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

 

Glentress

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.

Notices

  • 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 dumfriesborders@forestry.gsi.gov.uk 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

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.

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Walking trails

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Accessibility information

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

 

Notices

  • A section of the Tower Trail from the Buzzards Nest car park to post 14 will be closed and diverted from Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb, then Mon 25 – Tue 26 Feb due to forest road resurfacing works. A diversion will be in place. Timings may change – see on site signage for latest.
  • A section of the Time Trail (Post 9 – 11) to/from Buzzards Nest car park will be closed on Mon 25 – Tue 26 Feb for forest road resurfacing works. A diversion will be in place.  Timings may change – see onsite signage for latest. 
  • Look out for large numbers of runners in the forest on 23 and 24 Feb for the Glentress Trail Run races.

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 (15 February) Most trails are open. Some closures and diversions for forest road resurfacing works (NB. timings may change): 

 

  • Uppermost loop (inc. Betty Blue) of Blue MTB Route closed on Thu 14 – Fri 15 Feb for forest road resurfacing work between post 21 and post 24.  Diversion at post 25 back along Blue Return Trail. Closure may need to be extended over weekend and into next week depending on progress of works. Short delays possible crossing road at exit of Super G into Hit Squad Hill (Post 44) on Red mtb Route on Thu 14 and Fri 15 Feb due to forest road resurfacing work here.  Please follow signage and bankspersons/ operators instructions. Thank you.
  • From Mon 18 to Fri 22 Feb the Upper half of the Blue MTB Route (from Buzzards Nest upwards) will be closed for forest road resurfacing works. Berm Baby Berm will stay open though to ride but the only way to access it will be up the steep track to the RH side of the Freeride Park (as looking up the hill).
  • From Mon 18 to Fri 22 Feb the Red MTB Route will be diverted at post 36 via ‘Mast road’ climb, rejoining route at exit of Spookywood Climb (post 39).  Sections of Red closed are Cool Runnings through to Spookywood Climb, for forest road resurfacing works.
  • Black MTB Route: Open, except on Sat 23 and Sun 24 Feb: Soor Plooms, Goat Track, Tower Ride, Kipps, Britney Spears and Mustard Snake sections (Post 103 -100) will be closed for Glentress Trail Run races. Diversion via ‘Mast road’. Firetower and Ho Chi Min unwaymarked trails also closed for races and no access possible to Zorro unwaymarked trail.
  • No other MTB trails closed for run races but the forest will be very busy with runners on 23 and 24 Feb!
  • 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.


Activities

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: 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

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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