Larg Hill

Larg Hill Stats

Grade: Blue - Moderate
Distance: 10Km (14km with Doon Hill extension)
Singletrack: 50% (Doon Hill extension has 15% singletrack)
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1 - 2 hrs (Add 0.5 hrs for the Doon Hill extension)

The Larg Hill route is a great introduction for novices, families and confident children to Kirroughtree’s narrow, twisting trails. Over half of the route is singletrack with the occasional small rock drop here and there. Reasonable fitness and basic mountain biking skills will be helpful on this trail.

Warm up with the Taster Loop

If you haven’t ridden singletrack before or you want to warm your legs up try the blue-graded Taster Loop. It links the first and last sections of the Larg Hill trail to form a 2km lap in the woods close to the car park. You also pass the skills area on the way out, and a quick run through the blue section will show you what to expect on the main trail.

Larg Hill

Start out by climbing on singletrack that is typical of the ride - involving, but not too taxing. After the initial climb join the forest road which leads you through several junctions to the next singletrack section, with the entrance through the wall on your right.

 

On exiting follow the blue route to the left (the red trail heads off to the right). More rollercoaster singletrack brings you out on the forest road again, but not for long - cross straight over and rejoin the trail. You will soon be dropping back down the side of Larg Hill on a fun, swoopy section of singletrack with a few surprises, so watch your speed!

 

The route rejoins the forest road and takes you right round the back of Larg Hill through mixed woodland. The track can get a bit heavy in the wet, so pick your riding line well. After a stretch the forest road forks. Bear to the right for another short climb to the top of Rocky Road.

 

Rocky Road (and more singletrack)

Rocky road takes its name from the last hundred metres of the trail, where you'll find out what the suspension on your bike is for! As the route winds downhill you'll come to the rocky section where you can try out your bike handling skills.

 

Once you've negotiated the rocks, cross over the forest road and join the next singletrack section. On exiting turn right and follow the road for a short distance then turn right at marker 16 back onto more singletrack. At the foot of this turn left onto the forest road.

 

Here you've got a choice - turn right at marker 19 to head to the start of the Bruntis or take on the Doon Hill extension.

Doon Hill

At marker 19 keep on the forest road for the Doon Hill extension. It'll add another 4km (around ½ hr) to your ride. It's mostly on forest road with one stretch of singletrack and there are no big climbs, so you can get some speed up if you wish. On a clear day the views are top notch. The extension rejoins the main Larg Hill route at marker 16 - turn left to pick up the trail again.

The Bruntis

Whether you take on the Doon Hill extension or not more singletrack thrills are in store as you end the ride on a long twisty run down past the Bruntis Loch. The final swoop is through some magnificent trees and joins the last stretch of the Taster Loop to leave you with a smile on your face and a short, easy forest road section back to the visitor centre.

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

Dave
24/08/13
Had a great day here on Thursday. Completed this route plus the extension. I had to push part way up some climbs due to a combination on lack of fitness, plus im knocking on a bit!! great day though and would recommend to anyone
craig
29/07/13
this is an amazing trail excellent but the escape routes back to the trail head could do to be waymarked so you dont have to walk bck down the actual trail will return to finnish one day on this occasion fate resulted in my party suffering some 9 puctures across 4 bikes big thanks to the BRAKE PAD SHOP for their assistance
lee
03/06/13
love this route, have so much fun with my mates and wife on this track.
PatFisher
10/04/13
Done the blue with novice wife and two boys 9 & 11. With proper mountain bikes (not steel frame kind used in local park), they managed the hills without complaint. Downhill single track was fun and easy for wife who was the slowest! Great centre with cafe, play park, and space to kick a ball (rugby of course). Go here for a great family day out
William McColm
24/12/12
Great place to ride compared to the Midlands, it's a different world, we went with the family last week but the website says the bike shop is open 7 days a week, It's not open during the week at all which is a shame for a trail centre, we had to hire bikes at short notice from the Courtyard bike hire at Kirkcowan who really bailed us out at the last minute.Get the website updated folks please.
graham
24/09/12
A great day out. First time for girlfriend on proper trails. We were soaked through and loved every second of it.
ouchy
23/08/12
A great route with some nice features and a good flow. Top facilities at the centre. Will definately be back at Kirroughtree.
snowster
01/08/12
A mixed bag, with some nice sections of singletrack and a few good views. It would be mightily improved by some judicious forestry to alleviate the stretches where you are trundling along forestry roads amidst dense conifer monoculture.
Phil
28/04/12
Excellent afternoon today trying Larg Hill. My 7 year old daughters first go at mountain biking - smiles all round - we'll be back soon (scones from the cafe were great!!)
Alexander Murray
18/10/11
Have completed all blue 7stanes trails. This one was a very enjoyable trail with lots of TTFs. The most demanding of all the blue trails tried so far. A real sense of achievement at the finish.
Alyboy96
14/08/11
This track is brilliant, the flowing single track sections are a lot of fun, the combined blue and red route sections are fantastic because of the TTFs that you can avoid if you want but if you go over them it adds more excitement to the flowing track, the only downside is sections of the forest road.
Dustin
13/08/11
Rode this today with my 9 yr old son. Awesome. Much more fun than the blue run at Mabie that we did on Wednesday.
Stefan Wood
09/08/11
Larg Hill was a really great ride yesterday, the roller coaster single track through the forest sections made even better by the site of a fully grown red deer!
Brian Adadaje
05/08/11
Excellent course.
N.Ireland nigel
25/07/11
Our family was there on hols last week. The tracks are fab.
Tinkerbell
01/09/10
Great route, did it with my 10 year old who also loved it. It was so much fun, we grinned from ear to ear, from start to finish! Easily my favourite 7 Stanes route so far (with 2 to go). Loved it! Can't wait to do it again!
Jim
30/08/10
Did Larg Hill Blue Route with my partner and 3 7 yr old kids. We loved it! Beware that full route is quite far for kids and they had to get of and push some of the steeper sections. Lovely downhill swooping single track section round the back of the hill and the single track descents in the latter half are worth all the early climbing. We ended up doing the red/blue taster loop twice cos the kids just loved it. Best family day out on the bikes we have ever had!
Sarah
30/07/10
We did this as a family with my 11yr old and 6yr old indroducing me to mountain biking for the first time. What great fun!

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Catering

Kirroughtree Visitor Centre - Opening Hours

March 7th - 9th

10am - 4pm

March 14th - 28th

10am - 4pm

March 29th - end October

10am - 6pm

Contact : 01671 402165

 

 

 

Parking

Ample parking is at the trail head by the visitor centre. Parking costs £1 per hour, £2 for up to 3 hours and £3 for all day.

 More than 7 people would be classed as a minibus, which costs £12 for a day.

Toilets

There are toilet and shower facilities on site at the visitor centre. The toilets are open all year.

Bike Hire

The Breakpad Bike and Outdoor Shop

Opening Times
March: Thurs - Sun
10am - 4.30pm
April onwards: Mon - Sun
10am - 5pm


They offer a wide range of demo and hire bikes, bike sales, with a fully equipped workshop for service and repairs on site.  Bike wash facilities are available. 

Call 01671 401303  for more information

www.thebreakpad.com

Kirkcowan Cycles is 7 miles west of Newton Stewart for bike sales, repairs, servicing, parts, accessories and cycle hire.

Opening Times

Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm (Year Round)

Tel 01671 830286

Visit www.kirkcowancycles.co.uk

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Trail Conditions

Current at 24th October 2014

Trails: All open.

Conditions: Good

Diversions: The Judgement (between markers 53 and 56). The Twister (between markers 39 and 46). Diversions are in place and may change on a daily basis.

 

 

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