Mabie 7stanes trails:
Big Views Loop (green grade)
Woodhead Loop (blue grade)
Phoenix Trail (red grade)
Mabie forest is steeped in mountain biking folklore. Since the early 90's Mabie led the way in Scottish waymarked trails. Thanks to Rik Allsop, now working his magic at Drumlanrig, Mabie developed into a popular 'trail centre' - perhaps the first in Scotland. When the 7stanes project came along in 2001, bringing tens of thousands of mountain bikers with it, the trails at Mabie received a necessary upgrade with new all-weather surfaced trails being built. If you know where you are going, you can still enjoy some of the original 'natural' singletrack mountain biking at Mabie.
The new generation of 7stanes trails at Mabie feature tight singletrack sections that arrive in stages. The 7stanes trail twists and turns on itself and there are always opportunities to repeat a section or miss a section out if you can understand your trail map. Mabie Forest itself has a beautiful mixture of indigenous and plantation trees and there are plenty of quiet spots with good views on the way round.
Mabie really is a beautiful forest to ride a bike in, no matter your ability. The Blue loops make the most of this and take you past the lochs in the forest. There is a hostel and hotel on site so you can eat, sleep, and drink in the forest itself!
The Skills Area lies a short distance from Marthrown. If you are a new or intermediate rider, its blue and red-graded features are ideal for practising your skills before riding the trails or prior to moving up a trail grade.
For more 7stanes trail information see: www.7stanemountainbiking.com