Road Cycling

Cycling Scotland's Adventure Coast

If you love to cover lots of miles, then you have many to choose from across Argyll and our inhabited islands. With a mix of long sinuous main roads and more intricate single track roads weaving along the coast and around our islands. The ever-changing scenery and landscapes will keep you company as you pedal away!

Some main routes

If you want to get your head down and cover the miles, the main trunk roads are the A83 from Campbeltown to Tarbet on Loch Lomond side and th A84 linking Tyndrum across to Oban. The A816 weaves north from Lochilphead to Oban and then the A82 up to Ballachullish with an optional link back to Tyndrum on the A82 through Glen Coe. The A815 links down from the head of Loch Fyne to Dunoon with an optional spur down the A886 at Strachur to Colintraive.

Loops to inspire you

Part of the beauty of Argyll is being able to pick up one of the loops used for our many sportive events which allow you to explore a particular area and get a real good perspective on everything else the area has to offer and why it's known as Scotland's Adventure Coast.

For a truly stunning backdrop of some of Scotland's best scenery, try the Kilberry Loop offering incredible views across the Paps of Jura, or the Mull Sportive route connecting the north with the south and the east with the west of the island - with mighty Ben More in the middle.

The Oban Sportive route takes you around Loch Awe and some would say is brutal with it's hills and bends - but it doesn't need to be done as a race, you can take at a pace to suit you.

Helensburgh Sportive takes in a stunning loop and can easily be accessed from the city via ScotRail's Highland Explorer carriage meaning you can leave your car behind and have a great carbon-free day out on the bike. And don't forget you can refuel at the many cafes and restaurants across the area with our Taste of Place Trails.

The ultimate road cycling challenge

The five ferries route that connects some of the most stunning riding imaginable, starting with the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick then cycle up to Lochranza for the next ferry to Claonaig on Kintyre, when then needs a quick dash to Tarbert. From here, you get the ferry to Portavadie and a loop round Colintraive to get the ferry across to Bute, with a final push down to Rothesay to get the ferry back to Wemyss Bay on the mainland.

And the challenge? To do it in a day by carefully planning and then meeting the different ferry times! Easy? Why not try it and see!


Be inspired for your next adventure