The Kirroughtree mountain bike trail centre is just east of Newton Stewart in Galloway Forest Park in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland.
It is part of the 7Stanes network of MTB trails and is just round the corner from it's sister trail Glentrool in the same forest. Kirroughtree is most famous for the technically challenging McMoab's huge slabs but it's a big forest (we are talking 300 square miles of forest) so unsurprisingly we are talking lots of amazing trails with something for all abilities and tastes.
There is a Green, a Blue, a Red and a Black trail and if that isn't enough there is a Taster Loop and a Skills Area too.
Bargaly Wood (Green)
- Bargaly Wood is a green graded family friendly 6km long trail. This is a relaxed ride along forest trails, farm tracks and quiet public roads.
Larg Hill (Blue)
- Larg Hill is a 10km (14km if you throw in the optional Doon Hill extension) blue graded trail. It is great for novices, confident children and families. With 50% swooping twisty singletrack, rocky sections and a few small rock drops peppered along the way it's a great trail. If you aren't sure then start with the Blue Taster Loop and you will get a good feel for what to expect.
- The Twister is a red graded 17km technically challenging trail. Being on 80% singletrack and packed full of technical features it is a confident mountain bikers dream come true. We are talking lots of singletrack, rock steps, a granite boulder, rock slab climbs (and descents), drop-offs and flowing downhill tracks (the XC style variety). It has a few black graded options thrown in too and there is also the option to significantly extend your ride and join the 14km black graded Black Craigs loop at the mid way point.
Black Craig's (Black)
- Black Craig's is a 14km (31km if including the Red Twister) black graded trail of near legend. The highlight is McMoab's huge slabs (which top riders look to tick off their list of things to do before they die type of thing).
- With 75% singletrack, rocky technical features like rock step up's, the as mentioned huge McMoab granite slabs, steep climbs, fast flowing descents (with serious drop offs), raised timber sections and ridges of exposed granite there is a lot on offer here. You start the trail on the red Twister and it's half way point you get to Black Craig's.
Skills Area (Blue, Red and Black Options)
- Following the track to the main trails for a couple of hundred metres you hit the Skills Area. You have a great choice of either blue, red or black-graded short runs. It gives you an idea of what you can expect form the grades on the main trails as well as offering a fantastic progressive skills development opportunity.
- The facilities here are ace but are seasonal (e.g. Visitors centre) is shut over the winter and opens up from Easter onwards. So check the their website first before planning and setting off.
- In 2015 and in 2014 Kirroughtree took 3rd place in the Trail of the Year award in Scotland