Kirroughtree Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway DG8 7BE
Directions
From Edinburgh or Dumfries :Head to Dumfries via the A702, the A74(M) and the A701, then follow the A75 west towards Newton Stewart. Take the right turn off the A75 at Palnure, signposted for the visitor centre. From Glasgow, Girvan or Newton Stewart: Take the A77 to Girvan and then join the A714 to Newton Stewart. From Newton Stewart, follow the A75 for around 4.5 km and then turn left at Palnure, signposted for the visitor centre.
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NX453648
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The Kirroughtree mountain bike trail centre is just east of Newton Stewart in Galloway Forest Park in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. 

 It is part of the 7Stanes network of MTB trails and is just round the corner from it's sister trail Glentrool in the same forest. Kirroughtree is most famous for the technically challenging McMoab's huge slabs but it's a big forest (we are talking 300 square miles of forest) so unsurprisingly we are talking lots of amazing trails with something for all abilities and tastes.

There is a Green, a Blue, a Red and a Black trail and if that isn't enough there is a Taster Loop and a Skills Area too. 

Bargaly Wood (Green)

  • Bargaly Wood is a green graded family friendly 6km long trail. This is a relaxed ride along forest trails, farm tracks and quiet public roads. 

Larg Hill (Blue)

  • Larg Hill is a 10km (14km if you throw in the optional Doon Hill extension) blue graded trail. It is great for novices, confident children and families. With 50% swooping twisty singletrack, rocky sections and a few small rock drops peppered along the way it's a great trail. If you aren't sure then start with the Blue Taster Loop and you will get a good feel for what to expect.

Twister (Red)

  • The Twister is a red graded 17km technically challenging trail. Being on 80% singletrack and packed full of technical features it is a confident mountain bikers dream come true. We are talking lots of singletrack, rock steps, a granite boulder, rock slab climbs (and descents), drop-offs and flowing downhill tracks (the XC style variety). It has a few black graded options thrown in too and there is also the option to significantly extend your ride and join the 14km black graded Black Craigs loop at the mid way point.

Black Craig's (Black)

  • Black Craig's is a 14km (31km if including the Red Twister) black graded trail of near legend. The highlight is McMoab's huge slabs (which top riders look to tick off their list of things to do before they die type of thing).
  • With 75% singletrack, rocky technical features like rock step up's, the as mentioned huge McMoab granite slabs, steep climbs, fast flowing descents (with serious drop offs), raised timber sections and ridges of exposed granite there is a lot on offer here. You start the trail on the red Twister and it's half way point you get to Black Craig's.

Skills Area (Blue, Red and Black Options)

  • Following the track to the main trails for a couple of hundred metres you hit the Skills Area. You have a great choice of either blue, red or black-graded short runs. It gives you an idea of what you can expect form the grades on the main trails as well as offering a fantastic progressive skills development opportunity. 

Other Stuff

  • The facilities here are ace but are seasonal (e.g. Visitors centre) is shut over the winter and opens up from Easter onwards. So check the their website first before planning and setting off.
  • In 2015 and in 2014 Kirroughtree took 3rd place in the Trail of the Year award in Scotland

 

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Autumnal blue
On the blue
Final few metres of trail
The Stane
Slab climb
The Top
Visitor Centre
McMoab

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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
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Can I move this place closer to home?
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
A great place to take the family. We did the whole blue loop which our boys fully enjoyed.
Had a broken spoke when I arrived. The bike shop fixed it while we got ready then gave the bike the once over with other things that need attention.
Biked the long orienteering, got a few looks from walkers but the walking trails would make some fab biking routes too.

Must spend more time here!!!

User Review

Good Points
Excellent trails
Taster loops
Skills loop
Excellent cafe
Very friendly and helpful bike shop
Bad Points
Could do with a jump trail and pump track to complete the whole package.
Would you recommend?
Yes
Autumnal blue
Final few metres of trail
On the blue
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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
If you've not been GO.
If you have go AGAIN.

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Good Points
Great facilities at kirroughtree. Trails offer a lot of variety for all skill levels.
Bad Points
Forestry could do with investing in the future development of what is a fantastic trail centre
Would you recommend?
Yes
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(Updated: October 16, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
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5.0
Just love riding there!! Amazing! 

User Review

Good Points
Amazing trails very good shop and cafe very clean and well kept place. Friendly staff also!
Bad Points
No jump park that i seen..also the skills section is very poor but that doesn't stop the trails being amazing!
Would you recommend?
Yes
EE
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Singletrack from heaven
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4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Plenty of parking, and the facilities are of a very high clean standard, the trail has probably some of the best single track going with enough technical but to keep you on your toes but still flow nice, not loads of steep climbs, apart from heartbreak hill but what comes after is worth the pain.

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PT
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Great flow and fun rock sections
(Updated: November 15, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Really enjoyed Kirroughtree. It is designed well and rides really fast with fun flow. There arenNeat short rock sections both on the ups and downs to keep you on your toes. Decent facilities form cafe, bike wash and the folks in the onsite breakpad bike shop are really helpful. Ups are not too long but long enough to make the descents fun. Overall great singletrack riding.

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Flow
Rock sections
Great facilities
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
#1 Reviewer 89 reviews
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Rolling Singletrack - lovely isolation
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
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4.5
Well worth a visit. There are a number of "stanes" in this D&G area and if you go you should try Kirroughtree. Very natural feeling trails not over built. Proper mountain biking and you feel well out in the middle of nowhere.
McMoab is probably the signature section of the black trail (and extra loop from the far end of the red) and something you wont find anywhere else.

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Good Points
Mainly singletrack, no massive climbs, great scenery, McMoab. Plenty of car parking, good showers good bike shop.
Bad Points
Expensive cafe, long drive to get there.
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Yes
The Stane
Slab climb
Visitor Centre
McMoab
The Top
S
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
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5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Take the time to try this place out - you will not be disappointed by the variety. If you're not a fan of endless climbing you'll be happy here, there's plenty of ups and downs in this place, all of them rewarding.

User Review

Good Points
Love this place. Lots of variety in the trails here, especially the red. Blues are good for a starter. Reds offer everything you could want from very tight and twisty to rocky and scary. Some big drop options too.

They're building a new visitor centre just now which looks brilliant and not that far off completion. The bike shop here is truly excellent and Sam who runs it cannot do enough to help.

Next on my list is McMoab and the blacks.
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None
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Single track Heaven
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Excellent trail
Red leads onto black with challenging climbs and McMoab to test the best!
Blue route brilliant for first time singletrackers
Green route needs development, but some potential to keep the kid entertained.
New Cafe, bike shop and showers going to be ready by the end of the year ;-)
One of the best

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Good Points
Excellent trail
Red leads onto black with challenging climbs and McMoab to test the best!
Blue route brilliant for first time singletrackers
Green route needs development, but some potential to keep the kid entertained.
New Cafe, bike shop and showers going to be ready by the end of the year ;-)
One of the best
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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What a trail!
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
A great trail centre! The blue, red and black loops are all amazing and well maintained!
The black in particular is a really long trail with some pretty big climbs and technical sections, McMoab being a great challenge however you don't want to try it in the wet! And the downhills are long and fast,
With a new visitor centre now open year round the facilities are excellent!
Overall a great couple days of riding can be done here!
Bad Points
None I can think of
Would you recommend?
Yes
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First trip to Scotland
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
I didnt research to much as i like to just try new trails and see for myself, first ride and we picked Kerroughtree. We started off doing the red twister then half way round you ve got to make a decision wether to just finish the red twister or add on the Black Craigs which adds around 8-9 km but i can assure you its well worth it. Not just for the Mc moab but what happens after is a lung busting ride up Heartbreak hill rewarded by what seems like mile after mile of slightly down hill twisting, technical rolling singletrack, i absolutely loved it i cant wait to go back.
Bad Points
None
Would you recommend?
Yes
G
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