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 Biking where 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.

A new bike bus has been launched by Argyll and Bute Council. The service with space for 16 passengers and up to 12 bicycles operates between Balloch and Ardgartan.
Timetable and fares information here BikeBus Timetable.

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