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

Scotland Experiences

Outer Hebrides Bike Tour

Itinerary

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 £1,645 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)

 

What’s Included?

Included in this trip are:

  • 7 days professional guiding with lead guide plus assistant guide/support driver
  • 6 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels/ inns/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
  • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
  • Ride snacks, home -baking and drinks

What’s not included?

Bike hire is not included in the cost of this tour. Most of our clients choose to hire bikes but you are more than welcome to bring your own.
The bikes we use are brand new each season and maintained to the highest standards. You can choose between:

  • Road Bikes: £175.00 per hire – Merida Ride 400
  • Hybrid: Merida Shaper 400: £175.00  per hire

Dates and Pricing

The trip price is from £1645.00 per person sharing based upon a group size of up to 8 clients. Single Supplement is £250 for single occupancy on this trip and is subject to availability.

2018 Dates: 7 days / 6 nights, Guided Tour

28th April – 4th May – TRIP FULL
9th June – 15th June – TRIP FULL
30th June – 6th July -1 place remaining

14th July – 20th July – TRIP FULL
4th August – 10th August – TRIP FULL
1st Sept – 7th Sept – 8 places TRIP FULL

Trip price does not include bike hire. For bikes, you can choose between:

Hybrid: Merida Shaper 400 or Road Bike: Merida Ride 400
Bikes are £175 to hire per trip.

Helpful Notes

Getting there and Away

You will be met by your guide at 08:30 on Day 1 of the trip at Inverness train station. We will return to Inverness train station around 19:00 on Day 7. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us at tours@cyclewest.com

Difficulty level

This trip has been designed for active people who like cycling but are looking for a trip that is easy going with mostly flat terrain. It is suitable for people new to cycle touring and looking for a different way to explore the country. Most days the itinerary is very relaxed and you can spend plenty of time exploring the natural and cultural history of the area as well as enjoying long lunches in some great locations. Distances typically range from 25-35 miles each day with possibly one or two slightly longer days between key stages of the itinerary. The terrain is generally flat with one or two short climbs.