Thursday, 08 June 2023
Latest forest information
- Most downhill trails are open – see below for details. The XC Trail remains closed, though Cadon Bank (the final descent to the car park) is back open.
Event Notice: Muck 'n Mac Fest is on Friday 5 - Sunday 7 May. The festival village is at Traquair House. On Saturday 6 May the gravel bike course passes through Traquair, Elibank and Yair Forests. No closures for this but some trails and forest roads will be busier than usual with event riders.
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.
Mountain biking trails
Innerleithen 7stanes route card (PDF)
Brilliant uplift service at Innerleithen Trails! More info at: www.adrenalinuplift.co.uk.
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
Innerleithen XC (closed)
A trail notice is in effect
- The XC Trail is closed due to extensive storm damage, though Cadon Bank (final descent back to car park) is open. XC Trail due to reopen (with diversions around worst storm damaged areas) by end of June 2023.
- Tree Felling works now completed in Plora Craig area. The forest road between post 32 and 34 is back open but look out for timber lorries loading (please wait to be waved through before passing).
Not for the faint hearted, this route includes a leg-burning climb, some thrilling singletrack descents and optional black graded features.
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.
Innerleithen Downhill (diverted)
A trail notice is in effect
- Gold Run: all open.
- Cresta Run: all open.
- Matador: all open except drop near end of Matador middle closed for maintenance with short diversion to road.
- Make or Brake: upper and middle sections closed due to extensive storm damage.
- Cadon Bank open.
- Push Ups: Main Push Up path to top of DH trails – all open. Push Up to start of Cadon Bank open.
Some of the best downhill routes in the country.
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.
Trails in Innerleithen:
The trails and facilities in Innerleithen make it a popular destination for mountain bikers, but there are plenty of other paths that cater for a quieter time in the forest. 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.
Facilities and access
The nearest public toilets and places to eat are in Innerleithen.
Car parking information
Payment options: card or RingGo
The charges to park at Innerleithen are:
- £1.50 for up to 1 hour
- £4 for all day
- £14 for minibus or coach all day
Blue badge holders park free. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.
Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our local forest list without the £ symbol.
Annual parking pass available:
Available in advance by downloading the application form and emailing to the Regional Office. Or take your completed form to the Glentress Peel Cafe. Please read our Annual Pass terms and conditions (PDF) before applying.
Valid at Glentress (all sites), Cardrona and Innerleithen.
Valid at all Forestry and Land Scotland car parks except Tentsmuir.
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.
Stay the Night
Motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities will be able to stay overnight at this car park from 1 April – 31 October 2023.
There is a £7 charge to Stay the Night at all participating car parks. Payment can be made through RingGo with details of how to do this at each car park.
To help plan your stay, please see the details below:
- Height barrier – No
- Motorhome capacity of car park – 8
- Suitable for large vehicles/caravans – Yes
- Parking notes –Flat site beside river - can flood after heavy rain. Please leave a 4m gap between other motorhomes. Use car park beyond the 7stanes trailhead, behind the main car park.
Please visit our Stay the Night page for full details, participating locations, best practice, and terms and conditions of use.
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.
EH44 6PW is the nearest postcode, a little to the south-west.
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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