The Blue Route

The Glentress Blue Route Stats

Grade: Blue - Moderate
Distance: 8Km Lower Loop (recommended). Upper Loop adds 8Km. 16Km total.
Singletrack: 80% for Lower Loop; 60% for Upper Loop
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1 - 2 hrs for each loop

Are you looking to step up from green-graded routes to the next level? Or maybe you're a more experienced rider looking for a really fun trail to ride but want something less difficult than a red route?


The route has had extra sections of singletrack added over time, carefully crafted with Blue Route riders firmly in mind. The result makes climbing from the trailhead to the Buzzards Nest car park a much easier, more enjoyable experience, and the descent back down a whole lot of fun!


We’d recommend starting the Blue Route at the Trailhead and climbing as far as the Buzzards Nest, then either return to Trailhead or, if feeling very fit, do the upper loop of the Blue as well.

Climbing from the Trailhead

The route starts with a mellow climb up the forest road which soon brings you to the first section of singletrack, a short linking climb that is easy on the legs. Next up is Dougie Bank Climb, which contours gently up through a magnificent stand of mature Douglas Fir trees, with only a couple of short, steeper sections to negotiate. Half way up the climb the return section of the Blue Route crosses (a handy option if you’re looking for a short ride from the trailhead).


Soon you’ll be on to the next part of the climb, Cardie Hill. This trail weaves its way gently up the hill on smooth, fast rolling surfaces to the Buzzards Nest Car Park. At over 2km long, it’s worth pacing yourself! Along the way are several blue graded log beams to practise your balancing skills on as well as optional harder features, shortcuts to try and places to stop and catch great views of the Tweed Valley.


At the Buzzards Nest Car Park there are plenty of benches to take a well-deserved rest. From here, take the trail named Electric Blue back down towards the Trailhead or continue on to the Upper Loop.

Upper Loop (additional 8km)

From the Buzzards Nest the route follows a forest road gently downhill then joins a singletrack climb shared with the Red Route, with some tight hairpin turns. A further switchback climb follows, with even tighter turns and some steep pitches which will test your strength. From here the route follows a forest road climb further up into the forest.


Here you have the option to cut out the highest part of the route by taking the Blue Return Trail back towards the Buzzards Nest. Carry on though, and after a while you’ll reach the end of the forest road - and the Meteorite stane.

Betty Blue

A short, sharp climb on rough surfaces then takes you up to the highest point on the route and the start of Betty Blue. The trail descends through dense forest on fun, flowing singletrack. It can take a little while for your eyes to adjust and the trail is quite narrow in places so take care! Several banked corners (berms) along the way add to the fun.


The route then follows a forest road downhill for a while, before flattening off, then climbing for a short time to the next section of singletrack.

Heading for Home

The Blue Return Trail follows the route of an old forest path down fairly narrow singletrack, dips through the Motorway then continues down with a sweeping left hand bend. The speed gained here helps get up a short steep climb that follows. The climb continues with another short steep pitch before a couple of switchbacks and a gentle descent to the road.

Blue Velvet

So named for its’ silky smoothness, Blue Velvet is many people’s favourite section on the whole route. It’s easy going singletrack with a gentle climb, followed by a mellow descent that curves its way beautifully down through well-spaced trees. Great for practising your cornering technique!

Berm Baby Berm

Our most recent addition to the Blue Route, Berm Baby Berm is super flowy like Blue Velvet but has lots of bermed (banked) corners, a slightly steeper overall gradient and some mellow table top jumps and rollers. It's a trail with plenty of 'zing' that pops you out back at the Buzzards Nest car park.


Note: Berm Baby Berm is so new that it's not detailed on the current Glentress trail map (we'll be updating the map soon).

Electric Blue

Hidden away in the corner of the car park, the entrance to this trail (which takes you back down the Trailhead) can sometimes be missed.


Electric Blue snakes its way down through dense forest, with frequent turns, dips and rises that test your nerve and traction! Never too steep though, this trail can be enjoyed by all levels of rider. Near the end of the section, the trail breaks out of the dense forest and crosses over the Cardie Hill Climb via a timber flyover bridge into a big sweeping berm before more turns and rolling dips spit you out at the exit.

Falla Brae and Good Game

Cross over the forest road to joins a short singletrack section shared with the Red and Black routes. A steep entry provides momentum for a fun, slightly downhill section, before swinging off left onto Good Game, a 1.2km rollercoaster of a trail.


This wide, well-surfaced trail is packed full of tabletop jumps, rock steps and other features. The neat part is that each feature is split, so the features on the main line are graded blue, whilst optional bigger, harder features on the uphill side of the trail are red-graded. This enables blue riders to try red-graded features before hitting the Red Route for proper.

The Admiral

A short pedal along a flattish forest road and it's the start of The Admiral.


The trail has a similar feel to Blue Velvet, with mellow, flowing turns and gentle downhill gradients, but with the added bonus of optional rock features and mini tabletop jumps as well as a 40m section of curvy boardwalk to cross the main Glentress Burn.


A short, easy climb follows, then more gently descending trail before finishing above the ponds - rumoured to be home to a legendary-sized Pike, from which the trail gets its name! From here it's less than 5 minutes back to the trailhead and the end of the route on steadily descending forest roads.

The Trails view grading charts


Callum doing "Berm Baby Berm"

Visitor Comments

Ben C
First time at Glentress today. First impressions are ascending a lot of hair-pin bends to the Buzzards Nest car park, but the angle isn't too steep to this point. Then I could not see the diversion for the rest of the blue route so I ended up just doing the lower loop a few times, which isn't a bad thing as the lower loop is wort the hairpin climbing. But to get to the summit of the top loop takes a much bigger slog up a relentless forrest road, just for a few more metres of downhill and not as rewarding (the only reason I have not gave it 5 stars). The downhill section flows quite nicely, especially the lower loop.
Dalby Forrest (in North yorkshire) seems more varied and the climbing is spread out more and not as noticeable.
Ian Donaldson
Great morning at Glentress today. Congrats to whoever did the diversion signs for the outward and return routes - really clear and easy to follow.
First time at Glentress today with bro in law and was awesome ride. I'm not as experienced a rider as bro in law is so we did the blue route which was lots of fun. I must say i do prefer the downhill sections more than the uphill climbs.
John Burns
Easily one of the best blue graded routes around - excellent !!!
Nicola King
Had an amazing day at Glentress, weather great, routes ready good. This our first trip to one of the 7stanes. We will be back
First day out on a new MTB and these were a lot of fun. Berm Baby Berm especially. Only had to walk down the back of the bridge over the trail near the end as that was a bit too steep and scary for my comfort level right now. Can't wait to go back.
Awesome day at Glentress. Possibly the best day mountain biking ever. Good training for Kitzbuhel.
Stephen McGugan
Superb Day out!!!! what a great way to spend a day so much fun. We are going to do the black trail next time eeekkkk
It was amazing and loads of fun!!! I went down the blue route and was brilliant for beginners!!! :D would recommend to everyone I know!
I LOVED it, absolutely amazing, will definitely be back again. The climb is fine the descent flows, all in all a very good trail
Great track for everyone. Favourite is definately Berm Baby Berm.
The lower Blue was always fun, now add in the upper loop with BermBabyBerm and we're talking a really fun route. The Mrs really enjoyed it once we'd finished climbing. Best way to test her new Speshy 29er. Great Fun!!!!
upper loop is hard work most or the route is climbing and draining with not enough good descends apart from berm baby berm. lower loop is far more fun on the way down with rock jumps and fast turns and straights. oh aye and its a nightmare in the snow! maybe enjoy it more in summer!
Paul Witcombe
Night cycle last night! Absolutely top class! Route was in good condition and pretty quiet. Weather was also good. Would be good if the facilities stayed open late for changing etc, (maybe they do some nights and I just dont know about it!!) More of the smae next week I hope, maybe hit the black for a change though.,,,...
Big thanks to the guy with couple of children who stopped to help me free the snagged chain from my sons bike on Saturday. Much appreciated!
Lee Paton
Blue route was phenomenal. Will be back imminently.
Did the route back in May and was really impressed with this route. The option to lengthen or shorten the route is a great option at each section. Could ride the blue route every day.
Great blue trail, suitable for all levels of biker. It can be ridden at high speeds making the small jumps and drops not so small. :)
1st timer , did the blue route twice , loved it . Coming down defo makes for the tough climbs up . Fantastic see u soon :-)
Dr Chris Oliver
Brilliant ride, thanks Glentress. Chairman Cyclists' Touring Club, Scotland
First time back at 'tress for a few years and the first time doing it on a full susser. Done the red climb then down spooky wood and turned off and finished on the blue run. Was outstanding!!
stephan shaw
Fantastic day out for a family ride or leave the wife at home and have even more fun:-)
Hired a hard tail today and headed off up the blue route. Took another rider's advice and added in the Spooky Wood section at the top. Fantastic day and a bargain hire of the bike into the deal. How much fun can you stand? Wish I could be back tomorrow
Just been to Glentress for the first time. Did the blue route a few times, both bits - brilliant!
Electric Blue is my favourite part of the Blue route, awesome!
L & G McM
Top weekend - first time at Glentress - we'll be back! Green Route and most of Blue route done. Superb!
Last time I was on the blue route I crashed, due to me being a nut. No serious injuries other than a massive case of gravel rash. It was a spectacular day even crashing was fun, in a strange way. Haven't been back since, all due to the fact that eight days later I got nailed by a car on my touring bike and got a shattered shoulder. I'm heading back soon, too good to leave out too long.
Chris MacFarlane
Blue route was amazing really fast trails get the heart pumping BRILLIANT!!!
Alexander Murray
Completed the bottom 8km today. Very enjoyable trail. Great fun coming down from Buzzards Nest, fast!!
Darren H
what a great weekend the trails are amazing but Berm Baby was great
The blue trail is great especially berm baby berm.
mtb 2000000
The blue route is beast and i love berm baby berm.
If you don't ride the blue trails at GT you're really missing out. Great for all levels, you cannae beat Blue Velvet, Electric Blue and Berm Baby Berm for speed an exhileration!
I started on blue and did some red ones ones on other mtb trails but I always come back to this one as it such fun.
I ride the red at GT, but did the downhill section of blue to video for my son, and the new "baby berm" section is ace. Big up to the guys who built this. What a great addition.
Rode the Blue at GT with a much more experienced pal last week. This was my first experience of trail centre riding and one I got to grips with the berms I had an absolute blast. The climb was excellent, a bit of a test but didn't kill the legs for the descent. Already making plans to come back for a double Blue before moving up to the Red.
Erin and Richard Turnbull
We love the trail "Good game" so much that we ride it instead of following the red and black route when we ride the red trail! It's great fun and we think its fab!
Went here over the day while in scotland last summer, this was the best thing of the whole. More so when my brother, who don't really care for sports at all, said so!!! Amazing, great bike hire and so much fun!

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Glentress Café 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10am-4.30pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 9.30am-5.30pm
Sunday: 9.30am-5pm

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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 - 5pm

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 27th March 2015

Trails: All open with the exception of Pennels Vennel on the Red MTB Route which is closed due to dangerous windblown trees across the trail. A diversion is in place (reopening date tbc) and Blue Route closed at post 11 (start of forest road section heading away from Buzzards Nest car park) with a diversion via forest roads rejoining the Blue Route at post 17 until end April 2015 (7 days/week), due to tree felling operations.

Conditions: Good.

Diversions: Red MTB Route diverted at post 37 (Pennels Vennel entry),  rejoins Route at post 38 (Spookywood Climb entry). See also above.


More info: Contact 07834 435380

Innerleithen - Current at 27th March 2015

On Sat 28th & Sun 29th Mar all DH trails will be closed due to SDA DH race.

On Sun 5th Apr all DH trails (except Make or Brake) will be closed due to Kids Mini DH event.

DH Trails: All open (except on dates above)

XC Trail:  All open

Conditions: Good

Diversions: Short temporary 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. See also above.

More Info: Contact 07834 435380


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