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


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 the distinctive café that's built from local timber.

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Grab a bite to eat

The Glentress Peel café is open as follows:

  • Monday to Friday: 9.45am – 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Biking facilities

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 6pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm.

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

Gateway building

You’ll find changing rooms, lockers and showers in The Gateway building, open Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm. Lockers need £1 coin to operate (coin refunded when key returned). Showers need either £1 or 20p coins to operate.

From The Gateway building you can also watch our beehive and ospreys from The Wild Watch (open 10am - 4pm daily) and pick up leaflets and maps.

Car parking

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

Coaches are welcome at Glentress, parking is available in the lower overflow car park which is situated on the left as you enter from the A72. To arrange coach parking please phone 07834 435380 between 9am and 4pm. 

Award winning

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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.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Glentress is one of the famous 7stanes mountain biking centres. The Glentress 7stanes map (PDF 3.2MB) shows the trails.

If you’d like to get more involved in the mountain biking community at Glentress, check out the Glentress Trailfairies - a group of volunteers who help to keep the trails in shape - and the Tweed Valley Bike Patrol - a voluntary group run for the safety and support of bikers.

Trail update (27th May): All trails are open, including a new section of trail on the red route. Blue Velvet will be closed and diverted for the Peebles Cycle Club Dirt Crit on the 2nd of June. Some trails will be diverted Saturday 28th May for the Glentress 7. See the relevant trails below for more details. 

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.

Tweed Valley Osprey Project

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.

Observation beehive

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.

Glentress masterplan

We've been working with Scottish Borders Council on a masterplan for potential future developments at Glentress. The vision includes a central recreation area at Glentress Peel - including new visitor facilities, walking and mountain bike trails. It also identifies an area for cabin-style holiday accommodation.

Scottish Borders Council held a public consultation on the masterplan, and in February 2016 the Glentress Masterplan Supplementary Guidance was approved.

Contact: Dumfries and Borders Forest District

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900


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.

When you arrive

Use our map of facilities at Glentress to orientate yourself when you first arrive in the forest.

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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