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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 75

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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

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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!

by Jennifer Gibson 17/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Comprehensive information and helpful with last minute details.
Trip Comments
There was so much to like about this trip, the changing landscapes, the quality and enthusiasm of the guide and the satisfaction at the end of each day knowing you had completed the itinerary.
Accommodation and Food
Plenty of choices at each meal and clean comfortable accommodation at the end of each day not to mention the wonderful hospitality of all involved.
Your Guide
Enthusiastic, engaging and eager to please ... Simon was born to do this job. David was a great support to Simon and to the team, always there with a smile and whatever you needed to keep you focused on the completion of the ride.
The Bottom Line
Definitely one of those 'must do' experiences if you like to cycle .... the Outer Hebrides is such a unique environment that I'm not sure there is any better way to discover and enjoy all it has to offer.

by Andy Brittain 29/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Regarding use of our bikes, they were a minor problem to put on trailer as had to undo mudguards. Also, heavy bikes compared to those you supplied so a bit slower/harder up hills but we never really fell behind as a result!!
Trip Comments
Was a life great for Jean and the Outer Hebrides were stunning. Arrangements by the leaders were fantastic.
Accommodation and Food
Hotel at Tarbert was lovely but restaurant meals were poor both in choice and substance.

Impromptu/Alfresco break and lunch arrangements and the locations were fantastic. Absolute highlight.
Your Guide
Wonderful. Engaging and supportive. Huge amount of knowledge and info about the islands and many treats along the way. Looked after us really carefully and made sure no one lagged or got into any trouble. Lovely to spend time with real enthusiasts.
The Bottom Line
Well planned and great organisation with high quality guides and support

by Romain Dosser 17/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Julia Laslett 15/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Sunset by the first beach on South Uist. Fabulous break in the sunshine between Harris and Lewis. Great climbs on Harris. Arriving at the Butt of Lewis and a very special Scottish toast!
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Jenny and Cube were great leaders and companions, extremely well organised and knowledgeable, technically skilled and able to arrange a fabulous feast in he most remote areas. No weaknesses at all.
The Bottom Line

by Richard Hoskin 13/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All emails were informative & useful
Trip Comments
A very well organised trip, it exceeded my expectations, beautiful scenery weather was ok too!
Accommodation and Food
No complaints at all, evening meal food good and coffee breaks and lunches provided by Wilderness also good. Proper coffee too
Your Guide
Jenny and Cube both very experienced and excellent
The Bottom Line
We did 235 miles in 6 days which was a manageable amount for me. It was a very well organised trip I would travel with you again. The islands of the Outer Hebrides are a rather special place so I'm not sure where I will go next, I mean that they will take some beating!

by Barbara Whetnall 12/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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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!

Prices and Departures

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2017 Trip Dates

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2nd Sep - 8th Sep 2017
£1,595
Trip Full

2018 Trip Dates

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28th Apr - 4th May 2018
£1,595
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9th Jun - 15th Jun 2018
£1,595
5 place(s) left
30th Jun - 6th Jul 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left
14th Jul - 20th Jul 2018
£1,595
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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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Prices and Departures

91 people viewed this trip in the last week1 Booking in the last 72 hours

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2017 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
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
5 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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Difficulty: 4

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18/08/2017

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