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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 James Cracknell 10/10/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip dossier and kit list are sent as links which expire without warning.
Trip Comments
Burner circuit was the highlight of the trip.
Accommodation and Food
Preferred the picnic lunches to any of the cafes.
Your Guide
Tim and Dave did an excellent job spontaneously planning for the weather conditions. Very knowledgeable.
The Bottom Line

by Lee (Karen) Craw 05/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I didn't actually do any of the pre-trip booking myself but Grant kept me updated regularly and was very excited to receive news and emails from your team with information and current information. He was impressed.
Trip Comments
The trip was amazing ... Great guides, scenery and company and an excellent amount of activity for us. We were planning on an action holiday!
Accommodation and Food
Some of the food was amazing .... I've heard stories about Scotland not being renown for its food but we had some amazing meals. The small seafood to restaurant on Lewis was spectacular. Our accommodation was okay. We had a double room everywhere, but in some places there were problems with hot water or taps or drains not working properly.
Your Guide
Tim and Dave were fabulous and added greatly to the quality of our trip. They are knowledgeable and helped us to understand the history and terrain we were riding through as well as appreciating the current landscape and communities. Although I trained for this trip and thought I was fairly fit, I found it hard to pause to take photos and catch up to the group without feeling left behind or like I was holding up everyone else. I'm not sure how this might be resolved.
The Bottom Line
The trip was fantastic. A good level of fitness and MTB skills are required - it's certainly not a trip for beginners. But it was an amazing way to see some of Scotland's wilderness and to appreciate the remote and wild conditions of Harris and Lewis. The trip is a must for MTB enthusiasts with the time and energy to spare. Thanks to Tim and Dave for making our trip so special

by Grant Craw 04/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The response to emails was prompt and answered all the querries
Trip Comments
Even though the weathers was extreme at times Tim and Dave remained enthusiastic and always had a plan to ensure we all had the best of times.
Accommodation and Food
All exceed our expectations
Your Guide
Both Tim and Dave clearly enjoy their work . Their passion for the Scottish Wilderness was very clear. Their knowledge of every thing that swims ,flys ,walks and crawls was second to none
The Bottom Line
The best way to enjoy Scotland but to enjoy the experience a good level of fitness is required and if mountain biking some basic skills

by john morris 03/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Rachel and Jane were great and responded quickly--even to my OCD induced questions. My only recommendation for improvement is having the person from accounts payable use their name. It's a little impersonal to receive a note from a "[email protected]" email.
Trip Comments
Tim and Dave were amazing guides--smart, fun, funny and serious when they needed to be.
Accommodation and Food
Food and accommodations were excellent--far beyond what I expected. I loved the local food and meeting local people.
Your Guide
Tim and Dave were amazing.
The Bottom Line
Loved it! Be ready to work and be brave!

by Urs Meier 03/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Tim an Dave- a great team- thank`s a lot for a wonderfull experience
The Bottom Line

by Jennifer Watson 03/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Lovely beach rides, excellent downhill section after challenging climb.
Accommodation and Food
Community restaurant on Isle of Scalpay was outstanding.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Tjalling Ypma 14/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Pleasant prompt and efficient communication.
Trip Comments
Well organized. Comfortable accommodation. Great guides (Jenny and Lucy) who cooperated together well and kept our spirits up despite some weather-related setbacks and schedule changes.
Accommodation and Food
Fancier accommodation than I would normally use, but that was very welcome. Good food throughout, including at our very well-catered lunch stops.
Your Guide
Jenny and Lucy were great. Knowledgeable, helpful, upbeat, observant, and good communicators. Patient when they needed to be and able to adjust to changing conditions and varied client needs.
The Bottom Line
The trip was extremely well organized and run and I had a terrific experience overall. To the extent that I was a little disappointed that just reflects my own personality and the fact that I am probably not a good organized tour client: I like to squeeze the most out of every day and to push my body hard, so I was a bit frustrated by the late starts and slow progress that sometimes did not seem to make the most of decent weather and daylight hours.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks so much for your feedback, it sounds like you had a fantastic trip overall but you would of liked something a bit more demanding? The Hebridean Trail is one of our easier mountain bike trips, graded Blue and therefore the pace is set within that. We do run two Red graded mountain bike adventures, our Coast to Coast and Harris, Skye and Torridon trips. We’d love to have you join one of those if you’re up for the challenge!

by Shimon Arad 08/09/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Information about the other participants in the group
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Very enjoyable

by Cathy Warwick 05/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I was originally booked on a different trip and when I realised that it might be beyond my abilities the team were brilliant at helping me think that through and then helped to transfer me to a different trip. From the point of view of the trip I did go on, I was worried about getting a rear mech hanger for my bike and sought advice about this. Again the team (David in particular) were great at pointing me in various directions, getting advice from the experts in WS , returning my calls and finally agreeing to source the rear mech hanger themselves. It was overall perfect. I did not book the trip myself - my friend did - but all the email traffic about the trip was helpful.
Trip Comments
I thought Wilderness Scotland was excellent. The attention to detail was brilliant. All the accommodation worked extremely well. WS clearly had a very good relationship with local hoteliers. We got to all of the ferries without any hassle with plenty time for coffee, loo breaks etc. I eat anything but I saw how carefully the needs of individuals for special diets etc was accommodated. The little extras like having our bikes cleaned every evening were noted. essentially nothing was too much bother. Particularly in a situation where the weather was atrocious and some of the itinerary had to be changed the fact that the basic message was 'we really care' was incredibly important.
Accommodation and Food
Well as already said I really thought the accommodation was excellent. I particularly liked the B and B (Erloch Band B). It was good having a set menu and Donald quite happily cooked the scallops we had bought and the lobster we were given by the rib company. Perhaps we could have done with a drying room particularly in the Hebriddean Hotel but on the other hand they let us use their tumble dryer. Food was fab - all the breakfasts and dinners were yummy and Lucy provided snacks galore and the most lovely lunches even in horrendous weather. One day we got hot soup at a little Youth Hostel (Reningale - excuse spelling as I have not got itinerary in front of me) and it was just what I needed after a very wet muddy ride.
Your Guide
We had two guides.
jenny was top guide and cyclist and Lucy was van driver, food preparer and general fixer.
Both Jenny and Lucy were absolutely fab. They were always ahead of the game. If there were any problems they found a solution (I had left my rain jacket behind in Inverness and that got sorted, bikes got fixed or swapped around to accommodate the group, large cases got transported in a different van). When there was a disappointing moment when our rib had to be cancelled due to high winds and this meant a day's cycling had to be changed, they explained clearly what was going on, came up with alternatives and we all had a great day regardless.
Jenny had to cope with a mixed ability group which included some fantastic bikers and some like me who were slower and less confident. She handled this beautifully, keeping the group gelling, letting some of the group have their head as necessary, encouraging me when I was feeling nervous, teaching new skills and staying cheerful throughout. She was always coming up with ideas as to routes and finding alternatives when things had to change. She could be firm when necessary without making anyone feel bad. Her people skills are amazing!
Lucy is also a gem. Consistently cheerful, working incredibly hard, delivering luggage, fetching and carrying, popping up whenever she was needed and fixing the most wonderful picnics often in dire conditions.
I think both deserve gold stars.
I would love to come on another trip with them as guides. They are a great team and I loved the way they talked each day through, checked out how we were all feeling. And we had a lot of laughs.
The Bottom Line
I had a fabulous week. Given that I was unexpectedly on my own ( at the last minute my friend pulled out), that I was nervous of my cycling ability and that the weather was atrocious I guess it could have been a very different experience. At the end of the day the Outer Hebrides are an amazing place but what really made it was the excellence of Wilderness Scotland and , if I was to pick one reason for saying that about the company, it would be that at every moment of the trip the attention to detail was noticeable. I could give many other reasons but they are probably summed up in my earlier comments. This trip is a great experience and very much value for money.

by Jan Bovelander 05/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Efficient. Informative and clear!
Trip Comments
Nice team. Perfect support from Wilderness Scotland. Jenny and Lucy were superb.
Accommodation and Food
Keep it as is. It was amazing to see how you could even accommodate Vegans during the cycle ride!
Your Guide
Jenny: enthusiastic, technically skilled, serving, never a questionable moment in leading a pretty diverse (in performance) team.
Lucy: excellent service. clever (good spots for lunch, great set up).
Both ladies had very pleasant personalities and performed as a well balanced and experienced team (although they had never worked together on a trip!).
The Bottom Line
Good value for money. Excellent organisation and good people!

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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.

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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£1,595
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£1,595
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29th Jul - 4th Aug 2017
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5th May - 11th May 2018
£1,595
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23rd Jun - 29th Jun 2018
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28th Jul - 3rd Aug 2018
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25th Aug - 31st Aug 2018
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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

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James Cracknell
10/10/2016

5

The trip was fantastic. A good level of fitness and MTB skills are required - it's certainly not a trip for beginners. But it was an amazing way to see some of Scotland's wilderness and to appreciate the remote and wild conditions of Harris and Lewis. The trip is a must for MTB enthusiasts with the time and energy to spare. Thanks to Tim and Dave for making our trip so special

Lee (Karen) Craw
05/10/2016

5

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