Glentress Forest

Glentress Forest is one of the most popular mountain biking locations in Scotland, and it’s only an hour outside Edinburgh. With challenging trails for expert riders and easy routes for beginners, Glentress Forest is a fantastic day out for families with riders of all abilities.


Glentress Forest is located near Peebles, south of Edinburgh.

Let’s Pedal

Glentress Forest is great for every rider. Beginners can practice in the skills area before hitting the easy (green) trail.

There are two starting points: Buzzards Nest car park for the green and blue routes; Osprey car park for red and black trails.

Each trail is clearly waymarked by colour-coding.

Green Route – 3 miles / 4.8 km

Start and finish in Buzzards Nest car park, and enjoy the fantastic views of Peebles and the Tweed Valley.

Blue Route – 9 miles / 14.5 km

Singletrack with a great climb and an even better descent. Lots and lots of fun for intermediate skilled riders.

Red Route – 10.5 miles / 16.9 km

Some fantastic single track climbs, fast descents including berms and jumps.

Black Route – 18 miles / 29 km

Get ready for an epic ride. With over 800m (2,600 ft) of long, single track climbing complete with fast and technically challenging descents in the remotest areas of the forest.

Glentress Forest is managed by Scotland Forestry Commission.

Route Distance

ColourDifficultyDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)


You will find a refreshment stop available on route at:

Glentress Forest Café


Toilets, changing rooms and showers are located at:

Glentress Forest

Cycle Hire available at:

Glentress Forest

Tourist information available at:

Glentress Forest

How to get here

By Car

Glentress Forest is located east of Peebles on the A72, Innerleithen Road.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near the trail at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
Buzzards NestNear PeeblesEH45 8NB
OspreyNear PeeblesEH45 8NB

By Cycle

National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 1 from Innerleithen then local cycle route west to Peebles (an early exit may be available for Glentress Forest on the north side of the A72.

By Train

No nearby railway station.


  • Distance (miles): 3 - 18
  • Distance (km): 4.8 - 29
  • Start: Glentress Forest
  • Finish: Glentress Forest
  • Type: Forest trail
  • Surface: Earth, gravel
  • Sat Nav: EH45 8NB


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Tweed Valley Bike Hire

Alpine Bikes
Glentress, Unit 2
Glentress Peel
Glentress Forest
EH45 8NB


Neidpath Church Building
9 Peebles Road
EH44 6QX

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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