Glentress Forest (Scottish Borders) from Galashiels – Train to Trail
Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
6.04 mi in total
Includes a segment that goes up or down a series of steps
You may need to carry your bike.
7 yd in total
Mountain Biking Highlight
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Road Cycling Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.
April 3, 2020
A haven for mountain bikers in the Scottish Borders, Glentress Forest is one of the 7stanes biking centres in Scotland, with trails for everyone from novice to pro. Yet there’s more to the area than just these adrenaline-inducing trails, with an amazing selection of natural trails on the doorstep. You can make the most of these spectacular natural ways by linking the nearby train station in Galashiels with Glentress. Of course, the most direct and easy way to link the two would be to follow the valley road, but where’s the fun in that?! On this Tour you’ll join the Southern Upland Way, pass over the well known Three Brethren Summit, climb up to Minch Moor and blast down the hillside trail into Innerleithen, taking a quick cuppa before completing the last leg along the River Tweed cycle path to the trail centre at Glentress. From there, it’s up to you!As the 26.8 mile (43.1 km) route is a bit of an effort in itself, you might want to consider staying a night or two locally to make the most of this area. You’ll find campsites nearby, plus bunkhouses and MTB-specific accommodation in Innerleithen. To make the journey from Galashiels to Glentress, first head out of the town on the cycle path to Clovenfords, joining the road to the base of Craig Hill. The double track gravel road takes you up the lower slopes heading south-west, heading up to the Three Brethren summit to join the Southern Upland Way.Ride to the west over Broomy Law and Browne Knowe to Hare Law, where you’ll circle round to summit Minch Moor. From the cairn at the summit, it’s a relatively non-technical but a little rocky descent all the way down the hill to the town of Innerleithen in the valley below, and one you won’t forget for a long time! The last stretch from Innerleithen, after stopping for some refreshments perhaps, is an easy, flat stretch along the cycle path that follows the River Tweed. Finish by crossing the main road into the Forest, where you’ll find the trail centre complete with a bike shop and hire centre, cafe, bike wash, showers, lockers and changing rooms. Is this the best trail centre going?Find out more about mountain biking at Glentress here: forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/forest-parks/tweed-valley-forest-park/glentress