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Scotland Experiences

Hebridean Trail Mountain Bike Tour

Itinerary

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

7 Day/ 6 Night Guided Mountain Bike Tour

Inverness~Uist~Isle of Lewis

Hebridean Mountain Trail Hebridean Mountain Trail

OVERVIEW

More than just another bike ride, the Hebridean Trail mountain bike tour offers the opportunity to experience life on this unique group of islands, the Outer Hebrides.  Here, 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. Moreover, you get to see famous Harris Tweed being weaved by skilled local crafters. In addition, 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 North Uist

Meet at 08.30 at Inverness railway station for your journey through the Highlands. We meet at 8.30am in Inverness and travel to Uist by ferry from Uig on the Isle of Skye. Arriving into Lochmaddy, we transfer a short distance to our hotel.  After checking in, we have a bike fitting session followed by a short bike ride near the village of Lochmaddy. (L,D)

Day 2: Lochmaddy to South Uist Island     

Touday, 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.  Afterward we return to the island of North Uist to Lochmaddy for your  overnight stay.
(B,L, D) Ride distance: 71km,  44m

Hebridean Trail Mountain Bike Tour Mountain Biking on the Hebridean Trail

Day 3: Lochmaddy to the 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. We 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. Then we have one final road descent takes you to the charming village of Tarbert where will we stay for two nights. (B,L,D) Distance 62km, 40m 

Day 4: Reinigeadal and the Isle 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. Notwithstanding, for confident riders, the Reinigeadal Loop is superb, offering amazing mountain biking through wild and mountainous landscapes. In addition, we can visit one of the island’s most remote coastal villages before visiting the Harris Distillery. Also, it is 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, D) Distance: 35km, 22m

Hebridean Mountain Trail Standing Stones of Callanish

                  

Day 5: Tarbert to Callanish, Isle of Lewis

We continue on our Hebridean Trail Mountain Bike Tour with an unforgettable day of island adventure. 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. Our guest house accommodation is nearby. Distance 53km,  33 m (B,L,D)

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,D)

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)

Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com to book this tour. 

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What’s Included?

 

Included in this trip are
  • 7 days guiding including mountain bike guide and assistant guide/support driver
  • 6 nights accommodation in 4* small hotels/ guest houses on a B&B basis
  • Meals stated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Vehicle transport throughout including ride support and luggage transfers
  • All ferry transport and local boat services
  • Ride snacks, home baked goods and drinks

What’s not included?

For all our mountain biking trips we have full suspension or hardtail bikes available to hire.

You can choose from 2 different types of bike, each of which is available for anyone on our mountain biking holidays and come in a full range of sizes to fit every rider.

  • Full Suspension – Fuel EX 7 – £295
  • Hardtail – X-Caliber 9 – £190

Payment for bike hire will be added to your final balance, due 8 weeks prior to departure.

Please note that due to high demand and limited supply you may be offered an alternative Full Suspension or Hardtail bike, depending on availability. The alternative bike will however match the specs of our main fleet and cost the same to hire. 

For full details on our bikes for this season please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com.

 

Dates and Pricing

Price:
The trip price starts at £2,095 per person sharing based upon a group size of up to 8 clients. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for availability. Booking Deposit of £523.75 per person.
Don’s see a date that suits? Please contact us to create a PRIVATE TOUR to suit your travel dates. Email tours@cyclewest.com.

Remaining 2021 Dates:
14th Aug – 20th Aug 2021 – 1 place remaining
4th Sep – 10th Sep 2021 – 4 places remaining

2022 Dates:
9th Apr – 15th Apr 2022 – 5 places remaining
18th Jun – 24th Jun 2022 – 5 places remaining
9th Jul – 15th Jul 2022 – 6 places remaining
20th Aug – 26th Aug 2022 – 8 places remaining

 

Helpful Notes

Getting there and back

You will be met by your guide at 08.30hrs at the fixed seating area in Inverness train station. It is a small station so you will find the area with ease. We will return to Inverness train station at around 19.00hrs on the last day. For full details on how to get to Inverness, please feel free to get in contact with us at tours@cyclewest.com.

Equipment

For this trip you will to need to bring regular mountain bike gear for cross-country riding in the mountains.This trip is only suitable for mountain bikes with a minimum of 27 gears, front suspension and disc brakes. A lower tread tyre will make the road sections easier. A full
equipment list will be sent to you on booking.

Difficulty Level

This holiday holidays is suitable for people with some previous experience of mountain biking. You can expect around six hours of riding each day through undulating and, at times, mountainous terrain. Distances covered will typically be in the rangeof 40km-60km each day with the occasional longer day required due to trip logistics. Trail conditions will vary from tarmac minor roads to double track land-rover type trails and short sections of single-track riding. Some of the single-track routes may be technical in places.