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JstRoll - Dalbeattie 7stanes Drew Johnstone
7 Stanes Scotland 2013

The Dalbeattie mountain bike trails are in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland and are part of the 7stanes network which is made up of seven trails. At Dalbeattie there are three trails:

  • A Red with black sections
  • A Blue
  • A Green

Dalbeattie is infamous for it's rock and granite slabs. It isn't famous for height but it is more than thrilling riding the stone.

Ironnhash Green Trail

  • 11.5km of predominately easy forest road riding with a little singletrack to give a taste to mountain biking.

Moyle hill Blue Trail

  • 14km with more climbing. It steps it up a gear and gives a good introduction to the Dalbeattie rock.

Hardrock Red Trail (with Black sections)

  • 25km Rougher and rockier surface for technical riding. Over 65% singletrack. The granite is all weather and of course ensures the trail has endearing resilience to erosion. Holds well in the wet. Classic singletrack with gnarly short rock descents and numerous slabs to ride. Black sections known throughout the mtb community as "The Slab" with it's steep angle, the Terrible Twins" and the "Volunteer ridge"

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Trails

Type of Centre/Base
Website
Trail Grades
  • Green (Easy)
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
Type of Trail(s)
Cross Country (XC )
Facilities
Toilets
Trail Distance(s)

Location

Country
Trail Centre or Base
Address
DG5 4QT
Directions
Dalbeattie is between Dumfries and Castle Douglas at the junction of the A711 and the A710. The trail head is just over a kilometre south of Dalbeattie, at Richorn.
Sat Nav Co-ordinates
DG5 4QT
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User reviews

Average user rating from: 4 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.4  (4)
Trail Variety 
 
4.5  (4)
Skills Development 
 
4.6  (4)
Trail Quality  
 
4.4  (4)
Facilities 
 
2.9  (4)
Ratings (the higher the better)
  • Grin Factor
    Level of fun had, or to be had
  • Trail Variety
    Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
  • Skills Development
    Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
  • Trail Quality
    Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
  • Facilities
    From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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wife and i rode here about a year ago and very much enjoyed ourselves, there is quite a bit of fire road but i think the quality of the singletrack sections certainly make up for it, the slab is scary as f**k when on top of it looking down! (i bottled it and went round which i regret) we are planning to ride again but want to do ae first.
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
beardedbiggs Reviewed by beardedbiggs March 15, 2014
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dont bottle the slab

wife and i rode here about a year ago and very much enjoyed ourselves, there is quite a bit of fire road but i think the quality of the singletrack sections certainly make up for it, the slab is scary as f**k when on top of it looking down! (i bottled it and went round which i regret) we are planning to ride again but want to do ae first.

User Review

Good Points
good, technical, has black options
Bad Points
a fair bit of fire road
facilities not great
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Make sure you and your bike are in tip top shape.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
Reviewed by P Jaram March 14, 2014

Dalbeattie Hard as nails

Make sure you and your bike are in tip top shape.

User Review

Good Points
If you think you are confident heading out on the toughest red and black routes that the Welsh and English trail centres can throw at you don't get too complacent.
The 25km of Hardrock red route at Dalbeattie takes things to another level. Sure you get recovery time with regular fire-road sections between the rough stuff but this is technical riding and you have to be at your best.
It's unforgiving it will beat you up...think I'm exaggerating....well take a look on You Tube at some of the epic offs on the SLAB, the QUALIFIER, TERRIBLE TWINS. However when you stitch a few sections together and come out the other side you know this is the real deal and that you were on it.
Although there are the sadists who ride hardtail or rigids, suggest best on a medium travel FS.

If you go enjoy and revel in the knowledge you've ridden and survived one of the toughest!
Bad Points
Facilities are a bit limited..some toilets and an independent cafe which isn't always open. Managed to get a trail guide and some spare tubes at bike hire place 300mtr down road from trialhead.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Alibobness Reviewed by Alibobness November 16, 2013
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All round fun

User Review

Good Points
The blue is a great trail for beginners
The Red is a really great technical trail which will really progress your riding!
The Hardrock challenge which happens every October is a highlight
Bad Points
The facilities are almost nonexistent but don't let that put you off!
Although they do now have toilets and a hose for washing bikes!
Would you recommend?
Yes
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A long and tough red trail that gives a lot of reasons to smile. Exciting and tricky descent push parts of this red trail close to black grade and there are certainly some very uncompromising optional black features here that I tend to look on in awe however I have ridden a few of the smaller black features which are great for pushing your confidence levels. In places the trails can be eroded quite badly while normally this just adds to the thrill in places it means that the trail is substantially harder going than when compared to Glentress red for example. The blue route is great for a beginner but while the step up from blue to red at Dalbeattie is quite sharp when aged 15 or so, still at a relatively beginner stage I was already looking to try at least bits of the red finding the blue a bit uninspiring. I highly recommend the Red route and there is also plenty of accommodation available nearby.
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Reviewed by Luke Griffiths May 29, 2013

Awesome

A long and tough red trail that gives a lot of reasons to smile. Exciting and tricky descent push parts of this red trail close to black grade and there are certainly some very uncompromising optional black features here that I tend to look on in awe however I have ridden a few of the smaller black features which are great for pushing your confidence levels. In places the trails can be eroded quite badly while normally this just adds to the thrill in places it means that the trail is substantially harder going than when compared to Glentress red for example. The blue route is great for a beginner but while the step up from blue to red at Dalbeattie is quite sharp when aged 15 or so, still at a relatively beginner stage I was already looking to try at least bits of the red finding the blue a bit uninspiring. I highly recommend the Red route and there is also plenty of accommodation available nearby.

User Review

Good Points
Fantastic skills and taster loops with some big features
Great lengthy trail packed with features
Bad Points
Literally no onsite facilties
Would you recommend?
Yes
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