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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

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. All only one hour from Edinburgh.

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

Notice

  • All systems are go! Normal service resumed with all Glentress facilities. After a fabulous day on the trails, HOT showers are available. Thank you for your patience… Enjoy!

Accessibility information

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This site has extra accessibility info. Find out more at DisabledGO.

 

How to get here

Nearest postcode: EH45 8NB

Public transport

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

When you arrive

Use our map of facilities at Glentress to orient yourself.

We're making Glentress better

Click the More tab to find out what we're up to and what we’re doing with your feedback.

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Grab a bite to eat

The café is now operating winter hours. Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm (last food orders 3.30pm). Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm (last food orders 4pm).

Dogs

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

Bike hire, shop and wash

The Glentress Peel bike shop has bikes for hire. It stocks bikes, bike accessories and clothing to buy. Book your bike online before you go. Open daily 9am-5pm. Bike wash units are in the lower car park.

Changing rooms, lockers, and showers

Changing rooms, lockers and showers are in The Gateway building. Open Monday to Sunday 9am - 4.30pm. Lockers: £1. Showers: £1 or 20p coins.

Wildlife room

Watch our observation beehive, our live osprey cams and learn more about the things you might see at Glentress in our Wild Watch room. This is at the back of the Gateway building.

Car parking

Parking machines accept cards or coins. Signal can vary so we recommend bringing coins. Overflow and Falla Brae only take coins.

Parking charges:

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

Annual Parking Permits for 2019 are on sale from 1 December. £90 for a car or £135 for a minibus, and are valid till the end of the calendar year.

Contact the Ae Office, phone 0300 067 6900 or email dumfriesborders@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

Award winning

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

Walking trails

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Accessibility information

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

Advanced notice: On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November there will be a high number of runners in the forests on the walking trails for the Glentress Trail Races and Tweed Valley Ultra – the trails remain open.


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 (16 November): All trails open. On Saturday 17 November the Trailfairies will be doing maintenance work on Good Game on the Blue mtb Route from 9.30am to 12.45pm. Section will stay open to ride, but look out for signage and the trail crew – a walk by our work areas might be needed. Thank you!

 
 

 

  • The Boardwalk near the end of Magic Mushroom on the Red Mountain Bike Route is closed until the end of November. Look out for a tiny diversion just before the boardwalks, re-joining the trail just after.
  • Please note: On Saturday 17 November the Glentress Black MTB Route will be closed and diverted at post 73 for the Glentress Trail Races (Boundary Trail, Deliverance, Redemption Climb, Ewok closed, diversion via the Red MTB Route ending at post 92, Double X entry). Ho Chi Min, Firetower and Mild Peril unwaymarked trails also closed for this event. Mustard Snake climb will be shared with the race route but will stay open to ride. All other MTB trails will remain open but look out for lots of runners in the forest on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November. 
  • 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.

A masterplan for Glentress

With award-winning biking trails and scenic walking routes across the Tweed Valley, Glentress is renowned as one of the top outdoor destinations in Scotland. However, we are now in the process of making it even better! The whole project is being taken forward by Forest Enterprise Scotland and Forest Holidays.  The partnership received planning approval for new trails and cabins back in March 2018 so work is now underway to turn all the developments into reality.

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 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
  • 56 new eco-cabins are to be built by Forest Holidays, providing lots of accommodation for visitors.

The new trails, car parking and infrastructure will be built in 2019 with the eco-cabins being in place the year after. We’ll keep you up to date with developments as they progress through our social media channels and press releases.

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



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