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.
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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
Mountain biking trails
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 (23rd March): All trails are open.
Please note, all downhill trails will be closed from 7-9th April for the BUCS Downhill Championships.
Red: Difficult - 11.9 miles / 19.0 km
Not for the faint hearted, this route includes a leg-burning climb, some thrilling singletrack descents and optional black graded features.More information...
You’re on single track right out of the car park, with a switchback climb through the forest and a lung-busting climb to the summit of Minch Moor ahead of you. It’s back to singletrack on the way down, with jumps, drop-offs and optional black-grade features.
Please note, all trails will be closed from 7-9th April for the BUCS Downhill Championships.
Some of the best downhill routes in the country.More information...
The mix of 'natural' and machine-built routes drops steeply through the forest from the summit of Plora Rig.
All routes are graded 'extreme', with small, medium and large features. Full face helmet, gloves, body armour and a downhill specific bike are strongly recommended for all trails.
The four waymarked downhill tracks are:
- Make or Brake: 1.2 miles / 2km
- Matador: 1.2 miles / 1.9km
- Gold Run: 0.9 miles / 1.4km
- Cresta Run: 0.9 miles / 1.5km
- Double D (optional line): 0.4km
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.
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.
EH44 6PW is the nearest postcode, a little to the south-west.
Buses along the Tweed Valley serve Innerleithen, about ¾ mile away. Visit Traveline Scotland for details.
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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