The Glen

The Glen Stats

Grade: Green - Easy
Distance: 6Km
Singletrack: 35 %
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1 hr

The Glen and Palgowan trails start out together sharing track on the blue route. The trail crosses the Black Linn Bridge and meanders along its banks, through tall larch trees, before joining forest track.


Continue climbing out of the trees and onto a section of contouring singletrack, following it to a road crossing where you can choose your route.


If you take the Glen route continue on the same gentle singletrack as the blue route around the Pulnagashel Glen before dropping back down on forest tracks which lead back to the visitor centre.

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

tony and sophie(7 years old)
Did The Glen a couple of weeks ago and it was well cool, views were fantastic. Quite hard for a 7 year old but still very enjoyable!
Luckily living only an hour away makes Glentrool very accessible for me, as I begin my mountain biking career anew after a gap of ten years. Have ridden both green routes and the blue route over the last week or so, and loved every minute of it, even the climbs. Today was great - beautiful warm sunshine as we tackled The Palgowan and Green Tor. The Green Tor (blue route) scared the living daylights out of me but was still a huge amount of fun. Highly recommended, and I know how lucky I am to have this practically on my doorstep!

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Glentrool Visitor Centre

Winter opening: weekends only 11am - 3.30pm.

For more information please contact: 01671 840302.



Car parking is available at Glentrool Visitor Centre. Parking costs £1 per hour, £2 for up to 3 hours and £3 for all day.

More than 7 people would be classed as a minibus, which is £12 for a day.



New toilet block now open which is located within the visitor centre.

Bike Hire

Kirkcowan Cycles is in Newton Stewart and offers bike sales, repairs, servicing, parts, accessories and cycle hire.

Opening Times

Mon - Sat 8.30am - 5.30pm (Year Round)
Wed late night opening 8.30am - 8.30pm

 Tel: 01671 401529



The Breakpad Bike and Outdoor Shop

Open daily -
10am -

They offer a wide range of demo and hire bikes, bike sales, with a fully equipped workshop for service and repairs on site.  Bike wash facilities are available. 

Call 01671 401303  for more information



Trail Conditions

Current on Thursday 4th February 2016

Please note: Update - Stroan Bridge is open to cars and bikes only. The visitor centre is open as normal (winter opening hours). Access to Glentrool is restricted due to severe weather-damage to Stroan Bridge. We're continuing to work with the local authority to repair and fully re-open the bridge asap. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Trails: All open.

Conditions:  Please take extra care when high winds are forecast as this could lead to windblown trees across the trail.

Diversions:  Green Palgowan trail - please use shortcut due to operational tree felling work.

Big Country Route: there is likely to be increased forest operation machinery near Loch Dee due to harvesting in that area. Please follow onsite signage.

More Info: contact Ben, the Ranger, on 0300 067 6800.


Today's Weather

31°F / -1°C

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