Looking for some bike-related family fun in the West Argyll area this weekend? If so, head for Kilmichael Forest for Forestry Commission Scotland’s Gnarly Dude event (Saturday 17 June). Cyclists of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to join a trip around the forest’s renowned Fire Tower Mountain Biking Trail, in association with Mid Argyll Cycle Club.
The Fire Tower Trail passes through 19km of beautiful countryside, with breathtaking views of Jura and Scarba. Lucky cyclists might even get to catch a glimpse of some of the local animals, including red deer, roe deer and eagles.
There’ll be a post-ride feast of barbecued vegetables and local venison, plus live music from up-and-coming local band Coppadog, all in the picturesque surroundings of the forest as dusk approaches.
The Gnarly Dude event celebrates the beginning of National Bike Week and is also part of Forestry Commission Scotland’s Active Woods campaign, which aims to make people aware of the ways in which they can make use of the woodlands to benefit from a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Colin Hossack, District Forester for West Argyll Forest District, said:
“National Bike Week is a great opportunity for biking enthusiasts, born-again cyclists and complete novices alike to benefit from getting out on two wheels. With bikes available for hire, even those currently without a bike can get in on the fun.”
“Forests are the perfect place to enjoy cycling away from the noise, pollution and potential danger of the open road, and offer a range of varied terrain that will suit every level of biking ability.”
“I hope to see a lot of people out on the day and, more importantly, I hope to continue to see them making the most of the forest in future.”
The Fire Tower Trail ride will start at 2pm on Saturday, with the barbeque and bands scheduled to begin at 6pm. Bikers will meet at Achnabreac Car Park, north of Lochgilphead, and are encouraged to come appropriately dressed for the weather. To hire a bike for the day, please call 01546 602518 for more details.