dalbeattie seven stanes dumfries and galloway - TRAIL

dalbeattie seven stanes dumfries and galloway - Trail, dalbeattie, United Kingdom

Green Blue red and black runs. Easy to very scary

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Mark1   Cross Country Rider [Feb 13, 2013]

I've ridden this trail twice now, and after the first time, I thought it was pants, (basically we got lost, but this was over 8 years ago so not signed very well, that or we were still hung over :-)).
Our riding had come on leaps and bounds especially being based at the edge of the Peak District so as we came up for the weekend to do Glentress, and Kirroughtree we thought we would give it another try. This time we didn't get lost but I left here very disillusioned.
Its a trail that yes, it does need to be ticked off your 7 Staines list but there's something missing here. As others have posted, it has no major up-hills, so no down-hills, just some small decents that finish before they have began. Just when you start to enjoy a bit of down hill, it stops. The only highlight is the Slab.
Personally for me, it feels like a trail that has been built on the back of the success of the other routes in the area, ( or it was the first? and as such the following trails were much improved, either way I'm not sure).
Its as though they have created a trail within the woods that take you from one local interest point ( the slab) to another ( one of the Staines) without much thought going into the actual route. I understand that they have used what they can but as there isn't much in the way of undulations its all a bit vague. In-fact I can't even remember what's in-between. You know a routes good when you can remember the names of areas such as the Burns Splash, Descender Bender etc... to name a few from other trails, ask anybody who rides regularly any area of this trail other than the Slab, and they'll be struggling ( unless they are locals) the only one I remember is the Slab and the car-park when we'd finished!
Apart from the gnawing feeling that somehow I'd been robbed of a good few hours biking as it was our first ride of our Scottish weekend, I was expecting just that something more, which I still can't put my finger on.I suppose that you'd understand more if you've ridden it.
Everybody is different in what they like a trail to be and what they don't, add into this their ability, bravado etc... and for some its an ok route if you are starting out, but if you are experienced then I'd give it a miss and go do Kirroughtree instead,that is unless you want to do the loop around the slabs several times. Just watch for the big tree root where it bottoms out!

Customer Service

Well, it has to be the main one that takes in the Slab ans the Staine.

Similar Products Used: Plenty if you're looking and making a weekend of it. Do this to tick it off, but other-wise go and do Glentress, Innerleithen or Kirrougtree instead. These 3 alltogehter or as stand alone routes would bring you back again and again, If Dalbeattie is your first Scotitish route then I promise other routes are significantly better than this.
It took 8 years for us to come back and do Dalbeattie properly,and this was only because we were in the area. Knowing what we know now,had we done it in its entirety 8 years ago we wouldn't have done this route again. In a nutshell one to tick off but not one to come back too, but hey. you may think its brill.
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2
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3
bubman   Cross Country Rider [Nov 16, 2012]

It was ok, but we did ride it in the wet, which is not best weather for what is quite a rocky/ stony ride anyway; there are some quite scary downhill rocky slabs and some slippery scary stony sections and initially some boardwalks, so best ridden in dry weather with full protective padding; sorry; this is sounding quite negative, but to be honest, unless you like really rocky trails, go to nearby mabie or ae trails; they are a lot more fun, a lot more free flowing and more family / multi ability friendly; i will go back and do dalbeattie in the dry, but it does not hold the anticipation and sheer fun factor that the other 2 local 7stanes courses offer and which i really look forward to doing again.

Customer Service

red route

Similar Products Used: ae and mabie
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3
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3
skill77   Weekend Warrior [Apr 20, 2007]

Too be honest I was a little disappointed with Dalbeattie. I rode the red route and felt there was far too much fire road and too little singletrack. I hate fire road. Its ok if its a means to go uphill but its boring and frustrating to ride when your going downhill.

There are some excellent sections though, rocky and technical. The slab is easier than it looks is great fun. The rare bits of singletrack and black sections are really good but there isn't many of them and you need to do to alot of peddling to get there. As long as you aint fat or riding a dh bike your good.

The trail doesn't warrant a long drive to get there but its a good weekend ride if you combine it with a day at kirroughtree. (now thats a trail!)

Customer Service

The red route is suitable for novices. the hard bits can be avoided.

The blue route is a green route and the green route is a road. Good for families or old people but pretty boring for a more advanced rider.

Similar Products Used: Kirroughtree black and red routes are amazing.

Mabie is good but traquair black route at innerleithen is the one you wanna hit.
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3
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3
Bigkeeko   Weekend Warrior [Jun 22, 2005]

Haven`t been on this site for a while but I thought i`d just fire in review for anyone that might travel a large distance to ride it Dalbeattie. If you`re into technical and fast riding/the odd huck and jump/or the odd bit of downhill and consider yourself to be good then don`t bother wasting your petrol coming to Dalbeattie.You`ll be bored to death and after you`ve did the slab thingy a few times and you`ll be wanting to go home.Theres NO big air and no gravity assistance.Its a slog from start to finish unless you`re a skinny dude/fitness freak on a lightweight bike. Its a beginners paradise though and if you`ve just takin up biking then you`ll love and be `scared to death` (who wrote that?) Anyway. Stick to the DH at Innerleithen for a mad blast.

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2
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4
solwaysam   Cross Country Rider [May 26, 2004]

Given that I live a few hundred metres away from these new trails at Dalbeattie, and have little MB experience anywhere else, I may not be the best person to review it. It is a great ride though. The first time I did it I was tired out before I started, and didn't take any drinks with me. Big mistake. The red route is 18 miles long (29km) and I was feeling a bit knacked even halfway. And make sure your bike's in good working order - it'll take quite a bit of punisment. The rocky sections truly are rough, and I find that it isn't just a test of the fitness of your legs, it's a good technical route in places. The singletrack is great, and nicely varied, and the fire roads come as a welcome break after the undulating singletrack. Having said that, it would be nice if it was all singletrack, even if it was easier in some sections. A map is useful if you don't know the route, although once you've done it once you'll not need to think about where you're going. Overall, a good run, with some neat bits.

Customer Service

Red route - black sections optional.

Similar Products Used: While you're in the area, try the trails at Mabie forest, or over to the east at Glentress near Innerleithen. There's some mad downhill tracks at Innerleithen; cool to watch even if you don't have the bike/guts to try them out!
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5
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5
robwilkins   Cross Country Rider [Apr 22, 2004]

I really enjoyed this trail. I was expecting something similar to Glen Tress but it is very different. There is no enormous climb and therefore no enormous downhill, but there is lots of sections of nice single track. The trail has some nice technical bits to it that are really good fun and some great fast single track sections as well. The rocks and terrain have been cleverly built into the trail to make wee obstacles that are good to ride over

Customer Service

Red route. Miss the slab - the fast red bit round the side has great jumps and your dont risk breaking your neck!

Similar Products Used: Mabie is also good and just up the road.
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4
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3
gerbil   Weekend Warrior [Dec 28, 2003]

i enjoy this trail it has everything that i can find in it that i require to my skills and it is on my back door step. the slab is awsome just do not look down it! go for it. this trail has all that a person's will want for the day from hard to easy.

Customer Service

go off the road /tracks into the woody areas you will find more than just the marked trails. be keen to explore the wood.

Similar Products Used: mabie trails very interesting and go north if you have the time or glentress.
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5
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4
craig222   Weekend Warrior [Nov 06, 2003]

Whoa... guys, GUYS. Are you lads riding the same as me? If you're expecting continuous downhill, sure you're in the wrong spot, but I have a good grin in this forest. Seems to me with the advent of "hucking" and "north shore" videos, people are getting lazy, expecting long continuous balls out downhill. Fine if you're in big mountains, but this sweet spot rewards your effort. Rest and recover on the fire-roads, but follow ALL of the Seven-stanes route and when you hit the singletrack (there is quite a bit y'know), use the two long sticky things beneath your butt and pedal, create flow, maintain momentum, use the downs and force the ups. There are jumps, bumps, rocks and drops enough to keep you smiling. If there isn't, then you're not going fast enough OR you're lost and missing some sweet singletrack.

Customer Service

The seven stanes route (don't know about the trails described by colours never tried 'em)

Similar Products Used: Glentress, Lake district, Ae is supposed to be OK
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4
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4
steffy boy   Cross Country Rider [Nov 03, 2003]

After reading excellent reviews in mbr and mbuk, I could'nt wait 2 ride this course. When I came to the finish I felt a bit cheated, as it did not seem like 18 miles. The slab is excellent, terrible twins scary, some good technical sections, but all in all there is too much descending on fire roads, not enough singletrack, not enough jumps/drops. All the best cycling happens in first half of course second half is mostly a stroll in the park.

Customer Service

Red with black graded obstacles

Similar Products Used: mabie, glentress/innleithen
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2
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2
Chris   Downhiller [Oct 29, 2003]

Headed out from Edinburgh to check out the trails around the area. Stared with Dalbeattie and then Mabie the next day. The black route at Dalbeattie has some decent bits of singletrack although there are no long decents - you either seem to be climbing or just on the flat. The slabs are good fun although not as good as the hype. The red route at Mabie is heaps better if you like to decend with some nice berms and little jumps.

Similar Products Used: Mabie Red Route
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2
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3
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