For the ultimate in island hopping, try the five ferries route to take the contrasting landscapes of Arran, the Kintyre Peninsula, Portavadie and the Cowal Peninsula and Bute to finish back on the mainland in Wemyss Bay.
This epic route runs for 70 miles and will give you a memorable introduction to all that Argyll & the Isles has to offer; stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, magnificent wildlife and, of course, great food drink and hospitality.
If you fancy a challenge, with some careful planning and furious pedalling, it is possible to do it all in a day.
Many prefer to follow the route from south to north, starting in Campbeltown (via by the seasonal ferry from Ardrossan) or the West Coast Motors bus from Glasgow. It’s advisable to check ferry timetables and whether bikes are allowed on board before travelling as arrangements are subject to seasonal variations.
Running 120 miles from Campbeltown to Oban (National Cycle Route 78), the route can be ridden in one go or split up into smaller stretches. With beautiful coastal stretches and views across to the islands and sea lochs, you’ll see ancient castles, stone circles, and incredible wildlife.
Planning your journey
The traditional route is by car or bus via the A82.
For a slight detour, follow the A83 to Lochgilphead, follow the Crinan Canal before travelling through Kilmartin Glen and northwards to Oban and Lorn.
Or sit back and relax on a regular train or bus journey from Glasgow to Oban.
The Highland Explorer
Connecting Glasgow to Oban
The perfect way to travel to and from Oban for the conscious traveller and adventure seekers! Hop on the Scotrail Highland Explorer with your bike and backpack, on the dedicated adventure carriages.