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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.

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 £275 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 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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