7Stanes Mabie: 18 miles from Castle Douglas.
Mabie is an ideal starting point for beginners to experience mountain biking, with trails mostly on forest roads but with plenty of ups and downs. Lochbank loop (purple) route (23km, 2-4hr) a lengthy ride which takes in the stunning surroundings of the forest. Big Views loop (green) route (8km, 1-2hr) and the Woodhead loop (blue) route (10km, 1-2hr) are both ideal introductions to mountain biking, with easy single tracks and mostly on forest roads. Phoenix Trail (red) route (17km, 1-2hr) a mix of hard uphill sections, fast downhill’s, water runs, some jumps and loads of sweeping corners but a great ride through the woodland scenery. The Dark Side (orange) route (3.8km) for skilled riders only, insane, narrow, elevated, wooden “North Shore” sections with outcrops of granite. Cafe, bike hire and shop are also on site.