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Bikepacking Scotland – An 8bar Adventure

Joshua Meissner

Bikepacking Scotland – An 8bar Adventure

Road Cycling Collection by 8bar bikes



30:23 h

202 mi

11,850 ft

The Argyll area and the islands west of Glasgow are thinly populated and are known as “Scotland’s Adventure Coast”. It was planned to explore parts of the 655 km long Wild About Argyll Trail on a four-day Bikepacking Scotland trip. This diverse bikepacking route across the wild, western peninsulas of Scotland leads along crystal clear lakes and wild coastlines, over high, green peaks and adventurous trails. After the successful participation at the Grinduro Scotland on the Isle of Arran, the two 8bar team members Manuel Porzner and Stefan Schott accompanied by photographer Joshua Meissner set off for the Scottish West coast in mid July 2019. The three riders covered a total of almost 300 km during their four-day Bikepacking Scotland tour.

The team not only experienced a lot, but also survived the nasty, famous midges. For the small beasts, who love humidity and warmth, it was high season at that time. When the three of them spent their time at the windy sea, the little mosquitoes didn’t attract much attention. Because the 2 mm small midges don’t like wind any more than brightness. But latest when they went with the gravelbikes into the mountains, there was no escape anymore. So they had to stay in motion, because the midges can’t keep up anymore at 10 km/h wind speed.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    43.6 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,400 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.



    The Scottish landscape is legendary. Known for its breathtaking nature, the lush green mountains and the vast, secluded landscapes, but also for the difficult weather conditions. Nevertheless, Scotland captivates many travelers, on foot and by

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  • Difficult
    66.9 mi
    5.6 mph
    5,150 ft
    4,775 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On the second day it became clear how lonely the area of the Cowal Peninsula really is, on which the 8bar team was on the way. On this longest leg of their Bikepacking Scotland trip, the three barely passed settlements. They finally decided during a longer lunch break on a mountain to unpack the stove

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  • Difficult
    41.1 mi
    4.6 mph
    3,475 ft
    3,850 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    About Dreamy Trails on the Wild About Argyll Route: The day was marked by epic trails and breathtaking views. The varied route ran zigzagging along Loch Long and Loch Goil, through Lochgoilhead to the Ardgartan Peninsula and to the night camp at Loch Lomond.

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  • Intermediate
    50.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    825 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Departure to Glasgow:

    So far, the weather had held and was ideal for cycling. But on the last day of their journey, the 8bar team finally got to know the negative aspects of the Scottish weather. It has been raining the whole day. So it was at least a bit easier for them to arrive in Glasgow, pack the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    202 mi
  • Duration
    30:23 h
  • Elevation
    11,850 ft

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