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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.

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 daily (last orders for food at 4pm).

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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. Note: book your bike online before you go, to avoid disappointment. Open daily 9am-6pm.

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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Accessibility information

The Bike Shop and the Gateway Building have 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 - 5.30pm. 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 10am - 4:00pm), 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.

Car parking

Parking machines accept either cards or coins, although card payments may not be possible when signals are intermittent. Overflow and Falla Brae machines accept coins only. For the avoidance of doubt please bring coins with you.  

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

Annual Parking Permits for 2018 are on sale now. They cost £90 for a car or £135 for a minibus and are valid till the end of the calendar year. To buy one or for further information please contact the District Office in Ae, phone 0300 067 6900 or email dumfriesborders@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

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

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 (19 July): All trails open.

Strimming work will be in progress on the trails on Monday 16–Friday 27 July (not weekends). Please look out for signs, and wait for operators to wave you through before passing. Thank you!


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:

A masterplan for Glentress: Your feedback!

 

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

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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For questions and complaints, please contact us directly.