This route follows Regional Cycle Route 94 around the Cowal Peninsula, linking with Route 75 of the National Cycle Network. Cowal Peninsula is an area of great beauty with plenty of hills, mountains, glens, lochs and rivers – in fact, some of the best roads and scenery for cyclists in Scotland, but all within easy reach of Glasgow.
From the pretty little village of Tighnabruaich follow the B8000 southwards towards Kames along National Route 75 (also signed as Regional Route 94 at this point). At the intersection in the village of Kames turn left following Route 94 signs towards Ardlamont.
Carry on along the coastal road passing a caravan site on your left. At the T-junction take a right, travelling westwards, then follow the road bearing northwards until you reach Millhouse.
Continue straight on at the intersection in Millhouse (rejoining the B8000), following signs northwards towards Kilfinan and Otter Ferry. At Kilfinan there is a small hotel that has been welcoming travellers for over 300 years. About 6 miles on from Kilfinan is another intersection where you turn right, following signs towards Glendaruel. You could at this point turn left for a short ride to Otter Ferry, with beautiful views of Loch Fyne. If you’ve worked up an appetite by this point, The Oystercatcher is a pub and restaurant right on the beach at Otter Ferry with an amazing beer garden, fresh local seafood, real ales and meat from the Isle of Bute.
Follow the road eastwards until the junction with the A8003 (this road has extremely fast speeds and can be busy so care is needed). Turn right (southwards) at this point towards Loch Riddon (Loch Ruel), where Regional Route 94 rejoins National Route 75. Make sure to stop at the cliff top viewpoints along this route where there are magnificent vistas of the Kyles and Isle of Bute.
Continue southwards until you reach the final point of the route back at Tighnabruaich.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.