The Borders is world renowned in mountain biking circles

The Scottish Borders is the regular haunt of all kinds of bikers on trailquest rides, cross-country trails or high-octane down-hilling. If you want to put your rough-riding skills to the test, any of the following locations will provide some of the best outdoor workouts in the country.

With some of the best biking facilities in the UK, the popular Glentress centre offers everything from beginners trails to extreme downhill routes. There are also excellent facilities with a Café, bike shop & bike hire on site.

Run by Forestry Commission Scotland, Innerleithen in the Tweed Valley has already hosted the European Downhill Mountain Bike Championships to great acclaim.

In June 2014, the Tweed Valley became a destination for the Enduro World Series, which was the biggest Enduro ride ever to come to the UK.  The competition brings downhill and cross country biking together, and showed off how good the trails in the Tweed Valley are.  

Excellent forest cycle routes are found in many of the Scottish Borders' forests which form part of the 7 Stanes. Nearby sites include Newcastleton, Glentress, Swinnie, Craik, Elibank, Yair and Traquair. All provide a good alternative venue for both novices and the more advanced rider. 

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Giant adventure playground

“Glentress is a giant adventure playground and classic example of how a state-owned forest should be used – timber productions coexisting easily with recreation.”

(The Independent – 50 days out).