- Island-hopping through Mull, Iona and Skye on this easy-graded road cycling adventure.
- Quiet country roads, cultural encounters, great landscapes and stunning island scenery.
- Cycle to the Isle of Iona and explore its ancient Abbey.
- 7 days professional guiding with lead guide plus assistant guide/support driver
- 6 nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels and inns
- Meals stated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Vehicle transport throughout including ride support and luggage transfers
- Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
- Ride snacks, home-baking and drinks
Green Graded Road Cycling Holidays 1-3
Green graded trips are suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness who enjoy cycling and are looking for an active but relaxed trip. They are also suitable for active people who are new to cycle touring and looking for a new way to explore the countryside.
Distances each day will be between 25 – 40 miles, cycling at an average speed of around 12mph. We will ride on mostly straightforward rolling terrain with one or two more notable climbs during the trip, where some riders may opt to ride in the support vehicle. We will be in the saddle for 4-6 hours each day plus the odd longer day. There is also time each day for breaks and lunches, plus visits to sites of interest.
18th May - 24th May 2019
Neil MacphersonGlobetrotter Neil has found paradise in the Cairngorms National Park. Learn more about him here.
24th Aug - 30th Aug 2019
Craig TweedieGlobe-trotting, pedal-pounding Craig knows a thing or two about whisky too. Learn more here.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
This trip features some of the best hotel and guest house accommodation and food along the route we travel. We use a variety of accommodations such as country inns, guesthouses and small hotels, all hand-picked by us. Accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities.
Lunch each day will be either a wilderness picnic or taken at a local cafe/restaurant. Drinks and snacks are provided throughout the day as you require. Evening meals are included on the first and final evenings, and on this itinerary and we have the flexibility to take evening meals in local restaurants or pubs. Based upon our knowledge and experience, we will visit the best places to eat along the route.
On this trip we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.
There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £450 is charged if a single room is available.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the Oban ferry terminal at 11:30am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness Train Station at 1:00pm on the final day.
For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website: www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/
Cycle together on the twisted ribbons of quiet island and Highland roads. Take time along the way to have cultural encounters and soak in the atmosphere of these wild and dramatic landscapes.
Watch the stunning views unfold from your saddle as we journey from the Isle of Mull, through the wilds of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and on to the fabled Isle of Skye.
The roads of Skye and the Inner Hebrides – the islands close to Scotland’s West Coast – offer an opportunity to enjoy superb riding through a landscape that is as rich in wildlife, culture and heritage as it is in dramatic views and stunning beaches.
We enjoy the best rides from place to place, stopping to explore and appreciate places of natural beauty, cultural interest and wildlife sightings. Your Wilderness Scotland guide will both lead you and inspire you, while our carefully chosen accommodation will welcome you at the end of the day. As always we will enjoy the finest Scottish ingredients in our meals – especially the bounty of the sea on this island hopping trip.
Need a bike? See our bike hire page for details.
Day 1 – Meet Oban, riding on Isle of Mull
Today we meet at Oban Ferry Terminal, then board the ferry and cross to the Isle of Mull. We will have some lunch overlooking the Sound of Mull and set up the bikes for the week ahead. Setting out on the bikes we follow the coastal road to Salen, before riding to the North West of the Island and our accommodation in the village of Dervaig.
Reaching the oldest inn on Mull, our base for the next two nights, there will be a chance to relax and have a welcome drink before taking our evening meal in the restaurant, where a range of Scottish dishes along with homemade desserts, award-winning local cheeses, real ales, fine wines and island malts are all on offer. (L, D)
Distance: 38km/ 24 miles, Ascent 360m/ 1183 ft
Day 2 – Riding to Iona
This morning we transfer to Fionnphort to make a 10 minute crossing on the ferry to the Island of Iona, including a must-see trip the wonderful Iona Abbey, the home of Christian worship since 563AD. Returning back to Mull, we follow the coast alongside Loch Scridain towards to the small village of Pennyghael, where we pick up a single track road under the shadow of Ben More, the highest mountain on the island. Today’s ride will finish near Knock, where we will transfer back to the accommodation and then spend some time exploring some beautiful beaches, including the stunning Calgary Bay with its white shell sand beach. (B, L)
For those of you wishing to ride a little more, there is the option to extend the day; your guide will advise of the options.
Distance: 56km/ 35 miles, Ascent 518m/ 1702 ft
Day 3 – The Ardnamurchan Peninsula
After breakfast we make the short journey to Tobermory, allowing for time to visit the colourful harbour. We then board a ferry for a short trip across the Sound of Mull to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the mainland.
From where we land the only way is east, so we follow peaceful and undulating single track roads through the peninsula. We can stop in to see the Ardnamurchan Distillery, which is one of Scotland’s newest. As we ride, we enjoy views south across Loch Sunart, keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife. Our destination tonight is the tiny settlement of Acharacle and our hotel enjoys wonderful views down scenic Loch Shiel. (B, L)
Distance: 43km/ 28 miles, Ascent 707m/ 2322 ft
Day 4 – Cycling to Skye via the ‘Road to the Isles’
Today we cycle through Ardnamurchan and Moidart, following perfect cycling roads as we make our way to the fishing port of Mallaig. Our route crosses the rugged peninsula before joining the coast on the Sound of Arisaig. On the way, we’ll stop at a local smokehouse to stock up for today’s picnic.
The final section takes us along a stretch of the original ‘Road to The Isles’. A new road bypasses the coastal road, making this an idyllic and almost car-free ride as we pass numerous white sand beaches. Looking out to sea, the high peaks of Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye and the distinctive skylines of the Small Isles make this a memorable ride.
On arrival in Mallaig, we will connect with the ferry to the Isle of Skye, then transfer to our hotel for the next three nights in the south of the island. (B, L)
Distance: 56km/ 35 miles, Ascent 874m/ 2869 ft
Day 5 – Raasay and Calum’s Road
This morning we ride to Broadford followed by a short transfer to the village of Sconser and travel across to the Island of Raasay, located between Skye and the Applecross Peninsula. Here we will cycle on the quiet single track roads, visit the distillery and the famous ‘Calum’s Road’, built single-handedly by a local crofter between the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s, with hand tools and a wheelbarrow.
We reconnect back to the Isle of Skye, where we’ll transfer to Portree, our home for the next two nights. (B, L)
Distance: 34km/ 21 miles, Ascent 850m/ 2788 ft
Day 6 – Dunvegan and a Wee Dram
This morning we ride across to the west side the island passing by a number of small villages and Dun Beag, an Iron age Broch perched on top of a grass knoll arriving at Dunvegan Castle. We’ll enjoy a tour, learning about Clan MacLeod and the Lord of the Isles and enjoying the views out across Loch Dunvegan.
After lunch at a local cafe we ride to Neist Point, the most westerly point on Skye. The point provides stunning views to the Outer Hebrides where we can enjoy a short walk to the picturesque lighthouse. We transfer back to Portree to enjoy our final evening meal and a celebratory dram together. (B, L, D)
Distance: 53km/ 33 miles, Ascent 756m/ 2483 ft
Day 7 – Return to Inverness
After breakfast, we transfer back to Inverness, stopping at Eilean Donan Castle for a quick photo stop to break up the journey. (B)
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by Astrid Wheatley 11/09/2018
Any questions we had were answered within a short time. All information sent to us was informative.
Our two guides ,the Daves (sunny Dave and rainy Dave) were freindly, helpfull and informative. They made sure everyone was ok along the track and the bikes were ok for each days ride.
Jules was also there for any assistance and informative local knowledge.
Accommodation and Food
In general all the accommodation was comfortable and in lovely locations.
Informative, friendly and very helpful.
The Bottom Line
Everthing seemed to run without a problem from time of booking to the endof the adventure.
by Paul Travers 04/09/2018
The team were very good at answering all my questions as I dithered about whether to sign up for the trip
Riding across Ardnamurchan was a real delight and a day of contrasts, from sand dunes at the start, then sweeping descents through open moorland and finishing with winding through faerie-tale mossy and lichen-covered woodlands. The biggest highlight of the trip for me was Raasay and Calum's Road. Definitely challenging both in climbs and descents - involving both hill walking and off-road cycling in my case - but stunning views and a real appreciation of the effort and dedication it must have taken for one man to have built the road.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation was simple but good. After a day's cycling what you want is a good shower, good food and a comfortable bed, and everywhere we stayed ticked all of those boxes.
The guides were great, and adapted to the ever-changing Scottish weather, adding a bit extra on a sunny day to compensate for a wet one previously. Good local knowledge, good cycling expertise and maintenance skills, and an uncanny ability to reverse the van and bike trailer through the narrowest spaces.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland do a great job in creating an itinerary that combines some incredibly scenic (and occasionally challenging) cycling with a range of off-bike activities to give you a real taste of the country. The guides are great, always quick with helpful info, advice and the odd bit of bike maintenance along the way. The accommodation is comfortable and the food excellent. I will definitely be a repeat customer; I have already booked my next trip!
by Jennifer Farnham 19/08/2018
Pre-trip, I was happy for the prompt trip confirmation, and that my question about vegan food was also answered right away (and that vegan food was definitely an option!)
Neil and Al were amazing guides who not only kept us safe and prepared but also shared a wealth of knowledge on the passing flora, fauna, landmarks, and history. Above all else, their wonderful humor and kindness kept the trip fun even in the driving rain, aka "Scottish mist." I can't imagine the trip without them as they made it such a complete experience.
The hotel accommodations were lovely and cozy after long days on the road. As a person with a somewhat limited diet, I was impressed by the spread of food provided at snack and lunch breaks as well as the delicious vegan dinners and breakfasts in most restaurants. I certainly ate and drank to heart's content, especially when certain cyclist/"raccoons" found out how to undo the food boxes that were stationed just within a hungry person's reach on van rides to raid the Haggis crisps and fruit bowl.
The scenery was gorgeous and the distances seemed very well thought out. I would recommend a boost in the green level rating as the rides were fairly physically challenging for those of us who never opted out of a route. I am fit but before this trip was not much of a cyclist, but now looking back I'm extremely proud of the hills and distances and feel much more confident riding the roads at home!
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations were lovely, warm, and comfortable and the staff members were all so kind. It was great as a vegan to always have an option at breakfasts and dinners. The one night I had a bath was heaven for sore muscles (and backside) so I wish I'd had more rooms with bathtubs. It was very generous of the guides to haul our heavy bags especially at the end of a long day. I especially loved the room on Mull.
The low ceilings in Portree hotel were a bit scary for someone my height, but worth it for the view and most delicious dinner!
Please see my overall commentary for details on how much I adored Neil and Al, and why. They absolutely made the trip and I can't imagine having better guides. They were complete professionals while also making everything so much fun.
The Bottom Line
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I've traveled in over 30 countries and taken many tours, but my experience with Wilderness Scotland might stand above them all in terms of fun, physical challenge, and beauty. The staff and guides went above and beyond in making this a marvelous adventure.
by Dominic Batten 15/09/2017
Accommodation and food were good, the landscape was great and the bikes were much better than my own, there were several highlights and I really enjoyed visiting Iona, Raasay and Dunvegan Castle
Accommodation and Food
In recent years food seems to have got better in Scotland, mainly because its EU migrants cooking it. By the end of the week I was looking forward to smaller breakfasts.
Knowledge and flexibility in adapting trips according to weather conditions
The Bottom Line
A worthwhile trip in a beautiful place. By the end of the week I felt significantly fitter.