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Mountain Biking – The Hebridean Trail

  • 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

  • 7 days guiding including mountain bike guide and assistant guide/support driver
  • 6 nights accommodation in 4* small hotels/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
  • Ride snacks, home-baking and drinks

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?

Accommodation

This trip features some of the best hotel and guest house accommodation and food in the Outer Hebrides.

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. It may be possible to book a single room, provided one is available. Please request this at the time of booking and we will let you know if one is available. For this trip, a supplement of £250 is charged if a single room is required.

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.

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by Mark Hagley 21/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Penny Hagley 11/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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It was a great time. The guides were excellent and fun. Loved experiencing the landscape and the culture by bike.
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Wonderful!

by Toby Clark 05/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

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5Your Guide

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The guides were both amicable and knowledgeable and this made the trip a relaxing holiday and an excellent tour of the Outer Hebridies.
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The choice of hotels was fantastic. To return having cycled all day; to comfortable hotels with smart rooms and excellent food was key to the trips success.
Your Guide
Craig and Will had an aura of calmness and capability even during the tumultuous weather. Polite, attentive and professional.
The Bottom Line
A trip with Wilderness Scotland is a necessity for all adventurers who love a challenge

by Dave Moffatt 04/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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I had trouble with opening you attachments in e_mails, however the response from your office was prompt when I informed them of the issue.
Trip Comments
Professionalism of our guides was outstanding, the accommodation was excellent and the whole experience was memorable, I will highly recommend your organisation to fellow Australians and others I meet in the mean time.
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Outstanding, excellent value for money.

by Trish Moffatt 04/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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Loved just riding with the group, varied landscapes, being so..... looked after. Always felt comfortable with day's adventures. Things moved at a good pace. Just want to experience it all over again!
Accommodation and Food
Excellent in all respects.
Your Guide
We had the most amazing guides. Very informative, super fit, easy to talk to, any need was met without trouble. They both just made the trip so memorable. Every ability was catered for, making the group so cohesive. I will remember this experience as pretty perfect. Thank you.
The Bottom Line
Perfect- loved every day. Didn't want it to end, keen to do something similar again.

by Allison Slavick 10/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

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Loved our group, the guides, and fantastic adventure-style mountain biking on the Hebrides.
Accommodation and Food
The trip to the bistro on Scalpay was a highlight, as was the tea house on Lewis.
Your Guide
The guides never hesitated to rise above and beyond what one would expect. A+ in every way. Their genuine friendship was appreciated.
The Bottom Line
The Outer Hebrides are piece of the world I will return to. The trip was a great introduction to the wild landscape, abundant birds, people, and culture of a place that is just about perfect.

by Davy Robinson 10/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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I was asked to provide details which I had already submitted
Trip Comments
Planning, and professionalism was great
Accommodation and Food
The set menu on the 3rd and 4th night was not great, although what we had was good, but I would have preferred a choice
Your Guide
Great guides, very professional and great fun.
The Bottom Line
Great trip, loved it.

by Jim Hertel 06/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

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5Your Guide

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Trip Comments
Just great. The mix of riding was perfect. Beautiful road sections, good off-road riding and epic hike-a-bike sections. Jenny and Kelty were excellent guides. Food was awesome, I actually put on weight!
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Jenny and Kelty made a great team. Really made the group confident; on the trails and off. Great social skills!!!
The Bottom Line
I seldomly take time to review. But this was just an epic trip. Everyone in the group became good friends. Wish we were still riding.

by Jonathan Shortt 03/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Visiting the the Callendish stones was very special. But when Jenny brought out some glasses and a bottle of malt, it made it even more so!. This was typical of the detailed planning that went into every excursion during our trip.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation excellent. Food to the highest standard. Restaurant on Scalpay was a particular highlight.
Your Guide
Friendly, informal, flexible and professional.
The Bottom Line
An amazing experience which far exceeded my expectations - a journey which I will always remember for it challenges, laughs and great company.

by Fiona Robinson 03/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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The trip was well organised from start to finish. The guides were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was fantastic as was the food. The food and snacks were always delicious.
Your Guide
Guides were knowledge of the areas visited. Were helpful when issues arose around our bikes. It was clear they were passionate about their jobs and wanted us to get the best out of our trip.
The Bottom Line
A memorable trip for lots of different reasons.

Prices and Departures

83 people viewed this trip in the last week1 Booking in the last 72 hours

2018 Trip Dates

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5th May - 11th May 2018
£1,795
Trip Full
23rd Jun - 29th Jun 2018
£1,795
1 place(s) left
28th Jul - 3rd Aug 2018
£1,795
6 place(s) left

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.

This trip requires a minimum of 3 people booked to be confirmed.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Inverness to South Uist

We meet at 8.30am in Inverness and travel to Uist by ferry from Uig on the Isle of Skye. Arriving into Lochmaddy, we transfer to short distance to our hotel.  after checking in, there is some time to get the bikes set up for the week ahead and to go for a short ride near the village. (D)

Day 2 – Lochboisdale to Lochmaddy

We set off on the Hebridean Trail, following the beautiful machair on the west coast of South Uist and on to North Uist. A trail runs for approximately 30km right the way up the west coast of the island which is defined by its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise seas. From the north of the island we head inland and follow the ‘main’ road (more sheep than cars) across the causeways to the tiny island of Benbecula and then to the island of North Uist. (B, L)
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. From Leverburgh, we follow the west coast road with incredible views (on clear days, the World Heritage Site of St Kilda can be seen 40 miles offshore) before heading off‐road for an introduction to mountain biking ‘Hebridean Style’. Taking a series of ancient ‘coffin roads’, we spend the afternoon riding some fine singletrack through a landscape of a 1000 lochans. One final road descent takes us the charming village of Tarbert. (B, L)
Ride distance 62km.

Day 4 – Reinigeadal & Isle of Scalpay

There are options today depending on whether you want to tackle one of Scotland’s rarely ridden classic off‐road routes or take it easy exploring the Isle of Scalpay and the area around Tarbert. For confident riders, the Reinigeadal Loop is superb, offering amazing mountain biking through wild and mountainous landscapes; and visiting one of the island’s most remote coastal villages. (B, L)
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 / zodiac to open up the otherwise inaccessible west coast of Harris and the Isle of Lewis. This day is sure to be one of the highlights of the trip as we head into remote and wild country. Once on the Isle of Lewis, we follow a trail through a dramatic glen, flanked by spectacular peaks on either side, before descending back to the coast and rejoining the RIB for a final ride to the Standing Stones of Callanish. This mysterious stone circle is over 5000 years old and a remarkable place to visit, especially in the evening when it is usually deserted. (B, L)
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. Heading north, we soon pass the ancient Dun Carloway Broch and then the Blackhouse Village at Gearrannan. For the next 20km we switch between coastal trail and road as we edge nearer to the end of our island journey. Perched on the Atlantic at the very edge of Europe, the Butt of Lewis is a spectacular and fitting place to end our Hebridean Trail. (B, L, D)
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. (B)

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Prices and Departures

83 people viewed this trip in the last week1 Booking in the last 72 hours

2018 Trip Dates

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Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
5th May - 11th May 2018
£1,795
Trip Full
23rd Jun - 29th Jun 2018
£1,795
1 place(s) left
28th Jul - 3rd Aug 2018
£1,795
6 place(s) left

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Next trip: 5th May

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

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21/09/2017

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Wonderful!

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11/09/2017

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