Bike: 7stanes Dalbeattie

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

[The Heart Stane, 7stanes Dalbeattie]

A lack of big hills at this MTB centre near Dalbeattie might lead a newcomer into a false sense of security. But it's rock rather than contours that characterises the trails here. The exposed granite is fearsomely slippery when wet, the difficulty magnified by huge, steep expanses of the stuff at black-graded features such as The Slab. Beginners looking for singletrack may be disappointed though - the red trail is by far the standout route. If short on time, the straightforward (blue or red) Taster Loop is a worthwhile 4 km portion of the longer routes, with long sections on raised timber.

["The Slab" - a black-grade variant of the red "Hardrock Trail", and infinitely steeper than it looks here!]

📌 7stanes Dalbeattie ★★
Trailhead is off the A710 a mile south of Dalbeattie, G.R.: NX 836592 ///daffodils.driveway.everyone
Always open | Free (parking charge)

Routes:  12 km  14 km  25 km  variants only skills area; taster loop. Map here.
Terrain: see website
Bike hire: Gorsebank Camping Village about a km south of the trailhead; MPG Cycles about 2 km north of the trailhead
Weather today: Mainly overcast with slippery trails after morning rain, about 12°C.

[Boardwalk feature on the Taster Loop]

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 ★★★★★
>> Innerleithen ★★★

If you're curious about mountain biking, put the 7stanes at the very top of your list.

[Singletrack on the red "Hardrock Trail"]


Popular posts from this blog

Walk: Livingston's jaw-dropping waterfall

Walk: Warlocks & rock bands - Dumyat by the corridor route

Campsie Glen