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Dunoon Dirt Dash

25 Sep 2021 - 26 Sep 2021

Organiser's Description

The Dunoon Dirt Dash is a self-supported bikepacking event on the Cowal Peninsula near Glasgow, split over two days with an overnight camp on 25/26 September 2021. This is the perfect way to experience the rugged beauty of Scotland’s Adventure Coast with fine gravel riding, camaraderie, camping and castles.

Here is what 2019 participants say about the event:

'First time gravel biking and was worried it wouldn’t be that interesting, but the route and event created a real sense of adventure, camaraderie and amazing scenery.

'Bikepacking is kind of new to me but everyone was so helpful and I have definitely come away learning from it. The whole event was very well organised by very friendly bikers and couldn’t fault any part of it. I will be back.

'A truly awesome weekend, unlike any cycling experience I've had before, and Markus + Charlie should be proud to have created such a great atmosphere.’

Event Video 1 from Steve Bate MBE

Event Video 2 from FoSho Video

Event Video 3 from Simon Willis

Blog from Mostly By Bike

Blog from Steve Bate MBE


The videos, blog and pictures will give you a good idea what you are getting yourself into!

The basics you need to know before entering:

  • When: Saturday 25 September to Sunday 26 September 2021
  • Format: non-timed, self-supported reliability trial with overnight camping 
  • Route: around 132 km with 2750 m of climbing. PLEASE NOTE: Day 1 might include a section of 4.5 km which crosses steep, boggy terrain where pushing the bike is neccesary and there are NO obvious tracks. Route subject to changes. Here's an idea on Bikepacking Scotland's website
  • Entries: £85
  • Navigation: The route will be supplied electronically before the event. The course is not marked, you are responsible for your own navigation.
  • Bikes: mountain bikes & gravel bikes (e-bikes are allowed, but we cannot guarantee charging points) with a minimum recommended tire size of 40mm, which must be in good working order
  • Terrain: Singletrack, gravel paths, forestry roads, public roads, cycle paths and terrain without an obvious route choice
  • Start: 9am at Dunoon Pier with a cannon shot!
  • Finish: Sunday afternoon/evening at Puck’s Rest, 54 Victoria Parade, Dunoon PA23 7HU
  • What is provided: Pre-ride party on 24 September, rider briefing, route for navigation, campsite & evening meal on 25 September, goodie bag, broom wagon
  • Camping: We provide a suitable place to pitch your tent with other riders, toilets and a very basic shower, drinking water supply, catering. There are no other facilities (shop etc.) on site.
  • Food: Riders will be provided with a complimentary evening meal by Winston Churchill Venison. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free version are available on request (please let us know when you sign up). You need to bring your own bowl, mug, fork and spoon.
  • Minimum kit: Helmet, front and rear lights, sufficient water, emergency blanket or sleeping bag, waterproof jacket, first aid kit, phone or GPS for navigation, multitool, spare tube, tire levers, puncture repair kit, tent/bivvy bag/tarp. You need to carry all your own kit.
  • Insurance: You will need your own insurance.
  • Refunds: No refunds, but you can insure your entry. You can transfer your entry up to the closing date.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information

How to get there

We highly encourage you to take the train or cycle to the event. 

By bike: You can take both ferries from Gourock to Dunoon. The quickest way is the passenger ferry from Gourock to Dunoon Pier, which has bike spaces. Please check the Calmac website for timetables and fares. Alternatively there’s a regular ferry service from Hunter’s Quay to McInroy’s Point. Please check Western Ferries for timetables and fares. 

By train: Dunoon has no train station, but you can take the train to Gourock to connect with the ferry to Dunoon. For timetables and fares check the Scotrail website and Calmac website for ferry times.

By car: Dunoon is situated on the Cowal Peninsula. If you are coming from the South or East, there’s a regular ferry service for cars from Hunter’s Quay to McInroy’s Point. Please check Western Ferries for timetables and fares. From the North and West best use the A815 which takes you to Dunoon. Alternatively you can leave your car in Gourock and take the passenger ferry from there to the Dunoon Pier. Please check the Calmac website for timetables and fares.

Parking: Free parking is available in Dunoon - Information about parking can be found here

For accommodation please visit the Dunoon Presents website. Puck’s Rest offers a special 5% discount for all Dirt Dash Riders and their families. You can book using DIRTDASH as discount code here.

Registration & Rider Briefing
You need to register for the event. Registration is open on Friday 24 September from 6 - 8pm at Puck’s Rest, 54 Victoria Parade, Dunoon, PA23 7HU or on Sat 25 Sep from 7.30 - 8.30am at Queen’s Hall, 9 Argyll Street, Dunoon, PA23 7HH. All riders MUST attend a rider briefing at 8.30am at the Queen’s Hall.

Pre-Event Gathering & Finish
On Friday you can drop into Puck’s Rest (54 Victoria Parade, Dunoon, PA23 7HU) from 6pm for an informal pre-event gathering. The finish will be there as well, with coffee and drinks available. Puck’s Rest is run by fellow cyclist Josh and is a relaxed and friendly place to hand out. All riders and their friends and families are welcome.

Here are a few more rules:

  • Stay cool, be nice, don’t hurt yourself or others.
  • If you don’t know what is around a corner, assume it’s a steep drop-off.
  • Cycling on public roads carries risks and that you are aware of these risks.
  • All bicycles in your party will be ridden safely and responsibly at all times.
  • You will obey the law. Whilst using public roads, all riders must observe the Highway Code. If cycling off road, please stick to the route and exercise due care to all other users.
  • Cycling at night is more dangerous, all bikes will not be ridden at night unless lights are used.
  • A cycle helmet must be used at all times.
  • You understand that bicycling is a hazardous activity. You understand that the sport of bicycling and the use of this equipment involve a risk of injury to any and all parts of the user's body. You agree to freely and expressly assume and accept any risks and all injury to the user of this equipment while bicycling. You understand that bicycle protective gear such as helmets and gloves are recommended, but they do not eliminate the risk and may not reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.
  • You agree that you will release the organisers from any and all responsibility of liability for injuries or damages or to any other person. You agree not to make a claim against or sue this organiser for injuries or damages relating to this event.
  • Don’t be a dick.
  • You allow us to film and photograph you and use those images for promotion or documentation.

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19 Sep 2021£85.00

For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge

Dates and Status

Date: 26/09/2021

Status: Open

Total Places: 150

Places Available: ??



Markus Stitz



54 Victoria Parade Dunoon PA23 7HU