Luxury accommodation in the heart of the Scottish borders

A three bed hideaway, a stones throw away from world-beating mountain bike trails, scenic golf courses, and exceptional walking routes along the river Tweed.

Innerleithen XC

A trail not for the faint-hearted! It starts with a leg-burning and lung-busting climb up to the top of Minch Moor and then leads into swooping singletrack with optional black-graded features. There are tight, technical sections, and the fast, steep final descent filled with berms and jumps guarantees you finish with a smile on your face.

Other Bike Valley Trails

Often referred to as the Valley of the Bike people, the Tweed Valley has become one of the world’s leading destinations for anyone who likes to spend their recreational time on two wheels!

The area is home to a diversity of landscapes from forest, hills and wild moorland around Peebles to flatter, neatly farmed arable land to the east. This area is a magnet for those drawn to wild beauty and a desire for adventure.

If its calorie-burning climbs you’re after with jaw-dropping views at the top followed by some gnarly descents – we have some great MTB routes for you. Equally, the Tweed valley offers something for the more gentle adventurer, riding along the banks of the river Tweed following routes that link places of historic interest and which frequent some of the best coffee shops around.

If you’re looking to get off the beaten track, click on the link below to purchase a tried and tested road, gravel, or MTB route.

Innerleithen Downhill

Where: Innerleithen Uplift
Best suited to: Extreme
What to expect: Distance: 3.81Km
Singletrack: 100%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: Depends how fast you go down! Under 5mins if you are quick!

The downhill trails at Innerleithen are regarded as some of the best in the UK. A rich history of track building has resulted in a rabbit warren of ‘natural’ and machine-built trails that drop steeply through the forest from the summit of Plora Rig. Together with the many classic trails here, four marked tracks crafted by renowned local trail builder Dik Hamilton provide a stack of options for both riders and race organisers. The site regularly holds rounds of the British Downhill Series and Scottish Downhill Series as well as a popular winter race series sponsored by Alpine Bikes. Summer 2012 also saw the return of the IXS European Downhill Cup.

All routes are graded ‘extreme’, with small, medium and large trail features. Full face helmet, gloves, body armour and a Downhill specific bike are strongly recommended for all trails. Downhill bikes and full face helmets can be hired from one of the many Innerleithen bike shops.

Signed push-up paths from the car park will take you to the top, but it’s a serious workout, climbing over 300 vertical metres! (Give yourself 45 – 60mins bottom to top).

Uplift services are run regularly at Innerleithen by ‘Uplift Scotland’. Booking essential. Contact David ‘Tally’ Tallontine on 07709 144 299, or see for more details and booking.

Starting a little away from the other 3 tracks, the Matador is one of the trails that demands the most commitment. Steep with some large features, including some large rock drops, rocky chutes, gap jumps and big table-tops.

Cresta Run
An all-hand-built run, in classic Innerleithen style. Steep, rooty, tight and twisty! Lots of tight S-bends through the trees, and offering multiple different line choices on the way down, Cresta run is one of the classic runs at Innerleithen.

Gold Run
Another hand-built course similar in nature to the Cresta Run. Gold run starts off fairly fast and open, before diving into the trees. Plenty of rooty, off-camber turns await, on this part of the course. The gradient mellows a bit in the middle part of course, but there is no let-up in the tight twisty nature of the trail. For the last part of the track, it joins up with Cresta run for the final blast to the finish.


Where: Glentress
Best suited to: All abilities
What to expect: Glentress is one of the world class 7stanes mountain bike venues. It features a wide range of trails for beginners and experts alike.

There are currently 5 mountain bike waymarked routes and a freeride park in Glentress Forest. The historic cycle trails, aimed at children and families, provide an interesting way to explore the forest and its history. The blue, red, and black mountain bike routes provide a challenge for all abilities. The red route is noted for a high-speed section with many bermed corners known as Spooky Woods. The green trail is a “skills loop”, and is designed for those new to mountain biking, although there are some challenges for those wishing to practice rocky sections or raised wooden trails too.