Tweed Valley Exploro

(11 customer reviews)

Ride info

Days: 4 (Mon-Thur)
Style: Enduro
Level: 8

MTB Ride Level 8


4 nights B&B
Stylish hotel
Ensuite rooms
Bike store & charging


Day 1: 24 mi | 39 km
Day 2: 23 mi | 37 km
Day 3: 11 mi | 18 km
Day 4: 24 mi | 15 km


Day 1: 2,635 ft | 805 m
Day 2: 3,195 ft | 974 m
Day 3: 2,070 ft | 631 m
Day 4: 2,550 ft | 777 m

Tweed Valley Exploro

(11 customer reviews)

15-19 June:
The Classic Exploro
24-28 August:
New – Exploro 2 (same level)

Deposit from £250
from £590 (non-residential) £740 (B&B)

Scotland’s world-class trails – brought to you in a four-day intermediate level adventure to remember. Some of the UK’s very best mountain biking, supported by Marmalade’s experts.

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New routes for 2025!

Our regulars love the classic itinerary and have been coming back for more ever since we launched the ‘Exploro’ and with so much to offer across the Tweed Valley, Liz our local expert has been working hard on an exciting fresh itinerary that will run for the first time in August 2025. Just like our ‘Classic’ trip it will feature four progressive and carefully curated days of riding in the UK’s best destination for singletrack riding.

World-class mountain biking

Each year, the world’s best mountain bikers flock to the Tweed Valley to compete in the Enduro World Series. The Tweed Valley is home to some of the UK’s most exciting, most scenic and most challenging riding. Renowned locations like Glentress and Innerleithen offer a wealth of trails, while the surrounding moors, forests and peaks of the Scottish Borders are waiting to be explored.

The best off-road combination

Marmalade’s Tweed Valley trip blends together the best of both worlds: the famous singletrack  rollercoasters of the trail centres with the unspoiled backcountry trails known only to local experts. And when each day’s riding is done, we relax in our carefully selected cosy accommodation, enabling you to refuel, refresh and hit the next day’s trails ready to roll.

A challenge that’s within reach

Just 90 minutes north of the border, the off-road heaven of the Tweed Valley isn’t far away, giving you and your bike international-level trail bliss without having to leave the UK.

The itineraries are optimised for experienced intermediate riders, giving you your own taste of this amazing landscape. (If you’re looking for advanced-level Tweed Valley thrills, let’s arrange a custom private trip for you and your friends!)

Local expertise

Marmalade’s Scotland specialist is Liz Peacock, a British Cycling Level 3 leader and coach who knows the trails of the Tweed Valley intimately. Liz will guide you, support you and ensure that you see the very best of the Tweed Valley.

Options for advanced riders

These trips are designed to give experienced intermediate riders an opportunity to explore and build their skills. But if you already ride at an advanced level, we would love to show you the best of the Tweed Valley. Let’s arrange a custom experience that’s tailored to you and your riding.

Details for your Tweed Valley MTB weekend trip

We have carefully crafted these four day trips aimed at strong intermediate riders to provide you with the very best format and team to experience the awesome Tweed Valley. Mix this all together with the usual fun and social elements that we are famous for and you have the perfect recipe for an unbeatable experience and lifelong memories.

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Rooms & Prices

Full details of our 2025 Tweed Valley trip is below, along with additional information on the other tabs. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Dates:
    • 15 June – 19 June 2025
    • 24 August – 28 August 2025
    • Ride days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Places available: 8 (max.)
    • 1:8 ratio of riders to our fully qualified British Cycling Level 3 MTB Leader
  • Total price per person: (incl. VAT)
    • Without accommodation = £590
      • We can advise on local campsites and other accommodation providers
    • Single room = £820
    • Standard twin room (shared) = £740
      • See further twin room information and options below
    • Standard twin/double room (single occupancy) = £860
    • Standard double (couples) = £740
  • Twin room options:
    • Available for friends who are happy to share
  • Payment (booking 60 days or more before trip)
    • 30% deposit on booking, by credit/debit card
    • Balance due 60 days before trip, by bank payment
    • Subject to our standard Terms and Conditions
  • Payment (booking less than 60 days before trip)
    • Full balance payable on booking, by credit/debit card

What’s included:

  • 4 nights bed and breakfast at the amazing Traquair Arms Hotel
    • B&B: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
      • Single and shared occupancy en-suite rooms available (see above)
      • Additional pre & post trip nights available by booking direct with Traquair Arms Hotel
  • 4 fully guided days by Liz Peacock a fully qualified British Cycling Level 3 MTB leader and Level 2 coach

What’s not included:

  • Evening meals and drinks
  • Travel to (day 1) and from (final day) the accommodation
  • Personal health, activity and holiday insurance
    • The above is a requirement for your participation on this trip
  • Bike hire (options available – please contact us)
  • Bike spares
  • Ride day lunches, snacks and drinks

To read the full terms and conditions please visit them here. Thank you.

Your choice of Bike

These routes can be ridden on all kinds of mountain bike depending on your personal choice. In the right hands hardtail bikes would be sufficient, and we increasingly see e-bikes in our groups – as well as full suspension trail and enduro bikes. All are welcome. Each climb, and each descent, is taken at the speed that’s right for you, and we manage our groups carefully to ensure no-one feels left behind.

Ideally, you will have your own suitable full suspension modern ‘all mountain’ / ‘trail’ mountain bike:

  • 120 mm of suspension travel with modern geometry is the bare minimal for this trip
  • 140-160 mm of suspension travel on an ‘all-mountain’ / ‘trail’ bike would be perfect
  • Electric mountain bikes are welcome
  • Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this 4 day trip
Is this for me?
  • You will be at least a strong and experienced intermediate rider with a minimum of 2-3 years regular mountain biking experience
  • The above experience would include example routes and locations that you have successfully ridden such as:
    • Jacobs ladder in the Peak District
    • The Trans Cambrian Way and the Elan Valley
    • The Gap in the Brecon Beacons
    • Technical red trails with some black features in places like Bike Park Wales, Afan and Coed-y-Brenin
  • You will have confident in your bike handling skills and not be phased by steep, technical and long trails that would be graded predominantly red with some black sections
  • The trails will include features such as roots, small to medium committing roll-able drop-offs and slopes with loose rocks of varying sizes
    • Your professional Level 3 MTB leaders will dynamically manage the group and individuals during each day. There will not be any pressure to ride features or sections above your riding ability on the day
  • You have your own suitable full suspension modern ‘all mountain’ / ‘trail’ mountain bike
    • 120 mm of suspension travel with modern and aggressive geometry is the bare minimal for this trip
    • 140-160 mm of suspension travel on an ‘all-mountain’ / ‘trail’ bike would be perfect
    • Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this 3 day trip
  • The ride does contain many undulating and moderately steep, technical and long climbs
  • You have the personal fitness to ride for at least 6-8 hours on consecutive days at a social and comfortable pace
  • You are aged 18 and over unless accompanied by an adult also participating on this ride
  • If this sounds a little beyond your current skill and fitness level, then please do contact us for further discussion
June: The Classic Exploro
Day One: Glentress Warm Up & Coaching
  • Duration: 3-5 hours *
  • Distance: 24 mi | 39 km *
  • Elevation gain: 2,635 ft | 805 *
  • Technical Grade: Experienced intermediate (minimum)

Day 1 is all about shaking off the journey and giving you a warm-up that will ready you for the rest of the week. Glentress is our starting point – probably the most famous trail centre in Scotland. We spend the day exploring the serpentine singletrack, using our knowledge of the off-piste trails to cherry-pick the best sections.

We add some focussed coaching to refresh your skills with the kind of techniques you’ll find yourself relying upon later in the week.

Day Two: A day in the wilds
  • Duration: 5-7 hours ride time *
  • Distance: 23 mi | 37 km *
  • Elevation gain: 3,195 ft | 974m *
  • Technical Grade: Experienced intermediate (minimum)

We take you off the beaten track, with a 37km off-road loop that starts with a climb through Traquair Forest to Minch Moor and then across to the Three Brethren. Then we visit Yair Forest with its awesome natural singletrack, ahead of the return to Innerleithen, where the matrix of rocky trails brings us home smiling.

Day Three: Exploring Innerleithen
  • Duration: 3-5 hours ride time *
  • Distance: 11 mi | 18 km *
  • Elevation gain: 2,070 ft | 631 m *
  • Technical Grade: Experienced intermediate (minimum)

Innerleithen has so much to offer, so today we truly explore this off-road paradise. We combine the best trail centre sections with our own ‘off-piste’ options, full of flow and opportunities to take your riding to the next level. All the time, we keep a careful eye on your biking, fine-tuning the day’s challenges to hit the right level for the group.

Day Four: Golfie goodness
  • Duration: 3-5 hours ride time *
  • Distance: 24 mi | 15 km *
  • Elevation gain:  2,550 ft | 777 m *
  • Technical Grade: Experienced intermediate (minimum)

We save the best for last, with a trip to Caberston Forest – known to local bikers as the ‘Golfie’. By now, you’ve built the skills and confidence to feel at home sampling some of the Tweed Valley’s more advanced options – and with Liz’s careful guidance, you’ll experience the satisfaction of riding trails that just a few days ago might have felt our of reach for intermediate riders.

August: New – Exploro 2

Just like the established ‘Classic’ the Exploro2 will be aimed at experienced intermediate riders who have a desire to challenge themselves on the long and twisting trails of this famous valley. Liz is putting the final touches to her revised routes. Be rest assured, the ride stats, fun factor and adventure will be just as good as the ‘Classic’ and we will be based again at the amazing Traquair Arms for the all important rest, drink and hearty local food.
Coming soon… all the details will be published on this page!

Minimum of 2-3 years mountain biking experience with regular experience on steep, technical and natural trails

See ‘Is this for me tab’

Any questions, please contact us

* for each day the distances and elevation gain will depend on weather and the overall riding level of the group. As ever our rides will be sociable and relaxed which will dictate how much climbing and different trails we fit in, especially on Day 1, 3 and 4. This is big country and we appreciate we need to look after our legs, therefore to maximise the smiles we will take all day if required to pace ourselves

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What do I need?

Equipment, kit and clothing


  • Suitable mountain bike in good working order
  • Helmet (in good condition, with no damage)
  • Clothing and shoes appropriate for cycling and weather conditions on the day
  • Personal choice of drink and ride snacks
  • Spare rear mech hanger specific for your bike


  • Gloves
  • Glasses, sunglasses or eyeshields
  • Hydration backpack (min. 2 liters)
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Spare spokes specific to your bike wheels
  • Puncture repair kit and bicycle pump
  • Padded cycling shorts for comfort

What’s not included

  • Bike hire – this can be booked with one our recommended local partners
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Pre, during or post activity refreshments
  • Personal travel or accident Insurance
  1. Graham Robins

    Fantastic 4 days of fun on a great selection of flowing and technically challenging trails in the Tweed Valley. Nice climbs with beautiful views across the hills.
    Thanks Liz for excellently guiding us through a great selection of trails to suit the group and challenge us. As always working hard to make sure we all enjoy it.
    Lovely company thanks all, great riding and places to eat and drink.
    Will be back again next year.

  2. Lahrie Mohamed

    Amazing experience and fun with a fantastic group of riders. This would not be possible without the expert guidance and coaching of Liz. Thank you Liz and Marmalade. Looking forward to riding with you again.

  3. mplomax92

    The Tweed Valley is a unique mountain biking experience. There is a vast range of single tracks spread across the area most of which are a tough challenge and many for the most advanced riders only. There is also much to do for those looking for touring days. We benefitted from having Liz Peacock as our guide with her considerable experience of the area and an ability to fit the itinerary to the group.
    Superb week which stretched my abilities while building my confidence. I am looking forward to a return trip.

  4. Zoe Codd

    I’d a wonderful time on this trip. I was one of the slowest and least experienced in the group but that didn’t matter. Liz’s expert leadership and knowledge of the trails meant that I felt confident about going down each run and knew what features lay ahead. It was great fun !

  5. Andy Christie

    Another amazing trip with Marmalade. Liz’s trail knowledge is outstanding, she also supported everyone in the group and gave detailed outlines of the features ahead of tackling each trail. Wonderful group and will definitely be back next year for more Tweed Valley action. Would thoroughly recommend Marmalade MTB and look forward to the next trip!

  6. Paulo Gomes

    It’s my first Tweed Valley trip and am now addicted! Epic views, progressive, challenging and rewarding trails. Liz is a brilliant guide and coach – she provided the preparation and confidence to tackle some of the best class technical trails. I am hooked and will be back – bring on 2024!

  7. Gaynor

    Back from a return trip to the infamous Tweed Valley with Marmalade and Liz, and had a blast, fantastic trails with some new ones thrown in for good measure adding a bit of variation from last years trip to keep you on your toes. Awesome guiding and coaching from Liz who offers great support so you get the most out of the trip I will be back again

  8. Graham Robins

    Just finished another excellently organised 4 days of mountain biking in the Tweed Valley, fantastic technical and exciting trails. Liz skilfully guides the trip to make sure it is challenging, fun and works hard to make sure everyone has the best time.
    As with all the trips I’ve done with Marmalade the hotel was superb, with some of the best food I’ve had. Thanks to the other riders for fun, laughs and good company.
    Many thanks to Marmalade for another first class trip, see you soon.

  9. John czogalik

    Hi this will be 5th weekend/week trip with Marmalade this year and again another Fantastic trip don’t worry if you are on your own and not sure about your riding level you will be well looked after with this friendly set up no problem at all looking forward to my next trip Most likely the Lakes 2023 5 star again Sean and Liz

  10. Gaynor Thorpe

    Second trip with Marmalade and I just can’t praise them enough!!!
    This time round was Tweed Valley, you can tell a huge amount of work goes into setting up of these trips as they run so smooth.

    TV was epic, with stacks of steep and techi trails. Liz is an awesome guide, picking the best of the trails and offering reassurance when needed too! Cheers I will be back for more
    5 +

  11. banc293

    Loved this trip. Scenery, hotel, itinerary, group and even the weather
    Sean and Liz did everything possible to make sure each individual progressed, and that we all had fun along the way. Great local knowledge, lots of options, technical help with bikes, and plenty of encouragement. My riding progressed more than I expected

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