Black Graded Trails!!
I am pretty sure you will love it.
The Black trails in Scotland are a step up on the Welsh ones but that doesn’t make them not impossible.
Broadly speaking at Glentress the black is just longer than the red and not significantly more difficult.
At Dalbeattie and Kirroughtree as well as being longer there are some challenging sections that you may prefer to look at rather than just riding straight into at full tilt. There are usually routes around if you don’t fancy them.
Also on the subject of Kirroughtree you get onto the black at the most distant part of the red, it adds probably 1 hour maybe 90 minutes so you may as well do it all in one hit.
Further north you have the trails at Laggan Wolftrax, Golspie, Fort Wiliam, Balblair, Learnie and Morray. These again have some challenging sections and Learnie inparticular has some big surprises that really should be looked at before you ride them.
Have fun.Posted 4 years agodavidtaylforthMember
Apart from the ghosts in Spooky Wood, they’re pretty straight forward.
From what I remember of CYB, it was quite flat. Glentress and Inners are both on the side of a hill so there’s more opportunity to get upto high speeds.
But the trails are smooth and technically straight forward so you won’t have any issues. The only section I’ve ever seen people struggle with is Caddon Bank at Inners as there’s a few small drop offs, one after another.
Other than Mabie and AE (which were ok), I havent ridden any of the other 7 Stanes. But GT and Inners are really good fun.
Enjoy your trip!Posted 4 years agosubby1968Member
I’m planning a solo trip to Scotland to ride the 7 Stanes, should I be worried about the Black trails on offer there? I have done the Beast and MBR at Coed y Brenin a few times with no issues! Just making some enquirers as I need to keep myself in one piece as got a long drive back to the midlands!Posted 4 years agoTreksterSubscriber
For Kirry black you can park at the bottom of Heartbreak Hill and start there.
Join/register with http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Kirroughtree/Black-Craigs for downloadable maps.
Black bits on Dalbeattie are mostly rock sections off the “main” red trail with the Qualifier/Slab having a nice bypass 😆Posted 4 years ago
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