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      Road Cycling
      Skye and the Inner Hebrides

      17 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 31st Oct Duration: 0 night(s)

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      Trip created by Stevie Christie
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      Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
      Trip Type: Road Cycling
      Comfort: Classic
      Max Group Size: 2
      Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
      Deposit From N/A £473.75


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      Trip Details

      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. This brand new tour lets us grab this chance with both hands.

      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.

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      Trip Highlights

      • 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.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – Meet in 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, D)

      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, D)

      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.

      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 night in the south of the island. (B, L, D)

      Distance: 56km/ 35 miles Ascent: 874m/ 2869 ft

      Day 5 – Raasay

      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 if time allows, 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, D)

      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: 67km/ 43 miles Ascent: 963m/ 3160 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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      Skye and the Inner Hebrides

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      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      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.

      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.

      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      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, 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.

      Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

      You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the Oban ferry terminal at 11:00am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness Train Station at 2:00pm 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/

      Trip Dates & Prices

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      31st Oct - 31st Oct 2020 2 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,895 Book Now

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      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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      As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a speciality. In his spare time, Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure filmmakers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year.

      - Stevie Christie

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      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.

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 17 review(s) of Road Cycling – Skye and the Inner Hebrides



      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.


      marykris Kelly

      Reviewed on 02/09/2019

      Age: 60 - 70
      Trip Date: 24/08/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      The bottom line. This was a fantastic trip even in the rain. I had fun, got to ride my bike which was sometimes challenging , see beautiful places, eat Haggis and learn about Scotland. I hope to be back to Scotland to continue exploring a beautiful country.


      Astrid Wheatley

      Reviewed on 11/09/2018

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Everthing seemed to run without a problem from time of booking to the endof the adventure.


      Paul Travers

      Reviewed on 04/09/2018

      The Bottom Line

      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!

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