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Delve into a past and explore ancient sites of standing stones and Iron Age brochs - close your eyes and try to envision how the earliest of islanders lived. Uncover the tales of feuding clans and visit ruined castles, or visit a thatched roof black house and get an insight into the crofting way of life in the 18th and 19th century.

Scotland Experiences

Hebridean Trail Mountain Biking

Itinerary

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, taking in Loch Ness and the dramatic Isle of Skye before taking the ferry over to the Outer Hebrides and driving to the tour start point on South Uist. As you sail across the Minch to North Uist and drive south through spectacular island scenery take advantage of the good wildlife -spotting potential. 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 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 which 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 and then 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, follow the coast road to Berneray where 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) before heading off-road. Taking a series of ancient ‘coffin roads’, you will spend the afternoon riding some fine singletrack 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

There are options today 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. For confident riders, the Reinigeadal Loop is superb, offering amazing mountain biking through wild and mountainous landscapes; and visiting 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 to open 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, before descending 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, 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 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)

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?

Bike hire is not included in the price but can be arranged for you. We work with brand new bikes each season. The price for the trip is :

  • £175 for a hardtail
  • £275 for a full-suspension (recommended).

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 £1,595 per person sharing based upon a group size of up to 8 clients. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for availability.

2017 Dates:

  • 6th May – 12th May
  • 24th – 30th June
  • 29th July – 4th Aug
  • 26th Aug – 1st Sep

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.