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Mountain Biking – The Hebridean Trail

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Price from: £1,395

Next trip: 20th June

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

65 review(s)
  • The first mountain bike journey through the Outer Hebrides
  • 280km across seven islands with some of the most unspoilt and spectacular scenery in Europe
  • Fascinating history, culture, wildlife and island hospitality

Blue Graded Mountain Biking Holidays 4-6

Our Blue grade mountain biking trips are 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 range of 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 singletrack riding. Some of the singletrack may be technical in places.

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Are you happy being on your bike for around six hours each day for up to 6 days in a row?
Do you regularly ride a bike most weeks, either on road of off road?
Are you happy riding blue and easier red standard trails that you will find at most mountain bike centres?

An inherently mobile itinerary, this trip will allow us to sample a variety of quality accommodation in the regions that we pass through. Each day, we are met by our support driver who will have a picnic lunch prepared for us. We may also meet up with the vehicle at other points during the day for snacks, drinks and to pick up clothes/equipment etc.

Single room supplement
We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex.

Due to the limited range of accommodations in the regions we visit, we can accommodate a maximum of 2 single rooms on this trip. The single supplement charge for this trip is £250 but this is subject to availability.

We can also offer a partial single supplement, whereby you can have a single room for nights 3 and 4 of the trip – this is when we are in Tarbert and there is more accommodation available. The cost of this partial single supplement (2 nights) is £100.

Single rooms should be requested at the time of booking but all single room requests are subject to availability.

You will be met by your guide at 0900 on Day 1 of the trip at Inverness train station. We will return to Inverness train station around 1900 on Day 7. Full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our Travel to Scotland.

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by Robert Macfarlane 30/09/2014

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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The Day 5 ride (+ RIB ride) was the best day of the trip. Simply spectacular and not something we would every have experienced otherwise. The RAF Tornado flyover was a nice added touch. :-)
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by Tamsin Douglas 29/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Responses were both timely and detailed.
Trip Comments
We went to places we would not have been able to access by ourselves. Also, the trip was much more challenging than I anticipated which is a good thing.
Accommodation and Food
Responses were both timely and detailed.
Your Guide
No nonsense and unflappable -just what you want in a guide.
The Bottom Line
I really enjoyed the trip and felt like I was in good hands. Would like to do another trip to Scotland.

by Andrew Mitchell 29/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I didn't get an equipment list prior to departure but, that apart, pre-trip service and information (at very short notice) was good.
Trip Comments
The beaches of West Harris are stunning, as was the ride up and down Bealach Raonasgail.
Accommodation and Food
I didn't get an equipment list prior to departure but, that apart, pre-trip service and information (at very short notice) was good.
Your Guide
Both helpful and cheerful
The Bottom Line
I was expecting to push occasionally, but having to carry my bike up a mountain on the Reinigeadal loop came as a bit of a surprise. However it was worth it for the views and the ride down the other side.
Overall an excellent trip.

by Murray Stonebridge 29/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

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Trip Comments
Had a great time. Only downer was the bike. Gears were bad. Tim did as best he could to fix it on the fly. I couldn't trust the bike as the gears skipped which was an issue when the going was fast or more technical. Couldn't reach the low ring on the back.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your feedback. We have reviewed our rental bikes for 2015 so we hope there will be no further issues.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Tim did a good job. I felt rushed at times when I wanted to stop for a photo but never had a problem catching up. We passed things (in the van or on bike) that I would have wanted to stop and look at but we went flying by.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
We love to stop and take photos as well. We will remind all guides that people are on holiday and need time to enjoy the sights around them.
The Bottom Line
Overall it was great. Never expected to see the some of the sights we saw. The weather certainly helped. It was a nice mix of terrain for biking within my capability. Thanks.

by Carole Stonebridge 29/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

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Trip Comments
The route and location was wonderful.
The weather was terrific which really added to the experience.
The group size was just right.
The experience with the rental bike could have been better.
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by Anthony Barr 22/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Notes on preparation and what to bring were both extensive and very clear. Responsiveness to questions was great. Only slight comment was that I expected less road cycling given the description of the trip, but this may have been due to my 'bias' than what was communicated about the trip.
Trip Comments
Very well planned, challenging and inspiring trip that left me brimming with enthusiasm for more. My personal high points were the two days on Harris where we did some 'proper' mountain biking and accessed scenery and trails that most people will never experience. Food on the trip was also a real high point and our guides' knowledge of both places and accommodation was spot-on and clearly used well in the planning.
Accommodation and Food
Notes on preparation and what to bring were both extensive and very clear. Responsiveness to questions was great. Only slight comment was that I expected less road cycling given the description of the trip, but this may have been due to my 'bias' than what was communicated about the trip.
Your Guide
Both of our guides were very attentive, hugely credible and inspired a lot of confidence throughout the journey. Tim's knowledge of the Islands and ability as a rider were impressive and as the trip leader he couldn't be faulted. I appreciated his positive-but-not-gushing demeanor and clear enthusiasm for his work. I'm not usually one to admire another man's legs but I reckon Tim's must be some of the best in Scotland - functionally speaking of course. Cory our support guide was extremely attentive and our lunches were notable both for the quality of the spread and the amazing locations each day. Neither guide shouted about their experience but over the course of the week it was apparent that their credentials are extremely high indeed. A special mention to Ben, from the WS office, who was also very supportive, helpful and added much to the group dynamic. He was impressively patient when listening to my feedback/questions on WS marketing...when he wasn't distracted by polytunnel envy.
The Bottom Line
A once-in-a-lifetime journey planned with great thought and enthusiasm by the team. I've never worked harder, been more energised and inspired or eaten better over the course of one week. And probably won't again...until my next WS trip!

by Edward Wenning Janutin 07/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
The grading was perhaps a wee bit underestimated.
Trip Comments
Excellent and personable guides. Very informative and had excellent skills at keeping a group with various skill levels together and content.
Accommodation and Food
The grading was perhaps a wee bit underestimated.
Your Guide
Graham and Dave were excellent guides and quickly adapted our trip due to the weather and group's mood and condition.
The Bottom Line
In spite of the weather the trip and arrangements were excellent. It was a fantastic lifetime experience ! Ein Super Erlebnis !

by Brid Connolly 01/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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Overall, I had a fantastic time.

by Louise Miskell 26/08/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The timing and quality of communications from the Wilderness Scotland team is very good. However, I do think that the trip notes for this particular trip could be improved, to enable potential customers to make a more informed decision as to whether this trip is for them. I found the trip much harder than I had anticipated. I had been expecting some element of riding on paths / forestry type tracks but in the main, all of the off-road stuff was very challenging, mountainous terrain. There are a number of factors to take into account here, not least the unfavourable weather conditions and perhaps some lack of preparedness on my own part. I also appreciate that trip grading is a very difficult business. But I think that two additions to the trip notes would really help future clients to make a more informed decision as to whether this trip is for them. One is the inclusion of metres of ascent data in the trip information. I quite enjoy climbing (fortunately) but there was a lot more of it on this trip than I had been expecting. The other is the need to make it clear in the trip notes that in order to complete some parts of the ride you are required to carry your bike over steep terrain. This came as a complete surprise to me and I think that if this is to remain an integral part of the trip it should feature in the trip notes (in the same way that information about portage does in the trip notes for the canoeing holidays).

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
This is valuable feedback for us. Thank you for being so detailed with your thoughts of what we can do to make things even better for future trips
Trip Comments
The best thing about the trip for me was the friendliness and camaraderie of the group. We were a real mix of nationalities, ages, gender and backgrounds, but everyone was very generous and supportive of one another. and extremely good humoured.
Accommodation and Food
The timing and quality of communications from the Wilderness Scotland team is very good. However, I do think that the trip notes for this particular trip could be improved, to enable potential customers to make a more informed decision as to whether this trip is for them. I found the trip much harder than I had anticipated. I had been expecting some element of riding on paths / forestry type tracks but in the main, all of the off-road stuff was very challenging, mountainous terrain. There are a number of factors to take into account here, not least the unfavourable weather conditions and perhaps some lack of preparedness on my own part. I also appreciate that trip grading is a very difficult business. But I think that two additions to the trip notes would really help future clients to make a more informed decision as to whether this trip is for them. One is the inclusion of metres of ascent data in the trip information. I quite enjoy climbing (fortunately) but there was a lot more of it on this trip than I had been expecting. The other is the need to make it clear in the trip notes that in order to complete some parts of the ride you are required to carry your bike over steep terrain. This came as a complete surprise to me and I think that if this is to remain an integral part of the trip it should feature in the trip notes (in the same way that information about portage does in the trip notes for the canoeing holidays).

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
This is valuable feedback for us. Thank you for being so detailed with your thoughts of what we can do to make things even better for future trips
Your Guide
I think it would be unfair to rate the main guide, Graham, as he was ill for the second half of the trip and thus we saw a lot less of him than we would otherwise have done. The second guide, Dave, however, did a great job of taking over and built up a really good rapport with the group. Both guides I thought, coped really well with the adverse weather conditions we had to contend with, and did a great job of adapting the itinerary to make sure that we still had full and enjoyable cycling days even when high winds, cold and rain would have kept most sane people indoors. It was great to have the support of the van, and access to dry clothes, hot drinks and snacks to keep us going during the rides.
The Bottom Line
Like all of the other WS trips I have done, this one was well organised, fun and provided access to places that it felt a privilege to be visiting. It hasn't really enthused me about mountain biking because I found it so difficult, and unfortunately I think this probably rules out the possibility of doing any other WS mtb trips, but I would consider some of the road biking options on offer.

by Bernd Steger 26/08/2014

3Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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Trip Details

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

Crowned the Hebridean Trail, this 280km bike journey weaves its way through seven superb islands on a variety of ancient paths, historic by-ways, mountain tracks and impossibly quiet roads.

More than another bike ride, the Hebridean Trail offers the opportunity to experience life on the islands, where the landscapes are wild and untamed, golden eagles and red deer roam free and human history dates back over 5,000 years.

The Outer Hebrides also retain a culture distinct from the rest of Scotland. Here you will find Gaelic as the first language and a sense of pride and tradition which make the Outer Hebrides a remarkable and unforgettable place to visit.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Inverness to the Island of South Uist: travel to South Uist via ferry from Uig, on the Isle of Skye.

Day 2 – Lochboisdale to Lochmaddy, Island of North Uist: we set off on the Hebridean Trail, following the beautiful machair on the west coast of South Uist and on to North Uist.
Ride distance 71km.

Day 3 – Lochmaddy to Tarbet, Isle of Harris: continuing north, we cycle along the coast road to Berneray and catch the ferry across the Sound of Harris to Leverburgh. We head north west and the afternoon riding some fine singletrack.
Ride distance 62km.

Day 4 – Reinigeadal & Isle of Scalpay: options today include tackling one of Scotland’s rarely ridden classic off-road routes or taking it easy exploring the Isle of Scalpay and the area around Tarbert.
Ride distance 35km.

Day 5 – Tarbert to Callinish, 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.
Ride distance 53km.

Day 6 – Callanish to the Butt of Lewis: our final day follows the west coast of Lewis. Heading north, we switch between coastal trail and road as we edge nearer to the end of our island journey.
Ride Distance 64km

Day 7 – Return to Inverness via Ullapool: we continue to Stornoway and board the ferry back to Ullapool on the mainland, continuing on to Inverness where the trip ends.

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60 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
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20th Jun - 26th Jun 2015
£1,395
1 place(s) left
11th Jul - 17th Jul 2015
£1,395
3 place(s) left
8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,395
4 place(s) left
29th Aug - 4th Sep 2015
£1,395
6 place(s) left
19th Sep - 25th Sep 2015
£1,395
Places available

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Robert Macfarlane
30/09/2014

5

I really enjoyed the trip and felt like I was in good hands. Would like to do another trip to Scotland.

Tamsin Douglas
29/09/2014

5

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