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Argyll’s islands, the Inner Hebrides and Bute, offer fantastic bikepacking filled with beautiful beaches, some of the world’s best distilleries, great gravel tracks and local food experiences. The new Bikepacking Argyll’s Islands route, created by Bikepacking Scotland and commissioned by CalMac Ferries and Wild About Argyll, maps a 496km-journey (308 miles) connecting the Isles of Mull, Jura, Islay and Bute on a mixture of gravel tracks, singletrail, cycle paths and roads. The route also makes great use of ScotRail’s Highland Explorer, which provides space for up to 20 bikes, including tandems. The newly introduced train carriage offers a bike-friendly train connection between Glasgow, host city of the UCI Cycling World Championships in 2023, and Oban, where the new route begins. Bikes travel free on trains and all ferries along the route.   For new bikepackers and gravel cyclists Bikepacking Argyll’s Islands offers a wide range of accommodation and incentives to stop. Experienced cyclists

 UK Cycling Legends team up to bring a new gravel bikepacking event to Dunoon on Scotland’s Adventure Coast in September Charlie Hobbs, former Bikemonger and founder of the Dorset Gravel Dash, and Markus Stitz, mastermind behind Bikepacking Scotland and singlespeed round the world cyclist, have teamed up with Dunoon Presents and Wild About Argyll to create a brand new overnight bikepacking event in Dunoon on Scotland’s Adventure Coast. Entries for the event open on Monday 8 July at 8pm on www.dirtdash.cc/dunoon or https://www.entrycentral.com/dunoondirtdash. Part of the Summit to Sea Outdoor Festival on the weekend of 28 & 29 September 2019, which also features downhill legends Steve Peat and Greg Minnaar, the new event will send 150 riders on a scenic 81 mile (131km) course including singletrack, gravel paths, forestry roads, public roads, cycle paths and an old coffin road. Both organisers have a great track record in the events and outdoor industry. Between

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