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Go wild on Argyll's Secret Coast

Go wild on Argyll's Secret Coast
Have you heard about Mark Beaumont’s Wild About Argyll adventure? He kayaked, ran, cycled, motorbiked, sailed, canoed and more across Argyll in an epic 12-day challenge. He discovered that Argyll and the Isles really is Scotland’s Adventure Coast, where mountains, lochs, islands and forests combine with a spectacular coastline to provide an awe-inspiring setting for a host of activities on land and water. If you fancy following in Mark’s footsteps, here are nine ways you can go wild on Argyll’s Secret Coast this year!

Kayaking is an unbeatable way to explore the coastline of Argyll's Secret Coast. With secluded beaches, turquoise water, white sands and deserted islands, this area is a paddler’s paradise. Tighnabruaich Sailing School has teamed up with Sea Kayak Argyll to offer five-day sea kayak courses based at Carry Farm. Learn to kayak or improve your skills in this stunning location. See the events diary for more details.

Scenery, wild life, protective hills, deep water, silent anchorages, relaxed tides, no crowds. Argyll’s Secret Coast is perfect for sailing. Learn the ropes with a dinghy sailing course at Tighnabruaich Sailing School. With courses for adults and children, beginners and improvers, you’ll find something to suit. If you’ve never sailed before, by the end of the week they’ll have you confident in your ability to manage a boat in reasonable conditions. If you’re looking to develop existing skills, you’ll find the exciting coastal waters always provide varied learning opportunities.

The country roads and off-road forest tracks and trails of Argyll’s Secret Coast offer fantastic cycling and mountain biking. For a real road bike challenge, try the Bealach Maim, which takes you from Tighnabruaich to Glendaruel and over the frighteningly steep bealach. Or how about checking out the forest trails between Portavadie and Kilfinan? You can hire bikes from Scott mountain bikes from Portavadie. Look out for the Cowal Peninsula Sportive - the date has yet to be announced.

What better way to explore the lochs, hills and coastline of this beautiful part of the west coast of Scotland than on foot? The most famous walk is the long-distance Cowal Way, which begins at Portavadie and takes you through some of the best scenery on Argyll’s Secret Coast.

Take part in Scotland’s most scenic road run! Sign up for the Kyles 10 Miles which takes place on 9th September 2017. Rise to the challenge of a course that combines inclines, descents, long flat straights and spectacular scenery. From rolling hills leading to superb views of the Clyde and beyond, to welcome descents into woodland copses and secluded beaches, this run has it all.

Boat trips
Get up close and personal with wildlife and view Argyll’s Secret Coast from a different perspective with a boat trip. Join ex-naval commander Donald Clark on board his refurbished fishing boat Morag for spectacular views of Argyll’s Secret Coast from the sea. Watch seals, porpoises and the many sea birds that inhabit the Kyles of Bute close up. Or how about cruising further afield with Argyll Cruising and St Hilda Sea Adventures?

One of the best ways to discover Argyll’s Secret Coast is on horseback. With ancient woodlands, a stunning coastline, hills and moors, it’s the perfect place for a riding adventure. This year Wilder Ways is offering a fantastic range of trail-riding treks throughout Argyll's Secret Coast and beyond. Saddle up and get off the beaten track!

Shark spotting
Join Basking Shark Scotland for a research expedition based at Carry Farm. At the end of summer basking sharks migrate south. Help gather data and you might even get to swim or snorkel with these gentle giants!

Our neighbours
And if you fancy going further afield, there are lots of adventure experiences within striking distance of Argyll’s Secret Coast that make for great day trips. Go quadbiking in the hills around Dunoon with Quadmania, go off-road motorbiking in a Highland estate near Inveraray with MotoScotland or check out Dunoon’s mountain bike trails, which are attracting some of the country’s top mountain bikers.

Are you ready to go #WildAboutArgyll?
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