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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 the distinctive café that's built from local timber. Take a look at our guide map to the Tweed Valley Forest Park (PDF 4.96MB) which will help you explore.

Notices

  • From Monday 28 August to end November, Mild Peril, Deliverance and the Redemption Climb will be closed due to forest road construction. A diversion will be in place from post 83 to 22, week days only. 
  • On Saturday 18 November, the Glentress Black Route will be closed and diverted from post 73 for the Glentress Trail Races. Please also note there will be a large number of runners in the forest Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November for the Tweed Valley Ultra but all other trails remain open.

We're making Glentress even better

With award-winning biking trails and walking routes which offer stunning views across the Tweed Valley, Glentress is already renowned as one of the top outdoor destinations in southern Scotland. However, we want to make it even better! Click on the More tab to find out what we're up to and how we're taking forward your recent feedback.


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Grab a bite to eat

The Glentress Peel café is open from 9am to 5pm every day.

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Accessibility information

The Glentress Peel café has additional accessibility advice to help you plan your trip. Click the button for more information from DisabledGO.

 

Dogs

Well-behaved dogs are welcome throughout the visitor centre and café. There’s water and sheltered tie-up points available just outside the café. The café has outdoor seating as well.

Bike hire, shop and wash

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 is currently open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am - 6pm. Note: book your bike online before you go, to avoid disappointment.

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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The Bike Shop has additional accessibility advice to help you plan your trip. Click the button for more information from DisabledGO.

 

Gateway building

You’ll find changing rooms, lockers and showers in The Gateway building, open Monday to Sunday 9am - 4:30pm. Lockers need £1 coin to operate (coin refunded when key returned). Showers need either £1 or 20p coins to operate.

At the back of the Gateway building you can also find The Wild Watch (open 9am - 4:30pm), packed with information about our wonderful wildlife. During the Easter season (April-May) our knowledgeable volunteers will share their expertise to help you admire the mighty ospreys and our observation beehive.

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Accessibility information

The Gateway building has additional accessibility advice to help you plan your trip. Click the button for more information from DisabledGO.

 

Car parking

Please note, due to an ongoing issue with the card payments the parking machines are currently accepting coins only. Please bring change with you. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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

New Annual Parking Permits for 2017 are on sale and can be obtained by contacting the District Office. Payment can be made via phone on 0300 067 6900 using a credit/debit card or by email.

Permit cost is £90 per car and £135.00 per minibus. Please note, the price will reduce by 50% on September 1 2017.

A second permit for one other vehicle registered to the same address can be purchased at 50% discount. (Evidence that both vehicles are registered at the same address will be required - a copy of your V5 or Insurance showing name address and registration).

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

Trail update: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November there will be a large number of runners on the walking trails for the Glentress Trail Races and The Tweed Valley Ultra Run. The trails will remain open.

Take a look at our guide map to the Tweed Valley Forest Park (PDF 4.96MB) which will help you explore.

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Accessibility information

The Ponds Trail has additional accessibility advice to help you plan your trip. Click the button for more information from DisabledGO.


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails

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Glentress is one of the famous 7stanes mountain biking centres.

The Glentress 7stanes map (PDF 1.1MB) 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 (15th Nov): All trails are open.

Please note from Monday 28 August to end November, Mild Peril, Deliverance and the Redemption Climb will be closed due to forest road construction. A diversion will be in place from post 83 to 22 week days only.

On Saturday 18th November, the Glentress Black Route will be closed and diverted from post 73 for the Glentress Trail Races. Please also note there will be a large number of runners in the forest Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November for the Tweed Valley Ultra but all other trails remain open.


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.

Opening times
 
Until 26th March: Saturdays & Sundays only
From 1st to 23rd April: everyday
From 28th April to 11th July: Friday to Tuesday only
From 14th July to 10th Oct: everyday
From 13th Oct to 29th Oct: Friday to Tuesday only
From 4th Nov to 3rd Dec: Saturdays & Sundays only

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

Our buzzing friends had a very busy season and went off on a well-deserved vacation! They will be back in April 2017.

A masterplan for Glentress

With award-winning biking trails and walking routes which offer stunning views across the Tweed Valley, Glentress is already renowned as one of the top outdoor destination in southern Scotland. However, we want to make it even better and - thanks to your feedback - we're well on the way to achieving this!

What do we have planned?

We've been working with Scottish Borders Council on a masterplan for future developments at Glentress. Our ideas include:

  • A new Skills Area for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities to hone and improve their skills
  • 16km of new Taster / Qualifying trails that can be used to test your abilities before riding the larger trails
  • A new multi use path that is easily accessible and links up all the trails as well as the new Skills Area and taster trails
  • New trails connecting to the wider 7Stanes trail network with standout descents
  • The replacement of existing car parking facilities being lost at Buzzards Nest car park
  • A new car park management system allowing faster access and easier payment
  • A development of forest cabins, providing lots of accomodation for visitors.

We recently hosted an exhibition detailing our proposals at the Peel Cafe. You can download a copy of this display here:

Thanks for your feedback!

We'd like to offer a big thank you to everyone who contributed their thoughts and ideas! You can now read a summary of the responses on our dedicated feedback page:

Ongoing work by Scottish Borders Council

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

As of July 2017 two pre-planning applications for the cabins and the trails are to be submitted to Scottish Borders Council and will be subject to further local consultation. Find out more in the latest update here.

Contact: Dumfries and Borders Forest District

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900

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.

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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