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    The Outer Hebrides

    Next Trip: 17th - 23rd Aug 2024 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda
    Trip Type: E-bike
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
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    Traverse five beautiful islands on an E-bike tour that guides you through stunning natural beauty. On this trip, explore sites that highlight the unique cultural and historical heritage of the Outer Hebrides.

    Wind your way along quiet, single-track roads that traverse wildflower-strewn machair and breathtaking open moorland. As you pedal, learn about the history of this wild archipelago. You will visit ancient standing stones, a local distillery and a traditional weaver. Along the way, witness the Atlantic Ocean breaking on secluded rocky shores and the pearly white beaches stretching below boundless skies.

    Joined by an expert guide, you can immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery without worrying about directions. Relax each evening in welcoming accommodation while enjoying delicious meals and lovely company.

    Need a bike? See our bike hire page for details.

    Trip Highlights

    • Learn about the history and folklore of the region as you observe the intriguing topography of the land.
    • Enjoy exploring by E-bike, immersing yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of these evocative and beautiful islands.
    • Stay in cosy accommodation, enjoying friendly and attentive Hebridean hospitality.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Inverness to the Lochmaddy

    Meet your Wilderness guide in Inverness this morning and enjoy a scenic drive west to Uig on the Isle of Skye. Along the way, stop for a lovely cafe lunch and, if time allows, stretch your legs at Eilean Donan Castle – a striking fortress perched on a tidal island at the confluence of three sea lochs. Catch the mid-afternoon ferry to Lochmaddy on North Uist, looking for seabirds and dorsal fins as you chug through the waves. A short drive north will take you to a small, friendly hotel which will be your home for the next two nights. Take time to settle in before enjoying a delicious dinner and a good night’s sleep. (L, D)

    Day 2 – South Uist to North Uist

    After breakfast, hop in with your guide and transfer to South Uist. From its northerly tip, enjoy a beautiful ride that winds up the west coast, across the pan-flat Benbecula and back to your lovely, cosy hotel. Accompanied by your guide, ribbon your way through machair – a Gaelic word meaning ‘fertile low lying grassy plain’ which is characterised by a medley of wildflowers in the spring and summer. Enjoy sweeping views of white sandy beaches and turquoise water before heading inland across Benbecula, onto North Uist, arriving with a crunch of gravel back at your hotel. (B, L, D)

    Ride details: 68 km/42 miles | 265 m/870 ft elevation gain

    Day 3 – North Uist to Harris

    Head out into the fresh sea air this morning and cycle north to Berneray. From here, catch the small white ferry across the Sound of Harris to Leverburgh. Enjoy the stunning views as you chug in and out of little skerries before coming ashore and hopping back on your bikes. Arguably the jewel in the Hebridean crown, Harris is far more mountainous than the other islands, and riding up the Atlantic coast above the white sands of Scarista and Luskentyre is sure to be a highlight of the trip. Arrive in Tarbert this evening and enjoy some time to relax before dinner. (B, L, D)

    Ride details: 70 km/43.5 miles | 605 m/1,985 ft elevation gain

    Day 4 – Hushinish Beach and Harris Distillery

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you chat with your guide about the options for today. You may enjoy a rest, wandering around Tarbert and shopping for some Harris Tweed before relaxing with a book back at your hotel. For those wishing to head out for a ride, a great option is to cycle out to the pearly white sands of Hushinish Beach. With beautiful views of the rolling Atlantic breakers and the neighbouring islands of Taransay and Scarp, it’s well worth the pedal. Later this afternoon, take a guided tour of the Isle of Harris Distillery and indulge in a dram of their botanical gin or single malt whisky as you listen to some fantastic stories. (B, L, D)

    Ride details: Optional ride up to 50 km/30 miles | 800 m/2,625 ft elevation gain

    Day 5 – Tarbert to Callanish

    Today is full of spectacular scenery and ancient history. Begin by tackling the biggest climb of your trip – of course, the joy of an E-bike is that you can make this ascent as hard or as easy as you wish! Ascend through the hills, enjoying the wild scenery as you traverse beneath the striking mountain of An Clisham. Continue to the Isle of Lewis and cross the windswept moor. Your destination for today is the mysterious Standing Stones of Callanish, which predate Stonehenge and are thought to have been erected 5,000 years ago. After exploring, settle into your lovely family-owned guest house this evening and enjoy dinner (B, L, D)

    Ride details: 66 km/41 miles | 700 m/2,295 ft elevation gain

    Day 6 – Callinish to the Butt of Lewis

    As white gulls wheel in a sea-blown sky, head out with your guide to pedal up the island’s west coast to reach the Butt of Lewis. Along the way, pause to visit Dun Carloway Broch and enjoy a tweed weaving demonstration at Amor Weavers. Later, it’s impossible to miss the Whalebone Arch, recovered from a whale washed up on a beach nearby. As the road bends left, arrive at the edge of Europe, soaking in the fantastic views and the noise of the crashing waves, before being transferred to your hotel for a delicious celebratory dinner. (B, L, D)

    Ride details: 55 km/34 miles | 530 m/1,740 ft elevation gain

    Day 7 – Stornoway to Inverness

    Your final day of riding takes you across the breadth of Lewis to arrive in Stornoway. Ride along a slender ribbon of tarmac that glides through a vast expanse of blanket bog, which supporters a diverse range of waterfowl. This includes an internationally important number of dunlin – a small bird with a curved bill and distinctive black belly. Upon your arrival in Stornoway, visit Lews Castle and learn about its rich and eclectic history before popping into the cafe and gift shop. Catch the ferry to Ullapool and relax on the scenic drive to Inverness, where your trip will conclude. (B, L)

    Ride details: 27 km/17 miles | 215 m/705 ft elevation gain

    The Outer Hebrides

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £2,675
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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    This trip features some of the best hotel and guest house accommodations along the route we travel. We use a variety of accommodations, such as country inns, guesthouses and small hotels, all hand-picked by us. Accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities.

    Single Rooms

    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £500 is charged.

    Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    All meals are included throughout the trip, from lunch on day 1 to lunch on the final day. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

    Drinks and snacks are provided throughout the day as you require. Lunch will be either a wilderness picnic or taken at a local cafe. Evening meals will be taken either at our accommodation or in a local restaurant or pub. Based on our knowledge and experience, we will visit the best places to eat along the route.

    Your guides will each have an evening off during this trip, where they do not eat with the group.

    Inclusions Read More
    • Seven days of guiding, including bike guide and assistant guide/support driver.
    • Six nights accommodation in small hotels/guest houses on a B&B basis.
    • All meals as stated in the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
    • Vehicle transport throughout, including ride support and luggage transfers.
    • All ferry transport.
    • Ride snacks, home baking, and drinks.
    Trip Grading Read More

    Blue Graded: Difficulty 4-6

    Blue graded trips are suitable for people with a good level of bike fitness, who regularly enjoy cycling and may have joined a multi-day cycle holiday before.

    Distances each day will be between 35 – 45 miles, cycling at around 12/13mph. Each day will be rolling and hilly terrain and there will be notable climbs most days. Some of these will be more testing and some riders may opt to push or ride in the support vehicle. Some climbs are also followed by exciting descents. We will be in the saddle for 5 – 7 hours each day plus the odd longer day. There is also time each day for breaks and lunches, plus some visits to sites of interest.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Station at 8:30am on Day 1 of your trip.

    The trip will conclude at Inverness Railway Station at 7:00pm on the final day of the trip.

    For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website: www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/

    Bike Hire / Bringing Your Own Bike Read More
    Bike Hire

    We have an excellent fleet of E-bikes available to hire.
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    Bring Your Own Bike

    You are also more than welcome to bring your own bike. If you’re bringing your E-bike along for the trip, please ensure it has a removable battery. Due to limitations around charging, E-bikes with non-removable batteries cannot be accommodated.

    If you choose to do so, please ensure it’s in excellent working condition and has been recently serviced – either by you or by a reputable bike shop.

    In addition, please bring the following:

    • Multi-tool, including a chain tool
    • Mini pump and/or CO2 canisters
    • Two spare tubes and a puncture repair kit

    Because we will need to load your bike onto one of our trailers, please ensure that:

    • Your rear wheel is clear of any obstructions; including lights, mudguard or panniers
    • Your tyres are no wider than 45mm

    Due to the nature of our trips, we are unfortunately unable to carry bike boxes or bags with us, so please make prior arrangements if necessary.

    If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly and knowledgable sales team are always delighted to answer any queries you may have.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Bridget Brown

    Our friendly office team hail from across the world but share a passion for the outdoor and wild spaces of Scotland. We are committed to providing you with the best customer service and are more than happy to chat through options and provide help and advice. Get in touch to find your perfect adventure.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Blue Graded 4-6

    Blue graded trips are suitable for people with a good level of bike fitness, who regularly enjoy cycling and may have joined a multi-day cycle holiday before. Despite the support of the E-bike a fair degree of fitness is required by clients who wish undertake this trip.

    Distances each day will be between 35 – 45 miles, cycling at around 12/13mph. This will be aided by the E-bike, but will still need to pedal and exert effort to travel. Each day will be rolling and hilly terrain and there will be notable climbs most days. Some of these will be more testing and some riders may opt to push or ride in the support vehicle. Some climbs are also followed by exciting descents. We will be in the saddle for 5 – 7 hours each day plus the odd longer day. There is also time each day for breaks and lunches, plus some visits to sites of interest.

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