Port Appin offers a multitude of wonderful opportunities for road cycling and mountain biking in some of the most impressive scenery in the UK and indeed, Europe.
The Airds Hotel, a Luxury Scotland member, is ideally positioned to explore the area by bike. The quiet roads and paths make this a haven for families to safely cycle, as well as keen road and mountain bikers. Bring your own bikes or hire from the hotel.
NCN Route 78 – Oban to Fort William
The Airds Hotel is incredibly fortunate to have the National Cycle Network route 78, virtually on our doorstep and this runs from Oban to Ballachulish then Fort William.
Cycle from the hotel along the quiet road away from the village towards Appin then follow the cycle track over newly renovated Jubilee Bridge to join the main cycle route – turn right for the route to Loch Creran, turn left to head up the shore of Loch Linnhe.
For more information on the exact path please visit: www.sustrans.org.uk
Suggested Local Cycle Routes
From right outside the hotel there are several routes available. Why not take the small passenger ferry over to the island of Lismore. Lismore is 10 miles long with a single track road running down its centre with several roads and lanes branching off. With a population of around 100 the only traffic you will come across is the odd farm vehicle.
Meanwhile enjoy the stunning views around Loch Linnhe and take in one of three ruined castles as well as a lovely little church and the excellent heritage museum which has a café and terrace serving light lunches. www.lismoregaelicheritagecentre.org.
A very popular route is to take the passenger ferry over to Lismore Island and walk or cycle its length taking in the beautiful scenery from various points on the Island. Take a packed lunch with you so you never have the feeling of having to rush.
This part of Argyll has recently benefited from the creation of a superb dedicated cycle track most of which runs along the shoreline of Loch Linnhe. This particularly scenic section of Route 78 runs between Benderloch and Ballachulish covering some 20 miles with the hotel roughly at the mid point making it convenient to head in either direction.
Visit www.sustrans.co.uk for more information.
The back roads around the hotel also offer very scenic rides and are almost traffic free whilst within a 10 minute drive there are several other off road routes taking you amongst beautiful scenery.
For those looking for a little more adrenalin there are some good mountain bike trails close by whilst the mountain biking world cup route is just a 50 minute drive away. Indeed the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series comes here in June.
More details available at www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk.
The Airds Hotel can offer bikes for hire at £20 for the day. As this is a popular activity we advise guests to book in advance.