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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 graded mountain biking holidays are suitable for people with previous experience of mountain biking at an intermediate level.

You can expect around 6-8 hours of riding each day so a good level of fitness is required. Distances covered will typically be in the range of 40km-60km each day with the occasional longer ride. Trail conditions will be very varied; everything from quiet minor roads to island beaches, land-rover tracks and short sections of single-track riding through rugged mountainous terrain, which will be technical in places.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

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

Lunch each day will be either a wilderness picnic or taken at a local cafe/restaurant. Drinks and snacks are provided throughout the day as you require. Evening meals are included on the first and final evenings, and on this itinerary and we have the flexibility to take evening meals in local restaurants or pubs. Based upon our knowledge and experience, we will visit the best places to eat along the route.

On this trip we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

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 require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £325 is charged if a single room is available – please see booking form terms and conditions.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Staton at 08:30am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness Station for 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/

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 quiet island roads.

Led by expert guides and staying in some of the best accommodations on the islands we’ll also enjoy great food along our way, and make the most of every chance to immerse ourselves in the history and culture of these beguiling islands. Great riding, skilled guides, stunning wilderness and a cosy bed each night – join us for an adventure you are sure to love.

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 The Island of North 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 – Riding South Uist to North Uist

We start the day with a transfer to the neighbouring island South Uist. The start of the trail follows the west coast of the island through delightful coastal flower meadows, called machair. 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 road across to the tiny island of Benbecula and then cross back to the island of North Uist. We finish the day riding back to our hotel in Lochmaddy. (B, L)
Ride distance 71km.

Day 3 – North Uist to Isle of Harris

Riding north from Lochmaddy, we follow the coast road to Berneray where we take the  ferry across the Sound of Harris. On arrival on the Isle of Harris you will see an immediate change in the landscape with mountains dominating the west coast. Harris is arguably the jewel in the crown of the Outer Hebrides with its stunning beaches and rugged mountains.

From the ferry we follow the west coast road with incredible views before heading off-road again. Taking a series of ancient ‘coffin roads’, we spend the afternoon riding some fine single-track through a landscape of thousands of lochans. One final road descent takes us the charming village of Tarbert where will we stay for the next two nights. (B, L)
Ride distance 62km.

Day 4 – Reinigeadal & Isle of Scalpay

Today we can enjoy 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 before taking a tour at the Harris Distillery. It is well worth extending the day by visiting the Isle of Scalpay with its strong fishing community and a historic lighthouse built by Stevenson back in the 18th Century. Overnight hotel in Tarbert. (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 to open up the otherwise inaccessible west coast of Harris and the Isle of Lewis. In the middle of nowhere, we rendezvous with a RIB which transfers us across a sea loch to the west coast of Lewis*. Once on 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. Our guest house accommodation is nearby. (B, L)

*Please be aware the RIB journey is subject to weather conditions.

Ride distance 53km.

Day 6 – Callanish to the Butt of Lewis

Our final day follows the west coast of Lewis and is full of historical and cultural interest. Heading north, we soon pass the ancient Dun Carloway Broch and then the Blackhouse Village at Gearrannan which offers an insight into what island living was like not so many years ago. For the next 20km we switch between coastal trail and road as we edge nearer to the end of our island journey. An impossible to miss feature on our final push is the Whalebone Arch, recovered from a huge whale washed up on a beach nearby. A turning of the road to the west signals the last few km. 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. After celebratory drinks, we head back to our accommodation at Callanish for our final night on the islands. (B, L, D)
Ride Distance 64km

Day 7

Following breakfast we will head into Stornoway – the largest town in the Outer Hebrides – for a free morning to explore, shop and relax. There is plenty of interest here including Scotland’s newest distillery, a Gaelic cultural and arts venue and nice cafes and bars. After lunch we will board the ferry back to Ullapool on the mainland. From Ullapool it is approximately 1.5 hour’s drive to Inverness. (B)

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