June 20, 2016
The premier mountain biking venue in Scotland.
Although it gets massively over-hyped Glentress is still a very good trail centre and the most complete venue in Scotland. With a mixture of Green through to Free-Ride level trails there is something there for everyone from the Novice to the Expert. Located near to Edinburgh and within two hours of a good proportion of Scotland's population it is one of the more easily accessed trail centres as well as being the biggest and best equipped.
All of the trails are excellent with a high degree of interconnectedness and plenty of opportunities to create your own custom route to suit the skill/fitness of your party.
Alpine Bikes has a prescience there for rentals, sales and repairs and there is a large cafe at the bottom of the hill along with changing and showering facilities.
There is plenty of parking, though the access roads to the higher two car parks are in need of repair. The main car park has loos, changing rooms and showers and the other two car parks have toilets; though the port-a-loos at the top car park don't appear to have been serviced since installation some years ago.
Glentress' popularity is also responsible for a lot of its issues; packed car parks, busy and warn access roads, queues at the top of each downhill. The trail team do seem to be struggling with trail upkeep at the moment; this isn't surprising considering the number of tyres that roll the trails and their limited resources.