7-Stanes Mountain Biking

Something very special for mountain bikers has been created in the forests of South Scotland.

The seven '7stanes' routes, acknowledged as the amongst the best in the world, together offer over 160 km of fantastic red and black graded forest biking, much of it along purpose built singletrack. Most sites also have freeride and skills areas to practise your technique. More details of the rides can be found on the 7Stanes website.

The location, accommodation and equipment provided in the Thistle Lodges make them ideal for large or small montain biking groups or adventure seeking families.

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    Ideal Location

    Centrally located for five of the 7Stanes, with Dalbeattie on the doorstep and Mabie, Ae and Kirroughtree easily reached by car.

  • Beginners' Routes

    Several of the 7 stanes sites, including the nearest at Dalbeattie and Mabie, also have blue and green graded routes ideal for families and those new to mountain biking

  • Flexible Sleeping

    The lodges sleeps up to eight people, but for groups of singles there are six separate beds in each (two doubles and four singles) - that's 18 beds across all three lodges.

  • Bike Storage

    Braemar has basement storage for up to 12 bikes, Bainloch has a lockable shed for 2/3 bikes, and like Laggan Hill has external bike locking brackets. Bikes can also be stored on the balconies.

  • Bike Equipment

    Each lodge has a high pressure outside hose for bike wash. There's a bike repair stand in each, a floor pump, and a basic tool kit for use at the lodge (you'll still need your own small tools).

  • Recovery Time

    A few minutes walk away is an onsite swimming pool with sauna, available free of charge. Great for aching muscles after a long ride. If it's warm then the beach isn't much further.

  • Days Off

    For a day off cycling try one of the local land or water based outdoor activity centres, some great coastal walking, or even blo-karting on one of the local beaches

  • Bar and Restaurant

    There is a welcoming bar and restaurant on site, serving good quality home-cooked food. Takeaway meals also available from the main menu.