Out & About
With countless walking/running, fishing, road and mountain bike opportunities in the surrounding area, this is a place to visit time and again all year round.
Glentress and Innerleithen are part of the 7 Stanes and have a wide variety of well-maintained trails to suit every level and are rideable in most weather conditions. A number of local companies provide guiding and lessons including Swift Trails, Ridelines, Go Where and Dirt School.
Innerleithen is famous for is DH Trails and, more recently the network of Enduro Trails that are developing on the surrounding hillsides. Built by local riders, these are natural trails and are very rewarding to ride and practice on in preparation for the regular events that take place on them throughout the year.
Innerleithen has a red grade XC loop which starts with a big single-track climb to the top of Minch Moor Hill where the views are superb and rewards confident riders with a brilliant descent into the valley below. There is plenty of choice for riding drove roads and tracks across the hills and down into neighbouring valleys, from Innerleithen.
Adrenalin Uplift provide an uplift service at Innerleithen Friday to Monday (and mid week Wednesday evenings in summer,and other days for group bookings) so you can put all your energies into enjoying the thrill of the downhills.
Glentress is one of the most popular trail centres for a reason. It has a vast network of man-made trails to cater for all riders and all abilities – the trails are graded green, blue , red or black with marker posts guiding you round the forest. The visitor centre has a cafe, bike shop, bike hire and showers etc. No matter how many times you ride a trail at Glentress you cannot help grinning!
Steve and Rachel are at I Cycles Bike shop a few doors down and can supply the latest kit, provide spares and carry out repairs. They also offer bike hire so check out http://i-cycles.co.uk/
There is roadster style electric bike hire at Bike Punks in Innerleithen with a flat rate hire for up to a weeks duration. (£25 at time of writing.)
The Tweed Valley also has a rapidly growing network of Enduro and DH trails in the forest built by local riders, some are easier than others and reward confident, skilled riders.
There are routes over the hills on ancient drove roads and forestry tracks , even the shorter ones feel remote , so need need to be super fit to enjoy them. Please ask us for advice. Sometimes its nice to leave the trail centres too.
The roads around the Borders are stunning for road cycling, with minimal traffic and great views. The local council provides some excellent leaflets highlighting some of these routes – including one featuring routes starting from Innerleithen. National Cycle Route 1 also goes through Innerleithen.
There is a popular family friendly tarmac cycle path beside the River Tweed , links Innerleithen with Walkerburn .,Glentress and Peebles its flat and mainly traffic free.
Lots of forest roads for exploring and travelling on a CX or mountain bike. We can provide map and route information for long epic rides or short tasters with good café stops!
Innerleithen is a wonderful location for walking, with lots of easy local circular walks, a flat multi-purpose path along the river to Peebles and Walkerburn and plenty of all-day walks , or just take an evening stroll by the river or in the forest after dinner , its only a few minutes a away and lovely as the sun sets.
There are walks to suit everyone with few people on the trails, so making the hills and fresh air feel extra special. We have maps to assist route choice – and some walks can be linked with local bus routes.
The council leaflets provide details of a number of local walks from Innerleithen and surrounding towns, along with details of long-distance trails in the area such as the Southern Upland Way – Scotland’s Coast-to-Coast route. The Borders Walking festival changes its location every year, but provides a great opportunity to explore the local areas in the company of others.
There are a number of golf courses nearby at Innerleithen, Cardrona and Peebles.
Kailzie Equestrian Centre is within a few minutes drive and can arrange ponies and horses for all ages.
We have a folder of over 14 suggested days out in the surrounding area ,a choice of logical different things to do in a particular nearby destination, we hope this will help you make the most of your stay. We think you will have wished you had extended your stay! . Below is a short brief list of a few them.
Go Ape – A few miles down the road at Glentress, Go Ape provides a great experience for thrill seekers big and small (although there are age and height restrictions).
St Ronan’s Wells – This historic spa hosts exhibitions telling the story of Innerleithen and St Ronan’s Wells.
Robert Smail’s Print works – A living museum of the thriving print firm in the Borders.
Alpacas – Velvet Hall Alpacas provide opportunities to meet and walk their fluffy residents.
Traquair House – Traquair House is a lovely day out, with a maze, café, brewery, tours of the house and also hosts numerous interesting events throughout the year.
Kailzie Gardens – Kailzie Gardens has a cafe, putting green, fly-fishing pond and garden walks.
Nature Unlimited – Forest experiences including den building, fire making and becoming a forest detective
Melrose – approx 30 mins
Kelso and Jedbough – approx 45 mins
Edinburgh – approx 1 hour by car – a vibrant city ( or go by bus from outside or by Border Rail form nearby Galashiels)
Beaches at North Berwick – approx 1 hour by car .