Sunday, 16 July 2017

Argyll 190

Following on from the success of the North Coast 500 tourist route, a shorter route has been promoted in Argyll. As the name suggests, it's a route of approximately 190 miles (306km) starting and finishing in Inveraray and taking in both sides of the Mull of Kintyre.

Suitably moody photo of Inveraray I found on the Web

The route heads south down the west coast of the Mull of Kintyre to the town of Campbeltown.


From there, there's a short detour south to Southend at the tip of the Mull of Kintyre, back to Cambeltown, then north to Inveraray by the narrow, winding road on the East side of the peninsula.

Map giving the approximate route

I've ridden this route in the past and the West side has some spectacular views where the East side has a more challenging route. However, weather can be variable - when it is clear this will be a great run, when it's wet and especially if it is windy, it could be miserable! Keep your eye on the weather forecast!

You can do this run in a single day from West Central Scotland (I have), but travelling from further afield, it would be worth staying in Inveraray for  couple of nights and spending a day doing the route. Details of accommodation here. Nearby campsites here. Note: I haven't stayed at any of the places on these websites, so can't give any opinions on them.

Alternatively, you could split your journey with an overnight stay near Campbeltown. Accommodation: here, camping at Machrihanish: here. Again, I've not stayed in any of the places on these websites.

More information: here, here, and a leaflet from Argyll and Bute Council (including a map) here.

If anyone rides this route, please post comments below.

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