Drumlanrig Castle Mountain Bike Trails near Dumfries in Scotland offers world-class mountain bike trails through some of Scotland’s finest scenery. Since the introduction of our mountain bike trails in 2002 they have been constantly evolving year on year, providing a new challenge every time you visit.
Situated near Dumfries its in the heart of 7Stanes country, you will find a variety of trails to suit every ability and interest. There are gnarly ‘old school’ technical, single-track routes, swooping family trails through the beautiful Drumlanrig woodlands and quiet country back roads.
There are three different trail types: moderate (blue routes), difficult (red routes) and hard (black routes), giving you the chance to find the right one for you.
The blue route shadows the second half of the red route, on forestry roads, and shares some easier single track sections. This means you can pick and choose a bit more red when you're ready, or ride as a mixed ability group. Be ready - the first third is mostly uphill giving plenty of time to enjoy the stunning views. Suitablefor intermediate cyclists / mountain bikers, with basic off road riding skills and reasonable fitness. Trail on forest track maybe loose, uneven and muddy at times, narrowing to a one metre wide constructed bike trail.
This trail has been nicknamed "The Old School" as it has been built using traditional methods of trail design and construction; stone pitching, hand digging and natural material. This means roots and lots of them. The trail is tight and twisty, and uses natural features to keep you on your toes. Suitable for proficient riders on off-road mountain bikes, with good skill level and high level of fitness and stamina.
The optional Magic Eight trail upgrades the red to black. There are a number of shorter and longer options which add either a higher technical difficulty or more physicality, and usually both. The first longer section is steep and technical; with some very, very skinny trail drops, and plenty of big scary roots. You'll find a few shorter 'optional features' off the side of the red route to spice up your ride. The last black section gives you a singletrack all the way to the Castle. With some very tight turns, steep climbs and the famous car park drop off. This trail is only suitable for an expert rider used to technically demanding routes, with a good mountain bike.
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Drumlanrig Castle and the Queensberry Estate is situated just off the A76 a mere 17 miles from Dumfries. Good access is provided from all major cities and the Castle is also signposted from the A74M at Abington and Elvanfoot.
Please note: Distance is calculated as air distance or "as the crow flies" the most direct route between two points, so the distance by road maybe slightly longer.
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