Oban Cycling with Robin McKelvie

Easing into Oban I’m in a train carriage of happy cyclists. No fighting for space on a busy train for us as we’re enjoying Scotrail’s new Highland Explorer, the first dedicated bike-friendly carriages in the UK. I’m smiling too as I’m about to explore the network of cycling trails that snake off from Oban around the scenic wonderland of Argyll and her isles.

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Oban Harbour

Oban - The ultimate Argyll staycation

If I’d to pin every visit I’ve made to Oban on a map there wouldn’t be any map left. For years I whizzed through this west coast town hopping on a boat to the isles, or on a day trip from somewhere nearby. What a mistake!

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A day trip to Oban on the Highland Explorer

It was a nice sunny day when the Highland Explorer arrived in Oban. I was looking forward to returning after almost a year. The last time I visited was in July 2020. Spending a few days mapping and test riding gravel biking routes from the stations we had passed along the way was a welcome change to my routine last year. This time I was excited to arrive in the Seafood Capital of Scotland in a train carriage that signalled a much bigger change.

Driving The K66

Kintyre 66 - Robin McKelvie Tour

If you’ve ever dreamt of driving America’s Route 66 did you know that Scotland now has its very own 66-themed road trip? And the good news is that the new Kintyre 66 also boasts big skies, a musical soundtrack (provided by Paul McCartney; Andy Stewart if you prefer) and a States-size chance to cut loose and enjoy yourself. The K66 also weaves in whisky (gin too), sparkling islands, swathes of intoxicating history, a Gormley statue and lashings of world class local produce. Beat that Route 66!

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Eat with your eyes

The Scottish foodie experience where you can literally eat the view. Argyll & the Isles cover 3,723km of coastline, 23 inhabited islands, 61 medieval castles and 24 gin and whisky distilleries - and now launched an experience for tourists where you can literally eat the view.

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Scotland's answer to Route 66 launches in Kintyre

Scotland’s answer to Route 66 launches today (Friday 30 April) – and it’s only a few hours from Glasgow and Edinburgh.   The new Kintyre 66, or K66, is a 66-mile circular loop around one of Scotland’s most scenic regions, taking in both the west and east coast of the unspoilt peninsula in Argyll, from the top at Kennacraig to the bottom at Campbeltown.