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Cycling mountain-biking

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore Argyll and the Isles. With stunning Scottish scenery, off-road trails and quiet country roads, this is cycling and mountain biking at its very best. Whether you’re looking for a gnarly single-track experience, an epic road route or a more gentle ride for all the family, the sheer variety on offer means that’s there’s something for everyone.

There are some truly unforgettable long-distance routes. For a real taste of freedom, why not combine island hopping with cycling? With quiet roads that hug the coast, Argyll’s islands are magical places to cycle. What’s more it’s cheap – or sometimes free – to take your bike on the ferry. Gigha’s just the thing for an easy day’s biking, Bute makes for a more demanding day, while you could spend several happy days pedalling around beautiful Islay. The fabulous 75-mile Oban Three Ferries route takes you onto Mull which is perfect for a challenging, but immensely rewarding, three-day cycle tour.

There’s also a whole network of fun and sometimes technically tough mountain bike trails to discover. The famous Fire Tower Trail winds for 19 kilometres through the forest near Lochgilphead. It has some amazing single-track sections and spectacular views thrown in for good measure. With big climbs, thrilling descents, hairy drop-offs, this is a great place to test your bike-handling skills. The forests of Knapdale and Glenbranter both offer excellent trails, while Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is criss-crossed with world-class routes. Or how about trying the Wild About Argyll Bikepacking Trail? This is Bikepacking Scotland’s first long-distance trail that is suitable for gravel and mountain bikes alike.
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Active Kintyre
Active Kintyre
Active Kintyre will help you have an active, create and unforgettable holiday in Kintyre. They can organise actvities and events and take you to magical places in...
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Ardgartan Forest Walks and Trails
Ardgartan Forest Walks and Trails
Ardgartan is part of the Argyll Forest Park, a magnificent stretch of rugged hill country that was established in 1935 as the first Forest Park for public use in...
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Argyll Forest Park
Argyll Forest Park
Stretching from the Holy Loch, an inlet of the Firth of Clyde, to the jagged peaks of the Arrochar Alps, Argyll Forest Park is a great place to walk and cycle....
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Barnluasgan and the Knapdale Beavers
Barnluasgan and the Knapdale Beavers
Barnluasgan is a lovely spot, offering a mix of easy walking trails, a cycling trail, peaceful lochs and wonderful wildlife. The highlight has to be the resident...
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Beinn Ghuilean Walks and Cycle Routes
Beinn Ghuilean Walks and Cycle Routes
Campbeltown is overlooked by Beinn Ghuilean, where there are some great mountain bike trails and walks. The 2.7km Blue Trail is an unsurfaced forest track, with easy...
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Can You Experience
Can You Experience
Let the adventure begin! Can You Experience offer a wide range of outdoor activities from the beach at Loch Lomond Shores.Canoes, kayaks, katacanus plus rowing and pedal...
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Carradale Bikes and Buggies
Carradale Bikes and Buggies
Come and explore the beautiful forest trails of Kintyre with Carradale Bikes and Buggies. As well as mountain bikes, all-terrain buggies are also available to hire,...
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Crinan Canal
Crinan Canal
The Crinan Canal is a 9-mile waterway steeped in history. Opened in 1801, it's one of Scotland’s most enduring feats of engineering. It started its life as an...
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Dunoon to Portavadie Cycle
Dunoon to Portavadie Cycle
National Route 75 of the National Cycle Network connects Leith with Portavadie and Tarbert via Edinburgh, Glasgow and the ferries between Gourock and Dunoon. At Dunoon,...
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Fearnoch Forest
Fearnoch Forest
Fearnoch is a lovely, quiet woodland near Taynuilt and is ideal for a stroll, cycle or horse-ride. Enjoy the dramatic views to Ben Cruachan from picnic tables above the...
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Fire Tower Trails
Fire Tower Trails
The Fire Tower Trails on the outskirts of Lochgilphead offer a fantastic mountain biking experience. The route is a network of single track sections linked by forest...
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Firkin Point Picnic Area and Walk
Firkin Point Picnic Area and Walk
Firkin Point can be found on the west bank of Loch Lomond about halfway between Inverbeg and Tarbet. Starting the walk from the car park and picnic site, it's...
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Gigha Boats Activity Centre
Gigha Boats Activity Centre
Experience the beautiful island of Gigha by bike or by water with Gigha Boats Activity Centre. You can hire bikes, which can also be fitted with tag-alongs, safety seats...
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Glenbranter Forest
Glenbranter Forest
Glenbranter Forest is part of the Argyll Forest Park, a magnificent stretch of rugged hill country that was established in 1935 as the first Forest Park for public use...
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Gouk Hill Muir Viewpoint on the John Muir Way
Gouk Hill Muir Viewpoint on the John Muir Way
The first (or last) leg of the John Muir Way takes you from Helensburgh to Balloch. It's nine-miles long, can be walked or cycled and takes you though stunning...
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Helensburgh and Lomond Cycleways
Helensburgh and Lomond Cycleways
The Helensburgh and Lomond cycleways are part of the National Cycle Route 7, which runs from Sunderland to Inverness via Penrith, Carlisle, Dumfries, Ayr, Glasgow,...
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John Muir Way
John Muir Way
The John Muir Way, which opened in 2014, is a fabulous long-distance route running through central Scotland and linking Helensburgh in Argyll in the west to Dunbar in...
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Luing Bike Hire
Luing Bike Hire
Luing Bike Hire offers bicycles to hire for adults and children. Tag-alongs and trailers are available for parents with their children and helmets are provided free of...
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Mull Electrical Bike Hire
Mull Electrical Bike Hire
Explore the beauty of Mull and Iona up close with power assisted bikes. The power assist helps when you pedal, making it perfect for getting up hills (Mull has a lot of...
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Oban Cycles
Oban Cycles
Oban Cycles is your first stop for hires, sales and repairs.They have a large fleet of hire bikes and a fully equipped workshop with Cytech qualified mechanics who offer...
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