Top Ten Best Cycling Challenges in the UK

Tour Overview.

The Hebridean Way twists and turns across ten islands of the Outer Hebrides.  You’ll cross 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.    Our besopke tour inlcudes unique expereinces and visits.   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 many miles of cycling, four ferries, ten islands, and a whole lot of adventure into just seven days!  The accommdation chosen delivers ranage of wonderful experiences in unique accommodation.   

Cycle Britain

299 miles / 10 Days

The fully supported, guided tour removes the hassle so all you have to focus on is the riding.   Our fleet of ebikes will arrive in advance and as you step off the plane on Barra you commence the epic jounery immiduately on your bikes.  We enjoy an evening boat trip and sea food tour on the first evening.  Allow our guides to lead the way and introduce to the locals we have become great freinds with. Let our support vehicles carry your bags, resolve any mechanicals, and replenish your energy with feed stations and drinks.  Our knoeldge of the local accommodation helps to guarantee rest.   We will recoemmend delicious food and show you the splendid views. Our support vehicles carry your bags, assist any mechanicals, and support you fully and are never far away.  We ensure you arrive safely and are ready to revise the plan to make the best of the weather.  David is our support driver for the tour and the cycling will be led by Alan who led several Hebrdies tours over the years.  We look forward to leading  you along the route while sharing stories that bring each day’s riding to life.

 

Tour Highlights.

  • Cycling the 10 Islands of the Outer Hebrides
  • Landing on the Beach on the Isle of Barra
  • Two unique ferry journeys between the islands
  • The rugged landscapes of the Hebrides; white beaches of crushed shells, 800-metre peaks, fertile lowland plains or machairs.
  • The satisfaction of riding the Hebridean Way, one of Lonely Planet’s Epic Rides of the World.
  • Calanais Standing Stones. Nearly 50 megaliths which date from around 3000 BC.
  • Seeing Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles during the tour
  • Enjoying the evening social activities
  • Staying at the the Harris Hotel and enjoying and amazing evening meal as a group
  • Visiting the lighthouse at the Butt of Lewis

Summary of the Tour.

  1. 10th August (30 miles)

    Land on the beach to meet the cycling team and enjoy a bike ride around island. Isle of Barra Beach Hotel. Seafood Evening Tour

  2. 11th August (30 miles)

    Explore the Isle of Canna- towards Skye over the Manse cycle around the island. Possible whale. Isle of Barra Beach Hotel.

  3. 12th August (50 miles)

    Cycle to Ferry and then cycle North across a number of causeways to North Uist. Stay at the unique Tractor Shed

  4. 13th August (30 miles)

    Explore the islands of North Uist and enjoy as boat trip to see the Sea Eagles. Stay at the unique Tractor shed.

  5. 14th August (40 miles)

    Loch Maddy Hotel

  6. 15th August (60 miles)

    Harris Hotel

  7. 16th August (60 miles)

    Harris Hotel

  8. 17th August (40 miles)

    Borve House Hotel

  9. 18th August (40 miles)

    Borve House Hotel -

  10. 19th August (50 miles)

    Star Inn - Lewis

  11. 20th August (0 miles)

    Flight home departs at 0830. Airport transfer 0600.

Itinerary.

This cycle tour offers an exciting opportunity to visit ten different islands, each unique yet together forming a mosaic of the Outer Hebrides. The adventure begins on the Scottish Mainland in Oban, known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. Stepping off the flight in Barra on 10th August after a short flight, you will discover you have returned to a simpler time with a slower pace of life.

On the evening of 10th August we have pleasure of a boat tirp in the evening and time to enjoy the local seafood of the evening tour on the first evening. On the 11th August we take a boat trip to the Island of Canna and cycle around this remote island.  Canna is the weternmost of the Small Isles of the archiplelago.  We have the oppotunity to visit a unique farm on the Island which runs 600 Noth Country Cheviot ewes and 50 shorthorn and Aberdeen cross cattle as in addtion to a smal herd of pedigree Highland Cattle.   Our visit also takes in Canna House and its many fascinating features.  As we cross the Manse back we have the chance of seeing whales and other sealife.  

12th August from here, we head north. The journey will pass white beaches lapped by turquoise waters that would appear more appropriate in the Tropics. You’ll ride through Machairs [fertile, low-lying grassy plains] and lochs and lochans that were engraved into the islands during the last Ice Age. Keep your eyes peeled, and you might spot Eriskay Ponies, seals, or flocks of migratory birds that call these islands home throughout the summer. The islands have a rich history. Some of it is ancient, such as the 5,000 years-old Calanais Standing Stones, and some of it is more recent, such as the 1897 poetically-named ‘Golden Road to Tarbert’, or the sinking of the S.S Politican, a cargo ship, in 1941. Further north, the machairs give way to lofty 800-metre mountains and a rugged lunar landscape.  We complete our bike ride and arrive at the Tractor Shed and enjoy a greart meal at the local pub.  

 

These mountains are formed from Lewisian Gneiss, one of the world’s oldest rocks. The Butt of Lewis forms a dramatic finish line to the adventure. Here, Atlantic waves crash against exposed rock under the stern gaze of a sentinel lighthouse. We celebrate in Stornoway with an evening banquet reminiscing the last week’s adventures, before returning to Oban the following morning.

Dates and Prices.

  • 10th August -
    £1000

    Deposit payment for planing and hotel costs.

Route.

All our routes are available to our Komoot followers.  Follow Cycle Britain on Komoot.

What’s Included.

Cube Ebike for the duration of the tour

Our fleet of bikes are the latest generation of Cube Katmandu bikes. The tour is led my ebike mechanic Alan Little. The bikes are fully serviced prior to the tour and washed and checked by the team each day.

All Accommdation

The hotel accommdation from 10th August to 20th August is included.

Lunches on 50% of the days

We take the opportunity to stop for lunch at the unique places of the Hebrides. On half of the days the pop up cafe of the Van will provide lunch.

All ferry journeys

The two unique ferry journeys involved in traveling the isands are included.

Airport Transfer

We have planned all airport transfers

All additional transport

Some days require addtional transport and this is inlucded and provided a local company

Unique Dining Experience

At the tractor shed Alan and David will prepare a group meal. We purcahse the finiest local lobster and scallops and we will have some fine wines with us for a fantastic social evening.

What’s Not Included.

Evening Meals at hotels

We book your evening meals for you. To ensure you only pay for what you choose wew do not incldue the evening meal cost in the tour.

Accommodation.

We have chosen the best accommodation options available where we are sure you’ll find warm hospitality and enjoy a comfortable and memorable stay. For this tour we have teamed up with the best independent accommodation in the area on Barra for both nights. 

10th and 11th August 2023

The Isle of Barra Beach hotel is right on the beach on the mesmorixing and hypnotic wild atlantic coast.  Unwind and enjoy the uniquely wonderful atmosphere of our idyllically remote rocky island, 40 miles from mainland Scotland. Our Isle of Barra Beach location is situated on the Atlantic West Coast of the Island overlooking the beautiful white sands of Tangasdale Beach. The  rooms offer amazing views of Halaman Bay and Ben Tangaval, ideal for relaxing and watching the sun set over the ocean at the end of a perfect Hebridean day.  http://www.isleofbarrahotel.co.uk

12th and 13th August 2023

Sole use of the Tractor Shed in cosy turf roofed pods the Hebridean Isle of North Uist.  Close to the Hebridean Way Cycle route, long deserted beaches and abundant nature. A perfect location to explore The Uists. We have time to visit the Uists and enjoy amazing seafood of the area https://www.northuistbunkhouse.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Trip Suitability.

This tour is suitable for everyone as you can cycle as much or as little of each day as you like.   We have a support vehicle to put your bike into and transport you once you have done enough.  Some of the days involve spending the day exploring and some days are longer for those that want a challenge.  Join us on this inclusive tour and epic journey. This is a tour for eveeryone, which means it is suitable ‘for those that want a challenge.’ These routes ‘provide a challenge to complete climbs and steep descents’ and involve ’60 – 100 miles per day.’

Gallery.

Frequently Asked Questions.

No items found