Bike: 7stanes Innerleithen

Scottish Borders | Innerleithen | Mountain bike trails | ★★★

[A rare break in the climbing at Taniel Hill on the Innerleithen XC]

Innerleithen is just around the corner from arguably the mountain biking centre of Scotland at Glentress, but the local trails right here are notably quieter and measure up well against their famous neighbour's. It's not a place for beginners though: this 7stanes location is best-known for its downhill courses. There are 4 to choose from, ranging from near-black to very black with dedicated push-up paths. The only other (and easiest) trail is an 19 km red cross country route, arguably at the tough end of its grading due to an almost constant ascent of over 400 metres vertical. We loved the fast downhills which dominate the second half of the circuit, but watch out for the black-graded features peppering the descent at Cadon Bank.

[Optional steep section with bypass path on the Innerleithen XC]

Location & info

📌 7stanes Innerleithen ★★★
Car park is by the B709 half a mile southeast of Innerleithen village centre, G.R.: NT 336358 ///stretcher.belonged.ranked
Always open | Free (parking charge)

Routes: 19 km 1 km downhill trails. Map here.
Bike hire: Alpine Bikes at Glentress Peel, 4 mi northwest of the 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 ★★★★★
>> Innerleithen ★★★

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

[Good views into the Borders Hills from higher parts of the Innerleithen XC]

[The Stell Burn Climb is merely the start of the gruelling ascent to Minch Moor on the Innerleithen XC]


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