Ardrishaig to Ford - 15 miles
This next section takes you along ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut', the Crinan Canal, and through the Heart of Argyll.Follow the towpath for six miles to Cairnbaan. If you want to make a short detour to the harbour village of Crinan, then continue along the towpath. Otherwise, cross the Mhoine Mhor to Kilmartin and follow a traffic free- section through Kilmartin Glen. This beautiful Glen is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Within six miles of Kilmartin village there are over 350 ancient monuments, including cairns, standing stones and stones circles, so keep an eye out as you cycle along. Kilmartin Museum is an excellent way to find out more about the history of this fascinating area. Then follow the A816 north towards Ford.
Ford to Oban – 36 miles
This final sections takes you north to the port town of Oban. From Ford follow the road that runs parallel to Loch Awe for 18 miles. There are some lung-busting, steep stretches, but the awe-inspiring scenery makes it all worth it. And if you want to test your off-road skills, there are some great trails in the surrounding forest. At the top of the loch you’ll follow a minor road through lovely Glen Lonan to Taynuilt and then head west to Oban, unofficial capital of the West Highlands and gateway to the Western Isles. This buzzing coastal town is the perfect place to celebrate the end of your adventure. Known as ‘Scotland’s Seafood Capital,’ it’s the place to sample Argyll’s fresh seafood. Fancy heading to the islands? Oban has ferry links to the isles of Colonsay, Islay, Lismore, Mull, and the Outer Hebrides.
If you need to pick up a bit for your bike en route, try Carradale Bikes and Buggies in Carradale, Crinan Cycles in Lochgilphead, RCS Cycles in Taynuilt and Oban Cycles in Oban.
Getting to Your Start Point on the Caledonian Way
There are train stations at Oban and Taynuilt and ferry connections at Kennacraig, Claonaig, Tarbert, Campbeltown and Oban.The Caledonia Way is easily accessible from the central belt of Scotland. You can catch a ferry to Campbeltown from Ardrossan in Ayrshire, which is connected to Glasgow by a regular rail service. Then catch the train back from Oban. Or continue along the Caledonia Way to Fort William and Inverness, both of which have train connections to Glasgow.