Wild About Argyll Bikepacking Trail

At 655 km (407 miles) the Wild About Argyll Trail provides an amazing cycling adventure on gravel tracks, forest roads, singletrail, quiet roads and cycle paths to discover Scotland's Adventure Coast. It can be ridden in one go or split up into different sections, well-served by public transport along the route. Bikepacking is a form of exploring the backcountry on your bike, fully self-sufficient.

As Scotland has some of the best access laws in the world it comes as no surprise that people from across the globe come here to discover the many old drovers' and military roads, mountain passes, walking tracks and tiny country roads on their bikes. The Wild About Argyll Trail can be ridden all year round and is suitable for gravel and mountain bikes.

The best time to visit is from April to October. Some sections can be muddy or boggy in wet weather conditions. Starting out in Helensburgh, the route takes in some of Argyll's most stunning locations, including Cowal, Kintyre, Oban, Loch Awe and Loch Lomond.

The route travels though the dramatic landscape of the Ardgartan Peninsula, along Loch Eck and through Puck's Glen and across the rugged landscapes and steep coastal roads in East Kintyre. You can enjoy the views from the highest point at Allt Dearg Community Wind Farm and the descent to Achahoish and cycle through the Glen Nant National Nature Reserve and along the forest roads around Loch Awe and Avich Falls.

And if you are not cycling, there's plenty of opportunity to taste whisky and craft beers, to go island hopping, swim in crystal clear water, breathe pure air, watch magnificent sunsets and see starry skies that will take your breath away. You'll also discover incredible wildlife, a rich Highland history and fabulous local food. All of this just a hop and a skip from Glasgow

Below you can download the route for your GPS and find the full route description, as well as details about transport links and facilities, on the Bikepacking Scotland website.

Full Route and GPX Files

These are the individual sections. Please click on the links, where you will find the GPX files to download and a detailed route description:

Section 1 – Helensburgh to Portavadie

Section 2 – Tarbert to Oban

Section 3 – Lismore

Section 4 – Port Appin to Helensburgh