How To Get To Innerleithen

Innerleithen lies on the A72 between Peebles and Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, around 45km south of Edinburgh. The trail head is roughly 1.5km from Innerleithen village, just off the B709 Traquair Road.

View a map of Innerleithen's location in Scotland

The Glentress and Innerleithen 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 EH44 6PW to reach Innerleithen, then follow signs for the trail head.

The OS Grid Reference for the Innerleithen trail head is: NT336358

From Carlisle

Take the A74(M) to junction 15 (Beattock) and turn onto the A701. Continue on the A701 the road through Moffat. About 11km past Tweedsmuir, turn right onto B712 (signposted for Stobo). After around 12km the road meets the A72. Turn right and head for Peebles. Once through Peebles town centre, continue on the A72. Go past Glentress (on your left) and on to Innerleithen village. Shortly after entering the village, look for the turn off to the B709 on your right (Traquair road). Follow the B709 for about 1km, then turn left at the T-junction onto the minor road. The car park is on the right hand side.

From Dumfries

Take the A701 towards Moffat. Continue through Moffat on the A701 and join the B712 (signposted for Stobo). See directions above from Carlisle

From Edinburgh

There are two main options. One is to travel via Peebles (see directions from Edinburgh to Glentress). The other is to join the A7 from the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass at Dalkeith. Head south through Gorebridge. Just past North Middleton, turn left onto the B7007. This merges with the B709 after about 14km, which leads straight into Innerleithen village. Arriving in Innerleithen village, turn right onto the A72 (towards Peebles) then look for the turn off on the left for the continuation of the B709 (Traquair Road) before the end of the village. After about 1km, turn left at the T-junction onto the minor road. The car park is on the right hand side.

From Glasgow

Head east on the M8, then turn off at Newhouse to take the A73 via Carluke to Lanark. From Lanark, take the A721 / A72 via Carnwath to Peebles. Continue through Peebles town centre on the A72 and on past Glentress to Innerleithen village, around 10km further. Shortly after entering the village, look for the turn off to the B709 on your right (Traquair Road). Follow the B709 for about 1km, then turn left at the T-junction onto the minor road. The car park is on the right hand side.

From Newcastle

Follow the A696 and then the A68 through Jedburgh. Just past Newton St Boswells, turn left onto the A6091 through Melrose. The road becomes the A72 just by Galashiels. Follow the A72 to Innerleithen village. Go through the centre and look for the turning for the B709 (Traquair Road) on your left towards the end of the village. Follow the B709 for about 1km, then turn left at the T-junction onto the minor road. The car park is on the right hand side.

For Directions To Glentress

See how to get here - Glentress.

By Public Transport (Train)

The closest stations are at Carstairs and Edinburgh, from where there are bus connections to Peebles and connections to regional and national cycle networks (see by bike, above). Both are roughly 45km from Glentress.

Services to Carstairs are provided by First Scotrail and Virgin Trains. They also provide services to Edinburgh, along with National Express East Coast.

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)

First Edinburgh service 62 runs daily from Edinburgh to Innerleithen, taking around 1 hour 20 minutes. Please note that bikes currently cannot be carried on this service.

There are no direct services from Glasgow, Carlisle, or Newcastle, however, connections from Newcastle and Glasgow can be made in Edinburgh, and there is a connection to Innerleithen from Galashiels if travelling from Carlisle.

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 Edinburgh, roughly 40km from Peebles. Car hire is available at the airport and regular bus connections to Glentress via Peebles are available from Edinburgh city centre.

For more details of flights, see the Edinburgh Airport website.

By Bike

National Cycle Route 1 runs through Innerleithen, about 7km from the trail head at Glentress. Innerleithen is around 45km from Edinburgh.

The B7062 offers a quiet option for cycling from Peebles to Innerleithen. Follow the road to the junction with the B709 at Traquair, then turn left, heading back towards Innerleithen. After about 1.5km, the road bends to the left, with a minor road straight ahead. Turn onto the minor road. The trail head is on the right hand side.

Traveline Scotland

Use the Traveline Scotland box below to plan a journey to Innerleithen 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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Glentress Café 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am-4.30pm
Wednesday: Closed

Saturday, Sunday: 9am-5pm

For more information see:



Glentress has several parking options. The trail head is at Glentress Peel visitor centre. 

Car Parking Charges:

 £2 for 1 hour perfect if you’re stopping off for some food and refreshments in the café.
 £5 per day (or £3.50 for 3 hours). This applies to all car parks at this location Glentress Peel (over 100 spaces), Falla Brae, Buzzards Nest and our two overflow car parks.
You can pay car park charges by credit or debit card (with chip and pin) in the two Glentress Peel car parks and the Buzzard's Nest car park.  If you prefer to pay by cash the machines accept all denomination coins but do not accept notes.



Forest Park Gateway building (toilets, showers & changing) at Glentress Peel:

Open Mon - Fri : 9am - 4.30pm

  Sat & Sun: 9am - 5.00pm

Gateway Facilities will be closed 25th & 26th December, 1st & 2nd January

Showers cost £1 for 5 minutes

Bike Hire

Alpine Bikes
Monday - Friday open 9.30am to 4.30pm;
Saturday & Sunday open 9am - 5pm

Advanced booking is recommended. Phone 01721 724522 for bookings and further information.

Bike hire is also available in Peebles and in Innerleithen.

Glentress Mountain Bike Trail Centre,, 38,

Trail Conditions

Glentress - Current at Fri 27th Nov 2015


Trails: Some trail sections on Red & Black mtb Routes closed due to tree felling operations until end of Dec 2015 (7 days/week): 


Red mtb Route:  Matrix, Lombard St, Pie Run, Mushroom Pie and Magic Mushroom closed.  Diversion from post 45 to post 54 (Tourist Trap).  Also Pennels Vennel closed long term due to windblown trees, with diversion from post 37 to post 38 (Spookywood Climb entry).


Black mtb Route:  Last part of Redemption Climb, Ewok Village, XX, Bitch, Wormhole & Magic Mushroom closed.  Diversion from post 87 to post 54. 


Greens & Blue mtb Routes, Skills Area & Freeride Park remain fully open.


Conditions:  Wet - puddles in places.  


Diversions: See above


More info: Contact 07834 435380


Innerleithen - Current at Fri 27th Nov 2015

Caution!  Part or all of trailhead carpark likely to flood at present.  Please park in Innerleithen town if required.


DH Trails: All open.


XC Trail:  All open.   


Conditions: Wet - puddles in places.  


Diversions: Short diversion on XC Trail at the very end of the Lead Mine Climb and for first 100m of Clattering Path (post 18) due to storm damaged trees. 


More Info: Contact 07834 435380


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