Feel the burn as you tackle steep climbs, the serenity as you reach the summit and the thrill as you race back down. Mountain biking offers a singular feeling of accomplishment, while also allowing you to be fun and fancy free. In the South we have tough trails that can push you to your limit, but we also have tracks that can get you started in this addictive sport.

Head for any of the 7stanes mountain bike centres – stane means stone in Scots and each of the centres has an artistic stone carving situated on site for discovery.

For beginners or groups with multiple skill sets, check out Kirroughtree, Mabie and Newcastleton Forests. Cyclists that love to take in a little culture as they ride should aim for Glentress near Peebles, whilst nearby Innerleithen is great for adrenaline junkies.