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'This was a fabulous, active holiday, where we enjoyed Scotland's spectacular scenery and wildlife, learned from our guides about the habitat and social history and enjoyed the local food and drink on offer in a variety of picnic spots, pubs and restaurants'... Pamela Duncan 13/09/2016
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
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.
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.
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: £160 per hire – Lapierre Audacio 400 (Mens) – Lapierre Audacio 200 (Ladies)
- Hybrid: Lapierre Shaper 200: £120per hire
Dates and Pricing
The trip price is £1595 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.
- 19th May – 25th May – TRIP FULL
- 28th July – 3rd August – 8 places available
- 25th August – 31st August – 5 places available
Trip price does not include bike hire. For bikes, you can choose between:
Hybrid: Lapierre Shaper 300 or Road Bike: Lapierre Audacio 400
Bikes are £160 to hire per trip.
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.