Glentress Skills Area

Glentress Skills Area Stats

Grade: Green - Easy
Distance: 1.5Km
Singletrack: 100%

Note: The skills area has undergone a makeover, with new features to help make it more attractive to families, kids and beginners. There are now some differences between the grading of the loops in the Skills Area 'on the ground' and what's detailed on the current 7stanes trail map.

Best to park at: Buzzards Nest car park - the Area is around 500m pedal from here via forest road and a short singletrack link trail.

Glentress' Skills Area is a must for anyone who is new to the sport of mountain biking.

•    Green Loop - a short loop in the very centre of the Skills Area, it's the perfect place to start out, build confidence and practise core riding skills - ideal for kids and beginners.  Green and optional Blue graded features are dotted around the Loop with plenty of space between them.  Features include log balance beams, rock hops and rollers.   There's also a shelter and a picnic bench with stunning views out across the Tweed Valley. 

•    Blue Loop - the main trail in the Skills Area.  New for spring 2012 are rock roll and rock step (drop off) sections, which have the main Blue grade line aswell as optional Red and Black graded features along side for to further develop your skills and confidence.  Both also have dedicated push up paths and viewing areas making them ideal for sessioning and group teaching. Other features around the Loop include switchback climbing turns, jumps and bermed corners. 

•    Red Trail - a short red graded descent which is narrower than the Blue Loop and includes tight turns and a short rock garden. 

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

Kraken's Angel
I learned new skills and built up my confidence on dealing with obstacles, great little area will be using it again :)
George Whyte
Visited for first time last Wed and loved it so much we came back Thurs and are going again today... great trails for all abilities and miles of fun. Very addictive!
Chris Davidson
planning to get up very soon , heard lots of good reviews from friends who use often , and hope to have a lot of fun too.
ewan dunn
went with biggar high school very good and very fun
this is a really good trail it has really helped me.
Thomas 12
Having been to many trail centres, this is surely the best of them. Maybe think about the green routes and find a way of linking them, so there's an easy ride from the new trail centre and means visitors with families can get the best Glentress experience ever!!
It was my first time riding any of the 7stanes. I went on the Blue Trail and the view is epic and there is lots of varying difficulty along the trail itself. I will definately be going back again in the summer time.
cameron ross
pretty good trails, ashamed to the fact that i went over the bars on the first freeride jump. i really do need to work on my skills
Erin turnbull age 10
this trail helped me conquer ttf's and knowledge has came in handy while on reds.
fab for young kids learning the trails.
P.S-the circuit trail is great!

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Glentress Café 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am-4.30pm
Wednesday: Closed

Saturday, Sunday: 9am-5pm

For more information see:



Glentress has several parking options. The trail head is at Glentress Peel visitor centre. 

Car Parking Charges:

 £2 for 1 hour perfect if you’re stopping off for some food and refreshments in the café.
 £5 per day (or £3.50 for 3 hours). This applies to all car parks at this location Glentress Peel (over 100 spaces), Falla Brae, Buzzards Nest and our two overflow car parks.
You can pay car park charges by credit or debit card (with chip and pin) in the two Glentress Peel car parks and the Buzzard's Nest car park.  If you prefer to pay by cash the machines accept all denomination coins but do not accept notes.



Forest Park Gateway building (toilets, showers & changing) at Glentress Peel:

Open Mon - Fri : 9am - 4.30pm

  Sat & Sun: 9am - 5.00pm

Gateway Facilities will be closed 25th & 26th December, 1st & 2nd January

Showers cost £1 for 5 minutes

Bike Hire

Alpine Bikes
Monday - Friday open 9.30am to 4.30pm;
Saturday & Sunday open 9am - 5pm

Advanced booking is recommended. Phone 01721 724522 for bookings and further information.

Bike hire is also available in Peebles and in Innerleithen.

Glentress Mountain Bike Trail Centre,, 38,

Trail Conditions

Glentress - Current at Fri 27th Nov 2015


Trails: Some trail sections on Red & Black mtb Routes closed due to tree felling operations until end of Dec 2015 (7 days/week): 


Red mtb Route:  Matrix, Lombard St, Pie Run, Mushroom Pie and Magic Mushroom closed.  Diversion from post 45 to post 54 (Tourist Trap).  Also Pennels Vennel closed long term due to windblown trees, with diversion from post 37 to post 38 (Spookywood Climb entry).


Black mtb Route:  Last part of Redemption Climb, Ewok Village, XX, Bitch, Wormhole & Magic Mushroom closed.  Diversion from post 87 to post 54. 


Greens & Blue mtb Routes, Skills Area & Freeride Park remain fully open.


Conditions:  Wet - puddles in places.  


Diversions: See above


More info: Contact 07834 435380


Innerleithen - Current at Fri 27th Nov 2015

Caution!  Part or all of trailhead carpark likely to flood at present.  Please park in Innerleithen town if required.


DH Trails: All open.


XC Trail:  All open.   


Conditions: Wet - puddles in places.  


Diversions: Short diversion on XC Trail at the very end of the Lead Mine Climb and for first 100m of Clattering Path (post 18) due to storm damaged trees. 


More Info: Contact 07834 435380


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