Glentress is hugely popular, and with good reason. Situated just an hour outside of Edinburgh, in the Tweed Valley, it’s home to 73km of waymarked trails, with something to suit every ability. Further adding to Glentress’s appeal is the fact it can be combined with a visit to Innerleithen, its 7Stanes sister centre just down the road.

The trails:

Skills Area (1.5km, Purple)

Green Trail (3.5km+4.5km, Green)

There’s a choice of two trails here, one from the Buzzards Nest car park and one starting at the Peel Cafe. Both feature smooth singletrack.


Blue Trail (8-16km, Blue)

The blue route is made up of two 8km loops, which can be ridden in tandem or on their own. The trail is characterised by flowing singletrack and sweeping corners, and includes rollable tabletops and steps plus optional red-graded obstacles.

Red (18km, Red)

This includes sections such as ‘Spooky Woods’ and ‘Pie Run’ – classic Glentress descents filled with drop-offs, berms and tabletops. Last year, they added ‘Mild Peril’ – a nice set of switchback turns down into the ‘Deliverance’ section of the black route.

Black (29km, Black)

All but 4km of this challenging route is superb singletrack, with switchback descents, rocky climbs and thrilling swoopy sections. Make sure you pack your sarnies!

Freeride Park (Orange)

This is an ideal spot for riders looking to push their skill levels, style it up and learn new tricks. It has loads of advanced-level features including multiple jump lines, wallrides and North Shore woodwork, plus an area with smaller features for novices to practise on.

Who’s it good for?

Beginners: 3/3

Intermediate: 3/3


Advanced: 3/3

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Contact information:

Peebles, Tweed Valley, County Durham, EH45 8NB – Directions