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 two of our car parks - both Buzzards Nest Car Park and Falla Brae - will be closed and there will be no road access to the forest for vehicles. Our main car park will remain open. All visitors to Glentress Forest during this time must follow the signposted diversions. Parking is available in the upper overflow car park for Christmas Tree customers and is well signposted.
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. You can also enjoy mulled wine and mince pies in Glentress Peel Cafe - a real Christmas treat!
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.
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
Easy - 0.7 miles / 1.0 km - Allow ½ hours
A gentle, easy access trail with plenty of seats and lots of wildlife spotting opportunities.More information...
The ponds lie in a hollow where a grove of Douglas fir once stood. Some of the trees came down in a storm some 40 years ago, and the ponds are now a peaceful, sheltered corner of the forest. There are ten brass rubbings of forest animals and birds along the way – just right for a family activity.
A gentle slope between the car park and the trail, then wide, firm and level. One bridge with level access.
Easy - 2.4 miles / 3.9 km - Allow 1½ hours
A short route up the valley of Glentress Burn and around the upper ponds. Sections of this trail are closed between 17th November and 18th December due to harvesting operations please follow signposted diversions.More information...
Look out for the magnificent Douglas fir trees on ‘Dougie Bank’, just above the ponds. They’re nearly 100 years old. Some of the trees from this part of the forest now sail the high seas as masts on tall ships. Douglas fir from Glentress has also been used to build the café and toilet block at Glentress Peel.
Loose stone surface with bridges and some narrow sections. Short moderate slopes.
Buzzard’s Nest Trail
Moderate - 3.1 miles / 4.9 km - Allow 1½ hours
This popular route takes in climbs and dramatic views over the Tweed Valley. For operational reasons there will be sign posted diversions on this trail starting Monday 17th November. Half of this trail is closed between 17th November and 18th December due to harvesting operations. Follow signposted diversions and return using the same route (one side of loop is not available for the duration of these operations).More information...
Along the way you’ll find stories about the foresters who’ve built Glentress, including the ‘Lumberjills’ – women who worked here during World War II.
There are great views over the Tweed Valley as the trail climbs to a high point on Cardie Hill, where an Iron Age hillfort once stood.
Loose stone and earth paths with bridges and some narrow sections. Moderate to steep slopes.
Moderate - 2.3 miles / 3.7 km - Allow 1½ hours
Get a glimpse of our Iron Age past on this walk, with spectacular views over Peebles to the Caddon Hills. Buzzards Nest Car Park is closed due to harvesting operations however access to the Time Trail is still available by following the Buzzards Nest Trail (Red) from Glentress Peel Visitor Centre.More information...
Starting from the Buzzard's Nest car park, this trail takes in the site of an Iron Age fort (there are another two fort sites close by too). You can imagine how our ancestors might have seen these hills on this fascinating route.
Stone and earth paths. Moderate slopes.
Moderate - 6.0 miles / 9.6 km - Allow 3¼ hours
A challenging route to the northern edge of the forest and some rewarding views. Buzzards Nest Car Park is closed due to harvesting operations however access to the Tower Trail is available by following the Buzzards Nest Trail (Red) from Glentress Peel Visitor Centre. A small section of this trail is closed, please follow signposted diversions.More information...
Starting from the Buzzard’s Nest car park, this trail takes you through remoter, mature woodland to some fine viewpoints to the north. You’ll often see buzzards and roe deer along the way.
Narrow earth and stone paths with some tree roots. Steep and very steep slopes.
Glentress Skills Area
The Glentress Green Route
The Glentress Red Route
The Glentress Black Route
Black: Severe - 18.1 miles / 29.0 km
An intense ride that promises an exhilarating rush.More information...
Packed with epic climbs and nail-biting descents that’ll make you smile from ear to ear, the Black Route is a physically demanding ride.
Find out what makes the Black Route unique at the 7stanes website.
Glentress Freeride Park
Orange: Extreme - 0.9 miles / 1.4 km
Perfect your skills.More information...
Check out the range of features big and small, which are perfect for practising your bike skills on. Whether you’re a novice freerider or a seasoned pro, there are areas built to suit all levels of experience. Read the onsite info panels before you jump on your bike.
Find out more about Glentress Freeride Park at the 7stanes website.
The Glentress Blue Route
Blue: Moderate - 10.0 miles / 16.0 km
The hidden gem of Glentress - one word...fun!More information...
Split into a lower loop and upper loop (8km each), the route packs in plenty of top notch singletrack carefully crafted with Blue Route riders firmly in mind. Super fun for novices (looking for the next step up from Green Routes) and more experienced riders alike.
Learn more about the Blue Route at 7stanes.
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.
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.
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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
EH45 8NB is the nearest postcode.
Buses to Melrose pass the entrance to the forest. Check Traveline Scotland for timetables and fares.
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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