Welcome to our brand new blog, where we will be keeping our community up-to-date with the latest news, events and competitions from 7stanes Mountain Biking.
For those who don’t know, the 7stanes is a network of seven mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland, from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway.
It is one of the south of Scotland’s largest tourist attractions and the largest mountain biking destination in the UK – currently attracting over 400,000 visitors annually.
As most of our readers will know, ‘stane’ is the Scots word for stone, and at each of the 7stanes locations; Glentrool, Kirroughtree, Dalbeattie, Ae, Mabie, Glentress & Innerleithen and Newcastleton, you’ll find a stone sculpture reflecting a local myth or legend.
We will explore those sculptures in our next blog post, but for now, we will explain exactly why 7stanes was created.
The development of the 400 km of trails, based across the south of Scotland on Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) land, first started in 2001 and they continue to be maintained and refreshed by FCS.
In October 2010, the 7stanes Mountain Biking Community Interest Company (CIC), a not for profit organisation, was set up to promote and market 7stanes mountain bike trails in the wake of public sector reduced funding in the south of Scotland.
The success of the 7stanes CIC is dependent on support from Scottish mountain bikers and businesses that benefit from the sport – but we will explore that further in future blog posts.
And remember to come back for our second blog post in the next few days, where we will explore the 7stanes’ sculptures and show you some amazing photos that our Facebook and Twitter community have shared with us.