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Races 2013

No Fuss Events

Macavalanche – 27th April

Highland Perthshire Enduro – 4th May

Fort Bill Fat Tyre Weekend – 29th June

Tour De Ben Nevis – 21st Sept

Relentless 24 – 19th Oct

Scottish Mountain Bike Orienteering

Spring Series

30th march Aberfoyle

20th April Mugdock Park – Glasgow

26th May Creiff – Perthshire

29th June – Aviemore

31st Aug / 1st Sep – Two day National Champs Tweed Valley

Selkirk MTB Marathon

Saturday 8th June


Where to Stay in the Tweed Valley

Come Explore the Tweed Valley and Borders, famous for its historic Abbeys, castles and ruins, beautiful lochs, and discover the place for stylish shopping and new exciting events. Plan your break in the Tweed Valley and Borders with great deals on accommodation, and a variety of things to see and do.

If you came for the Mountain Biking, stay for the scenery and local food or drink. There is a vast array of restaurants, cafes and local breweries and pubs to keep you fuelled and smiling. The best thing about the Tweed Valley and Borders is the local people, they love to talk about their beloved home land and show you all it has to offer.

All of our friends below will help make you feel happy and relaxed. Or if you prefer they will fill you with adrenaline and take you on the ride of your life!

From a cosy B&B to self catering lodges, or maybe camping is your thing. Whatever way you like your accommodation, there should be something to suit all tastes and budgets.


Contact MTB Borders. Come Mountain Bike Scotland

Who are we?

We like you are Mountain Bikers. I personally have been into MTB for 20 years and have riden in many parts of the World but always come back to the Tweed Valley.

We mainly ride Real Natural Trails around the Three Brethren, Yair Forest or Minch Moor but can’t deny the benefits of man-made trails like Glentress and the Tweed Valley Forest Park, which is part of the World Famous 7 Stanes, for their all weather ability and for quick-fix rides.

You can help us as need your input and ride guides ! If you have a trail not listed on the site, send us the info and we will ride it and list it on the site.

Do you have any requests ?  Want to know how to get somewhere, or a good B&B ? Just ask us, we are here to help


The Gypsy Glen

The Gypsy Glen Ride

This ride offers a good alternative to the Man-made “Scalextric” trails.

The Gypsy Glen

Distance: 50km

Map: OS Landranger 73 or OS Explorer 337

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland


Start at the Red Bull car park, over the bridge at Innerleithen. Continue on to Traquair. After Traquair there is a road on the right, taking you into the estate on a tarmac road that quickly deteriorates into dirt track to almost no track at all.

This is when the mountain biking begins, the track snakes through the valley alongside the river, before the hills rear up in front of you. The path disappears at times but eventually there is a river crossing followed by a steep ascent of Stake Law, where there are only traces of a path, most of them petering out after a while. Its best to zigzag your way up this hill as it can be wet at times.

Head for the good quality drove road that cuts across the hill, turn right once you reach it and head to the cairn at the summit and enjoy the fantastic views. The drove road is nice and undulating and steep in places, and it covers an area know as “Gypsy Glenn” – which refers to the route from Peebles to St Mary’s Loch.

From the summit of Stake Law Peebles and surrounding area is visible most of the time. The sign says 10km but doesn’t look or feel anything like it, because the ride to the town is fast and exhilarating, even though it isn’t quite downhill all the way.

Parts of the descent is great fast grassy and exposed. It can be very fast but watch out for walkers.

Peebles is a good chance for a rest stop, before the final section of the ride, dipping into Glentress. Coming out of Peebles on the Innerleithen road, its best not to head all the way to the Glentress car park, but instead to ride up the steep climb of Janet’s brae (Jennys brae). In places this is a real slog and has the feeling of a high alpine pass as it climbs in switchbacks.

Finally this brings you out at the Glentress trails, by the skills loop. From here you can Join the Blue, Red or Black routes, or alternatively you can head down the forest road to Deliverance, just before the trail starts to rise, there’s a cheeky left turn which follows a vague path. This brings you out at Horsburgh farm, between Glentress and Innerleithen, and from there its just 5km by road back to Innerleithen.

Thanks to Mark from Galashiels for this interesting route !

Tip: Use a Map


Three Brethren Minch Moor Road

Three Brethren Minch Moor Road

The Route:

Click on the links below for pictures (use your back button to return here)

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland

You can access the route from Selkirk via the B7014. From Galashiels or Innerleithen via the A707. Turn of the A707 at Philiphaugh Farm, and head up Corbylinn road.

From here follow the old farm road, twisting and turning gradually climbing until you reach the tree line where the surface changes from loose farm track into the type of trail we all love !

The path now passes a small reservoir on the left and follows Long Philip Burn for the next mile. This is quite a technical track but wide enough most of the way for 2 abreast. The surface can be loose and rocky at times but is usually reasonably hard packed. This can be real challenge in parts.

Once the path starts to flatten and bears right you should reach a gate where you cross and turn left with the Three Brethren in sight ahead. Head up this 200m section of S-U-W. This path can be very technical but great fun and should really test the leg muscles by the time you reach the summit at 464m.

Now admire the incredible views from “The Three Brethern”. and Pat yourself on the back.

Follow the tree line on your right down a nice fast little descent flattening out (don’t turn right) through a heather strewn path until you reach a gate, head over towards Broomy Law climbing back up to 463m. This next section is grassy and great fun, but is quite exposed so be prepared to really feel the weather – you have been warned !

After this climb the path trails down to a lower valley and across another gate. This is the start of yet another tough climb up an old drove road towards Brown Knowe and a lung busting height of 523m. Keep on this same track crossing Wallace’ Trench down towards Elibank Forest until you reach the edge of the trees and a sign for Yarrowford where you turn sharp left on the the Minch Moor Road.

That’s most of the climbing done and its now fast descending all the way ! This track is used by farmers and Sheep so be aware and be polite. The trail reaches the tree-line below and a farm yard and is easy to follow all the way back to the road at Yarrowford. Follow this (tarmac unfortunately) back to Selkirk and where you started.


MTB Borders Routes

New Routes, Old Routes and Favourite Routes.

From landscapes of soft rolling hills to steep sided valleys, remote forest tracks to breathtaking coastal views and mile after mile of full flowing trails to some of the most demanding and technical singletrack mountain biking to be found anywhere in the World.
The 7stanes are seven mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland mountain bike trails offer everyone, no matter how experienced some of the world’s best mountain biking, with some superb local, from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway. Near to all the 7stanes trails you will find the best accommodation from hostels and bed & breakfasts to guest houses, inns and hotels. Locally produced food and ales served up by our pubs, restaurants, cafes and tearooms, not to mention our famous Scottish hospitality will make your visit to the 7stanes complete and an adventure of a lifetime.
In 2001, the 7stanes mountain biking project began to extend the success of Glentress Forest across the whole of southern Scotland. The 7stanes mountain biking centres run from Glentrool near Newton Stewart in the west of Dumfries & Galloway through to Peebles in the Scottish Borders in the east. The 7stanes mountain biking project is now nearing the end of its second phase, with another £2 million being spent to provide more world class routes to suit all types of mountain biking and all skills levels. New biker facilities are also planned at venues such as Kirroughtree and Glentress to further enhance the world class reputation of the 7stanes mountain biking venues.
The 7stanes has already won numerous awards and have turned southern Scotland into a perfect mountain biking holiday destination. Indeed the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) now rate Scotland, including the 7
stanes mountain biking trails, as the ‘Global Superstar’, i.e. the best place in the world to ride

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