Bike: 7stanes Ae

Dumfries & Galloway | Ae | Mountain bike trails | ★★★★

[Approaching Bran Burn Bash on the Ae-Line]

Ae... what? Yes, it's Scotland's shortest-name village, hidden away on the banks of the Water of Ae and built entirely by the organisation now known as Forestry and Land Scotland. Just to the north, in the Forest of Ae, is 7stanes Ae - one of southern Scotland's several major mountain biking hubs, where you can listen to cyclists yelling "Aeeee...!" as they hurtle down the two Extreme grade downhill trails, or the 24 km red route. Back in the village, look out for an ornate wooden totem pole: a product of the Ae youth prject. In case you were wondering, the name Ae comes from, it's derived from Old Norse Aa, meaning water. This makes the translation of Water of Ae sound a bit silly.

[Descent to the Water of Ae on the Ae-Line]

Location & info

📌 7stanes Ae ★★★★
The trailhead is half a mile north of Ae village, G.R. NX 985895 ///dazzling.minority.craziest
Always open | Free

Routes: 9 km 14 km 24 km variants only downhill trails. Map here.
Bike hire: Ae Bike Shop at trailhead



The 7stanes

The 7stanes are the gold standard in Scotland (and UK) mountain biking centres, dotted across southern Scotland. Between them they offer world-class trails with difficulties ranging from benign to bananas. They're named after 7 sculptured stanes (or stones), with one located at all the centres except Innerleithen.

>> Ae ★★★★
>> Dalbeattie ★★★★
>> Glentress ★★★★★
Glentrool
>> Innerleithen ★★★
Kirroughtree
Mabie
Newcastleton

If you're a keen mountain biker, or just fancy giving it a try, put the 7stanes at the very top of your list.

[Talking Head stane]

[Totem pole in Ae village]

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