Ardlamont Loop Cycle

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There are some spectacular family cycle runs to be had in Argyll’s Secret Coast, where the country roads are quiet and the scenery is spectacular. This ten miles route starts at Kames and is a great choice for a family cycle. 

The route spins you along the coast road, hugging the water’s edge where grey seals haul out to bask like bananas on the rocks. You'll pass Carry Farm before heading off along the road to Ardlamont Point where the road swings inland and climbs to Ardlamont House, the ancestral home of the Lamont family. Some effort is required as you tackle the first serious rise, but it’s well worth it for the spectacular views at the top at Cora. You can see all the way from the Ayrshire Coast right down to Skipness at the bottom of the Kintyre Peninsula and, on a very clear day, the Irish coastline is just visible.

Collect the reward of a downhill run before another climb to the top of the hill overlooking beautiful Kilbride Bay, known locally as Ostel Bay, where you can have a dip in the sea. The long downhill stretch takes you past Kilbride Farmhouse (in the summer you can treat yourself to some homebaking from the pop-up cafe here) and the pedestrian and bike access to Ostel Bay before you reach Millhouse crossroads. Continue right at the crossroads to complete the last mile of the loop back to Kames and a well-earned refreshment at Kames Hotel.