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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/

Customer Kudos

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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
£1,695
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£1,695
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25th Aug - 31st Aug 2018
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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.

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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£1,695
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£1,695
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£1,695
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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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