benefit not just mountain bikers, but also other forest users. Find out more about how we’re working to create ideal environments for walking, mountain biking and horse riding in the Tweed Valley Forest Park.

Tweed Valley Zoning Plans (PDF 6MB)