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MTB Trail Update - 20 June

All downhill trails are open except from 12pm on Saturday 6 July to end of on Sunday 7 July, all downhill trails (except Make or Brake) will be closed for Round 4 of the Borders MTB Racing Mini Downhill Series

XC Trail all open all open except Taniel Hill descent, closed (with diversion) for completion of tree felling work until the end of June (7 days/week).

Alaistair Lees Lower unwaymarked trail is currently closed for tree felling. To keep everyone safe and to enable the operators to work safely and finish sooner, please try alternative routes and stay out of the closed off felling areas.

The best downhill and enduro mountain-biking in the area

A 7stanes destination, Innerleithen is renowned for its four downhill trails, all of them orange-graded Bike Park Extreme. There's also some serious cross-country action on the challenging red-graded Innerleithen XC trail.

Innerleithen mountain bike trails map (PDF 619KB)

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Brilliant uplift service at Innerleithen Trails! For booking, season passes and all the info check out

Phytophthora Ramorum, a disease that kills larch trees, has reached Innerleithen’s Traquair Forest. Please help slow the spread of the disease by making sure your bikes, shoes, kit, dogs, horses, buggies etc., are all clean before visiting Innerleithen and other forests. Thank you. #keepitclean

Mountain Biking

Innerleithen XC

A trail notice is in effect

Taniel Hill on the XC Trail is closed for the completion of tree felling work until the end of June (7days/week) with a diversion at post 10 rejoining the route at the start of the Clattering Path (post 18). The forest road at the exit of Taniel Hill will also be closed for the felling work (no through access to the Southern Upland Way). Sorry for this inconvenience.

Not for the faint hearted, this route includes a leg-burning climb, some thrilling singletrack descents and optional black graded features.

11 ¾ miles / 19.0 km

Red: Difficult

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You’re on single track right out of the car park, with a switchback climb through the forest and a lung-busting climb to the summit of Minch Moor ahead of you. It’s back to singletrack on the way down, with jumps, drop-offs and optional black-grade features.

Mountain Biking

Innerleithen Downhill

A trail notice is in effect

All downhill trails are open.

From 12pm on Saturday 6 July to end of on Sunday 7 July, all downhill trails (except Make or Brake) will be closed for Round 4 of the Borders MTB Racing Mini Downhill Series.

Alistair Lees Lower unwaymarked trail is closed due to tree felling work (7 days/week until the end of June).

The Top Campshiel road is now back open but please look out for timber lorries loading logs on the section from the DH trails to Southern Upland Way. If you come across a lorry loading please wait until operator has clearly signalled for you to pass. Thank you.

Some of the best downhill routes in the country.

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The mix of 'natural' and machine-built routes drops steeply through the forest from the summit of Plora Rig.

All routes are graded 'extreme', with small, medium and large features. Full face helmet, gloves, body armour and a downhill specific bike are strongly recommended for all trails.

The four waymarked downhill tracks are:

  • Make or Brake: 1.2 miles / 2km
  • Matador: 1.2 miles / 1.9km
  • Gold Run: 0.9 miles / 1.4km
  • Cresta Run: 0.9 miles / 1.5km
  • Double D (optional line): 0.4km



Walkers are welcome at Innerleithen, except on the mountain bike trails, where it’s unsafe to walk. We recommend walking the section of The Southern Upland Way, which passes through Traquair village and heads up on to Minch Moor.

Facilities & access

Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets and places to eat are in Innerleithen.

Car parking charges

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £2 for up to 3 hours
  • £3 for all day
  • £12 for minibus and coach all day

Bike uplift service

Maximise your time on the trails with Adrenalin Uplift. When available, this shuttlebus service runs every 15 minutes, carrying up to 64 riders and their bikes to the top of the hill.

Visit Adrenalin Uplift to book day, weekend and season passes.

Getting here

From the main road through Innerleithen village, look for the road sign for '7stanes Trails' next to St James' Church. The car park is ½ mile along this road on the left.

Using SatNav?

EH44 6PW is the nearest postcode, a little to the south-west.

Public transport

Innerleithen village is well-served by buses. It's a ½ mile walk to the forest from the nearest bus stop. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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