Mabie House Hotel is ideally located on the trailhead of 7 Stanes Mabie and a great base to hit the Dalbeattie and Ae trails from. With bike washing facilities and secure overnight storage, it’s the perfect place to bike, eat, stay and then relax. Mabie is the original home of mountain biking in Dumfries & Galloway, and the first purpose built trail centre of it’s kind in the region (way before the days of the 7 Stanes project).
With a choice of Red (19km), Blue (10km) and Green (8km) trails and an Orange graded jump and skills park, Mabie offers something for everyone regardless of ability, age or fitness.
The views across the wide and windy Solway coast are as spectacular as the singletrack, with climbs, hops, drops, huge berms and natural sections galore.
Mabie Forest is steeped in mountain biking folklore. Since the early 90’s Mabie led the way in Scottish waymarked trails.
Thanks to Rik Allsop, now working his magic at nearby Drumlanrig, Mabie developed into a popular ‘trail centre’ – perhaps the first in Scotland. When the 7 Stanes project came along in 2001, bringing tens of thousands of mountain bikers with it, the trails at Mabie received a necessary upgrade with new all-weather surfaced trails being built. If you know where you are going, you can still enjoy some of the original ‘natural’ singletrack mountain biking at Mabie.
The new generation of 7 Stanes trails at Mabie feature tight singletrack sections that arrive in stages. The 7 Stanes trail twists and turns on itself and there are always opportunities to repeat a section or miss a section out if you can understand your trail map. Mabie Forest itself has a beautiful mixture of indigenous and plantation trees and there are plenty of quiet spots with good views on the way round.
Mabie really is a beautiful forest to ride a bike in, no matter your ability. The Blue loops make the most of this and take you past the lochs in the forest.