Our technical director, Jonny has designed a (SPORTIVE) road cycle trip for riders who are looking to step up to longer distances and experienced riders looking for getting training miles done.
This trip is ideal for a group who enjoy some serious cycling or a cycle club who are looking for undulated roads through stunning Hebridean island landscape.
The trip is inspired by the Hebridean Way Cycle Route 780 and offers riders a honest and tough challenge.
Our guide will look after all the arrangements allowing the group to enjoy the trip hassle free.
The group will be supported with a vehicle and bike trailer from start to finish.
If you wish you can have this trip as a private/club arrangement.
Here the summary of the trip:
Day 0: we welcome you in Lochmaddy, North Uist when you come off the ferry from Uig in Skye. Just leave your car parked in Skye. Only bring your bike and luggage and we will take you to your accommodation. There you will meet up with the guide/support team over dinner.
Day 1: Eriskay - Berneray
Uist ride: 69.4 mi
The support vehicle will take you and your bike to the start point in Eriskay. From here the route will go through the rugged landscape of South Uist, a causeway will take you onto Benbecula following the coastal road through Balivanich. Further causeways which connect the isles will take you to Grimsay and then North Uist. In North Uist we will follow the west coast route where you will be riding next to the North Atlantic. The first day will finish on the isle of Berneray, the most northerly island of Uist. The support vehicle will take you to your accommodation for a well deserved rest and no doubt many stories over a nice dinner.
Day 2: Harris to Lewis
Total Distance: 55.03 mi
After a good night sleep and breakfast the guide will take you to the ferry in Berneray where we will cross the Sound of Harris taking us to Leverburgh. A brilliant start of the day offering you spectacular views. This day will be the day of the hills. Your trip will start taking the east Harris road. The roads will be winding through a landscape of sea lochs and boulders left by the last ice age. The second half of the east Harris route is known as the Golden Road taking you to Tarbert. Coming out Tarbert riding through Aird Asaig, you will see the Harris hills in all their glory. You will be climbing to 665 ft passing the highest hill in the Outer Hebrides, the Clisham followed by the steep descend to the shores of Loch Seaforth. Here you will leave Harris and drive into Lewis following the Lochs road. This day will finish at Cameron Terrace, Leurbost. The guide will take you with the support vehicle to your hotel in Stornoway. All your luggage and other belongings will be transferred for you.
Enjoy a good rest and nice meal at your accommodation. If you have energy left go for a nice walk through Stornoway and the castle grounds.
Day 3: Lewis
Total Distance: 72.38 miles
Our guide will take you with the support vehicle to Cameron Terrace where you will start the longest trip of the tour. The route will take you to the Atlantic west coast passing the famous Callanish Stones. From Carloway you will now follow the length of Lewis passing through the small villages to the most north westerly point of the Outer Hebrides and Europe, the Butt of Lewis lighthouse in Ness. Here the Hebridean Way route finishes but for you it is a turning point to the last leg of the route into Stornoway. You will be crossing the island from west to east ending in the capital town.
Time to celebrate your achievement and reflect on your Outer Hebridean cycle experience which we believe will be a memorable one.
No doubt there will be many stories over dinner and a few drinks in the local pubs.
Day 4: Return to Uig, Skye.
We will take you to Tarbert in Harris to meet your ferry back to Uig in Skye. Hoping to see you again on one of the other trips we will be organising.
We are not expecting you will be stopping during the ride, may even having lunch on the bike. As a group you can decide what suits you best. Also in case of a flat or mechanical you need to decided if you wait or if the group will continue.
Our support vehicle will be there to help and we will be arranging for a spare road bike on the trailer just in case.
All further details will be discussed when you are serious about taking this SPORTIVE on.
Jonny wants to offer you a cycling experience so you can enjoy the great Outer Hebrides outdoors.
It is a road trip and a bit of a short holiday break too.
Please contact our booking manager if you would like to receive more information.