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Once a nobleman’s playground – now the essence of downhill mountain biking

Innerleithen

Feel the speed at Innerleithen

Innerleithen is for thrill seekers. It’s one of the famous 7stanes – seven outstanding mountain biking venues across southern Scotland. Innerleithen is renowned for its four downhill trails, all of them orange-graded Bike Park Extreme. If you want some cross-country action, there’s the excellent and challenging red-graded Innerleithen XC trail.


Parking (charge) Picnic area Walking Mountain biking Viewpoint

Looking for somewhere to relax?

You’ll find places to eat and public toilets in Innerleithen.

Car parking charges

Please note, parking charges are as follows:

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £2 for up to 3 hours
  • £3 for all day
  • £12 for minibus and coach all day

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails

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Innerleithen is one of the world-renowned 7stanes mountain biking trail centres. Check our advice about mountain biking before you set off. For the downhill routes, full-face helmet, gloves, body armour and a downhill specific bike are strongly recommended.

The Innerleithen 7stanes map (PDF 619KB) shows the trails.

Trail update (18th Oct): All trails are open.


Walk this way

Walkers are welcome at Innerleithen, except on the mountain bike trails, where it’s unsafe to walk. The best route is a section of the Southern Upland Way long distance footpath, which passes through Traquair village and heads up on to Minch Moor.

Fabled forest and ancient hunting grounds

Innerleithen includes some of the oldest surviving woodland in the Tweed Valley, and it has links to dramatic periods of Borders history.

In 1107, King Alexander I signed a charter at nearby Traquair House, a hunting lodge for Scotland’s gentry, which ensured for centuries after that these hills became a nobleman’s playground. The forests were maintained for hunting and riding, and the riding tradition – on bikes rather than horses – continues to this day.

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

From Peebles, take the A72 heading east to Innerleithen. Turn off the A72 and take the B709 for Traquair. The 7stanes car park entrance is on the left hand side, approximately 50 metres over the bridge. The car park is at grid reference NT 335 357.

Using SatNav?

EH44 6PW is the nearest postcode, a little to the south-west.

Public transport

Buses along the Tweed Valley serve Innerleithen, about ¾ mile away. Visit Traveline Scotland for details.

Nearby places

Innerleithen is just one of many wonderful forests in the Tweed Valley Forest Park. At Glentress you’ll find miles of trails for riders and walkers, and at Caberston you can climb to an Iron Age hillfort.

Our guide map to the Tweed Valley Forest Park will help you explore.


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