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DAY 08, 31st July 2016- Cowal
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DAY 08, 31st July 2016- Cowal

On day 8 of the Wild About Argyll adventure Mark explored the stunning Cowal peninsula. He mountain biked the Cowal Way from Portavadie to Glenbranter, doing a time trial on the old Glendaruel Road. In the afternoon he quadbiked in the hills around Dunoon before cycling the famous Hell's Glen and Rest & Be Thankful mountain pass to Ardgarten.

Here's Mark's blog about Day 8
Day 8 of Wild About Argyll was exploring the area of Cowal. Nearby Portavadie at the popular touristy village of Kames I joined a few locals on the newly refurbished 57 mile Cowal Way to film some mountain biking. Both of them promptly crashed quite spectacularly, making some hilarious out-takes - thankfully I managed to stay rubber side down this time!

Swapping onto the road bikes we then explored the stunning old road along Glendaruel, before gaining an engine and four wheels at Quadmania Scotland. Through forests and steep heather hillside, the views back over Loch Long looking north east and over the Clyde estuary and Glasgow looking south, got better and better - it was a superb few hours off-roading.

Back on the road bike I took on two iconic climbs, Hells Glen from Loch Fyne and then the old road on the Rest and Be Thankful down Glen Croe, famed for its historic hills sprints. Jackie Stewart described famously said, 'it's a special place for me, the cradle of my life in motor racing'

I did my best to live up to its racing pedigree with three fast descents and uphill slogs - repeated for the cameras, incase you were wondering! We finished with a cracking sunset and views across Loch Long... but that onward adventure would have to wait for day 9 of Wild About Argyll.
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