Dumfries & Galloway is the home of cycling, as the bicycle was invented here by Kirkpatrick McMillan in 1840, so it's no suprise that we have some of the best cycling routes in the country.
If you are after adventure on your bike you'll love the world class mountain biking centres, the 7 Stanes. Dalbeattie, Kirroughtree, Ae and Mabie forest are all within a short drive from Barend.
There is a broad range of trails on offer and it is the granite rock that defines the riding here. While the green-graded Ironhash trail offers easy biking mostly on forest roads, the blue-graded Moyle Hill route will have your tyres crossing short sections of rough rock and narrow trail - but the riding is fun rather than difficult.
On the red-graded Hardrock trail things go up a gear, and the surface becomes both rougher and rockier, with several notably challenging stretches. It's the black-graded sections, however - The Slab, the Terrible Twins and Volunteer Ridge - that get people talking and the heart racing.
Recent trail building has increased the amount of singletrack in the routes and, at the trail head, a skills area with differently-graded loops gives a taste of Dalbeattie riding for those new to the area or to mountain biking. The skills trails total 1.5km in length and are on 100% singletrack.
Mabie forest, the original mountain biking venue in the South West of Scotland, lies just a few miles south of Dumfries, about 10 miles from Barend and caters for beginners right through to the most expert of riders.With a skills area, cafe, bike hire and shop on site, it is definitely not to missed.
Ae's green- and blue-graded trails are ideal for entry level riders and families, while its red-graded and downhill routes are for the more experienced rider.
For further details about all the 7 Stane mountain biking centres visit www.forestry.gov.uk
Not one of the 7Stanes but a venue not to be missed. Challenge yourself to an exhilarating mountain bike trail through some of Scotland's finest scenery. The forest, which hosts Scottish and British mountain bike events, is fast becoming one of the UK's premier venues for cross country racing. Since 2002 Drumlanrig has played host to the National Points Series and Scottish Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships on a specially constructed course designed by Rik Allsop of Rik's Bike Shed. For further details www.drumlanrig.com