The 'Argyll 190' Motorcycle Route
If you love motorcyling then you'll love the 'Argyll 190', a new motorbike route created by Argyll & Bute Council. There are many fantastic roads in Scotland for motorbiking, but this one has it all: interesting corners, spectacular views, flowing bends and coastal scenery. It doesn't attract those who want to go for a ‘spirited ride’ – this is very much a ‘scenic ride’. One big attraction of this route is that you can do a detour to some of the Islands (Arran, Jura, Islay, Gigha, Colonsay) to add an extra dose of adventure.
Starting at the popular town of Inveraray, the ‘Argyll 190’ sets off along the A83 heading south to Lochgilphead. Follow the A83 through the town and around the top of Loch Gilp which is a scenic stretch and a taster of things to come. You the pass through Ardrishaig before taking the B8024 signposting Kilberry to the right. This is a glorious ride along a sigle track road. The views as you drop down to Loch Caolisport are amazing.
The B8024 re-joins the A83 just south of Tarbert. This section of the A83 is open and flowing with good vistas over Loch Tarbert. On leaving Clachan the road opens out and on a clear day the views out to Gigha and Islay beyond are fantastic. On arriving at Kilkenzie the road leaves the coast and turns inland towards Campbeltown. From Campbeltown pick up the B842 for the 10-mile ride to Southend. Southend, at the southern tip of Kintyre, is the half way point on the route, you can dip your toes in the sea on the beach.
You then head back to Campbeltown and take the B842, which heads up the east coast of Kintyre. This coast line is far more undulating than the west coast. There are numerous places to stop and admire the view from Carradale northward with some spectacular views across to Arran. The road re-joins the A83 at Kennacraig for the return ride to Inveraray, passing through the pretty little village of Tarbert.
Note: The B8024 and B842 are not suitable for overtaking, you are reliant on the vehicle in front pulling into a passing place to let you past.