Innerleithen Mountain Bike Trails, Scotland

Innerleithen Mountain Bike Trails, Scotland

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  • Red (Difficult)
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  • Orange (Extreme)
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Forestry Commission Car Park, Traquair Road, Innerleithen
Directions
Innerleithen: At Innerleithen, turn off the A72 and take the B709 for Traquair. The 7stanes car park entrance is on the left hand side, approximately 50 metres over the bridge.
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Innerleithen mountain bike trails are in the Tweed Valley just outside of Peebles on the Scottish borders.  

There is a red XC as well as 4 downhill trails; Matador, Cresta Run, Gold Run and Make or Break. It is just down the road from its sister trail at Glentress which like Innerleithen is part of the 7stanes network.

Innerleithen has an established downhill community for over ten years before the XC investment was made to incorporate it as part of the 7stanes network. It is targeted at the more experienced rider. 

Traquair XC (Red with black options)

  • This 19km MTB trail has a very technical and tough climb to the summit of Minch Moor and then some great singletrack descending. There are optional black-graded jumps and drop-offs. Some of the most noteworthy sections are the gnarly Stell Burn Climb, the very technical Mousetrap, the Lead Mine and Minch Moor Climbs and the Plora Craig and Caddon Bank, with its awesome downhill rollercoaster and downhill speediness.

Downhill

  • There are four downhill runs. All are equally thrilling and range from 0.9 to 2.3km in descent.
  • The Matador is the most famous but the others (Crest Run, Gold Run, and Make or Break) are equally good. 
  • All these routes are Orange Graded BIKE Park Extreme with small, medium and large features. 
  • There are tricky rock steps, 8ft-rock drops, rock chutes, doubles and gap jumps, bomb holes, rooty drops, big berms and the rest. 
  • All four were built by local trail builder and hero Dik Hamilton. Full face helmet, gloves, body armour and a Downhill specific bike are strongly recommended for all trails.
  • To get to the start of the trails there are 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). Hence recommend you use the uplift service.
  • The uplift services are run regularly at Innerleithen by 'Uplift Scotland'.  Booking essential. Contact www.upliftscotland.com for more details and booking.

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  • In 2016 Innerleithen took 3rd place in the Trail of The Year campaign in Scotland
  • In 2014 Innerleithen took 2nd place on the Trail of the Year Award in Scotland

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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
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From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.0

Awesomeness all over

Always a great day out at Inners. Despite the fact there are no facilities whatsoever, (other than the occasional uplift at weekends) the trails are so varied and awesome. From techy steep rooty descents to fast flows bermy loamy trails, Inners has got it all.

User Review

Good Points
Every kind of trail you can imagine from fast and flows, downhill and enduro. Lots of secret stuff appears all the time.

Downhill trails are rideable on a big travel trail bike.
Bad Points
Not for beginners, there is no blue option.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.5

Innerleithen MTB Trails

Very well served uplift service available.

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Good Points
Lots of trails and definitely something for everyone. Uplift service.
Bad Points
No toilet facilities. No bikewash.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Mountain bikers heaven

Trails are mega. I try and get up every couple of months, there's a bit of everything in the woods. Love the place.

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Good Points
Best place in the uk for trails, cannot praise the area enough, id ride there every weekend if I could.
Bad Points
4 hour drive from Sheffield.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.5

great trails,!

Awesome all weather trails, with varying degrees of difficulty.Big red loop, or vast dh play park. At least red though,so youll need some handling skills. Lots of unmarked stuff to explore, which is def worth being adventurous. Trails are always in top condition. Always something to push your self to the limit, on every ride.

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Good Points
Awesome all weather trails. Challenging and will develope your skills. Oodles to explore. Varying types of trail, from intermediate (plenty of this) to extremely hard!(loads of this!).
Bad Points
The ground could be more cushioned, although this would slow you down. Not sure if there's phone signal all over, which could be important in emergency. No toilets or showers.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Inners

Lots of trails , gret coffee and food at Number 1

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(Updated: October 15, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

awesome trails both sides of the river, new ones popping up all the time. Good local bike shops always willing to help. Friendly locals.

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Good Points
awesome trails both sides of the river, new ones popping up all the time. Good local bike shops always willing to help. Friendly locals.
Bad Points
im always late home and get in trouble.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Still Top Dog

The latest developments on the Traquair side are a great stepping stone from your typical red/black trail rider into the uncharted wonders that Inners has to offer.

With a great local community to show you where the good stuff is, a quick coffee and chat at either No1 or i-Cycles and you'll be seeking out the secret stuff in no time.

User Review

Good Points
Something for everyone and the best local MTB community you could wish for.
Bad Points
It does sometimes rain. :)
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.5

Epic

Always worth the drive.

User Review

Good Points
Awsome array of trails. DH, XC, climbs.. has it all!
Bad Points
Lack of permanent uplift.
No toilets on site.
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

Love Inners

Some of the Best mountain biking the uk has to offer

User Review

Good Points
Up lift, the close proximity to the village and in particular cafe one, close to Glentress so easy to make a weekend of it, been 3 times this year you leave a slightly better rider each time
Bad Points
No toilets, or bin's
Would you recommend?
Yes
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(Updated: August 24, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0

Final section of red xc  trail is just the greatest laugh/scary stuff/as close to flying on a xc bike it gets for me;  i am not up to full downhill or manic red route descent but this is a real joy and challenge for those red routers who like a bit of adrenalin rush

I love this trail cos you go up knowing what fun you are going to have coming down, and it is just a simple up then down.

The trail up may be bit steppy but can be avoided by doing fire road for most of the first half, and the second half up is more routine red trail; when you get to top the views are amazing in all directions, and worth parking the bike to walk off to left to loof down the valley

Downhill is just great fun, the first 3 sections being full of fast flow and manageable jumps; after a bit of fire road the trail goes into `rock garden`, which is good reminder not to get too relaxed as there are few rocky surprises, and then onto the bank, which is scary at first as the drop offs are quite big and even the chicken runs to the left look awesome but then you just get carried away by the rollercoaster and final forest downhill sections that it is impossible not to end with a bloody great grin on your face and that wonderful sense of relief that your heading to the bar and not A&E

User Review

Good Points
Fantastic downhill
Good variety of trail
Keeps it simple- you go up; then you come down
So quiet compared to Glentress
Great views from the top
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Yes
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