One of seven forest biking centres in southern Scotland – known collectively as the 7 Stanes (w 7stanes.gov.uk) – Glentress Forest, two miles east of Peebles on the A72, has some of the best mountain biking in Scotland. There are five superb, carefully crafted purpose-built trails, colour-coded for difficulty, and a fantastic bike hire centre, The Hub (t 01721 72136, w thehubintheforest.co.uk).

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