How To Get To Mabie

Mabie forest lies just of the A710 around 6.5km south of Dumfries. The trailhead and bike hire are close by the parking facilities at Mabie House.

View a map of Mabie's location in Scotland

The Mabie trail map shows the location of car parks, the trail head and access points for the trails.

By Car

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The closest postcode to the trail head is DG2 8HB which will take you to the car park at Mabie forest.

The OS Grid Reference for Mabie trail head is: NX950709

From Glasgow & Dumfries

Take the M74 south to junction 15 (Beattock) and join the A701 to Dumfries From the town centre, follow signs for the A710 (Solway Coast). If arriving in Dumfries via the A75 from Gretna, follow the A780 then A756 through the town to get to the A710. If approaching Dumfries from the west, turn off the A75 at the roundabout at New Cargen Bridge onto the A780 and follow signs for the A710.

Head south on the A710, passing through Islesteps. Ignore the right turn shortly before Mabie forest that leads to the A711 (signposted Mabie Park Farm) and continue on for another 1km. Take the right turn here, signposted for the forest, and follow the road for around 1km to reach the car park.

From Carlisle

Follow the A74 north and then turn onto the A75 at Gretna. Take the A75 west towards Dumfries and then follow the A780 then A756 through the town to get to the A710. Once on the A710, follow the directions above to Mabie.

If travelling from the west, follow the A75 to Castle Douglas and turn off onto the A745. Follow the road for around 9.5km and then turn onto the A711 where it joins just before Dalbeattie. After about 1km, turn right at the junction onto the A710 and follow the road south to the trail head as described above.

From Stranraer

Head east on the A75 and turn off onto the A780 via the roundabout at New Cargen Bridge. Follow signs for the A710 and then the directions above to get to Mabie.

From Edinburgh

Follow the A702 south through Biggar to join the M74 at junction 13 (Abington). Continue to junction 15 (Beattock) and turn off onto the A701 to Dumfries. See instructions above for getting to Mabie from Dumfries town centre.

By Public Transport (Train)

The nearest station is at Dumfries, approximately 9km from the trail head. Regular direct daily trains to Dumfries travel from Carlisle, Newcastle and Glasgow. If travelling from Edinburgh, it is easier to travel to Carlisle then change rather than going via Glasgow.

Journey times are around 35 minutes from Carlisle, 1hr 45 mins to 2 hours from Glasgow and 2 hours direct from Newcastle (add half an hour if changing in Carlisle). From Edinburgh, journey times vary, but the shortest trip is just over 2 hours with a change in Carlisle.

Train connections are available from Stranraer and Troon, if arriving by Ferry from Northern Ireland. Journey time to Dumfries is around 3 hours from Stranraer and 1hr 30 minutes from Troon.

Trains to Dumfries are operated by First Scotrail and Northern Rail. Bikes can be carried on these trains but space might be limited, or you might need to book. See First Scotrail's information for cyclists.

National Rail Enquiries' Virgin Trains provides an intercity service that runs through Carlisle for connections to Dumfries.

For further information on rail travel in Scotland and throughout GB see The site also has general information about taking your bike on trains in Britain.

By Public Transport (Bus)

There is no direct bus service to Mabie forest, however, there are regular buses to Dumfries from Stranraer, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Carlisle. Check with individual operators to see whether bikes can be carried.

For bus journey planning in Scotland see or use the box at the foot of this section. For bus travel from other parts of GB and NI, see

By Ferry

From Northern Ireland, there are ferries to Stranraer from Belfast, and to Troon and Cairnryan from Larne. Train and bus connections to Dumfries are avalable from Stranraer, and a train connection is available from Troon (See train and bus details, above).

See and for more details.

By Air

The nearest airport with scheduled flights is Glasgow Prestwick. There are rail connections from Prestwick to Dumfries taking around 1 hr 30 minutes (changing in Troon or Kilmarnock), and car hire is available at the airport.

For more details of flights, see the Glasgow Prestwick airport website.

By Bike

National Cycle Route 7 runs through Dumfries town centre and joins the A710 around 7km from the trail head. There’s also the option of a slightly more circuitous route that minimises the amount of cycling on A roads. Take NCR 7 to Drumsleet then follow the A711 for around 1km before turning left onto the minor road that leads alongside Mabie Forest.

Traveline Scotland

Use the Traveline Scotland box below to plan a journey to Mabie using public transport in Scotland. You'll need the postcode of where you're starting from.

See for other options or if coming from elsewhere in GB & NI.


These are suggested routes only, using the most direct routes available.

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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 Fri 12th Feb 2016

Trails: All open.   


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


Conditions: Less wet than of late, some puddles.  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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