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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

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.

 

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.

SINGLE ROOMS

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/

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.

Need a bike? See our bike hire page for details.

Trip Itinerary

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 picturesque town of Portree. (B, L)

Distance: 56km/ 35 miles, Ascent 874m/ 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, riding on 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.

Returning back to Skye, there will be time to explore the Trotternish Peninsula with a short drive to some of the iconic sights of Skye including the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr before enjoying dinner in Portree. (B, L)

Distance: 34km/ 21 miles, Ascent 850m/ 2788 ft

Day 6 – Dunvegan and a Wee Dram

We start the day with a ride to 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 some lunch at a local cafe, we ride the final leg of our journey, passing by a number of small villages and Dun Beag, an Iron age Broch perched on top of a grass knoll. Our destination is Talisker, the Isle of Skye’s last distillery and the perfect place to end our ride. We enjoy a tour and then a dram to toast an excellent week riding. Back in Portree, we enjoy a final evening meal 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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by Dominic Batten 15/09/2017

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

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by Malcolm Wood 05/09/2017

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

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by Dawn Keirle 29/05/2017

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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.

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