Paddle Argyll – Easier than you imagine

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With a coastline longer than France and innumerable lochs and rivers, Argyll is the perfect place to ‘paddle’.   With guided groups for novices and a wide variety of challenges for those more experienced Argyll is the perfect paddling playground. Continue reading

Cycle Argyll – Top Tips

bike shot loch eck 1 Argyll and the Isles is a fantastic place to cycle, whether you are into road touring, mountain biking or just out for a family cycle there are plenty of options to choose from.  Argyll and the Isles is less than 2 hours drive from the central belt of Scotland making a great location for a day out, weekend away or longer. Cowal provides some excellent routes for cycling a great resource is ExploreCowal Bikingwhere you can find some detailed information about different routes. Forestry Commission Scotland also has some cycling routes in Argyll Forest ParkFCS Argyll Forest Park Cycling Bute – The Island of Bute offers some great cycling with gentle climbs and quiet roads, nothing too strenuous but rewarded with beautiful scenery. Mid-Argyll- The Crinan Canal tow-path offers a great easy cycle route between Ardrishaig and Crinan (9 miles) flat easy route perfect for families and coastal cyclists. Achnabreac Forest at Lochgilphead offers some great off-road cycling with the Fire Tower Mountain BikeTrails further details and the Fire Tower Mountainbike Trail leaflet can be found on Achnabreac Forest. The Forestry Commission also have a leaflet on Cycling in Mid-Argyll. Mid Argyll Cycling leaflet Kintyre – The Kintyre Peninsula has a number of options for the cyclist.  There are mountian bike trails at Beinn Ghuilean The Wee Toon Trail and there is the option to cycle the Kintyre Way or parts of it.  There is also a 32mile round trip from Campbeltown to the Mull of Kintyre a rewarding but strenuous cycle. The island of Gigha just a 20minute ferry crossing from Tayinloan on the Kintyre Peninsula takes you to the small island of Gigha only 7 miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide with beautiful sandy beaches, the stunning Achamore Gardens and much more – cycling is the perfect way to explore this special island. Gigha Oban to Campbeltown – Part of National Cycle Route 78 The Caledonia Way, this 120 mile route takes you through magnificent scenery, much or the route is on road but there are parts along the Crinan Canal and through Kilmartin Glen that are traffic free.  For more information Sustrans. Cycling Events in Argyll and the Isles There are a number of different cycling events taking place in Argyll and the Isles this year including: 22nd August – The Cowal Peninsula Sportive 2015 5th& 6th Sepember – Craggy Island Triathalon  – Oban/ Kerrera 14th September – Isle of Mull Triathalon 19th & 20th September – Mull of Kintyre Bike Challenge 20th September – Oban Sportive 2nd – 11th October Cowal Fest – night ride and Enduro

Argyll and the Isles Apps – changing the way we do tourism, forever

It’s a bold claim, but Argyll and the Isles Apps is confident that this year Argyll and the Isles will lead the rest of the country when it comes to mobile tourism with the launch of a new video website. This is the latest development in the organisation’s aim to deliver the most powerful toolkit possible to promote your business.

Developed by Marine Blast Multimedia, the company behind Argyll and the Isles Apps, the Marine Blast Videos website is aimed at the marine and tourism sectors. And this is no new development. Since its launch almost two years ago, Marine Blast Multimedia has grown its Marine Blast Directory Apps into the largest marine directory in the UK. With views of its videos on its dedicated YouTube channel standing at almost 730,000, producing videos for other businesses seems a natural progression. Continue reading