7 Stanes advice – sorry….
We’re driving up to Scotland from a few days in the Lakes for some riding in Torridon and the highlands. Seems a shame not to take in 2 or 3 of the 7 Stanes on the way, even though the trip isnt about trail centres.
Any suggestions on where to get a summary of what’s on offer at each, not sure the official site is what I’m after.
If you were going to ride just 3 or 4 trails, which would it be – looking for a different experience to the Welsh centres, and definitely on the more techie side of things. We’re lucky to have long trips to the Alps and Moab coming up too, so McMoab, Slab etc arent compulsary for us. Would you still do the Innerleithen DH runs even with an Alps holiday booked – do they offer something different (other than a lack of uplifts most days!?).
Good campsites nearby is a priority.Posted 8 years ago
Inners is fun and there is loads of off-piste stuff there, plus in the surrounding hills – check Strava for segments.Posted 8 years ago
Dalbeattie and Kirroughtree for more technical stuffPosted 8 years ago
If you Camp at Glentress (they have wigwams etc) You have lots of options in that area..
That area has a little bit of everything.. Do some searches on youtube and you will see what stuff they can offer.Posted 8 years ago
Thanks, we have a campervan, so dont need yurts etc. Just a decent site with a pub nearby.Posted 8 years ago
+1 on what gavstorie said.
The Tweed Valley is my favourite place to ride, there’s a great variety of trails from easy trail centre stuff to technical, enduro trails.
That’s why I’ve chosen here to organise this Singletrack Stramash
When are you heading up? You should let people know and you’re sure to get a guide around some of thePosted 8 years ago
http://tweedlove.com/ for lots of events & links, 24th may to 8th june.Posted 8 years ago
From the M6 at Lockerbie you are not diverting too far to be able to take in Ae, Mabie, Dalbeattie and possibly Drumlanrig 😆
Possible to do Ae or Mabie+Drum in a day then drive over to Peebles 💡 Route would be from Dumfries take the A76 to Drumlanrig(Thornhill) Then the Dalveen Pass over to M6 and over to Peebles.
Mabie is short & sweet with short, steep climbs, a few table tops, big berms, a couple of steep climbs. By the sounds of things you are stw fit so will get round in just over the hour. 😉
Ae has the championship DH course, SDA this weekend followed by the BDS in a couple of weeks. The Scottish Enduro round is to be held there and the UKGE event was held recently.
Ae is a bit love/hate on here!! The Shredder is an add on to the red route, starts at the same place as the DH trail but is a bit tamer with smaller jumps and a bit less eroded.
Another ride of just over the hour. Couple of locals are knocking on the 1hr mark, 1hr.07-13min!!
Not been to Drum for a bit, Banginon(Rik) posted recently that a lot of work has been done to open some of the trails post winter storms which caused a lot of damage.
Dalbeattie is a rock fest. There is no real altitude gain(no hills)so no real descending, just lots of pedaling!! Ignore the Slab and do the red which runs below it 😆Posted 8 years ago
Innerleithen’s trailcentre is lacklustre but the downhill is excellent and the offpiste nigh godly. And, reasonably easy to navigate- it’s mostly built off hubs and main fire road links and though “secret” it’s not very. If you can find a local, definitely do that, but Steve at icycles is usually happy to draw on maps too.
(the downhill is actually pretty hard to follow the official lines, with race lines, local’s trails, etc all over the place)
So I reckon, head to the Tweed Valley, you could easily spend 2 days at innerleithen, one on the uplift and one on the “enduro”, I would personally recommend not doing the trailcentre at all except to get up the hill, it’s worth doing but it’s lower down the pecking order . And throw in a lap of glentress red if you fancy a trailcentre blast, it’s not technical but it’s fast and approachable, you can hit it fast first time. And it’s kinda iconic too so a good one to “do”.
The western stanes are great too but they are very trailcentrey. Trekster was kind enough to show us some class offpiste stuff at Dalbeattie once and I bet there is similiar elsewhere but imo it’s not as accessible as innerleithen. (Is Dalbeattie still affected by closures?) I love Mabie but it doesn’t really seem to fit your bill to me?Posted 8 years ago
Oh, PS, have you planned a stop at Kinlochleven? If you can, do… The trails used in the dudes of hazzard enduros are blimmin brilliant. Ciaran Path is good too.Posted 8 years ago
I would personally recommend not doing the trailcentre at all except to get up the hill, it’s worth doing but it’s lower down the pecking order
Except since you are staying over try Inners at night, with a reverse ride on the Minch ‘hill’ trails.Posted 8 years ago
Both Mabie and Ae have cracking off-piste stuff. Perhaps not the in the same volume as inners but of equal quality.Posted 8 years ago
bloodsexmagik – Member
Both Mabie and Ae have cracking off-piste stuff. Perhaps not the in the same volume as inners but of equal quality.
Not as much at Mabie now due to harvesting/Larch disease and wind blow over the winter 😥Posted 8 years ago
For a longer ride a trip through Troston/Shambellie over to New Abbey, up to the monument and back is good 😆
Not as much at Mabie now due to harvesting/Larch disease and wind blow over the winter
For a longer ride a trip through Troston/Shambellie over to New Abbey, up to the monument and back is good
Yeah, unfortunately true though still a load of good stuff on the other side of the hill and found some promising looking stuff over by the old dark side the other week. By contrast loads of new off-piste ‘enduro-type’ trails appearing at Ae.
New abbeys good for a blast, monument trail and a couple of tight ones in the trees too.Posted 8 years ago
Yeah, quite often start at Loch Arthur 😆Posted 8 years ago
So turns out there was so much natural riding (and carrying!) that we only rode at Dalbeattie and Glentress.
I enjoyed the nadgeriness of Dalbeattie, especially in the wet. Glentress Red felt like a pretty bog standard trail centre route, but still fun.
Cairan path was a tough ride after coming over from Glencoe and crossing the dam.Posted 8 years ago
Aye, you have to earn your fun at Dalbeattie. Glad you enjoyed it, not many on here do 🙄
Which reminds me I’ve not been for a while, too much logging going on over the winter trashing some roads and off-piste 🙄Posted 8 years ago
As a Dumfries native I’m spoilt for choice 😉
Their just trails please don’t attach enduro to themPosted 8 years ago
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