On The QT

Falling in love with Glentress Forest

Blogger: Stephanie Lynch

Sometime in life, it’s the gems you stumble upon which you remember. This most definitely is Glentress forest for us. Home of mountain biking, tree top adventures, hikes, nature, horse riding, exploration and much more.

There are currently 5 mountain bike routes and a free ride park in Glentress Forest. All the trails have been designed by local engineer Pete Laing, and are considered to be among the best in the world.

  • The historic cycle trails provides an interesting way to explore the forest. Great for families and children.
  • The blue, red, and black mountain bike routes provide a challenge for all abilities.
  • The red route is noted for a high-speed section with many corners known as Spooky Woods.
  • The green trail is a “skills loop”, and is designed for those new to mountain biking, although there are some challenges for those wishing to practice rocky sections or raised wooden trails too.

You can also stay on site at Glentree Forest in their amazing, quirky wigwams. They give you the camping experience with a difference. Their camping cabins offer comfortable outdoor living for up to 5 people on the doorstep of Glentress Forest. They even have heating, light and a small fridge. Each wigwam also has it’s own picnic table, BBQ and a camp fire so you can make the most of your experience. Check out how reasonably priced the wigwams are here. It’s almost like glamping!! They also have availability to pitch your tent or even bring your mobile home.

We couldn’t get over how much there was to do in this gem. What an amazing place to spend a weekend or even a week. You most definitely wouldn’t find it hard to fill your days with lots of adventures. There is so much available to do in the forest. There are many walks in the forest. One we came across was the Glentress forest red squirrel walk which follows along the forest’s edge with amazing views over the Tweed Valley.  The walk climbs to a high point on Cardie Hill and returns through the amazing ponds. We also came across horse riding which takes people on treks through the forest. Lots of local farms and stables offer riding and trekking. A very popular place is Peebles Hypo Stables.

Also bird watching is very popular. You can visit the Osprey watch centre in Glentress Forest and you can see live footage of Ospreys and lots of other wildlife. We also learned that the River Tweet is internationally famous for it’s salmon fishing. People come from all over the world to experience the trill of catching the ‘king of fish’.


A perfect spot for exploration, adventure and relaxation.

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