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We have asked our clients what they consider the very best of the tours we offer and this is why they have to say. These are the best rides for experienced riders in the UK. For those looking beyond sportive they provide an opportunity to complete a new challenge. Cycle Britain have challenges that want to achieve something special. The triple is awarded to all who complete any three of our top 5 routes..

The Lakeland Passes two day cycling trip and the Lands End to John O’Groats are our two most popular routes. For 2021 we have also introduced fantastic two day guided tours in the Yorkshire Dales.

1. The Hebridean Way as described in the Lonely Planet Epic Ride Book

Distance 256 miles. Ascent 2674m Duration: We recommend 7 days to see the very best of the area

The Hebridean Way twists and turns across ten islands of the Outer Hebrides, crossing between them on causeways and ferries. The route is recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the ‘Epic Rides of the World’ and we at Cycle Britain agree!

To cycle in the Hebrides is to return to a quieter pace of life. You’ll pedal along lonely roads past white beaches and sunsets that melt into the turquoise sea, past lofty 800-metre mountains and through fertile grassy plains – or machairs to give the Gaelic word for one of Europe’s rarest habitats.

Each island is unique but together they form the beautiful mosaic of the Outer Hebrides. This wild archipelago, constantly buffeted by the Atlantic Ocean, supports a hardy collection of flowers, wildlife, birdlife and human- life! This trip squeezes 240 miles of cycling, four ferries, ten islands and a whole lot of adventure into just six days!

This tour is fully-supported. Ride in a maximum group of 12 and enjoy the support of our expert team of guides, mechanics and drivers who’ll carry your bags, distribute snacks, help with repairs and lead you along the route while sharing stories that bring each day’s riding to life!

Cycle Britain have devised a fantastic itinerary which will ensure that you see the most of the Hebrides whilst experiencing the very best cycling experience in the UK.

  1. Oban to Barra (8 miles)After a group meeting giving us a chance to get to know each other and discuss the trip, we enjoy an exploratory loop of Oban. At 1:30 pm we board the ferry for the Outer Hebrides. The five-hour crossing reveals beautiful coastal panoramas before sailing into Castlebay, so-named because of Kisimul Castle guarding the bay. Since 2001, the castle has been rented to Historic Scotland on a 1,000-year lease for the annual price of £1 and a bottle of whisky.
  2. Barra Loop (27 miles)One important stop on today’s loop ride is the southern tip of Vatersay. This is the southernmost peninsular of the Hebridean Archipelago and the official start of the Hebridean Way. The lap of Barra (Barradise) takes you on singletrack roads, past pristine white beaches and shimmering coves with enticing names such as Seal Bay. Traigh Mhor beach forms one of Britain’s most interesting airports as the sandy shore becomes a runway for the island.
  3. Barra to North Uist (69 miles)Today’s cycling adventure takes in six islands: Barra, Eriksay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, and North Uist. Water provides constant companionship throughout. In the morning, a ferry sails us across the dazzling sound from Barra to Eriksay, a journey lasting forty minutes. The remaining islands are linked by a necklace of causeways and navigable by bike. These islands are flat and punctuated by lochs and lochans. We stay at the Lochmaddy Hotel, whose 150-year history has placed it well to offer the best hospitality on North Uist.
  4. North Uist to Tarbert (53 miles)Continue cycling along the west coast of North Uist on desolate singletrack roads. You’ll briefly land on Berneray Island before boarding the ferry for the island of Harris. Once on Harris, you’ll pedal along the west coast, which enjoys some of Britain’s most spectacular beaches, before crossing to the east coast to ride ‘the Golden Road’. When the Golden Road was built in 1897, it was intended to connect a string of settlements previously only accessibly by sea. Little did its creators know they were designing a dreamy cycling route that passes isolated hamlets and spectacular scenery!
  5. Exploring Harris Beaches and Tarbert (50 miles)Staying on Harris for the day we embark on a wonderful day of cycling and exploration. Our expert team show you the hidden gems of Harris and visit some of the best beaches in the world. The support van team cook a spectacular lunch on our Indian Kedai before we return to the hotel for the evening and a meal tor
  6. Tarbert to the Butt of Lewis (77 miles)North of Tarbert , Harris Island becomes less green and more rugged. The machairs are replaced by mountains, which are made from Lewisian Granite, some of the oldest rock found anywhere in the world – some 2.6 billion years old! The islands bear countless scars, in the form of lochs and lochans gouged by ancient glaciers. At the north of Lewis, waves crash against exposed rock under the stern gaze of a sentinel lighthouse. Congratulations, this is The Butt of Lewis and the end of the Hebridean Way. From here, we transfer to Stornoway for our celebratory final evening.
  7. Stornaway to Ullapool, Oban and home (0 miles)We finish the tour with the final ferry to Stornaway. At this point you can join us on the return travel home or continue your journey.

1. The Lakeland Passes – ‘Favourite training ground of Alan Little’

Distance 110 niles. Ascent 3000metres. Descent 3000m.

Difficult 5 out of 5. Days required: 1 Long hard day or Two intermediate days

Category: Road Cycling. Best Bike:

The Lakeland Passes will take some beating in many ways. This tour covers the passes covered by the Fred Whitton over two days and includes a stay at Hundith Hall Hotel . Many of the team regard this route as one Britains toughest rides when completed in a day. The 110 mile circuit shows off the lakes at their very best. The opening miles involve cycling up the Kirstone pass. This route is prvides the best of everything. . Spectacular views over the lakes, undulating and technical terrain ascends England’s toughest climbs. . The ‘Wrynose Pass’ is tough witgh gradients over 30%.

2. The North Coast 500 – Scotland

Distance: 500 miles. Ascent. Descent

The North Coast 500 is 500 miles spectacular miles around the Scottish Highlands. Our tour It starts and ends in Inverness and is one of our premium tours staying in fantastic accommodation.

Alan rode the route in October 2021 with soldiers serving with Blackwatch from Fort George and would recommend a trip which allows time to see the best of Scotland over 12 days. . Former British champion James McCallum rode it in 31 hours but want to experience the best of Scotland and to be honest definitely could not do it it that. Most people would struggle to drive it in 31 hours.

Our cycling team has been cycling in UK for 40 years now. Our team has been involved in all aspects of cycling from Cycling Lands End to John O’groats to enjoying a relaxed electric bike holiday. Our tour manager Jo has planned exciting self guided holidays around the UK.

Everything is organised s that you can enjoy the cycling. Our team have expertise in all aspects of cycling and Alan Little brings his expertise in logistics from previous work in the army organising and running expeditions. Our staff have cycled in all areas of the UK and have planned routes to enjoy the very best. We are an expert team based in Britain and this is the place we are proud to call home. Alan grew in Yorkshire and has devised amazing routes in the Yorkshire Dales which start and end in Harrogate. Jo has cycled an incredible

We are proud to partner with komoot and cycle britain is able to offer everyone that signs up to our newsletter a free regional route on komoot. We provide our routes on kamoot and GPX to ensure you can navigate easily. Our routes all involve carefully selected accommodation that has been slected by our team for quality. We are based centrally in the UK and a stone throws the national parks of Britain , historic heritage, wilderness and gorgeous beaches. But that’s only the beginning!

Cycle Britain offers something for everyone and our clear trip guidance allow you to select the right holiday or cycling adventure for you. Whether its a guided challenge, training weekend with coaching or a relaxed short weekend break away.

3. Cycle coast-to-coast in the UK

The UK has a number of different options for the classic Coast to Coast cycle route. Travelling across the narrow island nation is a fantastic challenge. Cycle Britain is proud to offer a number of options for coast to coast and this can be a highly achievable for all. Whether you want to

One particularly awesome place to cross is between Whitehaven in the Lake District and Tynemouth near Newcastle.

Many of the 150-odd mile routes travel through the Lake District and across the Pennines, providing some of the greatest views the British Isles has to offer and also some great climbs. We have

4. Cycling Lands End to John O Groats

The Lands End to John O Groats cycle challenge has many variations. It is the classic challenge and was first attempted in 1873. The route has evolved since the four members of the Middlesex Cycling Club rode the 874 miles between mainland Britain’s two furthest points.

The epic adventure is delivered by Cycle Britain in different formats. For the serious cyclist we offer the great challenge of cycling up to 128 miles a day for nine days completing over 100 miles per day. For the cyclist that wants to savour the delights of cycling across Britain we offer a fully guided 14 days of cycling tour with support vehicle and mechanic. In 2021 we have now moved to offer the Lands End to John O’Groats tour in 23 days on the electric bike with the option of completing one week each year rather than. This tour involves full support and

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