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Weekend breaks, 7stanes mountain biketrails

Making a weekend of it at 7stanes

Even if you’re not completely obsessed with mountain biking, the 7stanes make great places to visit for a weekend or short break.

All the sites are within larger forest parks that have miles of forest and wildlife walks, play areas, visitor centres and barbeque spots.

The Glentrool 7stanes site is part of the Galloway Forest Park – 300 square miles of forest to explore with all kinds of wildlife (including golden eagles, red deer, otters and red squirrels), walking trails, fishing and game shooting. It is also a designated ‘Dark Skies’ site, which makes it the perfect place for spectacular star gazing.

Just beyond the sites, the Dumfries and Galloway area has some great golfing, sailing, and fishing opportunities. You can even try your hand at jeep driving, mountain boarding or outdoor lazerquest.

It’s also a stunning area to just relax and enjoy a break in spectacular scenery.


It’s easy to find some great places to stay if you’re visiting one of the 7stanes sites. There is a good range of bed and breakfasts, hotels, campsites, hostels and caravan parks close to the 7stanes sites.

Eating and drinking won’t be a problem either – whether it’s pub grub, gourmet cafés or award winning Michelin starred restaurants.

To find places to stay and eat, visit www.eat-sleep-ride.com or www.visit-dumfries-and-galloway.co.uk for more information. For places closer to Glentress, Innerleithen visit www.visittweedvalley.co.uk and for Newcastleton check out www.visitnewcastleton.co.uk.

For info on planning a trip to 7stanes, please click here

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