This guidebook describes 21 mountain biking routes in central and southern Scotland. It includes the 7stanes trail centre in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as cross-country routes in the Campsie Fells, Pentland Hills and Lammermuirs, the Galloway Forest, Tweed Valley, Cheviots and Lowther Hills. The routes range from 17 to 66km and are graded from moderate to very hard. Taking between 2 and 7 hours to complete, they are intended for reasonably fit mountain bikers with at least some experience.
Detailed route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping, and the selected routes set out from various points across the area, including Greenock, Glentrool, Peebles and Milngavie, with good access from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. The guidebook also gives an overview of what the region's MTB trail centres have to offer, including the famous 7stanes trail centre, along with advice on equipment, maintenance and safety.
Southern and Central Scotland is renowned for its superlative MTB trail centres, but the region's rolling hill country is also traversed by an extensive network of tracks, paths, forest roads and other trails providing endless possibilities for 'free range' mountain biking.
Since moving to Scotland from the south of England in 2006, Peter Edwards has developed a passion for the Hebrides and takes every available opportunity to get out among the islands. He lives in Glasgow with his wife, Fiona, and Dougal the Labrador. Peter writes about his walking and cycling trips on his blog at www.writesofway.com.
Emergencies Map key Overview map Route summary table Introduction Mountain biking in southern and central Scotland About the routes in this guide Centres Getting there and getting around Accommodation When to go Safety Equipment Tools and maintenance Navigation Hydration Food Rights of way and other users Maps How to use this guide Abbreviations and symbols used in the route descriptions The 7stanes Ae Forest Dalbeattie Glentress Innerleithen Kirroughtree Newcastleton Mabie Glentrool Other trail centres Drumlanrig Castle Carron Valley Cathkin Braes Whitelee Wind Farm Southwest 1 Durisdeer, Daer Reservoir and Wedder Law 2 Lowther Hills loop 3 Shinnel Water and Scaur Water loop 4 Carrick Forest Four Lochs loop 5 Glentrool and the Galloway Hills 6 Windy Standard loop Southeast 7 Belford to Cocklawfoot: Windy Gyle loop 8 Kirk Yetholm and the Pennine Way 9 Minch Moor and the Three Brethren 10 Stake Law and the Gypsy Glen 11 The Tweedsmuir Hills: Natural Tweed 12 The Lammermuir Hills: Longformacus and Wedder Lairs loop 13 Gifford and the Hope Hills 14 The Pentland Hills: a rollercoaster route around the reservoirs Central 15 Misty Law 16 Greenock Cut 17 Kilpatrick Hills loop 18 The Campsie Fells: Dumgoyne and Earl's Seat 19 Mugdock Country Park loop 20 Carbeth - Cameron Muir loop 21 Glasgow waterways loop Appendices Appendix A Bike shops and mechanics Appendix B Other useful contacts