A Bute of a Route

Route Details

  • Start/Finish: Tighnabruaich
  • Distance: 32 miles
  • Time needed: 3- 6 hours
  • Classification: Medium
  • Traffic: On road
  • Cycle hire: Various cycle hire shops in Glasgow

Route Description

This route follows Regional Cycle Route 94 around the Cowal Peninsula, linking with Route 75 of the National Cycle Network. From 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 (notice the old red telephone box on your left immediately after the junction). Follow the road, bearing northwards until you reach Millhouse.

Continue straight on at the intersection in Millhose (rejoining the B8000), following signs northwards towards Kilfinan and Otter Ferry. At Kilfinan there is a small hotel where refreshements are available. About 6 miles on from Kilfinan is another intersection, turn right, following signs towards Glendaruel (Alternatively at this juncture, turn left for a short ride to Otter Ferry with beautiful views of Loch Fyne. In Otter Ferry is another tempting hotel right on the shore line).

Follow the road eastwards until the junction with the A8003. Turn right (soutwards) at this point towards Loch Riddon (Loch Ruel), where Regional Route 94 rejoins National Route 75. Make sure to stop at the cliff top view points along this route where there are magnificent vistas of the Kyles and Isle of Bute.

Contiune southwards until you reach the final point of the route back at Tighanbruaich where welcoming pubs awit your arrival.

Take care along the A8003, this road can be busy in the summer months.

Things to see and do

Natural attractions:

  • Kyles of Bute
  • Loch Fyne
  • Loch Riddon and Loch Ruel

Visitor attractions:

  • The Oyster Catcher Pub

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Some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes and lochs lie along this route. Views of the Kyles of Bute and Loch Fyne are breathtaking especially during the early summer months.  Follow signs for Regional Route 94 to complete this ride.

32 miles