Beating Tracks & Streets

Heart & Soul of Scotland

Whether you want to get off the beaten track or take to the streets, discover it all in the Heart & Soul of Scotland.

With huge areas of forest and mountain, it’s easy to get off the beaten track in Argyll. And one of the best ways to explore is by mountain bike. There are literally thousands of miles of trails and forest tracks to explore. Cowal is easily accessible from Glasgow and offers some of Scotland’s best cross country mountain biking trails. Argyll Forest Park stretches across much of the area, providing a wild and rugged landscape that’s perfect for off-road adventures.

Head further afield to Argyll Adventure for paint-balling near Inveraray or experience the Fire Tower Trail, which winds through the forests near Lochgilphead. The route is a network of single track sections linked by forest roads and provides big climbs, thrilling descents and hairy drop-offs. You’ll also be treated to some incredible views of the islands of Jura, Scarba and the Gulf of Corryvreckan.

For an epic trip through Argyll’s back country, why not follow the Wild About Argyll Bikepacking Trail? It provides an amazing cycling adventure on gravel tracks, forest roads, single trail, quiet roads and cycle paths.


Back in Glasgow it’s time for some urban adventure along Cathkin Braes Mountain Biking Trail, Clyde & Forth Canal or use the city's flexible bike share scheme. Or, why not try Combat City, a mission based laser tag experience. 

Glasgow’s streets are also full of surprises. Discover mural trails, fantastic festivals, brilliant buskers and shops galore as you stroll around the city.

The streets around Merchant City come alive with a carnival atmosphere during Merchant City Festival in the summer. This family-friendly event is a celebration of music, dance, street theatre, circus, design, food and drink.

Glasgow is home to a number of well-known and talented buskers. You’ll find many of them on Buchanan Street, the city’s main pedestrian boulevard that sweeps down from Sauchiehall Street to St Enoch Square. From bagpipes to mime artists, there’s always someone ready to entertain you! Check out the shops, admire the architecture and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. 

Blaze your on trail own the tracks and streets of the Heart & Soul of Scotland.