Basing ourselves in a cottage 2 miles from the Ae forest, the red routes at Mabie, Dalbeatie, Ae, Glentress, Kirroughtree and Innerleithen were all bagged. Each trail is different in character and we’ve come back with lots of ideas to incorporate into our trails.
Rock garden at Kirroughtree
A general consensus agreed that Kirroughtree was the best trail overall and the preferred post ride grub was Mabie’s “Shed Burger”. It’s a shame ‘The Slab’ and ‘Terrible Twins’ at Dalbeatie wouldn’t fit into Bruce’s Landrover ….
On the way back, a diversion via Whinlatter to ride the ‘Altura Trail’ saw the only rain of the holiday making the wet slate surface very sketchy. A total of 100 miles of trail riding were racked up over the week – not bad considering it was a holiday!