Cycling in Argyll and The Isles

In recent years cycling has become a popular leisure activity in Argyll and the Isles. Cycling round Argyll and the Isles is a great way to see Argyll and the Isles at your own pace and many cycle routes have been designed to pass famous locations without being too strenuous.

There are a number of fantastic cycling opportunities to enjoy while in Argyll and The Isles. The varied landscape of the region provides a fantastic cycling experience for all ages and abilities. From gently rolling hills, mountainous roads to dramatic coastal landscapes you are sure to enjoy a cycling trip in Argyll and The Isles. Whether you are after a leisurely family cycle along quiet country roads or a downhill white-knuckle ride on a mountain trail you are sure to enjoy a thrilling cycling experience in Argyll and The Isles.

Cycle the 120 mile route from Oban to Campbeltown. Using part of the National Cycle Network, adventurous cyclists are able to explore Lorn, Knapdale and the spectacular Kintyre Peninsula. Along the way there are fantastic views of the Islands of Islay, Jura and Arran, as well as pretty harbours, castles, abbeys and ancient stones to explore. Forest trails provide safe off-road cycling in the Inverliever and Inverinan Forests on the western shores of Loch Awe, and Barcaldine Forest north of Loch Etive, while the Argyll Forest Park also offers a number of exciting trails a great chance to spot the local wildlife.

For those looking for more off-road pursuits, the 19km Fire Tower Trail might be for you. Seasoned riders will be in for a treat with amazing scenery, awesome drop-offs and flowing single tracks. Jump the huge Quarry Drop or dare to try the colossal slope, aptly named Murder Hill!

We recommend using Sustrans national cycle network app, which is free on Apple and Android and enables the user access to over 25,000 miles of walking and cycling across the UK. Click here for a range of pubs with rooms catering for cycling holidays.


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