Walking trails, tree top adventures and Scotland's best mountain biking - all with stunning views of the Tweed Valley



Get active in Glentress

Get active in Glentress: Visit Glentress for walking, mountain biking, tree-top fun and magnificent views of the Tweed Valley. It’s a 7stanes mountain biking centre, with award-winning world-class trails. There's great coffee, food and cake in our café, plus bike hire on site. Or visit our Wildlife Room where you can watch our observation beehive, view our live osprey cams and learn more about the wildlife you may encounter in Glentress Forest.

Our Tweed Valley Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 3.8MB) will help you explore.


  • Our bees have gone on holiday for the winter but will return in the spring once temperatures get warmer. You can still read all about the bees, ospreys as well as other birds and wildlife in the comfort of our Wild Watch Room at the Gateway building. Collect a free activity booklet and pencils when you visit!

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Opening hours

The Gateway Building is open daily between 9am and 5pm.

The café is open between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (last food orders 3:30pm) and between 9am and 5pm Saturday and Sunday (last food orders 4pm).

The Alpine Bikes shop is open daily between 9am and 5pm.

Car parking charges

  • £2 for up to 1 hour
  • £3.50 for up to 3 hours
  • £5 for full day
  • £20 for minibus and coach all day

We strongly recommend bringing coins for parking machines.

Annual parking permits are also available. Permits run from 1 January until 31 December 2019 and cost £90 per car or £135 per minibus. Phone us on 0300 067 6900 or email for further details.

Facilities for cyclists

  • Bikes can be hired from the Alpine Bikes shop onsite. Book your bike online before you visit.
  • Bike wash facilities can be found in the lower car park.
  • Changing rooms, lockers and showers can be found in the Gateway Building. Lockers cost £1. Showers accept £1 or 20p coins.

Accessibility information

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This visitor centre has additional accessibility advice to help you plan your trip.

Click the button for more information from DisabledGO.


Dogs are welcome in the visitor centre and café. There's water and sheltered tie-up points outside the café.

Award winning

Visit Scotland four star award     Green Tourism gold award

Glentress is a four star visitor attraction and has a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.


Walking trails

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Accessibility information

The Ponds Trail has extra accessibility advice. Visit DisabledGO for more info.

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

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Glentress is one of the  7stanes mountain biking centres.

The Glentress 7stanes trail map (PDF 826KB) shows the trails.

Trail update (21 March) All trails are open except on Sat 23 & Sun 24 March, when the Black MTB route will be fully closed; 25% of the Blue MTB route will be closed (Betty Blue loop closed with diversion at post 25) and 30% of the Red MTB route will be closed (Spookywood closed with a diversion at post 38 to post 43 and Lombard St and Matrix closed with a diversion at post 45 to post 52) for the Vallelujah Enduro bike race.  

  • The Boardwalk near the end of Magic Mushroom on the Red Mountain Bike Route is closed until the end of March. Look out for a tiny diversion just before the boardwalks, re-joining the trail just after.
  • Phytophthora Ramorum, a disease that kills larch trees, has reached nearby Innerleithen’s Traquair Forest. Please help slow the spread of the disease by making sure your bikes, shoes, kit, dogs, horses, buggies etc., are all clean before visiting the Glentress and other forests.  Our bikewash in the Peel car park is FREE - please could you help by cleaning your bike after your ride (and before if required) Thank you. #keepitclean
  • Uplift to the Buzzards Nest car park and shuttles around the Tweed Valley available on weekends with Adrenalin Uplift.  More info and to book here.  

Get involved

If you’d like to get involved in the mountain biking community, check out the Glentress Trailfairies and the Tweed Valley Bike Patrol.




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 works 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 our birds.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900


How to get here

The turn-off for Glentress is well signposted on the north side of the A72 between Peebles and Innerleithen.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: EH45 8NB

Public transport

Buses to Melrose pass the forest entrance. Check Traveline Scotland for timetables and fares.

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