How To Get To Ae

Ae forest lies around 14km north of Dumfries, just off the A701 Dumfries – Moffat road. The trail head is just past Ae village, roughly 4.5km from the A701 turn off.

View a map of Ae's location in Scotland

The Ae trail map shows the location of car parks, the trail head and access points for the trails.

By Car

Using SatNav or GPS?

Use postcode DG1 1QB reach Ae forest, then follow signs for the trail head.

The OS Grid Reference for Mabie trail head is: NX982901

From Stranraer & Dumfries to Ae Village

Take the A75 east to Dumfries, then join the A701 towards Moffat and the A74(M). After about 10km, look for signs to Ae village.

From Glasgow to Ae Village

Follow the M74 south to junction 15 (Beattock) and join the A701 towards Dumfries. After 19km look for the second turn off for Ae village on the right.

From Edinburgh to Ae Village

Follow the A702 south through Biggar to join the M74 at junction 13 (Abington) and then continue on to junction 15 (Beattock) and turn off onto the A701 towards Dumfries. After 19km look for the second turn off for Ae village on the right.

From Carlisle to Ae Village

Follow the A74 north. There are options at Gretna to take the A75 to Dumfries and then on to the A701, however, continuing north to junction 16 (Annandale Water services) of the A74(M) then heading via Johnstonebridge and minor roads to join the A701 at St Ann’s is slightly shorter. At St Ann’s, turn left onto the A701 towards Dumfries and continue for 9.5km to the second turn off for Ae village.

From Ae Village to Trail head

Take the left turn off the A701 to the village. Go through the village (about 4 km from the turn off) and turn right into the Forestry Commission area. The 7stanes car park is signposted. Go past the Forestry buildings and turn left onto the minor road. The car park is 500m further along.

By Public Transport (Train)

The nearest station is at Dumfries, approximately 14km from the trail head. Regular direct daily trains to Dumfries travel from Carlisle, Newcastle and Glasgow. If travelling from Edinburgh, it is easier to travel to Carlisle then change rather than going via Glasgow.

Journey times are around 35 minutes from Carlisle, 1hr 45 mins to 2 hours from Glasgow and 2 hours direct from Newcastle (add half an hour if changing in Carlisle). From Edinburgh, journey times vary, but the shortest trip is just over 2 hours with a change in Carlisle.

Train connections are available from Stranraer and Troon, if arriving by Ferry from Northern Ireland. Journey time to Dumfries is around 3 hours from Stranraer and 1hr 30 minutes from Troon.

Trains to Dumfries are operated by First Scotrail and Northern Rail. Bikes can be carried on these trains but space might be limited, or you might need to book. See First Scotrail's information for cyclists.

National Rail Enquiries' Virgin Trains provides an intercity service that runs through Carlisle for connections to Dumfries.

For further information on rail travel in Scotland and throughout GB see The site also has general information about taking your bike on trains in Britain.

By Public Transport (Bus)

Buses run regularly between Dumfries and Moffat, stopping at Ae Bridgend and Parkgate, both roughly 4.5km from the trail head.

The main service providers are MacEwan’s coaches and Stagecoach West Scotland. Journey time varies from 30 – 40 minutes. Please note that bikes cannot be carried on these services.

For bus journey planning in Scotland see or use the box at the foot of this section. For bus travel from other parts of GB and NI, see

By Air

The nearest airport with scheduled flights is Glasgow Prestwick. There are rail connections from Prestwick to Dumfries taking around 1hr 30 minutes (changing in Troon or Kilmarnock), and car hire is available at the airport.

For more details of flights, see the Glasgow Prestwick airport website.

By Bike

National Cycle Route 7 runs through Dumfries.

Ae forest can be reached by bike using a combination of cycle path and minor road from the centre of Dumfries. The cycle path to Locharbriggs starts beside Dumfries station. At Locharbriggs, the minor road that leads to Ae is signposted for cyclists. The trail head is around 14km from the centre of Dumfries.

Traveline Scotland

Use the Traveline Scotland box below to plan a journey to Ae using public transport in Scotland. You'll need the postcode of where you're starting from.

See for other options or if coming from elsewhere in GB & NI.


These are suggested routes only, using the most direct routes available.

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Ae Cafe - Selling hot/cold snacks and selection of refreshments.

Open Friday - Sunday 10am - 4pm, closed Monday - Thursday

For further info: phone 01387 860805




Car parking is available at the trail head and at the café. There is a pay and display machine at the café car park as well as at the Naze car park. Car parking costs £3 per day.


Toilet and shower facilities are available at the café.


Bike Hire

Bike hire from Ae Cafe/Bike shop.

Open Friday - Sunday 10am - 4pm

Phone 01387 860805 for enquiries and further details.


Ae Uplift service
For details of the uplift service, contact Tally on 07709 144 299, or see
Pre-booking is essential.

Trail Conditions

Current at Thu 4th Feb 2016

Trails: All open. 


Conditions:  Wet - lots of surface water on trails.  Please take extra care when high winds forecast as this could lead to windblown trees and branches across the trails. 


Diversions:  None. 


More info: Contact the district office by email on dumfries& 

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