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Anybody been to 7stanes in Scotland? Looks like a very cool place. IMBA just gave it an A+ on their reportcard for 2006. Looks like lots of great riding there... https://www.7stanes.gov.uk/

Here are some videos of the place (#8 is especially cool)... https://www.7stanes.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-5S6EYZ

More info here...
https://www.mtbbritain.co.uk/glentress_7stanes_mountain_biking_scotland.html
https://www.mtbbritain.co.uk/dalbeattie_7stanes_mountain_biking_scotland.html
https://www.mtbbritain.co.uk/kirroughtree_7stanes_mountain_biking_scotland.html

 

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Yup - been there . . . cause i live in Scotland and its only a couple hours drive to most of the sites.

Without doubt, the whole 7Stanes thing has been a great boost to the area and also i reckon its done a great deal to promote mountain biking in general not only in Scotland but the UK as a whole.

In terms of the trails, the majority of them are man made trails as shown in the above picture, although the picture shows a trail which is much much wider than the average - i think that picture is of Spooky Wood, a long smooth descent with multiple jumps and berms and in theory should not need any use of the brakes.

The good thing is that most of the centres have tried to develop not only technical singletrack, but also tracks that can cater for families and those not up for the more technical stuff. The routes are all marked as Blue, Red and Black and area easily followable. This has meant that at centre car parks, you'll see folks with all the gear alongside families with their 10yr olds all having a laugh.

Glentress is promoted as the flagship trail centre which is probably right as its seems to have the largest base centre setup with a great cafe, an OK shop and plenty of good quality bikes to hire.

Personally Kirroughtree Black route is the best actual trail to ride from a singletrack point of view. Some sections are just intoxicating where you push it faster and faster, go round a corner and you face a ridiculous rock garden or something which totally throws you. Cant help but smile at the end of some of the sections.

One that I haven't tried is Mabie, and especially the Kona Dark Side . . . .2km's of timber built timber trail. . . . thats a lot of balancing and i need some practice before trying it!



Its nice when for once a offical body . . .the forrestry commission in this case are prepared to make these sorts of trails where other folk would shy away in fear of getting their arse sued off. Big thumbs up in my book.

All that being said, 7 Stanes is not the only set of trails, and there are a good many others in the UK that are following suit and developing similar trails . . . just that the 7 Stanes would be the flagship development of all this ( arguably )

All in all a good thing.
 
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