My wife could no longer participate and Bridget arranged for her to join us in the support vehicle. Bridget approached the problem with energy and enthusiasm and my wife ended up having a great trip.
Will and Simon were beyond excellent and made the trip. Highlights would be a lovely day around Barra, a visit to Harris Distillery, sunset at the Polochar hotel and some of our lunch stops. The ultimate highlight however was seeing the van when you were cold and hungry appear over the horizon full of good chat and nourishment.
Accommodation & Food
The stays in the hotels were very good and the food especially in Pollochar and Loch Maddy was excellent. Tarbutt accommodation was the best and the food was good too. The guest house accommodation was fine and the food and atmosphere was just brilliant.
Will and Simon made our trip. Their enthusiasm, encouragement, professionalism and care ensured our enjoyment of the ride and left us without a care and therefore able to learn from our environment. Their knowledge and passion was powerful giving us insights into nature and the history of the islands. My wife was unable to ride and was in the support vehicle and they went out of their way to think of things to interest her, a visit to a museum, artist, pottery shop and walks. Their plan Bs slipped seamlessly into action adjusting to the weather conditions making the trip enjoyable and not an endurance test. The care they showed in preparing snacks, taking bags to rooms, monitoring bike frailties, supporting the slower members of the team and finding errant cyclists evidenced a huge sense of pride and professionalism in their role. I know they were guides but by the time we had reached our first hotel they were friends and part of the group. I couldnt imagine doing a trip without Will and Simon, many thanks.