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Mountain Biking and Cycling in Argyll - Our Favourite Routes

Hop on your bike and come and explore our beautiful region! 

21 Aug 2020

  • Cycling
  • Mountain Biking

Whether you want to hire some bikes with your family for a fun day out, or have brought your own and are looking for a technical trail, there are plenty of options in Argyll. The mixture of 90 kilometres of forest routes, lovely paths along our 40+ lochs, and hills and Munros galore, makes Argyll a great region for cyclists.

We’ve created this cycling guide of routes close to our holiday parks, for different ages and abilities. Whether you prefer a linear route (to always have the option to turn back when you’re ready) or loops to take you on a set trail, we’ll have something perfect for you below.

Step 1 - Hire a Bike

It’s no problem if you haven’t brought a bike on holiday, you can simply hire one. 

  • Staying at Drimsynie Holiday Village? You can hire a range of bikes on site!
  • If you’re at Loch Lomond or Loch Awe Holiday Parks, then we have partners close to the parks, simply speak to Reception to organise.
  • If you’re at Hunters Quay or Stratheck Holiday Parks, you’ll have to hire from an external company, such as Argyll Bike Hire.

A cycle path in Argyll

Step 2- Choose your routes 

You can pretty much get on your bike and just ride off from any of our holiday parks, but if you want to cycle along an official route, we’ve rounded up some six local recommendations below, starting from easy to hardest!

1. West Loch Lomond Path

Closest Park: Loch Lomond Holiday Park
Location: Tarbet
Distance: 14km for the full linear route to Luss
Elevation: Minimal

A lovely, simple ride along the banks of Loch Lomond with great waterside views and plenty of facilities for pit stops along the way. 

Beautiful views over Loch Lomond

This ride starts in Tarbet, just down the coast of Loch Lomond from our holiday park. Initially, the ride takes you along the pavement of the A82, but this path soon splits off from the road.

There are plenty of places to pause along the way, for tea (or toilets!) but if you keep going eventually, you’ll make it to the conversation village of Luss. Though the path continues to Balloch, Luss is our recommended endpoint as it’s a lovely location to explore for the rest of the day before heading back.

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2. Coilessan Glen Loop

Closest Park: Drimsynie Holiday Village /Loch Lomond Holiday Park
Location: Ardgartan
Distance: 11km loop
Type of Cycling: Forest paths and tarmac roads

A great ride for those who enjoy slight ascents and descents but nothing too strenuous. One for the whole family to accomplish!

Red deer in Argyll

Going along the shore and through the woodland, you can expect a bit of a climb up near the end, but this is followed by a great downhill stretch back to Coilessan Glen. It’s a fairly easy route and a great introduction to cycling off-road.

Plus, there’s loads of wildlife to be spotted along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, salmon and deer, as well as the stunning views over Loch Long.

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3. Glenshellish Loop

Closest Park: Drimsynie Holiday Village
Location: Glenbranter Forest
Distance: 11km loop
Type of Cycling: Off-Road

Although shorter than our previous recommendations, the Glenshellish Loop takes you off-road to explore the local area. So make sure you have a good bike to handle the terrain!

Off road cycling across Scotland

This is a fun route all the family can enjoy, with a little bit of elevation and some great views as you go back down. Undeniably the most fun part of this trail is crossing through the ford at the head of the glen. Please be aware though, if we’ve had particularly heavy rain recently, this ford can be too deep to cross, so keep an eye on the weather!

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4&5. Loch Eck Short/Long Cycling Trails

Location: Glenbranter
Distance: Shorter trail: 14km linear route / Longer trail: 33km loop.

Loch Eck

4. Shorter trail:

The ‘Banks of Loch Eck’ cycle route is a lovely, family-orientated ride along the west coast of Loch Eck. Although traditionally cycled from north to south, if you’re starting from Stratheck Holiday Park, you may as well start from your doorstep and travel up north!

This linear route follows the forest path along the full 11km of Loch Eck. If you do choose to start from the top and work your way down, you’ll end at the cafe at the lovely Benmore Botanic Gardens, which we always recommend a visit to.

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5. Longer trail:

For those who fancy a challenge, the 33km ‘Loch Eck Loop’ circular route takes you all the way around Loch Eck with just over 500m ascent. Please note that this route is significantly more difficult than the one above, less suited to families and more to experienced cyclists.

The start of the route is the same as above but instead of travelling back up the west side of the Loch, you veer to the east instead, taking you through forests, steep singletrack climbs and a brilliant descent back into Invernoaden near the start of Glenbranter.

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6. Glen Loin Loop

Closest Park: Drimsynie Holiday Village /Loch Lomond Holiday Park
Location: Arrochar
Distance: 18km loop
Type of Cycling: Off-Road

With 580m of ascent, this is our most challenging route. But if you feel up for a challenge and want some stunning views, you will not regret choosing the Glen Loin Loop!

Cycling in Argyll

This route takes you on a steady climb for most of the trail, where you can enjoy the scenery of the Arrochar Alps. During this section of the route, you can expect some slight descents and a small stream to cross. 

But it’s near the end of the trail when things get really exciting. You’ll have some steeper forest climbs before arriving at the highest point and beginning an enjoyable and technical singletrack descent by Glen Loin. Then upon reaching the bottom, it’s only a short cycle back to the car park.

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Serious Mountain Biking

If you fancy something a little more technically challenging, we've written a full guide on Mountain Biking in Argyll where we've detailed some of the more difficult trails in the region.

Step 3 - Enjoy the ride

Which trail has taken your fancy?

Make your own cycling route at Argyll Holiday

These are just six of our favourites close to our holiday parks. But there are plenty more to enjoy when you get up here, or you can trailblaze your own route across the Scottish countryside! Whatever you prefer, cycling is one of the best ways to get back to nature and explore this breathtaking region.

If you’re feeling inspired, check out our other recommendations of things to do in Argyll on our official Argyll Holidays Bucket List! It’s a list of our favourite activities to experience when you’re visiting us. How much will you tick off your Argyll bucket list?

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