Oban to Ford
The route between Oban and Campbeltown is 120 miles, so for those wanting an easier ride, Oban to Ford is a much more manageable 36 miles. After leaving Oban, the route takes you through the lovely villages of Taynuilt and Kilchrenan where there are places to have a pub lunch or cup of tea. After that the route runs parallel with Loch Awe, and after some steep stretches, you are rewarded with some truly awe inspiring views. For those wanting to practice their off road skills the surrounding forest trails allow you to test your mettle.
Ford to Campbeltown
This can be split over a couple of days. The stretch between Ford and Lochgilphead has a couple of short climbs and covers the historic landscape of Kilmartin Glen; an area with numerous prehistoric monuments and the alleged birth place of the Scottish Nation. Visit the museum and café in Kilmartin to find out more. After Kilmartin, the route flattens out as you cross Mhoine Mhor and onto the Crinan Canal towpath. Take a short excursion to the beautiful harbour village of Crinan for a refreshment break and great views of Loch Crinan. Retrace your steps back along the towpath past Cairnbaan to Lochgilphead. Just south of Lochgilphead the route splits for a short while between Ardrishaig and Inverneill. Choose either a challenging off road route through the forest over looking Loch Fyne or carry straight on along the A83 before turning south west on the B8024 to Kilberry. The last section from Lochgilphead to Campbeltown is a rewarding challenge with a number of long climbs. This stretch takes you across the remote area of Knapdale to the stunning fishing village of Tarbert and then south along the east side of the Kintyre peninsula. This last 70 miles is characterised by inspiring views of remote hills and the Isles of Arran and Jura along the way.