Mountain Biking

As Dunoon is the gateway to the Trossachs National Park, it provides visitors with the ideal opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery on two wheels.  With such a wide variety of terrain, the National Park is the natural choice for mountain bikers and recreational off road cyclists of all levels and fitness.  Cycling enthusiasts can visit http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/visiting/cycling/menu-id-101.html for gentle forest tracks and tarmac roads designed for families to enjoy.

Hunters Quay to Strone and Bernice Cycle Loop: 4.7 miles from Dunoon

This route is mainly a road route, using many A roads throughout the loop. The roads are mainly flat with beautiful views, however, the route can be quite challenging due to the very steep climb at the end of the trail. The trail should take approximately 2h 48mins to complete. For more information follow the link below:
Hunters Quay to Strone and Bernice Cycle Loop

The Forestry Commission Scotland has excellent paths and tracks which allow you to explore the surroundings on two wheels whilst appreciating the stunning landscapes.

Ardentinny and Glenfinnart: 12km from Dunoon

Ardentinny and Glenfinnart is part of Argyll Forest Park. Dunoon is the nearest town or village. See link below for directions and details on the cycle network:
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/

Glenbranter Forest: 22km from Dunoon

Glenbranter Forest was the origin of the Forestry commission enterprise in Cowal. In 1921 the land was leased from musician and farmer Sir Harry Lauder. The village was built in the 1950s to house forestry workers.

There are four cycle routes within Glenbranter Forest:


1. Glenshellish Loop Cycle Trail: 8 miles long and takes approximately 1 hour 30 mins http://www.forestry.gov.uk/glenshellish
2. Glenbranter Cycle Splash: 5.5 miles and takes approximately 1 hour http://www.forestry.gov.uk/glenbranter
3. Lock Eck Shore Cycle Trail: 9 miles long and takes approximately 1 hour 30 mins
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/lockeck
4. The Twister: 4 miles long and takes approximately 1 hour
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/thetwister

Loch Goil: 25km from Dunoon
At the end of the last century, Loch Goil was desribed as having beautiful scenery and a stunning location. Take advantage of the winding single track roads on two wheels whilst appreciating the breathtaking scenery.
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/lochgoil

Ardcastle: 27km from Dunoon
Ardcastle is described as having fantastic walks and stunning scenery. Ardcastle is also an excellent place to visit for keen archaeologists and wildlife enthusiasts. The cycle track through Ardcastle is an easy route with stunning views: 3.5 miles and takes approximately 1 hour.
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/ardcastle

Ardgartan: 28km from Dunoon
Ardgartan is parr of the Argyll Forest Park. SHort strolls are available from the Ardgartan Campsite. Carry on through the woodland and along Croe Water to enjoy a vast selection of paths and tracks.

There are three cycle loops to enjoy in Ardgartan Forest:

1. Cat Craig Cycle Loop: 5 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours to complete. As of the 8th of March there will be some construction work ongoing in the forest so take care if using this route. For more information follow the link below:
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/catcraig
2. Ardgartan Shore Cycle Route: 7 miles and takes approximately 2 hours to complete. As of the 8th of March there will be some construction work ongoing in the forest so take care if using this route. For more information follow the link below:
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/ardgartanshore
3. Ardgartan Peninsula Trail: 20 miles long and takes approximately 4 hours to complete. As of the 8th of March there will be some construction work ongoing in the forest so take care if using this route. For more information follow the link below:
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/ardgartanpeninsula


Useful Links:

X Bikes Argyll:  Hunters Quay Holiday Village, Dunoon
Tel: 07795 301748    

Argyll Forest Park Recreation Team

Cowal & Trossachs

Tel: 01877 382383 E-mail: cowal.trossachs.fd@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Rugged hill country ideally suited for mountain bikes. Many visitors who have come to know the Argyll Forest Park, with its mountains, glens and woodlands, claim that it is the “finest of them all.”


 

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