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Road Cycling – Outer Hebrides

  • Cycle tour from Barra to Lewis through nine amazing islands of the Outer Hebrides.
  • Admire the outstanding landscapes of white sand beaches and towering shapely peaks.
  • Enjoy the fascinating history, rich culture and warm hospitality of the islands.
  • 7 days professional guiding with lead guide
  • plus assistant guide/support driver
  • 6 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels/inns/guest houses on a B&B basis
  • Most meals, as 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
  • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
  • Ride snacks, home-baking and drinks

Blue Graded Road Cycling Holidays 4-6

Our Blue grade trips are for people who regularly enjoy cycling and may have joined a multi-day cycle tour holiday before. On these trips you can expect rolling and sometimes hilly terrain. You are comfortable climbing and descending steep roads as long as there are plenty of stops for photos! On these trips, harder days in the saddle are usually followed by easier ones both in terms of distance and the amount of climbing. On most days these trips offer lots of opportunity for exploring the surrounding area and enjoying relaxed lunches.

Distances typically range from 30-50 miles each day with typically rolling terrain. On some days you can expect some testing climbs and exciting descents.

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 road bike most weeks or have you done a multi day tour recently?
Are you comfortable climbing and descending steep roads?

Accommodation

As we move our way through the nine islands you will sample some of the best guest houses, hotels and inns found in the Outer Hebrides. To ensure a high quality experience we generally 4* accommodation.

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 and from 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 2

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by August Schwanauer 27/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Our leaders were awesome, fun & easy to get to know!
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
They were very genuine and good people- great cyclists: the perfect mix of coach and fun
The Bottom Line
The cycling was great and so were the people!

by Scottie Gissel 26/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
My thanks to Jane Gillies in particular for her willing and very helpful assistance with details of our Wilderness adventure and extended holiday beyond. She recommended Fonab Castle for an overnight stay in advance of our trip and also agreed to receive tickets being delivered for a London show afterwards. As it turned out, other arrangements were made, but I truly appreciated her attention and helpfulness.
Trip Comments
Our guides Simon & Will went above and beyond to assure ALL had an excellent time and were well looked after. My niece and I were not on par with the rest of the cyclist physically and yet, I felt safe, encouraged and included. I am extremely grateful to our guides for laying the foundation for such a wonderful experience - they were an excellent team and fantastic leaders. I learned so much from them both.
Accommodation and Food
Snacks and meals were perfect. The Temple Cafe was an absolute favorite. The accommodations varied in what amenities were available - meaning not all rooms in a particular spot had a tub, or an attached bathroom. I appreciated that our guides arranged to "share the wealth" so all had an opportunity to enjoy a room with extra comforts at some point in our journey. This was both thoughtful and fair. Please understand I have no complaint about any of the lovely places we stayed - all were welcoming, charming and comfortable. I just wanted to acknowledge that I was aware that some rooms had extra amenities, and I appreciated we were rotated fairly to enjoy them.
Your Guide
Love Will and Simon!! They were SO knowledgeable about the areas we traveled - history, culture, folklore, etc. Their love of subject was exciting and infectious. They were warm, attentive, encouraging - full of lovely stories and anecdotes. What an amazing experience they engendered!! They went out of their way to make our trip special. They are worth their weight in GOLD :-)
The Bottom Line
I will absolutely 100% both recommend and RAVE about my experience with Wilderness Scotland. Our trip was fun, expanding, empowering and inspired (and the food was delicious, to boot! :-)) The scenery was beyond beautiful, our guides embodied the best definition of that word, and the trip was rich beyond all best expectations.

by Janet Clark 19/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The main trip planning went well. Our only issue is that there was a mixup with the mailing of the jackets which took several emails to resolve.
Trip Comments
Highlights for me was traveling the rugged countryside and being well supported by our wonderful guides - Simon and Will, together with a wonder group of riders.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation was wonderful and the food great. My only comment on the food was that there was one night where a preset menu had been selected at a price of 30€ which entailed a large meal. We had had a large lunch enroute, together with lots of snacks so the preset meal was too much. My husband and I did not accept the preset meal, however it would have been a problem if more of the group had done this from the hotel's point of view. It also made us very uncomfortable and my husband and I almost left the group restaurant as it made us uncomfortable to go against was expected of us to do. The preset meal at the last place we stayed was acceptable - with one of those meals included in the trip costs.
Your Guide
Both Simon and Will were wonderful guides - knowledgeable, supportive, organized and responsive to the group and individual needs. Lots of fun to be with as well.
The Bottom Line
The trip was wonderful and provided an opportunity to explore the beauty of the Outer Herbrides in a supported environment.

by Mary-Lou Smith 19/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Emails were responded to quickly, and any question I had was answered thoroughly
Trip Comments
Accommodations were lovely, meals were great, scenery was outstanding, rides were fun and challenging, and Will and Simon were absolute treasures.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Will and Simon were outstanding. Always there with a tip or a bit of encouragement when needed. They also shared a lot of knowledge, history, and appreciation for the places we were riding through.

However, Simon and I do need to have talk about my new addiction to jelly babies . . . ;-D

Seriously though they were both gems through and through.
The Bottom Line
Just do it. You will have no regrets

by James Birkett 19/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The provision of detailed information about the trip made it easy to plan what to bring.
Trip Comments
The guides were great. They explained the plan for each days ride clearly.
My favoriet day was Harris. Seeing the contrast from West to East and the decent off the main road down to the Golden Road.
Accommodation and Food
All the snacks you could ever need, excellent thanks.
Your Guide
Thank you Will and Simon. They were a great support for the whole trip. Full of information about the area and it's history.
The Bottom Line
Well organised helpful staff. All I had to do was enjoy the cycling.

by Gillian Griffiths 21/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very friendly.
Trip Comments
Incredible scenery; thoughtful guides who seemed to anticipate our every whim (en route birdwatching and coffee stops, and jelly babies too!)
Accommodation and Food
lovely mix of very friendly and comfortable hotels and B and Bs; well situated and with excellent local food.
Your Guide
What a fabulous pair! The seemed to grasp our personalities with remarkable skill and could not have been more thoughtful. They had a great sense of humour and were both professional and friendly, making the trip really special. They took all of the strain from travelling, giving every last thought to optimising our days. Also hidden talents in charades clearly!
The Bottom Line
Superb---I could not have asked for a better holiday. The trip, the people, the scenery and even the weather were all incredible---thank-you!

by Brigitta Stockinger 09/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Our two team leaders (Tim and Keltie) were simply excellent. We felt safe and supported at all times.
Their encouragement helped on the difficult bits and their knowledge of the area and its history rounded up the experience. In fact we felt spoilt having wonderful lunches prepared for us as we arrived from a ride and then cycling off again leaving them to clear the dishes.
Trip Comments
The most amazing thing was the weather. A whole week of sunshine with hardly a cloud in the sky. There is nothing more beautiful than Scottish beaches in the sunshine !
Accommodation and Food
Great lunches and overall really good food in all the places we stayed in.
Your Guide
As I said before- Tim and Keltie were simply superb
The Bottom Line
One of the most memorable holidays I had- great excercise, great company and the most beautiful weather

by Anne Cooke 09/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I particularly liked the speed with which any of my queries were dealt with. Also I phoned up on one occasion and was very impressed by the friendly , informed response.
Trip Comments
I was by no means adept at going up some of the steeper inclines and very much appreciated the help and guidance I was given which enabled me to progress in terms of technique.
Accommodation and Food
I could not fault the food provided- it really was excellent. The accomodation was also excellent.
Your Guide
Our two guides provided not only helpful tips throughout the week bu also had such good senses of humour that they enlivened the trip. I was impressed by the way they joined in our game of Charades- they were also rather good at it!
The Bottom Line
I have had many holidays -some self guided and some guided by other tour operators and I would say that overall Wilderness Scotland is up there with the best of the best.

by Doreen Cantrell 08/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All emails were responded to rapidly and it was in particular very helpful to be able to re-organise our pick up point in Inverness.
Trip Comments
The highlight is of course the wonderful Outer Hebrides and we were lucky to have a week of sunshine. Our guides Tim and Kelty were perfect. They were supportive and encouraging. They were endlessly patient and made what seemed impossible very possible.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Our guides. Tim and Kelty, could not have been better. They listened to what we wanted to do and rearranged plans to meet our interests. The visit to Callanish Stones as the sunset being a key example plus the cycle ride on the last day to the ferry. They were endlessly patient and met all request with humour. Tim's euphemisms e.g. undulations = hills were great!
The Bottom Line
This is my 4th Road cycling trip with Wilderness Scotland - and I will be back for more. Wilderness Scotland will take you to the most lovely places in Scotland and allow you to experience this wonderful country in a unique way.

by Rose Zamoyska 08/05/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Paying online would have been simpler than phoning
Trip Comments
Tim and Kelty were fantastic guides and the weather and scenery superb
Accommodation and Food
Some of the places were a bit over generous with portions and food was wasted
Your Guide
Tim and Kelty hit exactly the right notes in providing all the help needed without imposing. Their knowledge and expertise was great, loved hearing Tim's history lessons & they were both very good fun too. Looking forward to seeing the pics!
The Bottom Line
Fantastic would travel with you again

Prices and Departures

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2017 Trip Dates

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Price
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1st Jul - 7th Jul 2017
£1,595
Trip Full
5th Aug - 11th Aug 2017
£1,595
Trip Full
2nd Sep - 8th Sep 2017
£1,595
Trip Full

2018 Trip Dates

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Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
28th Apr - 4th May 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left
9th Jun - 15th Jun 2018
£1,595
7 place(s) left
30th Jun - 6th Jul 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left
14th Jul - 20th Jul 2018
£1,595
7 place(s) left
4th Aug - 10th Aug 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left
1st Sep - 7th Sep 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left

Trip Details

This amazing cycling trip in the Outer Hebrides takes you through some of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of Scotland, journeying past spectacular white sand beaches, rugged mountains and wild glens.

In the Outer Hebrides you will find the Gaelic language is still spoken and the rich history and culture is embraced.

You will visit impressive ancient sites such as Callanish standing stones and the seat of the Clan Macneil. Stay in a range of 4 star accommodations from an intimate boutique hotel to a cosy guesthouse including a converted changehouse: a place where one could wait for the ferry, the original building dates back to circa 1750 and retains many of its original features.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Inverness to South Uist

We meet in Inverness in the morning and drive west through the Highlands.  Our adventure really begins as we cross first to the Isle of Skye from where we board the ferry from Uig. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for whales and marine wildlife on the crossing, before winding our way through a scattering of skerries to alight at Lochmaddy, our first landfall on the wonderful Outer Hebrides. From here we transfer south across the islands of North and South Uist to our accommodation on the southern shore of the island where we enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 – Barra and Eriskay

This morning we will ride from the hotel to the small island of Erisaky where Bonnie Prince Charlie and ‘the Seven Men of Moidart’ landed in 1745 to begin the Jacobite Rising. Here we board the ferry to Barra. After landing we will ride a loop of the island, taking in Kisimul Castle – ‘The Castle in the Sea’ at Castlebay. Continuing up the west coast of Barra we get glorious views of the Atlantic. Later this afternoon we take the ferry back across the Sound of Barra to the Isle of Eriskay and from there back to our hotel on South Uist.  (B, L)

Distance 37 miles / 59 km

Day 3 – South Uist, Benbecula & North Uist

Heading north from our inn and the ancient standing stone outside we follow the wild machair covered west coast. Taking in all the sights and sounds as we weave past the wild flowers, white sand beaches and fresh-water lochans with a host of birds. We ease our way north along flat terrain and across the tiny island of Benbecula onto North Uist where we reach our accommodation for the night. (B, L)

Distance 47 miles / 75 km

Day 4 – North Uist to North Harris

This morning we will relish the flat terrain of the Uists as we head north East through Lochmaddy and crossing the causeway to Berneray. Here we will catch the ferry to the Island of Harris where we will encounter the shapely peaks rising from the sea. We continue north past stunning beaches before stopping at an excellent cafe and art gallery for lunch. After lunch we make our way to Tarbert, the islands ‘capital’ and our hotel right by the harbour. (B, L)

Distance 36 miles / 59km

Day 5 – North Harris to The Isle of Lewis

After breakfast we will visit the famous Harris Tweed weavers before continuing north on our journey through the Outer Hebrides. Today will be our most challenging day as we climb through the hills but the striking scenery is a reward worth earning. As we cross the fjord of Loch Seaforth you should keep an eye out for golden Eagles. We continue onto the Isle of Lewis turning west towards Callanish standing stone. Our guest house is a short distance from the stones, where we will stay for two nights. (B, L)

Distance 39 miles / 64km

Day 6 – Callanish to the Butt of Lewis

Today we head north following the west coast of Lewis passing the ancient Dun Carloway Broch. Soon we come to the Blackhouse village offering insight to what island life was like. One must see feature along the way is the Whalebone Arch, recovered from a whale washed up on the beach. Continuing on towards the west we reach the spectacular finishing point at the Butt of Lewis. We have a celebratory drink before returning to our accommodation in Callanish. (B, L, D)

Distance 34 miles / 56km

Day 7 – Callanish to Inverness Via Ullapool

On our final morning we have the option to do one last ride – crossing the Isle of Lewis to arrive in the island capital of Stornoway. Or we can ride in the van if we feel our legs have done enough! in Stornoway we can visit the freshly renovated Lews Castle with its museum and restaurant. Following lunch we will board the ferry for the scenic journey back to Ullapool on the mainland. From Ullapool it is approximately 1.5 hour’s drive to Inverness where we will arrive around 7.00pm. (B)

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2017 Trip Dates

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Price
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1st Jul - 7th Jul 2017
£1,595
Trip Full
5th Aug - 11th Aug 2017
£1,595
Trip Full
2nd Sep - 8th Sep 2017
£1,595
Trip Full

2018 Trip Dates

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Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
28th Apr - 4th May 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left
9th Jun - 15th Jun 2018
£1,595
7 place(s) left
30th Jun - 6th Jul 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left
14th Jul - 20th Jul 2018
£1,595
7 place(s) left
4th Aug - 10th Aug 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left
1st Sep - 7th Sep 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 4

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The cycling was great and so were the people!

August Schwanauer
27/06/2017

5

I will absolutely 100% both recommend and RAVE about my experience with Wilderness Scotland. Our trip was fun, expanding, empowering and inspired (and the food was delicious, to boot! :-)) The scenery was beyond beautiful, our guides embodied the best definition of that word, and the trip was rich beyond all best expectations.

Scottie Gissel
26/06/2017

5

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