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.
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.