7 Islands
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Scotland
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The Hebrides
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Mountain Bike The Hebridean Trail, 7 Days, Outer Hebrides & St Kilda

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Mountain bike the Hebridean Trail across seven islands of this remarkable region. A truly extraordinary biking holiday where you get to explore 280 km of a unique part of the world with ancient history and culture.

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All about the Mountain Bike The Hebridean Trail, 7 Days, Outer Hebrides & St Kilda.

Mountain Bike The Hebridean Trail

Overview

  • 7 Days/6 Nights

  • Staying in Country Inns, Guesthouses & Hotels

  • Support Van and Equipment

  • Professional Guides

  • Ride Across 7 Islands

Why Do We Recommend It?

An absolutely extraordinary destination with thousands of years of human history.

Experienced and trusted tour operator.

Incredible natural beauty and wildlife to explore.

Fantastic mountain biking trails and ancient roads.

Is It Right for Me?

You should have some experience with mountain biking for this trip. You will be riding for several hours each day on mixed terrains, like quiet roads, island beaches, dirt roads, and single trails.

 

What People Say About The Trip

A lifetime experience in one of the most beautiful, peaceful, friendly countries rich in refreshing simplicity, kindness, history, and tradition!

Can I Go Anytime?

The tour is scheduled for specific dates during summer, and you can find those while checking availability in the fields above.

If you don’t see any dates that work for you, just select Get In Touch and send us a quick message about what would be ideal for you. We’ll do what we can and get back to you with options to make your dream trip a reality.

 

Itsy Bitsy Details

  • Where: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda, Scotland
  • Duration: 6 Nights, 7 Days
  • Tour Starts: Inverness Railway Station, Scotland
  • Tour Ends: Inverness Railway Station, Scotland
  • Group Size: 3 to 8 riders
  • Age: no limit
  • Total Distance: 280 km
  • Average Distance/Day: 55 km

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 6 nights accommodation in locally owned guest house or small hotels
  • Breakfast and lunches, plus 2 evening meals (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transport throughout the trip including ferry and local boats
  • The services of a qualified and experienced mountain bike guide and assistant guide/ support driver throughout your trip
  • A support vehicle & trailer throughout
  • All group safety and bike maintenance equipment
  • All ferry transport and local boat services
  • Ride snacks, home-baking, and drinks
  1. Day 1 Inverness to The Island of North Uist

    We meet at 8.30am in Inverness and travel to Uist by ferry from Uig on the Isle of Skye. Arriving in Lochmaddy, we transfer a short distance to our hotel.  After checking in, there is some time to get the bikes set up for the week ahead and to go for a short ride near the village. (Dinner)

  2. Day 2 Riding South Uist to North Uist

    We start the day with a transfer to the neighboring island South Uist. The start of the trail follows the west coast of the island through delightful coastal flower meadows, called machair. A trail runs for approximately 30km right the way up the west coast of the island which is defined by its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise seas.

    From the north of the island, we head inland and follow the road across to the tiny island of Benbecula and then cross back to the island of North Uist. We finish the day riding back to our hotel in Lochmaddy.

    Ride distance: 71km

  3. Day 3 North Uist to Isle of Harris

    Riding north from Lochmaddy, we follow the coast road to Berneray where we take the ferry across the Sound of Harris. On arrival on the Isle of Harris, you will see an immediate change in the landscape with mountains dominating the west coast. Harris is arguably the jewel in the crown of the Outer Hebrides with its stunning beaches and rugged mountains.

    From the ferry, we follow the west coast road with incredible views before heading off-road again. Taking a series of ancient ‘coffin roads’, we spend the afternoon riding some fine single-track through a landscape of thousands of lochans. One final road descent takes us the charming village of Tarbert where will we stay for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Ride distance: 62km

  4. Day 4 Reinigeadal & Isle of Scalpay

    Today we can enjoy one of Scotland’s rarely ridden classic off-road routes, or take it easy exploring the Isle of Scalpay and the area around Tarbert. For confident riders, the Reinigeadal Loop is superb, offering amazing mountain biking through wild and mountainous landscapes; and visiting one of the island’s most remote coastal villages before taking a tour at the Harris Distillery. It is well worth extending the day by visiting the Isle of Scalpay with its strong fishing community and a historic lighthouse built by Stevenson back in the 18th Century. Overnight hotel in Tarbert. (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Ride distance: 35km

  5. Day 5 Tarbert to Callinish, Isle of Lewis

    An unforgettable day of island adventure as we combine mountain bikes with a couple of short boat rides by RIB to open up the otherwise inaccessible west coast of Harris and the Isle of Lewis. In the middle of nowhere, we rendezvous with a RIB which transfers us across a sea loch to the west coast of Lewis*. Once on Lewis, we follow a trail through a dramatic glen, flanked by spectacular peaks on either side, before descending back to the coast and rejoining the RIB for a final ride to the Standing Stones of Callanish. This mysterious stone circle is over 5000 years old and a remarkable place to visit, especially in the evening when it is usually deserted. Our guest house accommodation is nearby. (Breakfast, Lunch)

    *Please be aware the RIB journey is subject to weather conditions.

    Ride distance: 53km

  6. Day 6 Callanish to the Butt of Lewis

    Our final day follows the west coast of Lewis and is full of historical and cultural interest. Heading north, we soon pass the ancient Dun Carloway Broch and then the Blackhouse Village at Gearrannan which offers an insight into what island living was like not so many years ago. For the next 20km, we switch between coastal trail and road as we edge nearer to the end of our island journey. An impossible to miss feature on our final push is the Whalebone Arch, recovered from a huge whale washed up on a beach nearby. A turning of the road to the west signals the last few km. Perched on the Atlantic at the very edge of Europe, the Butt of Lewis is a spectacular and fitting place to end our Hebridean Trail. After celebratory drinks, we head back to our accommodation at Callanish for our final night on the islands. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  7. Day 7 Return to Inverness

    Following breakfast, we will head into Stornoway – the largest town in the Outer Hebrides – for a free morning to explore, shop and relax. There is plenty of interest here including Scotland’s newest distillery, a Gaelic cultural and arts venue and nice cafes and bars. After lunch, we will board the ferry back to Ullapool on the mainland. From Ullapool, it is approximately 1.5 hour’s drive to Inverness. (Breakfast)

Tour Details

This extraordinary mountain bike journey takes you through one of Europe’s last true wilderness regions, the Outer Hebrides.

Crowned the Hebridean Trail, this 280km bike journey weaves its way through seven superb islands on a variety of ancient paths, historic by-ways, mountain tracks and impossibly quiet roads.

More than another bike ride, the Hebridean Trail offers the opportunity to experience life on the islands, where the landscapes are wild and untamed, golden eagles and red deer roam free and human history dates back over 5,000 years.

The Outer Hebrides also retain a culture distinct from the rest of Scotland. Here you will find Gaelic as the first language and a sense of pride and tradition which make the Outer Hebrides a remarkable and unforgettable place to visit.

What’s Included?

ACCOMMODATION 
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.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 £325 is charged if a single room is available u2013 please see booking form terms and conditions.

Bike Hire

You are very welcome to bring along your own bike for this trip however if you would prefer to hire a bike from us, just let us know.

Meals

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.

On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

Travel

You will be met by your Guide at Inverness Railway Staton at 08:30am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness Station for 7:00pm on the final day of the trip.

Your Guide

During this trip you will be accompanied and led by one of our professional guides. Our guides are among the most highly experienced and qualified in the country. Defined by their passion for Scotland’s wild places, they have an intimate knowledge of the natural and social history of this land which they will be delighted to share with you.

Sustainable Travel

Our partner Wilderness Scotland is committed to the principles of ecotourism. We work very hard to ensure our engagements with local communities, wild lands and wildlife are positive. We are a proud partner of the Leave No Trace Centre for Outdoor Ethics, which enhances our commitment to responsible activity in Scotland’s wild lands, as enshrined in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC). We are also proud to be a John Muir Trust Peak Partner. Thanks in part to the generosity of our clients though our Conservation Contribution scheme the John Muir Trust can rely on our investment to go towards conservation projects that have a deep connection to Wilderness Scotland and the areas we adventure in.

 

 

  • 6 nights accommodation in locally owned guest house or small hotels
  • Breakfast and lunches, plus 2 evening meals (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transport throughout the trip including ferry and local boats
  • The services of a qualified and experienced mountain bike guide and assistant guide/ support driver throughout your trip
  • A support vehicle & trailer throughout
  • All group safety and bike maintenance equipment
  • All ferry transport and local boat services
  • Ride snacks, home-baking, and drinks

Activity Level: Challenging Adventure Holiday

You should have some experience with mountain biking for this trip. You will be riding for several hours each day on mixed terrains, like quiet roads, island beaches, dirt roads, and single trails.

If you’re unsure, just get in touch and we’ll give you advice.

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