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The most popular forest in the Tweed Valley, with adventures on foot, by bike and in the tree tops

Glentress

Get active in Glentress

Just one hour away from Edinburgh, Glentress offers superb walking, mountain biking, tree-top fun and magnificent views of the beautiful Tweed Valley.

It’s one of the famous 7stanes mountain biking centres, with award-winning trails that attract riders from all over the UK and beyond. Walking at Glentress is great too, with airy views across the famous River Tweed and a chance to tread in the footsteps of Bronze Age and Iron Age people.

After all your hiking and biking efforts you can reward yourself with a coffee and a cake in our distinctive café that's built from local timber.

Diversions at Glentress

Please note there are currently diversions on some of the mountain biking and walking trails at Glentress. For more details on mountain biking diversions see the 7stanes website and for walking trail diversions use the walk tab on this page. From Monday 17th November until Thursday 18th December Buzzards Nest Car Park will be closed and there will be no road access for vehicles beyond Falla Brae Car Park.  All visitors to Glentress Forest during this time must follow the signposted diversions.

These closures and diversions are due to tree felling operations, part of a large programme of tree thinning improvements at Glentress ongoing until May 2015.  Please can all signs and diversions be adhered to, they are for your safety. We need to divert the public from a working forestry site for a number of reasons including:

  • The harvesting machine that cuts the trees down has a risk zone of up to 200 metres because of the Chain Shot where the chain can fly off the machine in any direction, the impact from this can kill and for that reason all machines have bullet proof glass to protect the operator but the only thing to protect the public is to keep you a safe distance away from machines.
  • There is a safe working distance also of a minimum of two tree lengths because a tree being felled can take another tree down in it's path. The impact of a falling tree can kill and the only way to protect the public from this is to keep you at a safe distance from the machines.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Looking for a real Christmas tree this year? Find out more about our Glentress Christmas tree sales centre.


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Life’s essentials

Glentress Peel Visitor Centre has all the facilities you need to make a successful and comfortable day out.

The Glentress Peel café is open as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10am-4.30pm
  • Wednesday: closed
  • Friday: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Sunday: 9.30am-5pm

The Glentress Peel bike shop has over 150 bikes available for hire. It also stocks a range of bikes, bike accessories and clothing, and the staff can offer great advice on local trails. It’s open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm.

You’ll find changing rooms and showers in The Gateway building, open every day from 9am - 5.00pm. Showers need either £1 or 20p coins to operate. From The Gateway building you can also watch our beehive and opsreys from The Wild Watch (open 10am - 4pm daily) and pick up leaflets and maps.

There are two bike wash units in the lower car park. You’ll need £2, £1, 50p, 20p or 10p coins.

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Glentress has received a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and is classed as a four-star visitor attraction. You can find out what steps we're taking to protect the environment on our policy pages.

Car parking charges

Please note, parking charges are as follows:

£2 for up to 1 hour

£3.50 for up to 3 hours

£5 for all day

£20 for minibus and coach all day

Trails for all

You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy Glentress’ famous bike trails: there are easy routes for beginners, a skills area to practise your technique, and a bike shop where you can book classes. The 7stanes website has the latest news on the trails.

If you’d like to be part of the team that makes Glentress such a fantastic mountain bike centre, you could join the Glentress Trailfairies. They’re a group of volunteers who help to keep the trails in shape. Find out more about mountain biking.

Go Ape

For a day you’ll remember, try the tree-top course at Go Ape. Climb rope ladders up into the branches and experience the thrills of trekking from tree to tree, some 40 feet above the forest floor! There’s a really long zip wire to finish, whizzing high over the ponds in the valley.

Watch some fishy hunters

Since the 1990s, ospreys have been coming to the Tweed Valley to breed. The Tweed Valley Osprey Project has been working to make sure they’re protected and can find good places to nest. In the Tweed Valley Wild Watch centre you can see live footage of these powerful birds and find out more about how they’re making a comeback.

A buzz about the place

We've just installed a brand new observation beehive in the Wild Watch - but don't worry, the bees will be behind glass so you can get a really good look and they can go about their business undisturbed.

Contact Name : Dumfries and Borders

District Office Name : Dumfries and Borders
Address : Ae Village
  Parkgate
  Dumfries
Postcode : DG1 1QB
Telephone : 01387 860247
Email : dumfriesborders@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

How to get here

Glentress is just 1 ½ miles (2.4 km) east of Peebles on the A72. The main car park at Glentress Peel is off the entrance drive to the right, next to The Gateway, at grid reference NT 286 397. More trails start from the Buzzard’s Nest car park, higher in the forest at grid reference NT 286 397

Using SatNav?

EH45 8NB is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses to Melrose pass the entrance to the forest. Check Traveline Scotland for timetables and fares.

Nearby places

The Tweed Valley Forest Park has many other beautiful forests to explore. If you want to get away from the crowds head for Cademuir, just the other side of Peebles. Cardrona has miles of trails through tranquil woodland and at Caberston, outside Innerleithen, you can climb to an Iron Age hill fort.


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