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Scottish Field - - BORDERS, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY -

Moun­tain bik­ing

You can try one of the 7Stanes moun­tain bik­ing cen­tres dot­ted around the area, with routes for be­gin­ners, fam­i­lies and ex­perts. Or head to Glen­tress For­est with graded trails and a free-ride area. This au­tumn, Traquair is part­ner­ing with Tweedlove Bike Fes­ti­val to host the Bomb­track Gran Fon­duro 2018 on 29 Septem­ber. It’s a gravel bike ride based in the grounds with 100km or 60km op­tions to choose from.

www.glen­tress­for­est.com www.gran­fon­duro.cc Stargaz­ing

Gal­loway For­est Park is the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, span­ning 777km2 of for­est glens, lochs and some of the high­est hills in south­ern Scot­land. Pack a flask, wrap up warm and head to the Scot­tish Dark Sky Ob­ser­va­tory near Dalmelling­ton where there are two pow­er­ful tele­scopes and an open roof mak­ing you feel like you’re out in the wild with just the stars for com­pany.

www.scot­tish­dark­sky­ob­ser­va­tory.co.uk Fish­ing

With rivers like the Nith (Dum­fries), Cree (Gal­loway) and Tweed (Bor­ders), the area is su­perb for salmon, trout and sea trout fish­ing while the re­gion’s waters also sup­port a va­ri­ety of coarse species. This com­bined with lochs hold­ing wild and stocked trout and a coast­line for sea fish­ing makes the area a par­adise for an­glers.

www.fish­pal.com/Scot­land

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