Cat Craig Cycle Loop
A circular trail which includes some spectacular views over Arrochar. At about halfway you are required to dismount to cross over the Prince's Bridge, beyond this point it is mainly downhill back to the start with good panoramic views over the Cobbler and Glen Croe.
Loch Eck Cycle Loop Distance 21.8 miles 35 kM
A grand – and demanding – day out, with some of the best views in Cowal.
A real treat for those determined (and fit) enough! This circular loop takes you through the forests fringing Loch Eck, which sits in a gully left over from the last ice age and is now the main water source for Dunoon.
Most riders start and finish the loop at Glenbranter, heading clockwise by crossing the A815 and climbing up the forest track at Invernoaden. It’s a sustained climb, better done while your legs are fresh, and the reward is some of the best views in Cowal. You can look down on to Loch Eck, Dunoon and the Clyde, and west to Beinn Mhor. On a clear day you’ll see the west coast and the islands of Jura and Islay.
Mostly forest road, with a short section of the A815 between Glenbranter and Invernoaden and single track sections at Inverchapel and Benmore. Very steep slopes in places.
Glenshillish Loop 6.1 Miles
A gentle taste of the wild – and all the fun of a ford!
This route gives a fantastic feeling of being much further out in the wilds than you actually are – it’s a great introduction to the delights of off road cycling. You might spot red and roe deer and you can have fun splashing through the ford at the head of the glen. The ride downhill back towards Glenbranter will give you plenty of time to admire the views of Beinn Bheula and Beinn Laggan across the glen.
Firm forest road with some loose material. Soft going in places after heavy rain. Mainly gentle slopes. The ford halfway round can be impassable after heavy rain.
Corlarach forest can look impenetrable from below, but from the inside it’s a vibrant, interesting place, teeming with life. The first larch and spruce trees were planted here in 1948 and are now mature giants. Buzzards, kestrels and tawny owls hunt around them – listen out for their eerie cries as you ride.
Starting point and directions
There are three route options:
Start from Ardyne car park for a 9 ½ miles / 15.5 km loop.
Start from Corlarach car park for a longer loop of 12 ½ miles / 20 km.
Take a one way route between the two car parks (8 ½ miles / 14 km) and explore both areas.
Mostly forest roads with moderate slopes. Steep singletrack section above Toward Farm.