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Road Cycling – Skye and the Inner Hebrides

  • 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

Our Green grade road cycling trips are our most accessible grade of road cycling trips designed for active people who like road cycling but are looking for a trip that is easy going with mostly flat terrain. Our green graded trips are suitable for people new to cycle touring and looking for a different way to explore the country. Most days the itinerary is very relaxed and you can spend plenty of time exploring the natural and cultural history of the area as well as enjoying long lunches in some great locations.

Distances typically range from 25-35 miles each day with possibly one or two slightly longer days between key stages of the itinerary. The terrain is generally flat with one or two short climbs.

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Are you generally active and enjoy riding a road bike?
Are you up for a challenge, learning a new skill and having a lot of fun?

 

Accommodation

This trip features some of the best hotel and guest house accommodation and food in the areas that we visit.

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 £350 is charged if a single room is required.

You will be met by your guide at 1130 on Day 1 of the trip at Oban train station. We will return to Inverness train station around 1230 on Day 7. Full details on how to get to and from Oban and Inverness, please see our Recommended Travel.

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.

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by Dominic Batten 15/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
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.
Your Guide
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.

by Malcolm Wood 05/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
If anything, the number of communications was more than necessary. But the courtesy and consideration was excellent.
Trip Comments
The hardest rides, in the most remote places (e.g.
Raasay), will be the most treasured memories. The challenges, including driving rain, are both the motivators and the source of pride, post-tour.
Accommodation and Food
Food was good to very good. Accommodation was variable, but I recognise that WS found among the best available in relevant places: client expectations have to be realistic.
Your Guide
Both were very caring and considerate. One was extremely knowledgeable and competent in bike mechanics; the other projected solid, very competent leadership. I have nothing but praise for both.
The Bottom Line
Excellent. The weather conditions were generally poor. That our spirits remained high owed much to the drive and leadership of the guides.

by Dawn Keirle 30/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Dawn Keirle 29/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All my emailed questions were answered promptly and thoroughly.
Trip Comments
Tim and Laura customised the trip to suit the different levels of riders.
Accommodation and Food
Great food and accommodation exceeded our expectations. Keep that up!
Your Guide
Tim and Laura were humorous, encouraging, knowledgeable and patient. They made it a fantastic experience and we felt like we were holidaying with friends.
The Bottom Line
Our Road Cycling Skye and Inner Hebrides was a fabulous experience. The scenery, cycling, food, accommodation,guides and good company made for an awesome holiday. We experienced all types of weather and saw the islands in their various "moods". The guides Tim and Laura made sure we were safe and comfortable at all times and there were many laughs along the way.

by Denise Landau 29/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Prompt, professional and helpful service.
Trip Comments
Tim and Laura provided service which was professional, friendly, and adapted to meet the group and individual needs.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Professional, friendly, knowledgeable and very able to adapt the tour to meet emerging client needs.
The Bottom Line

by Pamela Duncan 13/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Website is clear, easy to navigate and communications and pre-read were also clear and helpful.
Trip Comments
The combination of spectacular scenery, wildlife (eagles and other birdlife, seals, deer and even an otter), mostly glorious weather and great company made this an unforgettable holiday.
Accommodation and Food
Nothing to add - it was all great.
Your Guide
Tim and Alasdair were a great team and clearly passionate about what they do. Their thoughtful organisation, willingness to share their extensive knowledge and insights on just about anything of interest, sense of fun and care they took to ensure everyone enjoyed the experience simply made the holiday. Great picnics, great soundtrack, great fun. Thanks for a fabulous holiday.
The Bottom Line
This was a fabulous, active holiday, where we enjoyed Scotland's spectacular scenery and wildlife, learned from our guides about the habitat and social history and enjoyed the local food and drink on offer in a variety of picnic spots, pubs and restaurants. This was my second holiday with Wilderness Scotland and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who will listen. They love what they do, are brilliant at it and that comes through for me in the quality of the experience I have had while holidaying with them.

by Uta Korn 08/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Steffen Korn 08/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Colleen Wolfe 06/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Staff were very helpful answering my questions before deciding to book the trip, and after I booked, helping me make sure I had gotten everything in order for the bike hire and getting to the meeting point. One thing that would've been nice to know before leaving on the trip is the names of the hotels we were going to be staying at (maybe I just missed that detail), but really not a big deal.
Trip Comments
This was my first time visiting Scotland and I thought this trip was a great introduction. Nice variety of landscapes, experiences, and weather (ha!). Was also my first time doing a cycle tour and I thought that the level of difficulty was perfect for a first timer - enough to feel challenged without being intimidated. Really impressed with Scotland as a country and with Wilderness Scotland as a tour operator!
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations were great - I didn't really spend much time in the room at any of the places we went, but I found all of the rooms very comfortable. I enjoyed the food everywhere we stayed, and on nights when we didn't eat at our hotel I thought the restaurants that we went to were really tasty - so much good seafood! Also the lunches, snacks and coffee provided during the day were yummy and had a good variety - I feel like I was eating or having coffee every two hours on this trip, it was great
Your Guide
Tim and Alasdair were super interesting and knowledgeable guides, and their personalities played well off of each other to make for a fun trip. I thought they did a great job reading the group and accommodating everyone, and making adjustments to suit the weather and vibe each day. It must have been a lot of work managing all the little details of the trip, but they made it seem effortless. Many thanks!!
The Bottom Line
Overall, a really fun trip through a part of Scotland that has beautiful scenery as well as an interesting cultural history - highly recommend!
As a tour operator, Wilderness Scotland was A+...the whole experience made me want to come back and do another tour with them someday!

by Russell Willmer 05/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. They did a great job in explaining the day ahead and everything we saw en route as well as providing great picnics and refreshments
There was a bit of confusion at the very start where the trip notes i downloaded said we would start cycling after a transfer to the first hotel whereas we actually started after the ferry crossing. Possibly my fault but we ended up with twin beds one night when we wanted a double but i don't recall being asked about preferred sleeping arrangements.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The hotels were clean and friendly and the food good quality. There were a few amusing service hiccups (water arriving at the end of the meal) but nothing to worry about
Your Guide
Tim and Alisdair were fantastic. knowledgeable, friendly and always trying to help
The Bottom Line
A fantastic trip. Great views and company with expert friendly guides. I can't recommend it enough

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19th May - 25th May 2018
£1,595
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£1,595
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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.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 –  Northwest Mull

After meeting in Oban we board the nearby ferry to our first island, Mull. On Mull we will undertake a bike check to get everything set up correctly before our first day of riding. Today it is a shorter ride to get warmed up, following a gorgeous coastal road to our accommodation in the village of Dervaig. (L, D)

Distnace: 24 miles / 38km  Ascent: 1183 ft

Day 2 – Cycling to Iona

Today we transfer a short distance to Fionnphort where we board a passenger ferry for the short trip across to Iona. There we have time to explore the beautiful village and wonderful Abbey, which has roots older than Scotland itself. Afterwards we transfer back to Mull for our cycle. We’ll 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. After our ride we will have some time to explore some beautiful white shell sand beaches. (B, L)

Distance: 35 miles / 56 km  Ascent 1702 ft

Day 3 – The Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Today we head to the colourful town of Tobermory and board the ferry across the Sound of Mull to Ardnamurchan – a wild peninsula of the mainland. Back on dry land, the only way is east. We’ll follow the peaceful and undulating single track roads through the peninsula, watching the views of hills, sea and lochs gradually unfold in this beautiful wilderness. We finish at our hotel in the village of Acharacle, overlooking Loch Shiel. (B, L)

Distance: 27.8 miles / 43 km  Ascent: 2322 ft

Day 4 – Cycling to Skye Via the Road to the Isles

The journey today follows a classic Scottish route past the Sound of Arisaig before joining The Road to The Isles. The road is winding, quiet and beautiful. We pass many gorgeous beaches and will also stop at a local smokehouse to stock up on fish, meats and cheeses for our picnic lunch. After reaching Mallaig we embark on the ferry, cross to the Isle of Skye and transfer to our hotel in Portree. This will be our base for the next 3 nights. (B, L)

Distance: 35 miles / 56 km  Ascent: 2869 ft

Day 5 – Raasay and Calum’s Road

This morning we drive 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, passing through the famous “Calum’s Road”, built almost single-handedly by Calum MacLeod between the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s, with hand tools. In the afternoon we’ll explore the famous Trotternish peninsula and take in some of Skye’s most iconic sights such as the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. (B, L)

Distance: 21 miles / 34km  Ascent: 2,788 ft

Day 6 – Dunvegan Castle and West Skye

This morning we set out with a ride to ancient Dunvegan Castle on the west of Skye. There we take a tour of this ancestral clan stronghold and have lunch at a local cafe. We then ride the final stage of our trip, stopping to marvel at the workmanship of an ancient Broch overlooking the fabulous Loch Bracadale. We finish at Talisker Distillery where we take a tour and enjoy a dram to toast the trip. Tonight we enjoy a final celebratory meal together. (B, L, D)

Distance: 43 miles / 67 km  Ascent: 3,160 ft

Day 7 – Return to Inverness

After breakfast we head back to Inverness, stopping for a photo opportunity at Eileen Donan Castle to break up the journey. (B)

PLEASE NOTE – The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide with regard to weather conditions and other factors.

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2018 Trip Dates

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19th May - 25th May 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left
28th Jul - 3rd Aug 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left
25th Aug - 31st Aug 2018
£1,595
8 place(s) left

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Next trip: 19th May

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Inner Hebrides including Skye

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 3

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A worthwhile trip in a beautiful place. By the end of the week I felt significantly fitter.

Dominic Batten
15/09/2017

5

Excellent. The weather conditions were generally poor. That our spirits remained high owed much to the drive and leadership of the guides.

Malcolm Wood
05/09/2017

5

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