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Drumlanrig Castle

Average Rating:    (4.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

This venue has hosted the Scottish XC MTB championships since 2002, with 3 waymarked trails to suit all standards of rider. The red route at 10 miles long is a mixture of 70% singletrack and 30% fire road. It's got a much more natural feel than some of the 7stanes centres, as much of the trail has been worn away over time rather than man-made. There aren't any killer climbs or descents, but plenty of fast twisty sections. Entry to the country park costs £3.00 per person, but there are excellent facilities such as toilets, a bike shop (they hir MTBs), a cafe etc. The country park is only open from Easter to September.
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Latitude
55.27305279514119
Longitude
-3.810453414916992
Trail Directions
Drumlanrig Castle is well signposted off the A76 between Dumfries and Kilmarnock, and also from the M74 Junction 14. the trail is set within the Duke of Buccleuch's estate around Drumlanrig Castle.
Trail Length
10.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Thornhill
State/Territory/Province
Dumfries & Galloway
Country
Scotland, UK
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 4, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: RichMTB ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Brilliant natural feeling rooty singletrack. There are no massive climbs or descents but miles of lovely flowing singletrack through the woods. Its good old fashioned wheels on the ground riding and really great fun.

The trails are almost 100% in the forest so are very sheltered which makes it a great place to ride when the weather is a bit poor

Brilliant facilities too

Recommended Route:
The 20km red route is a great mix of swoopy singletrack and rooty technical sections. For a second lap try the more technical black along with the "bailout" option on the red

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ae and Mabie



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Review Date
September 11, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: pcharles ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A tight, twisty, rooty singletrack trail through the privately-owned forest of Drumlanrig Castle. Slippery and technical in the wet, fast and swoopy in the dry. Excellent riding, excellent views and excellent facilities (in summer) including bike hire, bike shop, 2 cafes, showers and craft shops (for the missus). Go in winter for empty trails and free parking.

Recommended Route:
Follow the red route (5) out of the car park until the start of the black (route 8). Route 8 rejoins route 5 after a couple of miles and then branches off again towards the end of the route. Total mileage is about 14 miles. Keep your eyes open for extra bits of (unmarked) single track all over the forest and you can make your ride as long or as short as you like.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ae Forest



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Review Date
August 10, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: greg2302 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is great fun for a 90 minute hack on technical singletrack, particularly good when it's muddy ! An excellent location to stop off for those heading back up to Edinburgh or Glasgow from the 7stanes trails in Dumfries and Galloway.

Recommended Route:
Just follow the signs ! You have the option of doing the first half of the trail only, or doing two laps of the first half, as this section is more technical than the second half.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mabie and Dalbeattie forests



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