Drumlanrig Mountain Bike Trails

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Drumlanrig Castle Thornhill Dumfries & Galloway DG3 4AQ
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Situated just off the A76 (Dumfries to Kilmarnock), 17 miles north of Dumfries, and is signposted from the M74 (J14 southbound) and A702 at Abington and Elvanfoot
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Drumlanrig mountain bike trails are based in the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle and the Queensberry Estate, in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotand. The trails have been around since 2002, has become quite a famous racing circuit and seen ongoing development to make it a decent MTB destination

There are mountain bike trails covering all abilities and experience.  

Green Trails

  • The green trails are suitable for families  There are quite a few of these from the Riverside 3km mainly country road ride to the Alton Rigg 13km ride with superb views across the valley to the 5kmn Three Loch rides running though woodland and through Lochs and the 8.5km Castle Round route around the Castle.

Blue Copy Cat Trail

  • The 9km blue route shadows the second half of the red route, on forestry roads, and shares some easier single track sections. This means you can pick and choose a bit more red when you’re ready, or ride as a mixed ability group. Be ready - the first third is mostly uphill giving plenty of time to enjoy the stunning views. Suitable for intermediate cyclists / mountain bikers, with basic off road riding skills and reasonable fitness. Trail on forest track maybe loose, uneven and muddy at times, narrowing to a one metre wide constructed bike trail.

Old School Red Trail

  • This 15km trail has been nicknamed “The Old School” as it has been built using traditional methods of trail design and construction; stone pitching, hand digging and natural material. This means roots and lots of them. The trail is tight and twisty, and uses natural features to keep you on your toes. Suitable for proficient riders on off-road mountain bikes, with good skill level and high level of fitness and stamina.

Magic 8 Black Trail

  • The Magic 8 black route is 8km long for advanced riders. This adds black sections to the existing red (20km when combined with the red). A very technically advanced trail with very narrow tracks, steep uphills  that are steep on the downs with numerous obstacles to navigate. There are a number of shorter and longer options which add either a higher technical difficulty or more physicality, and usually both. The first longer section is steep and technical; with some very, very skinny trail drops, and plenty of big scary roots. You’ll find a few shorter ‘optional features’ off the side of the red route to spice up your ride. The last black section gives you a singletrack all the way to the Castle. With some very tight turns, steep climbs and the famous car park drop off. This trail is only suitable for an expert rider used to technically demanding routes, with a good mountain bike.

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Trail Variety
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Love this place
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Very realistic singletrack instead of the manufactured trails you find elsewhere. Very technical and twisty.

User Review

Good Points
Good realistic singletrack.
Excellent friendly bike shop.
Very attractive castle.
Free parking in winter.
Bad Points
Watch out for the slippy tree roots!!
Have to pay for parking in the summer.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Night+Wet+Mud=Fun
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4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Went Night biking with my son aged 8. We did the blue, it was wet and muddy and he loved it.
On The final return up the drive we switched our lights of completely which was fun but

User Review

Good Points
Love how the blue and red shadow each other.
Well waymarked
Could roll down the newer section all day...great flow
Mud
Bad Points
Missing a skills area and or pump track to complete the Place.
Mud
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Unique feel to this place
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3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
A great croute which adds variety to the UK mtb scene

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Good Points
Really nice red route mostly through deciduous forest, which feels different from most trail centres i've visited i.e. Feels very 'natural'. As mentioned, it is very rooty indeed. Not especially difficult terrain, technically speaking (but tiring). However I rode in the dry but can imagine wet conditions to be challenging.

The castle surroundings add to the experience, and Rik from the eponymous bike shop was very informative and friendly.
Bad Points
Sometimes the forest route feels like you are riding in circles, but no big deal. I challenge any non-local to keep their bearings on this ride!

If you drive to castle car park you must pay £6, but shouldnt grumble about that.
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Day out for all
(Updated: August 17, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Had a fantastic family day out while on holiday. Rode a mix of all the greens on a tag along with the 5 yr old (20km) and she loved it. Good variety of trails & amazing scenery. Rik of Riks bike shop was brilliant at getting the bike sorted and a route plus makes a mean coffee after :).

I rode the red & black and loved it. Totally different to most smooth manicured trails this was a tight, root fest that kept you alert. The black sections were intense in places with skinny trails to navigate and off camber rooty tight berms into drops...few descent climbs to dig into and the last sections of the red before the black peeled off again were good.

Kids had a ball in the play park & gardens. The marked walks were good too and we had a great long day out.

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Good Points
Good mix of trails, great bike shop, fantastic facilities & intense black sections. Good place to master wet rooty sections of trail
Bad Points
Had to walk the fairy trail with daughter...
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Drumlanrig, red and black
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4.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Really great trail fun for a sunny day! Especially if you've got time to check out the castle, it's pretty impressive!
There is a good cafe, I imagine it could be a really great family day out!

User Review

Good Points
Lots of roots and techinical bits in the trail
Great for some skill development
Great in the dry
Bad Points
Very slippy in wet
High entrance fee
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roots
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4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
if you like riding roots then you will enjoy drumlanrig.

we arrived down an impressive entrance to be greeted by drumlanrig castle. very impressive looking building and would have enjoyed a look around it if it wasnt for the trail here. we paid the very expensive admission fee (£6 per person) for entry to the grounds and facilities, there are free showers and bike wash included in that but still seems a little steep.

once we had kitted up we headed out to follow the red route (old school) and was impressed from the start, the trails here are thin and natural, not man built like you would get at glentress for example. after a short fire road through beautiful grounds we reached the first singletrack section, a fun sweepy run over roots, not to challenging and a nice intro to the trails.
after a little more fire road we hit another rooty section and realised that there was certainly a recurring theme here! the further you went the more technical and fun it got and the bigger the smiles got.
we shortly arrived at the bail out option which we took as low on time (6 hour drive home ahead of us) the bail out carries on with the fun and then links up with some fun black route to the finish with a large (avoidable) drop off in front of the castle.

i will definitely be coming back here to ride the full red route.

User Review

Good Points
technical and rooty
black route options
fun and fast
well looked after
castle and beautiful grounds
Bad Points
roots might be slightly challenging for newer/less experienced riders.
£6 entry per person is steep but can kinda see why.
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