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Mountain Biking – The Hebridean Trail

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Price from: £1,395

Next trip: 8th August

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

74 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.

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

5 star 59

4 star 15

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by Michelle Lodge 29/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The office staff are very nice would have like a reminder email when payment was due, did have a issue with the payment but was sorted out eventually
Trip Comments
Day 4 was the best day short road ride then a rib to the next island was brilliant, track was great uphill then a good downhill track loved it
Accommodation and Food
Most of the accommodation was very nice one of the hotels was very noisy, overall quite good, had some very enjoyable meals, lovely food Provided by the guides,
Your Guide
Our guides Graham and kelty were great really informative made sure everyone knew what was happening on the day.. Great food provided by Kelty
The Bottom Line
I think if I have known how much road cycling was involved I wouldn't have booked the trip but I would have missed a really good trip, there were some really hard terrain beond my skill level which I just walked but also some excellent terrain to cycle on amazing beaches, beautiful islands and scenery we met some wonderful people and had a really enjoyable week...

by Doug Wood 25/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Daniel Blake 22/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very repo dive to all our questions and concerns. The only thing hat seemed lacking was a reminder that our bill was due. I don't think we received a reminder and by the time we realized that we still had to pay it was a few days past due.
Trip Comments
The guides, Kelty and Graham, did a great job of keeping everyone motivated and having a good time. The scenery was amazing and the support from the guides was tip top. Food was also really amazing, a little fancy for my taste.
Accommodation and Food
Way fancier than I expected. Could have been a little more rustic.
Your Guide
They did a good job of keeping everyone on track and in good spirits.
The Bottom Line
Overall the trip was awesome. Mostly for the scenery and extent of what we were able to see. However, I would not call this a mountain bike tour, as there was very little mountain biking. Most of our time was on the road, which was fine, but if was there specifically to mountain bike I probably wouldn't be very happy.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thanks for your comments on the trip. Given the nature of the Hebrides, we do have to use the road for some sections of the trip, so that we can link up the route and make this a complete journey.

by Bev Miller 20/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All details sent well in advance.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation fine. Food provided by WS fine. But.....the first 2 hotels were hopeless if you are a vegetarian....both only had one veggie dish on the menu each evening so you're a bit stuffed if it was something you didn't like. Excellent porridge though !

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your comments they are very valuable to us and used to make trip improvements for next year.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Excellent trip, stunning scenery, excellent guides. Some of the off road was a tad more than a 'blue 6' grade but it made a change to walk a bit ! We were lucky with the weather in that there was minimal rain during the day and for all, except the final day, the wind was behind us. Only down side, for me, was the lack of vegetarian food in the Uist and Tarbert hotels.

by Harald Weiss 06/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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by Aileen McRoberts 04/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Loved the area around Tarbert: the Isle of Scalpay and its Harbour Bistro and Tearoom; and the ride from Tarbert to Hushinish- a fun undulating road with unbeatable sea views.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Mark and Amanda were an excellent and efficient team. Mark has outstanding knowledge of local history and wildlife which he is keen to share. Amanda provided constant support, advice and good humour.
The Bottom Line
A true taste of the Outer Hebrides!

by Chris Moat 29/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Great guide who was very knowledgeable about the history, culture and wildlife of the outer Hebrides. Very positive and a clear focus on ensuring all guests got the maximum out of the trip
Accommodation and Food
Lunch time picnic stops were fantastic
Your Guide
Mark was a first class guide.
The Bottom Line
Excellent trip. Very well organised and the I know feel as though I have a much better appreciation of the beauty of the Outer Hebrides.

by Char Psihos 29/06/2015

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Overall things were good and the website is very helpful but more communication leading up to the trip would have been really helpful. I think knowing the where, what time and who is all very good to have.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Everywhere we stayed was lovely and clean. The rooms were very nice!
Your Guide
They were very professional and just a joy to be around. I loved learning about the islands and flora and fauna.
The Bottom Line

by Robert Macfarlane 30/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
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. :-)
Accommodation and Food
The only improvement I would like to see is the rental bikes. Although I didn't have any problem with my bike, two of my friends on the trip both had problems with theirs.

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.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Tamsin Douglas 29/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

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
Loved eating fresh, local seafood!
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.

Prices and Departures

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Trip Date
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8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,395
Trip Full
29th Aug - 4th Sep 2015
£1,395
3 place(s) left
7th May - 13th May 2016
£1,395
Places available
25th Jun - 1st Jul 2016
£1,395
Places available
30th Jul - 5th Aug 2016
£1,395
Places available
27th Aug - 2nd Sep 2016
£1,395
Places available
26th Sep - 1st Oct 2016
£1,395
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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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Prices and Departures

71 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,395
Trip Full
29th Aug - 4th Sep 2015
£1,395
3 place(s) left
7th May - 13th May 2016
£1,395
Places available
25th Jun - 1st Jul 2016
£1,395
Places available
30th Jul - 5th Aug 2016
£1,395
Places available
27th Aug - 2nd Sep 2016
£1,395
Places available
26th Sep - 1st Oct 2016
£1,395
Places available

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Customer Kudos
I think if I have known how much road cycling was involved I wouldn't have booked the trip but I would have missed a really good trip, there were some really hard terrain beond my skill level which I just walked but also some excellent terrain to cycle on amazing beaches, beautiful islands and scenery we met some wonderful people and had a really enjoyable week...

Michelle Lodge
29/07/2015

5

Doug Wood
25/07/2015

5

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