Mountain biking at Drumlanrig
Challenge yourself to an exhilarating mountain bike ride on our fantastic mountain bike trails, through some of Scotland’s finest scenery. Since the introduction of our mountain bike trails in 2002 they have been constantly evolving year on year, providing a new challenge every time you visit.
You will find a variety of trails to suit every ability and interest. There are gnarly ‘old school’ technical, single-track routes, swooping family trails through the beautiful Drumlanrig woodlands and quiet country back roads.
There are four different trail types: easy (green routes), moderate (blue routes), difficult (red routes) and hard (black routes), giving you the chance to find the right one for you.
Don’t fear the mud! Showers and a bike wash are available in the Stableyard next to the Cycle Museum – so come on, get your bike!
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to forestry operations Mountain bike routes 6 & 7 will have diversions in place from Monday 21st October. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Mountain Biking in Nithsdale
In addition to the many exhilarating kilometres of cycle routes available at Drumlanrig, the unspoilt landscapes of Nithsdale provide a scenic backdrop to many more cycle routes.
Ae Forest is one of the 7stanes mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland, from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway.
Although Ae Forest is only 20 minutes from the M74 motorway, its constructed path trails will make cyclists think they’re in another world. There are a variety of trails which are suitable for entry level riders and families as well as the more experienced rider.
Cyclists looking to trace the route of the inventor of the pedal bicycle can follow the Kirkpatrick Macmillan trail. Constructed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the pedal bicycle in 1990, the KM Trail passes through Keir Mill, the birthplace of the first bicycle and ends at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, which is home to the Scottish Cycle Museum and where Kirkpatrick used to work as a blacksmith.
Also available to cyclists is part of the National Byway, which runs from Newquay to Lochgilphead. Cutting through the natural environment of Nithsdale, the National Byway provides discreet sign-posted direction along some of the most attractive and peaceful rural lanes reaching into the heart of British Heritage.