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.
- 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.
- Check out the Innerleithen Downhill Facebook Page
- 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
- If you have ridden the mountain bike trails or downhill runs here at Innerleithen then why not share your experiences and write a review below and or post some photos or vids to the listing.