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 The Hebrides are known as the “long islands” as they stretch for over 100 miles!

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Outer Hebrides Road Cycling Tour

Trip Highlights

• An island safari experience through nine beautiful Hebridean islands, cycling through some of the most natural and unspoiled landscapes in Europe
• En route, enjoy the regales of local Gaelic culture and history of the Outer Hebrides
from your guide and visits to local sites
• Opportunities to see white tailed eagle, otter, and dolphins in this wildlife rich region
• This trip includes visits to impressive ancient sites such as the Callinish Standing Stones and the newly renovated Lews Castle.

Outer Hebrides Isles of Barra ~ Uist ~ Harris ~ and Lewis

Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Price: from £1,865 per person sharing

INTRODUCTION

This extraordinary journey will take you through nine amazing islands, covering a distance of 173 miles/280 kms along the entire Hebridean archipelago. Every day’s biking combines the stunning white sandy beaches, rocky mountains and wild glens with the rich cultural and natural history of the Hebrides. It will be a journey to remember.

From vast coastal fields of wild flowers to the mysterious standing stones of Callanish, we are sure you will be captivated by these special islands. Here, where Gaelic is still spoken, you will find a rich culture and history.

With warm hospitality, great accommodation and food completing the picture, join us for a memorable trip through the Hebrides!

Day 1: Inverness to South Uist

We meet in Inverness in the morning and drive west through the highlands. Crossing by ferry to the Isle of Skye, where your adventure begins.  Lots of opportunity to watch out for whales and other marine wildlife on the crossing, before we alight at the wonderful Outer Hebrides at Lochmaddy. Onward to the islands of North and South Uist. Welcome dinner and a cosy overnight stay (D).

Day 2 – Barra And Eriskay

This morning we ride to the Isle of Eriska, steeped in stories of local lore. It is here that Bonnie Prince Charlie and ‘the Seven Men of Moidart’ landed in 1745 to begin the Jacobite Rising. Onward by ferry to Barra where we take a loop bike ride of the island, taking in Kisimul Castle ~ the Castle in the Sea ~ at Castlebay. Further along the West Coast of Barra, we capture the beautiful views of the Atlantic. Later this afternoon we return by ferry to the Isle of Eriskay and South Uist, your home again for the night. (B,L,D) Distance 37 m / 59 km

Day 3 – South Uist, Benbecula & North Uist

This morning we follow the wild machair covered west coast, taking in all the sights and sounds as you weave past the wild flowers and white sandy beaches. The Machair is a wild, fertile habitat supporting an abundance of wildflowers in Spring and Summer. Here, you will also find sand dunes and fresh water lochans where an extensive array of wild birds thrive. Ease your way north along flat terrain and across the tiny island of Benbecula onto North Uist and Benerary. A short ferry crossing takes us to the Isle of Harris and a transfer to your harbourisde hotel.

(B,L,) Distance 47 m / 75 km 

Day 4 – The Golden Road and Luskenture

Today offers one of the best days biking on the Hebrides. We follow the “Golden Road” on winding roads to the east of Harris, known local as the Bays. The route offers amazing scenery and views across the Isle of Skye. Arriving into Rodel, we stop to visit the 15th century St. Clements church before lunch at Leverburgh. After lunch we follow the beautiful coastline to the beaches of Luskentyre and take a short beach walk. Optional transfer or follow the beach route to a final descent back to Tarbert, the islands ‘capital’ and your lovely hotel right by the harbour. (B,L) Distance 36 m / 59 km

Day 5 – Harris to The Isle of Lewis

After breakfast we visit the famous Harris Tweed weavers to see the worlds most famous weavers at work. Today will be your most challenging day as we climb through the hills but the striking scenery is a reward worth earning. As you traverse beneath the striking mountain of An Clisham – the highest pint of the Outer Hebrides. you should keep an eye out for golden Eagles.

 

Crossing the spectacular fjord of Loch Seaforth, we continue on to the Isle of Lewis, turning west towards the mysterious Callanish standing stones. These mysterious stones are over 5000 years old. The ancient site provides a fitting end to a memorable day of riding. For the next two nights your home will be a friendly 4 star Guest House located nearby. (B, L) Distance 39 m / 64 kms

Day 6 – Callanish to the Butt of Lewis

Your final day of cycling follows the west coast of Lewis and is full of historical and cultural interest. Heading north,  we pass the ancient Dun Carloway Broch and then the Blackhouse Village at Gearrannan which offers an insight into what island living was like not so many years ago.

 

Discover the Whalebone Arch, recovered from a huge whale washed up on a beach nearby. Perched on the Atlantic at the very edge of Europe, the Butt of Lewis is a spectacular place to end our journey through the Outer Hebrides. We return to Callanish for your final overnight stay and a celebratory dinner. (B, L,D) Distance 34 m / 56 km.

Day 7 – Callanish to Inverness

After a relaxed breakfast, you have time to take a final bike ride to the village of Stornoway. Alternatively, we can ride in the van to explore Lews Castle, recently renovated, with restaurants and museum. Lots to see and do here, including the excellent Gaelic cultural arts venue and nice cafes  where you can have lunch. Early afternoon we board the ferry for a scenic journey to Ullapool on the mainland. From Ullapool it is approximately 1.5 hour’s drive to Inverness, where we will arrive close to 6.30 pm. (B)

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Highland Whisky Tour

Highland Whisky Tour

Itinerary

 

Our Highland Whisky tour offers a wonderful mix of castles and casks, this journey offers a cultural experience in the Highland Whiskey Country of Scotland. It offers a relaxing bike ride on quiet roads, giving you the opportunity to explore at your leisure. 7 days, 6 nights Guided Tour.

Trip highlights include the home of Glenlivet Whisky,  Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle and Loch Ness. Contact us for more details at tours@cyclewest.com – places limited.

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Bike the Cotswolds and More

BIKE THE COTSWOLDS AND MORE….
Cotswolds ~ Windsor ~ Oxford ~ Stratford

6 day / 5 night Self Guided Bike Tour

Cotswold-Cottage

INTRODUCTION

Our new Bike The Cotswolds and More Bike tour takes you through the beautiful English countryside and explores a host of iconic places.

From London to Windsor, Oxford, Churchill’s Blenheim Palace, Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Cotswolds. See the REAL England in all its glory.

DETAILED ITINERARY:  6 Day /5 Night Journey

Day 1: Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet in Oxford, which is about 1 hour outside of London (trains go directly from London Paddington to Oxford Station). We will fit you with your bikes, give you maps, GPS and written instructions and give you a safety briefing.

Ride out of Oxford and stop for lunch in Woodstock, home of Winston Churchill and then head into the Cotswolds. The day ends at the beautiful market town of Moreton in Marsh.

Daily Mileage: 33 miles (shorter options available)

Day 2: Stratford-Upon-Avon

With beautiful ride through the North Cotswolds, through Chipping Campden, and the amazing American inspired Hidcote Gardens you will arrive in Stratford-Upon-Avon in the early afternoon.

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In Stratford, you’ll get a chance to learn about the life of the great playwright William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon stands where a Roman road forded the River Avon (Upper Avon), and a 19th-century bridge still spans the river alongside a 15th-century arched stone bridge. Shakespeare was born in 1564 in a half-timbered house on Henley Street. He attended the local grammar school adjoining the medieval Chapel of the Guild of the Holy Cross. In 1597 Shakespeare returned from London to the house known as New Place, where he died in 1616. His grave is in the parish church of Holy Trinity. Daily Mileage: 20-40 miles

Day 3: Bike the Cotswolds

A day dedicated to the Cotswolds, a renowned rural area of south central England covering parts of 6 counties, notably Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. It’s rolling hills and grassland harbour thatched medieval villages, churches and stately homes built of distinctive local yellow limestone. The 102-mile Cotswold Way walking trail follows the Cotswold Edge escarpment from Bath in the south to Chipping Campden in the north.

Chipping Camden Sheep

You bike to the stunning Broadway Tower at the northernmost extreme of the Cotswolds, see the stunning lavender fields at Snowshill and after lunch visit the Slaughters, the Swells and some of the best known and iconic treats the Cotswolds has to offer. Overnight in Moreton in Marsh where you have the opportunity for a half day out the saddle to explore the village. Daily Mileage: 20-30 miles

Day 4: Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, the World heritage site, is arguably England’s greatest Palace. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim has an illustrious history, stunning architecture and beautiful gardens, landscaped by Capability Brown. Your route travels through the stunning Cotswolds right into the Palace and its magnificent grounds.

Routes from 20 miles through to over 40 miles as desired. Overnight is at the stunning Lamb in Burford. Daily Mileage: 20-45 miles

Day 5: The Cotswolds and into Oxford

Through the flatter part of the Cotswolds, and via Bampton, where all the outdoor shots from the well known TV programme, Downton Abbey are shot. You will arrive in Oxford for a full tour of the most famous University City in the World, including Harry Potter and Inspector Morse locations, the magnificent Christchurch College and great atmosphere and pubs! Return to the Lamb in Burford in the evening. Daily Mileage: various routes up to 30 miles

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Day 6 – The Cotswolds

Today you bike out of the Cotswolds towards White Horse Hill, the Neolithic Ridgeway and the Longbarrow at Wayland Smith. This is a great opportunity to see the Uffington White Horse, the oldest of the English

hill figures. It’s a 3,000-year-old pictogram the size of a football field and visible from 20 miles away.

Encompassing Neolithic history, this is a bike ride that will leave the 21st century behind for a few hours as you uncover the fascinating history of this ancient landscape.

Your tour will end after the trip to White Horse Hill. We will help guests with all ongoing travel arrangements, back into London or to other locations. Daily Mileage: Various routes up to 28 miles 

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Accommodation

Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and wonderful food – just see Trip Advisor for The Manor House Hotel.

Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked bed and breakfasts or pubs.

Support and Equipment

Our self-guided tours are designed to be as flexible as possible, with daily options on the length of ride you would like.

The roads are generally very quiet and our drivers really respectful.

All guests will be given a full safety briefing, GPS / Garmin, written instructions and a detailed map and guests choose which method of route planning they require. Panniers are also available.

Should there be a major equipment issue we are on hand (normally within the hour) to get you back on the road as soon as possible.

With a fleet of bikes from Giant and flat bar, drop bar, road, hybrid and e-bike options all bike types are catered for. Helmets as standard, just bring your shoes and pedals if you have them and away you go.

All luggage is transferred between hotels.

CONTACT US TO BOOK:  tours@cyclewest.com or tel + 353 91 877323 for more information.

West Coast Adventure Guided Bike Tour – New Dates 2018

 Cliffs of Moher

Due to popular demand in 2018, we have added new tour dates for our 2018 West Coast Adventure Guided Bike Tour. Shortlisted in 2015/16 as one of Ireland’s Best Adventure Experiences.

6 days /5 nights Guided Tour, from Euro 1295.00 per person sharing

Immerse yourself in Ireland’s rich and dynamic culture and fantastic landscape.

This extraordinary Irish biking adventure has been designed with escape, exploration and an overall terrific experience in mind!  We offer you the opportunity to explore and contemplate life to its fullest, away from all the hustle of everyday life.

Our West Coast Adventure offers you a biking trip through the spectacular vistas of Galway Bay, the historical Burren, the Aran Islands and scenic Connemara. Immerse in the history, the culture and the pure magic of the West of Ireland.

Introduction

In the Burren, you will enjoy the stone forts, monuments, alpine and arctic flowers and plants that grow side by side, the seeds having been deposited by glacier millions of years ago. This is the mystical land of disappearing rivers and lakes, closed valleys, caves and limestone pavements. You may even find a real fairy fort!

Burren View

The Aran Islands, three timeless islands in an endless sea showcase weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people.

Crossing by ferry from the Aran Islands, you will know immediately that you have arrived in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape!

Donegal Sheep in Landscape

For this rewarding bike trip, we have chosen a wonderful variety of quality, select accommodations that offer a blend of luxury, location and personal hospitality.  You will enjoy the delights of stunning settings and vibrant culture.
Come and join us on this terrific West Coast adventure and let your imagination do the rest:

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Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides

Island Hopping through Mull, Iona and Skye on this easy graded road cycling adventure. This self guided bike trip explores the islands on quiet country roads and brings lots of opportunity for cultural encounters, great landscape and stunning island scenery

Inner Hebrides ~ Isles of Skye ~ Mull ~ Iona

7 Days/ 6 Nights Self Guided Plus Bike Tour
From £995 per person sharing *

Trip Details

Our Skye and Inner Hebrides self guided bike tour is the ideal way to explore the iconic Scottish isles by bike.  Take time to soak in the atmosphere of these wild and dramatic landscapes.

Watch the stunning views unfold as you journey from the Isle of Mull, through the wilds of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and on to the fabled Isle of Skye.

This brand new bike trip offers the best rides from place to place, stopping to explore and appreciate places of natural beauty, cultural interest and wildlife sightings. Our carefully chosen accommodation will welcome you at the end of the day. As always you will enjoy the finest Scottish ingredients in your meals – especially the bounty of the sea on this island hopping trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Northwest Mull

We will meet at the Oban ferry, you will cross on the ferry to the Isle of Mull. Enjoy the views over the Sound of Mull. On the island, we will undertake a bike check to get everything set up correctly before your first day of riding. Today it is a shorter ride to get warmed up, following a gorgeous coastal road to our accommodation in the village of Dervaig. Here you will spend the next two nights at the oldest inn on Mull. Enjoy local fare of award winning cheese, local ales and island malts as well as home made desserts.

Distance: 24 miles / 38km  Ascent: 1183 ft

Day 2:  Cycling to Iona & the Isle of Mull

Today you transfer to Fionnphort where you board a ferry for the short trip across to Iona. Famed for its monastic history dating back to 563AD,  you get to explore the beautiful village and wonderful Iona Abbey, which has roots older than Scotland itself. Afterwards  transfer back to Mull for our cycle. We’ll follow the coast alongside Loch Scridain towards to the small village of Pennyghael , where we pick up a single track road under the shadow of Ben More, the highest mountain on the Island. After our ride we will have some time to explore some beautiful white shell sand beaches. (B)

Distance: 35 miles / 56 km  Ascent 1702 ft

 

Museum of Island Life, Skye

Day 3:  The Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Today you head to the colourful town of Tobermory and board the ferry across the Sound of Mull to Ardnamurchan – a wild peninsula of the mainland. Back on dry land, the only way is east. You will follow the peaceful and undulating single track roads through the peninsula, watching the views of hills, sea and lochs gradually unfold in this beautiful wilderness. Your destination tonight is the little hamlet of Acharacle, overlooking scenic Loch Shiel. (B)

Distance: 27.8 miles / 43 km  Ascent: 2322 ft

Day 4: The Isle of Skye Via the Road to the Isles

Your journey today follows a classic Scottish route past the Sound of Arisaig before joining The Road to The Isles. The road is winding, almost car-free and beautiful. Passing many gorgeous beaches, we suggest you stop at a local smokehouse to stock up on fish, meats and cheeses for your picnic lunch. After reaching Mallaig you embark on the ferry to cross to the Isle of Skye and transfer to our hotel in Portree. This will be your base for the next 3 nights. (B)

Distance: 35 miles / 56 km  Ascent: 2869 ft

Day 5: Isle of Raasay and Calum’s Road

This morning you ride to the village of Broadford and transfer to the village of Sconser, From here, it is a short hop to the Island of Raasay, located between Skye and the Applecross Peninsula.  Here you cycle on the quiet single track roads, passing through the famous “Calum’s Road”, built almost single-handedly by Calum MacLeod between the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s, with hand tools. In the afternoon you can explore the famous Trotternish peninsula and take in some of Skye’s most iconic sights such as the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. Two night stay on the Isle of Skye. (B)

Distance: 21 miles / 34km  Ascent: 2,788 ft

 

Glameig from the Isle of Raalsay Distillery (c) Isle of Raasay Distillery

Day Six – Dunvegan Castle and Western Skye

This morning we set out with a ride to ancient Dunvegan Castle on the west of Skye. Delve deep into Scottish history by taking a tour of this ancestral stronghold of the Clan McLeod. Have lunch at a local cafe and then ride the final stage of your trip. This will take you to Neist Point, the most westerly point on Skye. Stunning views of the Outer Hebrides. Transfer back to Portree to enjoy a final evening meal and a wee dram! (B)

Distance: 43 miles / 67 km  Ascent: 3,160 ft

Day 7: Return to Inverness

After breakfast we head back to Inverness, stopping for a photo opportunity at Eileen Donan Castle to break up the journey. (B)