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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.

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by Donna Mosford 22/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Staff were efficient and helpful.
Trip Comments
Our ride across the Outer Hebrides was amazing. I'd highly recommend this overland/overseas adventure to road biking enthusiasts who enjoy breathtaking scenery, vast open spaces, the riches of ancient sites and small cultural communities, wildlife spotting, and friendly conversations with welcoming locals. This trip ticked all of these boxes and many more.

Our guides were also amazing. Thanks Will and Simon for taking such good care of us all. You guys were fountains of knowledge, anticipated our every need, and kept us well fuelled and motivated as we took on those undulating landscapes and occasional cross winds. You were also fun and funny. You guys were the icing on the (birthday) cake.
Accommodation and Food
The guys asked us what kind of food we liked and catered for everyone's needs. Accommodation was comfortable and friendly.
Your Guide
Our guides were amazing. Thanks Will and Simon for taking such good care of us all. You guys were fountains of local knowledge, anticipated our every need and kept us well fuelled and motivated as we took on those undulating landscapes and occasional cross winds. You were also fun and funny. You were the icing on the (birthday) cake.
The Bottom Line
Our ride across the Outer Hebrides was amazing. I'd highly recommend this overland/overseas adventure to road biking enthusiasts who enjoy breathtaking scenery, vast open spaces, the riches of ancient sites and small cultural communities, wildlife spotting, and friendly conversations with welcoming locals. This trip ticked all of these boxes and many more.

We hit the jackpot with guides, too - they couldn't have been more enthusiastic, supportive and committed to ensuring we all had an enjoyable time.

I definitely plan to be back, and won't hesitate to book my next group trip with Wilderness Scotland.

by Joan Dean 20/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The guides went to great lengths to make sure every thing was perfect. The were fun, friendly, knowledgeable and well organized. In short, they were amazing.
The Bottom Line
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip with Wilderness Scotland. I'd love to do it again.

by Karen Dean 20/09/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I couldn't make payments through the website but doing so over the phone was easy and the office staff were great. The people in the office were well-organized and they made it easy for us to do back-to-back trips.
Trip Comments
Such a great area to explore! I loved the wildness and remoteness of the islands, the friendliness of the people, even the unpredictable weather. My favorite part of cycling was bombing along the undulating straight stretch with a fabulous tailwind on my way to Callanish and the final guest house. I also loved the Golden road and am really glad we took that option. Loved my bicycle - fit me perfectly, worked well, and was my trusty companion for 12 days in the saddle.
Accommodation and Food
Meals and accommodations were pretty amazing, with my favorites being the hotel/meals in Tarbert and at the guest house on the isle of Lewis. The only so-so meal I recall was at the Polachar inn on South Uist, and I know they were swamped that night so it was probably an anomaly.
Your Guide
I have been on 9 bike tours with 5 different companies, and think that Will and Simon are easily the best guides I’ve ever had. They were kind, friendly, sincere, professional, and so on top of every detail throughout the trip – always anticipating every need or question. They were right there at every big hill or tricky turning offering support and my favourite quirky snacks (milk and green banana? OK!). Actually, I'm even going to give them props for helping me up hills on the next trip because their jelly babies saved me on the last bit of the Cairn O'Mount. Will and Simon went out of their way to be thoughtful and help everyone get the most out of their vacation – making snack fairy deliveries after a tough day of riding, helping me hunt down yarn, running us back up to the standing stones just because the light had changed (thanks Will!), and teaching us all sorts of things about Scotland and its people. You could tell that they are both natural teachers/coaches with a real love of people, which is truly admirable. I also need to give Simon a nod for the mad bike mechanic skills (way to whip out the putty and the tool roll on day one!). Both men were unsurpassed guides, but what’s more, they were also just really cool people on a human level – interesting, fun individuals with a passion for the outdoors, love of world travel, and care for the children of the world. It’s always a little sad when after a great week of travel everyone says their goodbyes and goes back to their respective lives, but this time I was more gutted than usual, and I think that speaks to the quality of our guides and our group. Well done fellas, and I hope we meet again!
The Bottom Line
Loved this trip, would go again in a heartbeat.

by Janet Bowers 20/09/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The best available hotels and lunch stops were used.
Your Guide
They were the best guides one could wish for. the attention to detail and their professionalism was beyond reproach.A quality tour company needs quality guides and you had two on this trip.
The Bottom Line
IT does what it says on the tin (and a bit more thrown in for good measure) just go and e joy everything else is done for you.

by Kerry Davey 15/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
My queries were always promptly answered thank you. I hadn't realised that for 25 pounds I could have had my own room, but its likely I missed reading that early on, as I booked well ahead. I was very lucky however with a lovely and compatible roommate in Donna from Australia.
Trip Comments
I think that my recent road cycling trip of the outer Hebrides was second to none. It was wonderful from start to finish with a lovely group of fellow cyclists, clean and comfortable accommodation, an abundance of food from top notch cafes and the Van, and, with our supportive and wonderful guides Will and Simon. Everything was "can do". Unforgettable and special.
Accommodation and Food
Always difficult when eating out every night and day, but we visited some amazing cafes thanks to Will and Simon's research , and who could forget the picnic lunch at Barra landing strip? All great.
Your Guide
The best support, friendly approach, and attention to detail I've ever experienced on a guided tour, and I've done a few. Thanks Simon for sorting me out with a more suitable bike when I was going to persevere. These two men are surely the jewels in wilderness Scotland's crown? Honestly- cant fault them!!
The Bottom Line
Wonderful and memorable. I love Scotland as a result and will do another trip. Perhaps a more female- friendly bike for me next time? Hybrid was more comfortable than the racing/road bike. Thanks for a superb holiday. Money well spent. Regards Kerry davey Australia

by Clare Crowther 23/08/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I felt the letter about choosing a bike was a bit harsh, although I'd balance that with very good info regarding the hills on my proposed trip.
Trip Comments
Duncan and Dave went that extra mile for me. I was really well looked after, particularly when it came to veggie food and moving around my ridiculously heavy suitcase. Somehow it was such a good week even the rain and wind was more than manageable!
Accommodation and Food
Barra - no main veggie dish on the menu. Last stop - they could really do with a drying room or at least heaps of newspapers to dry my shoes and instructions on the radiator in my room.
Your Guide
I've already said it all - they were great, and a good double act! I know the week wasn't that easy for them, in terms of changes to the schedule and coping with the weather. I think they coped really well - the revised plans were excellent and I certainly felt everything was under control and they had our best interests at heart. I have never been given a warm macaroni cheese pie in the rain, washed down with hot blackcurrant, but it was really welcome!
The Bottom Line
Excellent scenery and a great cycling holiday - definitely a company you can trust.

by Joanne MacKinnon 22/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Kept in touch, reminded to lay, presented options on payments etc.
Trip Comments
Wonderful guides, very knowledgeable, amazing bikes, very flexible on schedule due to weather issues.
Accommodation and Food
Very accommodating for diets. Loved the homemade oatcakes! The tea service mid morning was welcomed.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Robin Smith 22/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Excellent guides and beautiful route.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Experienced, friendly, informative and fun !
The Bottom Line

by Trevor Charles Mitchell 15/08/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Answered queries promptly by email.
We had agreed to make seperate travel arrangements and agreed this with the office. I'm not sure that this had been remembered or communicated with the guide.
Trip Comments
I thought the guides did very well to flex the trip to take account of the bad weather. Guides were excellent and looked after the group very well. Good choice of accommodation in a limited market.
Accommodation and Food
Lunches provided by the guides was excellent and bacon butties on a windy and wet day was a moral booster.

Accomodation was good in a limited market.
Your Guide
Both guides were excellent.
The Bottom Line

by Maryanne Mackinnon 15/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Our guides made sure our bikes fit well and were always available to make adjustments as needed.
The lunch spots chosen were lovely and we always had a good variety of snacks with our breaks.
Accommodation and Food
We had a weather-caused extra night on Barra. The rooms were clean with amazing views, but the food was so-so. Food at the airport cafe was very good, with lots of freshly-made options.
The Hebrides Hotel in Tarbert was in a great spot,and while the rooms were clean and well-appointed, it was quite noisy. There seemed to be no soundproofing and we could hear people walking above us and someone else snoring!
Loved the Guest House in Lochmaddy and the BandB near Callanish.
Your Guide
Duncan and David were unfailingly patient and were also great at socializing with all of us.
The Bottom Line
The weather can't be helped, but traveling by bike through the Outer Hebrides was a great way to experience the Islands. I think the final short day ride into Stornoway was one of the best as the weather was good, we had the wind at our backs, and there was virtually no traffic!

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10th Jun - 16th Jun 2017
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5th Aug - 11th Aug 2017
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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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10th Jun - 16th Jun 2017
£1,595
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1st Jul - 7th Jul 2017
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5th Aug - 11th Aug 2017
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Our ride across the Outer Hebrides was amazing. I'd highly recommend this overland/overseas adventure to road biking enthusiasts who enjoy breathtaking scenery, vast open spaces, the riches of ancient sites and small cultural communities, wildlife spotting, and friendly conversations with welcoming locals. This trip ticked all of these boxes and many more.

We hit the jackpot with guides, too - they couldn't have been more enthusiastic, supportive and committed to ensuring we all had an enjoyable time.

I definitely plan to be back, and won't hesitate to book my next group trip with Wilderness Scotland.

Donna Mosford
22/09/2016

5

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip with Wilderness Scotland. I'd love to do it again.

Joan Dean
20/09/2016

5

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