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Mountain Biking – The Hebridean Trail

Trip Highlights

  • 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

What’s Included?

  • 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 labeled in the dossier (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?

An inherently mobile itinerary, this trip will allow us to enjoy a range of high 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. 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.

5 star 67

4 star 16

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by Iain McCormick 09/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
I loved all of the trip, but biking over the white sands of South Uist passing otters on the way was simply beautiful. The scenery of Harris was equally stunning , especially by RIB.
Accommodation and Food
We had some excellent meals on our trip, the highlight was on the isle of Scalpay, I've never tasted seafood so good!
Your Guide
Dave and Graham were brilliant, we very much enjoyed their company. They both worked tirelessly to make our holiday a trip of a lifetime. Nothing was too much trouble. They explained everything we were doing along the way. I particularly liked Dave's knowledge and insight to the landscapes and wildlife we were seeing. Graham's impromptu mountain biking lessons were fantastic, giving me the confidence to tackle single track that I would never have done normally. He would often say at a critical point.... "now remember to smile, you are on holiday !" which still makes me smile now! They are both a huge credit to Wilderness Scotland.
The Bottom Line
The trip of a lifetime, something I will remember for ever I hope. Made even better by two brilliant guides, thank-you.

by Becky McCormick 16/05/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The website was really attractive; also detailed - able to get a good idea of what the trip entailed.
Trip Comments
We had an incredible week. It really was the trip of a lifetime. A fantastic way to see the Hebrides. I will never forget the experience of cycling on white beaches beside turquoise seas.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation was great. The hotel on Harris was a bit hot, but it seems unfair to complain about our trip happily coinciding with a heatwave! The food was great, but the guesthouse on Lewis, and supper on Scalpay were standouts as far as food was concerned. That, and the lunches Dave and Graham laid on for us.
Your Guide
Dave and Graham were fantastic. Really friendly, immeasurably patient, very knowledgable. They made what they did look effortless, which I am quite sure it was not!
The Bottom Line
It was the trip of a lifetime! We're already trying to work out how many trips of a lifetime one can manage in a lifetime..........

by Sandrine Royer 14/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Really quick answer to any questions I had. I also phone once to get everything settle and I got all I needed to know
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Always looking to get it better even if it was already excellent
Your Guide
Excellent! Nothing to say, he was always let us know the plan of the day. Always keen to give us some fun facts and information about the area.
The Bottom Line
Great experience. But I would say I wish we have been more on off road , mountain biking.

by Amanda Whayman 14/09/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Pauline Murray 08/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Good communications , welcoming and helpful info
Trip Comments
A shared journey, good banter ( serious stuff too!) , Cycling through wonderful landscapes , fantastic, regardless of the weather!
"Kelty's Cafe" (s) !!
Accommodation and Food
All good!
Your Guide
Had every confidence in our guides. Thoughtful, helpful and full of interesting info.........and certainly not above having a good laugh!
The Bottom Line
"bottom line" .......is , all round a very positive experience, and I would definitely be up for another experience with them!!

by Brian Yates 07/09/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Email questions sometimes take a while to get a response due to people being out on week long trips, etc.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
We are both GF and every effort was made to accommodate where possible.
Your Guide
Tim and Celty were really helpful and informative
The Bottom Line
Good but expensive - the (add on cost) meals were excellent but would be expensive for some people who possibly had not factored the cost into their holiday properly. On the trip we were on there were not much option for spending less on meals as most were pre-arranged. Not an issue for ourselves, but could be for others.

Team Wilderness Response:
Thanks for your comments on the trip pricing. The Hebrides is typically a ore expensive destination that some other places that we visit, due to its location and remoteness. We will try to make it clearer on the trips as to how much you can expect to spend on dinners, in the pre trip information.

by Pat Miethke 28/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
You guys were always there to answer emails, and sounded really friendly and helpful. At the same time I was dealing with another tour company that never replied to my queries, even ones titled "How do I pay the balance?" The best and the worst!
Trip Comments
The company of my fellow travellers, the group was just delightful, all of them. Seeing the remote, bleak lifestyle of the Outer Hebrides. I really liked the long road cycle from tip to tip of the Hebrides.
Accommodation and Food
The lunches were amazing! The standard of the accommodation was far better than I expected, I thought it would be really basic.
Your Guide
Dave was the 'glue' that held the group together, so calm, so friendly. Malcolm was very patient with me, even tho I am the world's most hopeless mtn biker (but I did love the road cycling).
The Bottom Line
This is a really well-run tour company. The Outer Hebrides was a fabulous place to visit!

by Ann Ingwersen 28/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Quick responses with details and answers to queries
Trip Comments
Variety of bike related activities, care and attention to each person's needs by the guides, great food.
Accommodation and Food
The lunches were amazing gourmet meals, with soup some days, a great variety, little extras and always snacks available along the way. The accommodation was top class at all places.
Your Guide
The guides were excellent in all aspects. Thorough briefings each night; ensuring that the hired bikes were always cleaned and in good working order; consideration and respect for each member of the group with their different levels of cycling experience and ability and giving them opportunities to ride to that ability.
The Bottom Line
A wonderful cycle trip, with a variety of terrains, catering for different levels of skills. Our skilled and caring guides took us off the beaten track to discover these islands. The small size of the group ensured that we were given individual attention and all levels of ability were catered for. The lunches were gourmet meals with the locations chosen so we enjoyed some wonderful scenery. The accommodation was first class, just perfect after a hard days ride. I would recommend Wilderness Scotland to all for their care of their customers and attention to detail.

by Richard Davies 25/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I though communication was good, and any questions where answered promptly
Trip Comments
The whole trip was well structured, organised and hosted. Our guides, Malc and Dave where both personable and knowledgeable. I can't pick a particular highlight as the whole trip was special....except maybe the lunches, great picnics in great locations....Malc and Dave worked hard to ensure that all the guests, regardless of ability had a truly memorable trip.
Accommodation and Food
Great - given the location, hotels where good and so was the food. Sadly there was no choice of menu at the final B&B stop, however that was to be suspected given the 'out of the way' location, and in fairness, the food provided was of a high standard.
Your Guide
Malcolm & Dave where fantastic...the group was of mixed ability, and I think this was managed well, with various options available to suit all. Both personable hosts, with excellent knowledge of the area, flora and fauna.
The Bottom Line
The Hebridean Trail was a great adventure - facilitated by quality guides. Yes, it was a lot of money compared to some holidays, however it provided an enormous amount of value for that money. I will be looking to book more adventures through these guys.

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...

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£1,495
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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  Uist: travel to Uist  via 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.

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

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

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
27th Aug - 2nd Sep 2016
£1,495
Trip Full
24th Sep - 30th Sep 2016
£1,495
Trip Full
6th May - 12th May 2017
£1,495
Places available
24th Jun - 30th Jun 2017
£1,495
Places available
29th Jul - 4th Aug 2017
£1,495
Places available
26th Aug - 1st Sep 2017
£1,495
Places available
23rd Sep - 29th Sep 2017
£1,495
Places available

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

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The trip of a lifetime, something I will remember for ever I hope. Made even better by two brilliant guides, thank-you.

Iain McCormick
09/06/2016

5

It was the trip of a lifetime! We're already trying to work out how many trips of a lifetime one can manage in a lifetime..........

Becky McCormick
16/05/2016

5

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