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

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Outer Hebrides Bike Tour

 

Our amazing Outer Hebrides bike tour, off the Scottish Coast, will take you to nine amazing islands of unspoiled, wild scenery, a rich history and where Gaelic is the spoken language ~ a magical combination!

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

7 Days/ 6 Nights
From £1,695 per person sharing

This trip travels through 9 amazing islands, covering a distance of 173 miles/280 kms along the entire Hebridean archipelago. Each of the day’s riding combines stunning white sand beaches, rocky mountains and wild glens with the rich cultural and natural history of the Hebrides.

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. 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

Meet in Inverness in the morning and drive south west through the highlands. Your adventure really begins as we cross first to the magnificent Isle of Skye, saying goodbye to the mainland. Watch out for whales and other marine wildlife on the crossing, before we alight at Lochmaddy, your first landfall on the wonderful Outer Hebrides. From here, we transfer to North and South Uist to our welcome dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 – Barra And Eriskay

This morning we ride to the Isle of Eriska, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and ‘the Seven Men of Moidart’ landed in 1745 to begin the Jacobite Rising. From here, we board the ferry for Barra. Upon landing, we take a loop bike ride of the island, taking in Kisimul Castle ~ the Castle in the Sea ~ at Castlebay. Continuing up the West Coast of Barra, we experience beautiful views of the Atlantic.

Later this afternoon we take the ferry back accross the Sound of Barra to the Isle of Eriskay. We return to South Uist, your home again for the night. (B,L,D)

Distance 37 m / 59 km

Day 3 – South Uist, Benbecula & North Uist

Heading north from your inn and the ancient standing stone outside, follow the wild machair covered west coast, taking in all the sights and sounds as you weave past the wild flowers, white sand beaches and fresh-water lochans with a host of birds.

The Machair is a wild, fertile habitat supporting an amazing amount of wild flowers 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 where you will reach your accommodation for the night. (B,L,) Distance 47 m / 75 km Ascent 1700 ft / 365 m.

Day 4 – North Uist to North Harris

This morning relish the flat terrain of the Uists as you head north East through Lochmaddy and cross the causeway to Berneray. Here you will catch the ferry to the Island of Harris where you will encounter the shapely peaks rising from the sea. Continue north past stunning beaches before stopping at an excellent cafe and art gallery for lunch. After lunch make your way to Tarbert, the islands ‘capital’ and your lovely hotel right by the harbour. (B,L) Distance 36 m / 59 km

Day 5 – North Harris to The Isle of Lewis

After breakfast visit the famous Harris Tweed weavers before continuing north. 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; dating back over 5000 years this ancient site provides a fitting end to a memorable day of riding. For the next two nights your home is a friendly 4* Guest House a short distance from the stones. (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.

An impossible to miss feature on your final push is 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 and fitting place to end our trip 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 Via Ullapool

After a relaxed breakfast to start the day, you will have time to visit a local gallery or perhaps even the Outer Hebrides’ only distillery –  Abhainn Dearg – “The Red River”, before the short journey to Stornoway. There is plenty of interest here including the excellent Gaelic cultural and arts venue and nice cafes and bars, where you can have lunch. Following lunch we will board the ferry for the scenic journey back to Ullapool on the mainland. From Ullapool it is approximately 1.5 hour’s drive to Inverness where we will arrive around 7.00 pm. (B)

 

Scotland Island Explorer

PRIVATE TOURS OR SMALL GROUP TOURS ~ SCOTLAND YOUR WAY

Our Scotland Island Explorer bike tour takes you through 3 of Scotland’s best islands: the isles of Arran, Islay and Jura. Enjoy a tutored whisky tasting including samples fresh from a cask and experience a guided Rib trip to the world famous Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Throughout the week you will enjoy rides on the Isles of Arran, Jura and Islay as well as crossing the Mull of Kintyre and spending time in Glasgow.

At the end of each day, relax in hand chosen accommodations with wonderful, local food, ales and whiskies, providing an authentic taste of the islands.

7 days/ 6 nights Classic Guided Bike Tour
From £1,795 per person sharing

INTRODUCTION

This island hopping bike trip has the perfect ingredients for a wonderful bike tour of the Scottish Isles. A green graded trip, this  is also the perfect introduction to bike touring in Scotland.  During the week we will enjoy day rides on the Islands of Arran, Islay and Jura on an island hopping adventure, packed with wildlife, ferries, quiet roads and routes, quality accommodation, seafood, distilleries, whisky and a fantastic rib trip to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool to top it off! A magical combination.

DAY 1: SCOTLAND IN MINIATURE

Meet and greet in Glasgow, from which we depart to the west coast, where we catch the ferry from Ardrossan to the Isle of Arran. Arran is often described as “Scotland in Miniature” and has the Highland-Lowland dividing line running through the middle of the Island, dividing the wild, unspoiled, mountainous north, dominated by the peak of Goat Fell, and the forest, farmland and resorts of the south.

The crossing through the Firth of Clyde takes 55 minutes and arrives into the main village of Brodick. On arrival we will make the short transfer to our accommodation for the next two nights. After lunch we will spend some time fine tuning the bikes and ensuring everyone is set up for weeks riding. After a short ride, there will be time to enjoy the leisure facilities at the hotel, including a swimming pool, sauna and steam room to help relax before a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Brodick on the Isle of Arran. (L,D)
Daily Miles: 8 miles/13 km

DAY 2: CASTLES, CAVES AND CRAGS

Today’s bike route will take us around the southern half of Arran. The day is jam packed with island scapes and the coastline  including standing stones, caves and castles and. We will also be treated to great views across to Kinytyre and back to the mainland. Commencing in Lamlash we head south through Whiting Bay, and on to the south side of the island. We stop at a local ‘Velo Cafe’ before turning North again. The island is full of points of interest, such as caves, ancient standing stones, castles and crags. You also have stunning coastal vistas to the mainland. There will be time to explore the picturesque villages before arriving back to Brodick and back to Lamlash. This evening we will enjoy a well deserved dinner at the hotel. (B, L)

Daily Distance: 41 miles/65 km

DAY 3: ISLAND HOPPING

This mornings ride skirts by Goat Fell, the highest peak on Arran standing at 874 metres (2,866 ft) to the village of Lochranza and its ruined castle. We have two short ferry crossings: a short ferry crossing takes us to Kintyre Peninsula. The second ferry from Kennacriag to Islay is a voyage of exploration about 2 hours taking us past the Isle of Ghia and through the Sound of Jura, where we can look out for minkie whales, dolphins and basking sharks.

On arrival in Port Askaig, we will hop back on the bikes and ride towards our accommodation and base for the next two nights. (B,L)
Daily Distance: 36.2 miles/52 km

DAY 4: WILDLIFE AND WHISKY

This morning we transfer to the coastal village of Portnahaven,  following the west coast of the island to Port Charlotte. A picturesque ride, with views of Orsay Island. Picnic lunch overlooking the sea.

Back on the bikes we start to ride back to our accommodation at Brigend via Loch Gruinart, where we can stop off to visit the small RSPB Center where they relate the importance of Islay to many bird species such as migrating geese, corn rake, lapwing and hen harrier. (B,L)

Daily Distance: 38.8 miles/62 km

DAY 5: ISLAND EXPLORING

Today will be a short day of riding on Islay’s quiet country roads. Setting off from Port Ellen, we reach the Coast once more and turn left, following the road along the Whisky Coast – passing the island’s 3 famous distilleries of Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. We carry on a short distance to reach the Kildalton Cross, a monolithic Celtic Cross.

We then ride back to Ardbeg fir lunch in the cafe before spending the afternoon enjoying a tutored whisky tasting. Afterward, we transfer back to Brigend.

DAY 6: JURA AND THE CORRYVRECKAN WHIRLPOOL

This morning we transfer the short distance to Port Askaig, where we board the passenger ferry, crossing the fast flowing Sound of Islay and reaching the Jura in a little over five minutes. We follow the eastern coastline of the Island watching out for red deer and the many Iron Age Forts, ancient burial grounds and standing stones as we bike along the east coast of the Island towards the main village of Craighouse.

The highlight of the afternoon is  when we load up the bikes and take a private boat trip to visit the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, the third largest whirlpool in the world. From here the boat takes us back to the mainland, where there is an option to cycle the last few miles back to our hotel, set in 17 acres of gardens and beach overlooking the coast. Farewell dinner tonight and perhaps a dram to celebrate a fantastic week of Island hopping. (B,L,D)
Daily Distance: 36 miles/57 km

DAY 7: RETURN TO GLASGOW

After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel there will be time for a short walk around the neighbouring Arduannie Gardens. The gardens are run and maintained by the National Trust for Scotland and benefit form the warming effect of the North Atlantic drift.

Due to the proximity to the sea, this allows the cultivation of many rare and tender plants from around the world.

Our journey back to Glasgow will take us around 2 hours 45 minutes, passing through Inverary and Loch Fyne, where we can stop at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and Deli for a bite to eat before returning to Glasgow. (B)

 

Outer Hebrides: A Very Special Place

Review of our Outer Hebrides Bike Trip 2018 by Christine Gray, Sept 24th, 2018
The Outer Hebrides is a very special place. It isn’t just the scenery but the people were so friendly and so genuine. We rode from the southern islands to the north, with the idea of prevailing winds at our backs.
The southern islands are less populated and flatter so it is also a breaking in while riding on single lane roads, stopping to photograph sheep along the roadside and marveling over the landscape.
There are virtually no trees to speak of which is a very different reality for me but the scenery is so striking with the expansive moors and pothole lakes, sweeping white sand beaches along the western coast and the mountains along the east.
As we traveled north, it got a little more populated and a little more terrain but nothing unmanageable. Riding the constantly winding road promised for more spectacular views around every bend.
We followed the Outer Hebridean Way from the Isle of Barra in the south to the Butt of Lewis in the north so it was about 200 miles all told.
We had all types of weather – rain, wind, sunshine – I think this is to be expected for islands off the NW coast of Scotland!
The guides were true professionals and strived to ensure we loved the islands as much as they did. Bikes were well maintained and checked over every evening.
I had the misfortune of lost luggage upon my arrival and the office staff were so great helping me by keeping in contact with the airlines to get my suitcase sent out where we could intercept it and keeping me up to date on progress.
I truly had a great week and am already looking into another trip.
For more details about our 2019 Outer Hebrides Cycling Tour please see: http://www.cyclewest.com/itinerary/outer-hebrides/

New Highland Whisky Tour for 2019

Highland Whisky Tour – New in 2019

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, £1895.00 per person sharing.

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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Highland Whisky Tour – New in 2019

 

A wonderful mix of castles and casks, this journey offers a cultural experience in the Highlands of Scotland. It offers a relaxing bike ride on quiet roads, giving you the opportunity to explore at your leisure.

Trip highlights include the home of Glenlivet Whisky,  Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle and Loch Ness.

Day 1: Arrival and Glenlivet Loop Ride

Today we meet and greet in Inverness and transfer to your tour start point in Tomintoul.  Lunch and bike fit out before a looped bike ride to Glenlivet, home to the oldest legal distillery in the parish of Glenlivet. It is here you find the production place of the Scottish whisky of the same name. We then transfer to Grantown-on-Spey, a traditional highland town located on the northern edge of the Cairngorms National Park.

Surrounded by ancient woodlands, the town’s Square and High Street are lined with unique shops selling everything from children’s clothes to whisky, fishing line to pottery. All of which offers a unique opportunity to experience a traditional Highland town dating from 1760’s.

This will be your home for the next 6 nights.  Welcome evening dinner. (L, D)

Distance: 36km / 21 miles.

Day 2 : Whiskey Casks and Walkers Shortbread

A whisky themed day today, we take a beautiful morning cycle alongside the River Spey. Soon we cross a Victorian footbridge into the village of Aberlour. This is home to the famous Walkers shortbread. Our lunch stop  is a whisky themed bar in the village, followed by a visit to a local distillery in the area. We return to Grantown-on-Spey for another evening in the town. (B, L)

Distance: 37km / 23 miles

Day 3: Bridges and Beaches

This morning we take a short transfer to Dulnain Bridge followd by a picturesque bike ride to Dulnain through the historical town of Forres. Arriving at the coastal community of Findhorn, we lunch and enjoy a tour of the community. Plenty of time this afternoon to take a walk on a stunning sandy beach. Then, we travel back to Grantown-on-Spey for a delicious dinner and a chance to relax in the evening. (B, L, D)

Ride: 57km / 35 miles, 321m elevation gain, 4 hours riding.

Day 4 – Forests and Farmlands

Today, we pedal across the vast Dava Moor to reach the historic Dulsie Bridge. From here, we ride through forests and farmland to reach the famous battlefield at Culloden.  After lunch, enjoy a privately guided tour of the battlefield. We journey back for Grantown-on-Spey to relax and discuss the days events over some fine cuisine. (B, L)

Distance: 50km / 31 miles

Day 5: Highland Villages and Folk Museum

Riding from the door of the hotel in Grantown, we follow the beautiful and quiet roads along the east bank of the River Spey. You’ll pass through the stunning villages of Nethy Bridge, Coylumbridge, Kincraig and Feshiebridge before we cross over the River Spey to reach the town of Kingussie. A couple more miles and we reach Newtonmore, where we finish the ride at the Highland Folk Museum. After lunch at the museum Cafe, enjoy some free time to explore this fascinating outdoor museum. Afterwards, short transfer back to Grantown-on Spey. (B, L)

Distance: 55km / 34 miles

Day 6: Loch Ness Bike and Cruise

Today, our route takes us to Carrbridge followed by a gradual climb to Slochd Summit, a mountain pass, and onward to the nearby village of Tomatin. Enjoy a well earned descent to reach the banks of Loch Ness.  Here we stop to savour a lovely wilderness picnic.  At the loch’s edge, we’ll enjoy a pint in the Dores Inn, followed by an hour long leisurely cruise on the Loch.  Afterwards, we travel a short distance back to Grantown-on-Spey for a final celebratory dinner. (B, L, D)

Distance: 67km / 21 miles

Day 7: Historic Highland Cawdor Castle

Today we pedal close Lochindorb Castle, located on an island just off the bleak Dava Moor, in the southeastern part of the highlands. The best time to visit is the area is when the heather is in bloom and the moor is a carpet of purple. Following a rolling route, we pedal across farmland to the iconic Cawdor Castle. The Castle dates from the 14th century and has an extensive history extending to Macbeth. Here, we enjoy lunch and explore this extraordinary castle and grounds.
Sadly, this evening, we bid you farewell in  Inverness. (L)

Distance: 49km / 30 miles

 

Hebridean Trail Mountain Biking

This extraordinary mountain bike journey takes you through one of Europe’s last true wilderness regions, the Outer Hebrides

7 Day/ 6 Night Mountain Bike Guided Tour

Inverness~Uist~Isle of Lewis

More than just another bike ride, the Hebridean Trail offers the opportunity to experience life on this unique group of islands, where the landscapes are wild and untamed, golden eagles and red deer roam free and human history dates back over 5,000 years. Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Outer Hebrides. Hear Gaelic being spoken or sung, listen to traditional folk musicians play in pubs, and see famous Harris Tweed being weaved by skilled local crafters. From the sea and the land comes some delectable produce; think fresh langoustines, scallops, lobster, crab, lamb and beef – and don’t forget moreish Stornoway black pudding!

Day 1: Inverness to the island of South Uist

Meet at 08.30 at Inverness railway station for your journey through the Highlands. We take in Loch Ness and the dramatic Isle of Skye. The we take the ferry over to the Outer Hebrides and drive to the tour start point on South Uist.  You sail across the Minch to North Uist and drive south through spectacular island scenery and wildlife. We arrive in Lochboisdale, where you will find your accommodation and first overnight in a local hotel/inn.

Day 2: Lochboisdale to Lochmaddy, Island of North Uist       

After breakfast we spend some time getting the bikes set up for the ride ahead. The start of the Hebridean Trail follows the west coast of South Uist through the delightful coastal flower meadows, called machair. A trail runs for approximately 30km right the way up the west coast of the island. This is defined by its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise seas. From the north of the island head inland and follow the ‘main’ road across the causeways to the tiny island of Benbecula.  Onward to the island of North Uist. Your destination for the evening is Lochmaddy on North Uist’s east coast. Overnight hotel. (B,L) Ride distance: 71km/ 44m

Day 3: Lochmaddy to Tarbert, Isle of Harris 

Riding north from Lochmaddy, we follow the coast road to Berneray.  Here you will take the short ferry across the Sound of Harris to Leverburgh. Harris is arguably the jewel in the crown of the Outer Hebrides with its stunning beaches and rugged mountains. From Leverburgh, follow the west coast road with incredible views.  On clear days, the World Heritage Site of St Kilda can be seen 40 miles offshore. We now heading off-road. Taking a series of ancient ‘coffin roads’, you will spend the afternoon riding some fine single track through a landscape of a 1000 lochans. One final road descent takes you to the charming village of Tarbert where will we stay for two nights in a stylish 4* hotel. Distance 62km, 40m (B,L)

Day 4: Reinigeadal and the Islse of Scalpay

Depending on whether you want to tackle one of Scotland’s rarely ridden classic off-road routes  or take it easy exploring the Isle of Scalpay and the area around Tarbert there are options. For confident riders, the Reinigeadal Loop is superb, offering amazing mountain biking through wild and mountainous landscapes. We can also visit one of the island’s most remote coastal villages. It is also well worth extending the day by visiting the Isle of Scalpay with its strong fishing community and a historic lighthouse . Overnight hotel in Tarbert. (B,L) Distance: 35km/ 22m

Day 5: Tarbert to Callanish, Isle of Lewis

An unforgettable day of island adventure as we combine mountain bikes with a couple of short boat rides by RIB.  This opens up the otherwise inaccessible west coast of Harris and the Isle of Lewis. Once on the Isle of Lewis, follow a trail through a dramatic glen, flanked by spectacular peakson either side.We then descend back to the coast and rejoining the RIB for a final ride to the Standing Stones of Callanish. This mysterious stone circle is over 5000 years old and a remarkable place to visit. Your guest house accommodation is nearby. Distance 53km/ 33 m(B,L)

Day 6: Callanish to the Butt of Lewis
Your final day follows the west coast of Lewis and is full of historical and cultural interest. Heading north we pass the ancient Dun Carloway Broch. Onward to the Blackhouse Village at Gearrannan which offers an insight into what island living was like not so many years ago. An impossible to miss feature on your final push is 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 and fitting place to end your Hebridean Trail. After celebratory drinks, head back to your accommodation at Callanish for our final night on the islands. Distance 64km/ 39m (B,L)

Day 7: Return to Inverness via Ullapool and farewell!

Following breakfast will head into Stornoway – the largest town in the Outer Hebrides – for a free morning to explore, shop and relax. There is plenty of interest here including Scotland’s newest distillery, a Gaelic cultural and arts venue and nice cafes and bars. After lunch board the ferry back to Ullapool on the mainland. From Ullapool it is approximately 1.5 hour’s drive to Inverness. (B)

Grand Tour of Scotland

TAKE THE GRAND TOUR OF SCOTLAND

Our quintessential Grand Tour of Scotland takes you from Inverness to Edinburgh, pedalling over 230 miles, you will experience  on quiet and spectacularly scenic roads you will experience an incredible range of trip highlights.

Discover Scotland by bike on our Grand Tour!  From visiting the Royal Lochnagar Distillery to a guided tour of what’s know as ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland’ this trip will leave you wanting for nothing.

Inverness~ Cairngorms~St Andrews~ Edinburgh
7 Days/ 6 Nights Guided Tour
from £1,695 per person sharing.

The Grand Tour of Scotland is designed to be a classic road cycling tour connecting the Highland capital of Inverness to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Riding some 230 miles (370km) on quiet and spectacularly scenic roads you will experience an incredible range of trip highlights.

From lunch at the historic battlefield of Culloden to a guided tour of what’s know as ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland’ this trip will leave you wanting for nothing. Leave the car and tour bus behind, safe in the knowledge that your guides and vehicle support will take care of you. With great accommodation and food completing the itinerary, take part in a classic Scottish adventure.

Day 1 – Inverness to Grantown-on-Spey

Meet in Inverness in the morning, where your guide will give you a trip briefing and bike fitting before the group sets off. Leaving behind the Highland capital of Inverness, will head towards the historic battlefield of Culloden. Here you will enjoy lunch with the option of a guided tour of the battlefield. Moving on, journey east on flat road through the Whisky Country of Speyside to your first hotel at Grantown-on-Spey. (L,D) Distance 37m/59km

Day 2The Cairngorms National Park

Today you ride from west to east across the UK’s largest and most spectacular National Park, which has been named by National Geographic as one of the ’50 Must Visit Places on Earth’. Reach your first stop at Tomintoul – the Highland’s highest village and home to one of Scotland’s best whisky shops. After lunch make for the stiff climb over Lecht pass with the summit providing rewarding views over Royal Deeside. From here continue on to the lovely village of Ballater – your  home for two nights. (B,L) Distance 39m/63km

Day 3 – Riding on Royal Deeside

An easy day today with a short ride on Royal Deeside –  one of the most beautiful corners of Scotland. Riding along the River Dee and through the hills you will come to Balmoral Castle and Lochnagar Distillery. You can visit the castle if the Queen is not in and follow with a whisky tasting before a relaxed ride back to Ballater. (B,L) Distance 20m/32km

Day 4 – Royal Deeside to Angus

Today you will continue east along the River Dee through the picturesque Forest of Birse. An early lunch sets you up for the climb over Cairn O’Mount with its stone cairn said to be more than 4000 years old. Here you will get our first glimpse of the North Sea and Scotland’s East Coast. From here you have a superb 10 miles of downhill riding all the way to Edzell our home for the night. (B,L) Distance 40m/64km

Day 5 – Glamis Castle & Dundee, the City of Discovery

Leaving the Cairngorm Mountains behind, head south through Kirriemuir onto Glamis Castle. We stop here for lunch and take a guided tour of what is said to be Scotland’s most beautiful castle. Continue on your journey crossing the low-lying Sidlaw Hills before reaching your waterfront accommodation in the City of Dundee. (B,L) Distance 40m/64km

Day 6 – St Andrews & The East Neuk of Fife

Today make an early start from Dundee, crossing the Tay Estuary and reach St Andrews with plenty of time to explore this ancient town. Follow this with a coastal ride along the east corner of Fife enjoying the added bonus of this being one of the sunniest parts of Scotland. Finish the day in Elie, with a pint by the harbour, before taking a short transfer to Aberdour for the night (B, L) Distance 35m/56km

Day 7 – Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh

The final day of your Grand Tour takes you across the spectacular Firth of Forth. Round Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and climb the road up to the city’s iconic Castle. After taking in the outstanding views across the city, freewheel down the full length of the famous and historic Royal Mile to the royal Palace of Holyrood. The trip ends with a celebration lunch and drinks. (B,L) Distance 25m/40km

Explore Scotland by Bike 2018

Discover the magnificent landscape, a warm hospitality and rich history ~ the best way possible ~ on two wheels!

Come join us in Scotland and discover a land of single malt whisky with its deep throated, peaty flavours.

Tiny islands dotting the coastline, with deserted crofts, sandy beaches and where Gaelic remains the language of choice.

The islands offer the opportunity to watch for eagles and test your stamina on the passes. Stunning landscapes mark your course on our Scotland bike tours in 2018!

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Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details, dates and prices.

SCOTLAND EARLY BIRD OFFERS 2017

BIKE SCOTLAND EARLY BIRD 2017 SPECIAL:
GET YOUR 2017 TOUR AT 2016 PRICES IF BOOKED BEFORE OCTOBER 21st

Scotland: a connoisseur’s delight!
Join us in 2017.

Discover the magnificent landscape, a warm hospitality and rich history ~ the best way possible ~ on two wheels! Come join us in Scotland and discover a land of single malt whisky with its deep throated, peaty flavours.  Tiny islands dotting the coastline, with deserted crofts, sandy beaches and where Gaelic remains the language of choice. The islands offer the opportunity to watch for eagles and test your stamina on the passes. Stunning landscapes mark your course on our Scotland bike tours in 2017! read more>

Scotland Island Explorer Bike Tour 2017

2017 DATES: 13-18 May, 17-22 June, 15-20 July, 19-24 Aug

A Brand New and Exciting Itinerary for 2015, we believe this trip has the perfect ingredients for a wonderful bike tour of the Scottish Isles. A green graded trip, this  is also the perfect introduction to bike touring.  During the week we will enjoy day rides on the Islands of Arran, Islay and Jura on an island hopping adventure, packed with wildlife, ferries, quiet roads and routes, quality accommodation, seafood, distilleries, whisky and a fantastic rib trip to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool to top it off! A magical combination. Read Itinerary

Outer Hebrides Tour 2017

2017 DATES: 10– 16 Jun, 1-7 Jul, 5-11 Aug, 2 – 8 Sept

This trip travels through 9 amazing islands along the entire Hebridean archipelago. Each of the day’s riding combines stunning white sand beaches, rocky mountains and wild glens with the rich cultural and natural history of the Hebrides. 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. With warm hospitality, great accommodation and food completing the picture, join us for a memorable trip through the Hebrides. Read Itinerary

The Grand Tour of Scotland 2017

2017 DATES: 6-12 May, 3- 9Jun, 8-14 July, 9 -15 Sept,

The Grand Tour of Scotland is designed to be a classic road cycling tour connecting the Highland capital of Inverness to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Experience an incredible range of trip highlights. From lunch at the historic battlefield of Culloden to a guided tour of what’s know as ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland’ this trip will leave you wanting for nothing. Leave the car and tour bus behind, safe in the knowledge that your guides and vehicle support will take care of you. With great accommodation and food completing the itinerary, take part in a classic Scottish adventure. Read Itinerary

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details, dates and prices.

Scotland Skye and the Inner Hebrides

Island Hopping through Mull, Iona and Skye on this easy graded road cycling adventure. This 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
From £1,595 per person sharing

Trip Details

Cycle together on the twisted ribbons of quiet island and Highland roads. Take time along the way to have cultural encounters and soak in the atmosphere of these wild and dramatic landscapes.

Watch the stunning views unfold from your saddle as we 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. Your Wilderness Scotland guide will both lead you and inspire you, while our carefully chosen accommodation will welcome you at the end of the day. As always we will enjoy the finest Scottish ingredients in our meals – especially the bounty of the sea on this island hopping trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day One –  Northwest Mull

After meeting in Oban we board the nearby ferry to our first island, Mull. On Mull we will undertake a bike check to get everything set up correctly before our 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. (L, D)

Distance: 24 miles / 38km  Ascent: 1183 ft

Day Two – Cycling to Iona

Today we transfer a short distance to Fionnphort where we board a passenger ferry for the short trip across to Iona. There we have time to explore the beautiful village and wonderful Abbey, which has roots older than Scotland itself. Afterwards we 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, L)

Distance: 35 miles / 56 km  Ascent 1702 ft

Day Three – The Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Today we 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. We’ll 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. We finish at our hotel in the village of Acharacle, overlooking Loch Shiel. (B, L)

Distance: 27.8 miles / 43 km  Ascent: 2322 ft

Day  Four – Cycling to Skye Via the Road to the Isles

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

Distance: 35 miles / 56 km  Ascent: 2869 ft

Day Five – Raasay and Calum’s Road

This morning we drive to the village of Sconser and travel across to the Island of Raasay, located between Skye and the Applecross Peninsula, here we will 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 we’ll 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. (B, L)

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

Day Six – Dunvegan Castle and West Skye

This morning we set out with a ride to ancient Dunvegan Castle on the west of Skye. There we take a tour of this ancestral clan stronghold and have lunch at a local cafe. We then ride the final stage of our trip, stopping to marvel at the workmanship of an ancient Broch overlooking the fabulous Loch Bracadale. We finish at Talisker Distillery where we take a tour and enjoy a dram to toast the trip. Tonight we enjoy a final celebratory meal together. (B, L, D)

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

Day Seven – 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)

PLEASE NOTE – The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide with regard to weather conditions and other factors.