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Scotland Mountain Biking : Southern & Central

Southern Central Scotland MTB

At A Glance

Routes between 2 and 7 hours.

Suitable for mountain bikers with some experience, intermediate to experienced and who who have a reasonable degree of fitness.

Mapping by the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 scale maps. Plus easy to follow directions, details of times, distance and difficulty, refreshment stops.

Happy riding!

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Discover the fantastic and extensive network of natural riding on paths and tracks.

Twenty One mountain biking routes - see map for locations below.

Difficult' or 'technical' sections are indicated throughout

Routes are accompanied by full 1:50,000 scale OS mapping

Includes information on the region's Mountain Biking trail centres

Southern and Central Scotland is renowned for its superlative MTB trail centres, but the region's rolling hill country is also traversed by an extensive network of tracks, paths, forest roads and other trails providing endless possibilities for 'free range' mountain biking beyond the dedicated trail centres.

Written by Peter Edwards

208 pages. Book Size 12cm x 17.5cm.
ISBN 9781852847470
Published June 2016

The Mountain Bike Routes

Use the control on the map to move about. Click on a marker for route information. The markers mark the approximate recommended starting points for each route as indicated in the book.


MTB Photo3The book is organized into three sections, South West Scotland, South East Scotland, Central Scotland

South West

Route 01. Durisdeer, Daer Reservoir and Wedder Law

Distance 32km. Grade Hard.


Route 02. Lowther Hills Loop

Distance 36km. Grade Hard.


Route 03. Shinnel Water and Scaur Water Loop

Distance 51km. Grade Medium


Route 04. Carrick Forest Four Locks Loop

Distance 31.5km. Grade Moderate/Hard


Route 05. Glentrool and the Galloway Hills

Distance 46km. Grade Moderate/Hard


Route 06. Windy Standard Loop

Distance 48km. Grade Hard




South East

Route 07. Belford to Cocklawfoot

Distance 22km. Grade Hard/Very Hard


Route 08. Kirk Yetholm and the Pennine Way

Distance 24km. Medium/Hard


MTB Photo1Route 09. Minch Moor and the Brethren

Distance 136km. Hard/Very Hard


Route 10. Stake Law and the Gipsy Glen

Distance 22.5km. Grade Medium/Hard.


Route 11. The Tweedsmuir Hills

Distance 42km. Grade Hard/Very Hard.


Route 12. The Lammermuir Hills: Longformacus and the Wedder Lairs Loop

Distance 36km. Grade Medium/Hard


Route 13. Gifford and the Hope Hills

Distance 27.5km. Grade Medium/Hard.
Extension option adds 4km of Hard/Very Hard grade.


Route 14. Pentland Hills : a rollercoaster route around the reservoir.

Distance 18km. Grade Medium.



Route 15. Misty Law

Distance 20km. Grade Medium.


Route 16. Greenock Cut

Distance 17km. Grade Medium.


MTB Photo2Route 17. Kilpatrick Hills Loop

Distance 16.5km. Medium.


Route 18. The Campsie Fells : Dumgoyne and Earl's Seat

Distance 19km. Grade Very Hard.


Route 19. Mugdoch Country Park Loop

Distance 19km. Grade Medium.


Route 20. Carbeth - Cameron Muir Loop

Distance 36km. Grade Medium.


Route 21. Glasgow Waterways Loop

Distance 54km. Grade Medium.




7stanes Trail Centres

Information on the trails, facilities and how to get there

Ae Forest









Other Trail Centres

Information on the trails, facilities and how to get there

Drumlanrig Castle

Whitelee Wind Farm

Cathkin Braes

Carron Valley