Mountain Biking Enthusiasts Head to 7Stanes
The 7Stanes in Scotland are known as the most spectacular mountain biking destinations in the world. These are amongst the most splendid nature-related attractions in the country, and both local and international mountain biking enthusiasts travel to the 7Stanes in their thousands each year. Diverse landscapes await bikers on each trail, with varied terrain and difficulty levels, and the breathtaking valleys, magnificent views and spectacular forests make bikers forget about the burning muscles and technically challenging routes.
There are eight biking centers located across the southern landscapes of Scotland, allowing easy access to the sensational trails. The quaint villages and towns at the beginning of each trail offer bikers comfortable accommodation and tantalizing local cuisine. The hotels and guesthouses are known for their friendly service and warm hospitality, allowing visitors and mountain bikers to relax in a tranquil atmosphere.
Mountain biking lovers can choose a trail according to skill levels and difficulty. Glentrool offers trails that are easily navigated by the entire family, winding mostly through forest areas and sensational scenery. The Glentrool Blue Trail is a nine kilometer single track route that is highly recommended. It takes approximately one to two hours to complete and is rated as a moderate trail. Then there is the Glentrool Big Country Trail, which takes five to seven hours, covers a distance of fifty eight kilometers and is very strenuous. Most of the trails have moderate, easy and strenuous routes.
The 7Stanes site of Kirroughtree has trails such as the Kirroughtree Twister (17km), Kirroughtree Bargaly Wood (6 km), Kirroughtree Taster Loop (2km), Kirroughtree Black Craigs (31km) and the Kirroughtree Larg Hill (10km). Each site has its own range of route distances and challenges, and visitors should investigate which of the sites are within their skill level and the terrain they want to take on. The other sites include Dalbeattie, Mabie, Ae, Glentress & Innerleithen and Newcastleton. All the trails are graded, and green graded trails fall under the easy routes, blue are referred to moderate trails, red as difficult and black indicates extreme trails. Sites such as Glentress, Innerleighten and Ae also offer bikers extreme downhill trails.
For the best mountain biking trails and to enjoy one of Scotland’s most thrilling attractions, bikers should come enjoy the beauty of the 7Stanes.