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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 80

4 star 4

3 star 1

2 star 0

1 star 0

by Penny Jose 13/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Generally relies to emails were prompt and queries answered satisfactorily. On one occasion I did not receive a reply for a week. After I resent the email, I received a reply explaining that the consultant had been out of the office. I don't recall whether I had received an out of office message, but that would have been helpful.
Trip Comments
Highlights were: Barra and the airstrip (watching planes landing and taking off), Hamersay House, Lochmaddy (favourite accommodation and meal), loop ride around North Uist, ride around South Harris and lunch at Machair Kitchen (Temple cafe closed), Hebrides Hotel Tarbert & Harris Tweed shop, Callandish Stones (although very wet), ancient Dun Carloway Broch and then the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, watching and learning from Norm making Harris Tweed, lunch at 40 North, the Butt of Lewis and final ride to Stornaway along converted rail trail. Finally the tail winds!!
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation: Polachar Inn - an unfortunate piece of timing was the celebratory party for the Heb Race (2-3 Sept) which was/is held at this inn on our second night. Our room (and that of other cyclists) was directly above the amplified music which kept us awake until after 11:30pm....
Food: Van supported coffee and snacks were great. All restaurants were good especially Hamersay House and lunch at Machair Kitchen and 40 North.
Your Guide
Will and Simon were attentive, thoughtful, kind and informative throughout. They did a great job and were keen to share their insights and knowledge about the islands (especially the machair!)
The Bottom Line
Thank you for a wonderful trip. It was a privilege to be able to see the Outer Hebrides by bike, and supported by Wilderness Scotland.

by Karen Parry 11/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

3The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Logistically it might not be possible, but having a bigger group would have been better
Accommodation and Food
Some accommodations were better than others. Appreciate we probably stayed in the best places available
Your Guide
Great at responding to changes caused by cancelled ferries etc
The Bottom Line
I think you attract a different group of clients than other companies I have done group trips with. The cycling was fabulous, the group dynamics were a bit odd- not your fault but I haven't experienced that before on any of the trips I've done with other companies.

by Chris Jose 11/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Communications were clear and service reps were responsive to queries
Trip Comments
Very good suite of activities. Guides reacted to adverse weather conditions with flexibility and local knowledge. Most hotels of good standard. Hire bikes fitted well.
Accommodation and Food
All hotels worked well. The party on the Saturday night at Pallachar was a bit disturbing for needed sleep. Some of the lunches did not meet standard of others
Your Guide
Responsive, flexible, friendly and knowledgeable. Both Will and Simon were a credit to Wilderness Scotland.
The Bottom Line
Very worthwhile introduction to this extraordinary part of the world. Expect weather challenges and enjoy the experience.

by Miles Murison 11/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The team were very helpful in trying to find me a suitable holiday, and once I had booked my holiday I received just the right amount of communication, the only suggestion I would make is that when a client books a place on a tour but the tour is not yet confirmed, you let them know when the tour is confirmed.
Trip Comments
Simon and Will were brilliant and made the holiday for me, Simon discovered that I was a huge Tintin fan and went out of his way to get me to Kisimul Castle on Barra, which is the basis for the castle in the book The Black Island.

Will and Simon were also very attentive to me when I got wet and cold on one stretch of the trip.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation was adequate throughout, but I did particularly enjoy my stay at the Hamersay House on North Uist. I wish we had spent 2 nights at Hamersay House and only one night at the Polochar Inn on South Uist which I found less comfortable.
Your Guide
Simon Harry and Will Snow were absolutely brilliant, they managed the different abilities and interests within the group and made everyone feel very well looked after. They adapted the sequence of rides to take account of poor weather and the cancellation of ferry services but discussed these proposed changes with the group. They were always there with a hot cup of coffee, a jelly baby and encouragement.
The Bottom Line
A brilliant introduction to the Outer Hebrides, the roads were good and the traffic light, the scenery breathtaking and the food and hospitality along the way was excellent.

Will and Simon were brilliant guides, they imparted advice and knowledge and looked after us exceptionally well, I met a wonderful group of like minded guests and had a fabulous holiday.

by James Harris 11/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The bike booking service seemed a little muddled with both online & offline requests that didn't seem to align
Trip Comments
Our guides were superb & the scenery of Barra, N.Uist & S.Harris was breathtaking
Accommodation and Food
Food overall was good, with a range of excellent to acceptable
Accommodation was equally varied. Noise pollution at the Pollachar Inn being a particular concern
Your Guide
Both Simon & Will were excellent. They provided enthusiasm, clarity & humour where needed whilst managing adversity in a truly professional manner
The Bottom Line

by Regina Daly 22/08/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I asked several questions about the trip before booking and after. I got very fast, complete responses. It is part of what made me book the trip. A friend who was considering going with me asked about getting a bike her size (she is petite) and didn't receive a response for over a month. In that time, she decided to do something else.

I found this company on the internet. Although I researched it as much as I could beforehand, it could have been a scam. I got a note in the month leading up to trip from the guide but that was it. I would have appreciated more emails as the day to meet the tour got closer reminding me about the tour, confirming how and where to meet me and just some general reassurances.


TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback, it is always good to do your own research before booking a trip. We are AITO Assured, bonded by ABTA and are a 5* Visit Scotland activity provider so you should always feel safe when booking a trip with us. It’s always a tricky balancing act sending try right amount of information to our travellers, some people are happy with the amount of pre trip emails and some people would like more or less, differing options appear in the surveys frequently but we’re always on the other end of the phone or email if you have any questions.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Instead of picnic lunches, we had lunches in pubs or cafes every day. This really added to the trip. As an American, I wanted to eat British foods that I had read and heard about. The rooms were excellent. As a single traveler it was nice when I didn't have to share a room.
Your Guide
My guides were Simon Harry and David O'Brian. Both of them worked extremely hard, but made it look effortless. There were many different personalities and they were kind and gracious to everyone. They were very well organized. In mid-morning or sometimes mid-afternoon, we stopped for a snack break, the coffee was good and the snack choices were abundant.
The Bottom Line
This was a trip I wanted to do for a long time. Wilderness Scotland gave me a great experience that I will remember for a long time. I'm so glad that I did it.

by Philip Ciniglio 21/08/2017

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
No suggestion as we were late entries
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Room to improve and flexibility needed
Your Guide
Great
The Bottom Line
Excellent, but for value. Can be improved for the experience if an up market target market

by Jane Sinclair 18/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
talked mainly with russell, basically responsive but he was away soome and some confusion about change in ferry schedule, overall pleased, never received list of trip essentials till late
Trip Comments
leaders were responsive, caring helpful, got group to be together, good itinerary , good pace, great places to stay, huge kudos for Simon and Dave
Accommodation and Food
great
Your Guide
excellent
The Bottom Line

by Caitriona Conway 18/08/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Simon and David couldn't do enough for us.
The Bottom Line

by Caroline Campbell 17/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I owed the balance on my payment, and because I live in the US, I had to coordinate with Jane to pay over the phone at a mutually agreed upon time. She called me right on the dot and my payment over the phone couldn't have been easier!
Trip Comments
This was a once in a lifetime experience for us. The guides were wonderful (Simon and Dave). The trip was well organized and this meant that we felt very relaxed and carefree the entire time. We look forward to doing another trip with Wilderness Scotland.
Accommodation and Food
Before the trip, I was under the impression that Scottish food would be bland and tolerable at best. WRONG. The food throughout the trip was delectable and satisfying!
Your Guide
Simon and Dave were both so enthusiastic and accommodating and encouraging. They were an absolute pleasure and we couldn't have asked for better guides.
The Bottom Line
I have been telling people about my wonderful experience with Wilderness Scotland left and right! Can't wait to book another trip. You have a great company!

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28th Apr - 4th May 2018
£1,695
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£1,695
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£1,695
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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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28th Apr - 4th May 2018
£1,695
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9th Jun - 15th Jun 2018
£1,695
Trip Full
30th Jun - 6th Jul 2018
£1,695
6 place(s) left
14th Jul - 20th Jul 2018
£1,695
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£1,695
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Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 4

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Thank you for a wonderful trip. It was a privilege to be able to see the Outer Hebrides by bike, and supported by Wilderness Scotland.

Penny Jose
13/09/2017

5

I think you attract a different group of clients than other companies I have done group trips with. The cycling was fabulous, the group dynamics were a bit odd- not your fault but I haven't experienced that before on any of the trips I've done with other companies.

Karen Parry
11/09/2017

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