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Dumfries and Galloway - Home to 5 of the 7Stanes

Home to 5 of the 7stanes trail centres and Drumlanrig, D&G has trails for all abilities with some of the most iconic features of any trails across Scotland. With Ae Forest to the North and Mabie to the South, within riding distance from town, Dumfries is a fantastic base for a mountain bike holiday.

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We were delighted to be able to make this suite of films with Scotty, to showcase the spectacular riding across Scotland. In this film, we focus on Dumfries and Galloway - click on our more in-depth preview of the riding across D&G in our Ride Guide.

The 7stanes are world-class mountain biking centres that span the south of Scotland. Ae, Dalbeattie, Glentrool, Glentress and Innerleithen, Kirroughtree, Mabie and Newcastleton.

Their award-winning trails offer some of the best mountain biking in the country and attract riders from across the UK and beyond, with riders keen to tick off each 'Stane' and get that insta image!

7stanes is more than just a name. 'Stane' is the Scots word for stone (just for folks reading not from Scotland) and at each of the 7stanes locations, you'll find a stone sculpture reflecting a local myth or legend.The stanes are found in prominent locations on the trails in the forests. They’re accessible on foot or by horse as well as by bike, and range in size from one to three metres high and from two to six tons in weight!

Dalbeattie Heart Stane

Dalbeattie: The Heart Cleft Stane. A mammoth piece of granite was donated from a local quarry to make this stane. It symbolises Kirkcudbrightshire's history as a town that was once the heart of the granite industry in the south of Scotland. The inscription indicates the places the granite has been exported to all over the world.

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Glentress: The MeteoriteThis 6 ton Scottish marble stane contains text carved in Klingon, with the obvious implication it may not be of this world. Image © Forestry and Land Scotland 2022

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Mabie: The Ghost Stane Situated in a 'misty glade' this stand is made from white marble. The 2.25-ton sculpture of a dress appears to be standing by itself within the wood. Its surface is engraved with a lace pattern and makes reference both to the nearby National Museum of Costume and also the white monks of local Sweetheart Abbey. Image © Forestry and Land Scotland 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is gathering views and ideas to help make the most of an ambitious £Multi-million project to rejuvenate the 7stanes product and its wider cycling and visitor offer to re-establish it back in the European top ten of must-visit destinations.

FLS is looking to secure £5 million of funding from the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal that will fund work at some sites that will showcase the incredible potential of the full 7stanes vision and hopefully attract wider further investment.

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Drumlanrig Update

Built with so much love by the Scottish mountain biking legend, Rik Alsop, the trails of Drumlanrig were crafted to give you some of the best flow, tech, and fun - rivaling any trail(s) in Scotland.

Unfortunately, the trails of Drumlanrig took a massive hit from Storm Arwen and the subsequent storms, and at the moment (26th May 2022) the trail network remains closed.

Set in the grounds of the stunning Drumlanrig Castle, the Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, there are loads of other activities, walking trails, and a cafe making it an amazing day for everyone in your group/family.

If you are in the area, stop by and give Rik some support. Rik not only builds the trails, but he also runs Rik's Bike Shed - the onsite bike shop which has all your usual bike shop gear and a selection of hire bikes. There is also a bike wash, showers, and cafe at the trailhead.

So much more to D&G.

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So many folks may pass through D&G on their way to or from somewhere. It really is a destination that is crying out to be explored. For more inspiration for your trip check out our Ride Guide and for further local knowledge, information and great advice look no further than this one-stop-shop Scotland Starts Here.

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Liz Peacock (Trail Skills) with Scotty.


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