See the stunning views of Argyll from the back of a bicycle along the 25 miles of marked trails for biking. Port Appin Bike Hire have a large stock of quality, professionally maintained bikes in all sizes for men, women and children. Helmets and backpacks are supplied free of hire charges with all bikes. Bikes are normally available on the day however during holiday periods it is best to phone a day in advance just to be on the safe side. 01631 730391. Prices are around £7 per half-day hire, and £10 per full-day hire.

Bikes travel for free on the small passenger ferry to the neighbouring island of Lismore which offers stunning 360 degree views from the centre of Loch Linnhe. In sunny conditions you should be able to view twelve munro's (peaks over 3000 feet) following the line of the loch and finishing with Ben Nevis. Cycling Scotland provide a good source on local routes.

A new cycle route linking Fort William and Oban is in development. Called "The Red Fox Trail", this trail can be joined 2 miles from Spring Cottage and evokes the Jacobite age in Scotland's history.


For the more adventorous at the centre of cycling in Lochaber is the Downhill at Nevis Range. As the venue for the annual Fort William World Cup, which has been voted best event in the World for the past three consecutive years, the Downhill has a unique position in the UK: the only World Cup venue and the only course with gondola access. The downhill is also very long and testing, with a vertical drop of 525m and a length of 2.66km, fast riders take four to five minutes.

Fast and Rocky is the best description of the course as it descends down off Aonach Mor. Big Rocky straights, Bus stops, tight bermed corners, rock gardens, exposed hillside, slab rock, forest single track, tight gullies and big jumps all feature before riders drop down the wall and into the finish.

Although an expert level track, best tackled on a downhill bike, the Downhill can provide a challenge to any rider with moderate skills on just about any mountain bike.