Big Views Loop

Big Views Loop Stats

Grade: Green - Easy
Distance: 8Km
Singletrack: 30%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1 - 2 hrs

Mabie has hills (like it or not!) but with the Big Views loop, you'll be rewarded with some great views over the Solway Firth and the Nith estuary without too much climbing.


The route mostly on forest road has been laid out to keep to the shallowest gradients in the forest, giving you an easy enjoyable ride and a good overall feel for the forest. There are several stopping points and viewpoints along the way.

Dalshinnie Glen

Leaving the cyclists' car park (at the top of the main car park), all routes climb a short tarmac road and enter the forest behind Mabie steading. You soon leave the forest road on a well-graded climbing path through mixed open woodland to join a wide forest track. The way opens out as you reach the Dalshinnie Glen.


At the top of the track, bear left onto the forest road. Turn right at the next junction and gently climb around the hill back in to the trees again. After a stretch the road forks. Bear left and head to the top of a short, easy singletrack descent.

Dumfries and the Nith

At the bottom turn right onto the forest road. The route continues (via a very short hill) to a delightful cruise though larch trees, with fine views over Dumfries and the river Nith.


Continue on the forest road. Another very gentle climb brings you to the Marthrown of Mabie Outdoor Centre, and from here, it’s all downhill back to the car park.


Looking to step up a level? Why not try Mabie's blue-graded Woodhead Loop?

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

George Whyte
Forgot to rate too... loved it and my Son can't wait to go back to do more Nothshore riding!
Eric Paterson
Great day out for my wife and I, there are some big climbs but some good gearing and a wee push should see you through.
Great views and a good workout. Our 7 year old struggled with the hills but I managed to pull him up most of them. I certainly got a good workout.
Did this today with 6yo who had great fun and not too many hills for. Only downside was getting a puncture from a drawing pin on trail?! Luckily had a spare inner tube.
Tommy from Leeds
nice easy trail
Steve C and Heather
Both enjoyed this trail while kids at school. Lots of uphill, but lots of down hill too. Really had us novices puffing and panting, but loved every minute of it. Not really suitable for young kiddies.
First time out with kids on a proper off road trail. 4 year old found uphill hard, but loved the downhill. Only did 3km and used escape route back to cafe. Great 1st time out. We'll be back!
my 7 year old daughter and i did this loop and thought it was awesome!!! brilliant views,brilliant single track,WELL COOL!!!
Paul, Amanda + kids
Although not really technical,the forest road is very rough in some places and kids could not pedal on it as it was just too rough.
Great route, good layout; does exactly what it says on the tin! I struggled a bit at first but the climbs are well worth it for the downhills. Had one kid in a seat and one on tag along and still managed, they loved it as well.
Due to an embarassing lack of fitness I struggled at first but the route is great for beginners, the little bit of single track is great, the views are spectacular and the final descent is awesome! Well planned, well signposted and everything the guide on this website says it is - there is no reason not to do it!
A really enjoyable and breathtaking ride. Well managed and planned. Do it.

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Refreshments available at Mabie House Hotel.


  1. Car parking is available at the trail head and costs £3 per day.


Toilet facilities are on site, near the trail head.

Bike Hire

Gorsebank Bike Hire, Dalbeattie (15 miles away)
(Open 7 days a week)

01556 610174 or 07814 501214 pre-booking advisable


Trail Conditions

Current at Thu 4th Feb 2016

Trails: All open.   


Please note: the Darkside Trail is all now permanently closed. 


Conditions: Wet - lots of surface water on trails.  Please take extra care when high winds forecast as this could lead to windblown trees and branches across the trails. 


Diversions: None.


More Info:  Contact the district office by email on dumfries&

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