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Mountain Biking

 
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Dumfries and Galloway offers some of the best mountain biking venues in the World!
The 7 stanes offers award winning mountain biking, superb scenery, and a bike friendly welcome.

A landscape of rolling hills to crag sided valleys, deep forest tracks to stunning coatal views, miles of sweeping and sinuous trails to the most demanding singletrack.

If you’re new to mountain biking you don’t have to plunge straight into the rough stuff. There are family routes and skill loops, great for all abilities, and plenty of bike shops to hire, buy or repair while you’re here, so you can bike your way to seventh heaven across the breadth of southern Scotland.

Most of the accommodation providers on this web site are pleased to welcome mountain bikers and can arrange secure parking.

(the following is an extract from Dirtworld)

Glentrool
While Glentrool boasts South Scotland’s highest peak, Merrick, it’s a great spot for family riding. Fifty-eight kilometers of wide-open forest tracks and minor public roads lead to some of the most breathtaking views of all the stanes. There are some solid climbs, the biggest being 200 meters of vert when you’re already 40 kilometers with no short cuts back.

Mabie
Just five minutes south of Dumfries by car, there’s no maybe about hitting Mabie. While this center entertains all skill levels, it’s the masochists who’ll find their bliss with The Kona Dark Side. This is the most technically demanding trail on Forest Commission land, with two kilometers of timber trail ranging from 60 centimeters wide down to 10! The Dark Side’s got off-camber step-ups, drop-offs, gap jumps and rock features galore.

Kirroughtree
Two miles east of Newton Stewart, this recently added stane breaks it down with two easier routes and two harder ones so everyone’s occupied. Plus there’s a skills area to perfect feature riding before you’re maching down the trail.

Dalbeattie
Craggy mountain biking love. Dalbeattie gets back to Scotland’s granite roots with the Hardrock Trail, 27 kilometers of granite-strewn intermediate singletrack with some easier variations.

Ae
Twenty minutes north of Dumfries, Ae’s got an epic downhill track and a line route with steep climbs, fast jumps and berms. You’ll be seeing red on both these trails.
 

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