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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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Oban to Campbeltown Cycle
Oban to Campbeltown Cycle
The National Cycle Network from Oban to Campbeltown, part of route 78, offers cyclists the chance to explore Kintyre, Knapdale and Lorn. It's a challenging, mostly...
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Sutherland's Grove
Sutherland's Grove
A range of woodland walks and cycle routes through a diverse landscape of gigantic fir trees, crashing waterfalls and ancient oakwoods. The cycle routes venture deeper...
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The Caledonia Way - Campbeltown to Oban
The Caledonia Way - Campbeltown to Oban
The Caledonia Way, National Route 78 of the National Cycle Network, runs from Campbeltown to Inverness - following the Kintyre peninsula and the Great Glen, iconic...
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West Loch Lomond Cycle Route
West Loch Lomond Cycle Route
The West Loch Lomond Cycle Route starts next to Balloch Railway Station at the south of Loch Lomond and runs north along the loch for 27km to Tarbet, where you can catch...
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Wild About Argyll Bikepacking Trail
Wild About Argyll Bikepacking Trail
At 655 km (407 miles) the Wild About Argyll Trail provides an amazing cycling adventure on gravel tracks, forest roads, singletrail, quiet roads and cycle paths to...
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