The Hebridean Way

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The Hebridean Way
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The Lonely Planet describes this as one of the 'Epic Rides of the World', and it is hard to disagree. The route twists and turns across 10 stunning islands of the Outer Hebrides, taking in remarkable scenery throughout. Sign up for a fully supported, catered, unforgettable 7 day experience.
The Hebridean Way
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Mon, 20 Sept 2021
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Oban, United Kingdom
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Oban, UK
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Monday, 20 Sept 2021
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The Hebridean Way
£700 - £2300
Route information
The Hebridean Way crosses ten stunning islands of the Outer Hebrides, and cycling the route is an unforgettable experience. The route twists and turns across the ten islands on a journey that is recgonised by Lonely Planet as one of the 'Epic Rides of The World'. Cycle Britain have an unrivalled knowledge of cycling in Britain, and they provide options from fully guided tours with premium accommodation to self-guided tours with baggage transfer.
This tour takes riders 240 miles over 10 islands, with 4 ferries and a whole host of incredible adventures in just 7 days. Cycling in the Hebrides will feel like returning to a quieter pace of life, with quiet country roads taking you past stunning white beaches, lofty 800 metre mountains and fertile grassy plains. Each of the 10 islands is totally unique and with the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean the abundance of flowers, wildlife and birdlife is remarkable.
Cycle Britain tours offer the best customer experience, going the extra mile to insure all riders enjoy the trip of a lifetime. Riders selecting a tour accommodation will receive 6 nights high quality accommodation, allowing you to recover and rest before the next day's cycling.
The fully guided supported tours will enjoy the support of the expert guides, support staff and guides who will carry your bags, distribute snacks and help with repairs. Not only that, but their enthusiasm, life experience and stories shared will bring the tour to life.
The supported self-guided tours include everything you need to complete an independent cycle tour. It includes accommodation, route and ferries.
And for the wilderness adventure seeker, the self guided Hebrides Tour will transfer your wild camping kit to pre-arranged wild camps to set up your tent for your arrival.
Day 1
Oban to Barra
8 miles
After a group meeting providing everyone a chance to meet each other, riders can enjoy a relaxed exploratory loop of Oban. At 13:30 the group will board the ferry to the Outer Hebrides. The 5 hour crossing will bring the group into Castlebay.
Day 2
Barra Loop
27 miles
The lap of Barra takes riders on single track roads past beautiful white beaches and wonderful coves. Traigh Mhor beach forms one of Britain’s most interesting airports as the sandy shore becomes a runway for the island. A notable stop on the loop is the southern tip of Vatersay, the most southern point of the journey and the official start of the Hebridean Way.
Day 3
Barra to North Uist
69 miles
The first big day of cycling takes in 6 islands: Barra, Eriksay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, and North Uist. A ferry will take the group from Barra to Eriksay in the morning, whilst all the other islands are linked by causeways and navigable by bike. The islands will be predominantly flat, with beautiful lochs and lochans.
Day 4
North Uist to Tarbert
53 miles
The day will begin in North Uist on the quiet single track roads. Riders will briefly land on Berneray Island before catching a ferry accross to the island of Harris. The west coast of Harris boasts some of the most spectacular beaches in Britain. The day will be full of wonderful and stunning scenery.
Day 5
Exploring Harris Beaches and Tarbert
50 miles
The group will remain on Harris for this day with a wonderful day of exploration. The team will show you the hidden gems of the island, including some remarkably beautiful beaches. The support team cook an incredible lunch on the Indian Kadai before returning to the accommodation in the evening.
Day 6
Tarbert to the Butt of Lewis
77 miles
The northern section of Harris Island is less green and more rugged, with mountains replacing machairs. Waves will crash against the ancient exposed rock, and upon reaching the Butt of Lewis, the group will have reached the end of the Hebridean Way. You will transfer to Stornoway for the celebratory final meal.
Day 7
Stornaway to Ullapool, Oban and home
0 miles
The tour finishes with the final ferry to Stornaway. At this point you can join the return travel home or continue your journey.
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What's included
  • Four ferries and vehicle support
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Fully supported tour from experienced and knowledgeable staff
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Mapping, route plans, detailed route notes & GPX or TCX files
  • Live tracking
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Free guide to nutrition, training and bike setup
How to get there
Oban, UK
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Event Transport
Cycle Britain are offering free transfers to Oban to any clients coming from the North of England.
Event Start
The event begins on the Scottish Mainland in Oban, where the group will catch the ferry to begin the adventure!
Event day logistics
This event is a 7 day tour along the Hebridean Way from the 20th to the 26th September. It includes accommodation, ferries, catering and baggage transfer.
Booking Options
There are a variety of options to suit your budget and preferences. The best hotel and guesthouse accommodation will be provided on Premium tours. A comfortable and memorable stay is guaranteed for all tours.
The Standard tours provide a great option and supported wild camping trips are also available for the wilderness experience.
All tour options include all ferries and support.
Premium Accommodation: Single Room
7 day tour with 6 nights premium accommodation. Based on single occupancy. Fully supported and guided tour with lunch, snacks, drinks and evening meals. (All ferries included)
Premium Accommodation: Shared Room
7 day tour with 6 nights premium accommodation. Shared room with another guest or person of your choice. Fully supported and guided tour with lunch, snacks, drinks and evening meals. (All ferries included)
Standard Accommodation
7 day tour with 6 nights standard bed & breakfast. Fully supported and guided tour with lunch, snacks and drinks. (All ferries included)
Standard Accommodation: Self Guided
7 day tour with 6 nights standard bed & breakfast. Self guided cycle tour with baggage transfer. (All ferries included)
Wild Camping: Self Guided
7 day supported wild camping tour (self guided). Route and camping locations included. Baggage transfer and ferries included. Tent assembled and ready. (All ferries included)
The tour includes 6 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* Hotels and Inns. Other booking options include Standard Bed and Breakfast accommodation and Wild Camping, where tents will be assembled and ready when you arrive each day.
The group will be provided with nutritious breakfasts, lunches, evening meals and snacks. Whilst you are on the route the Alex Wagon becomes a pop-up cafe providing nutritious lunches, snacks, and sports drinks throughout your ride.
On day 5 the support crew will prepare a delicious lunch on an Indian Kadai.
Riders will have Cycle Britain tour guides, komoot mapping and detailed route notes. You will receive GPX and TCX files that can be transferred onto Garmin and Wahoo devices. With detailed trip notes, komoot mapping and your guide, you can't go far wrong.
Luggage Transfer
Daily luggage transfer will carry your bags between hotels so you don’t have to! When you arrive at the hotel your bags will be waiting in your room for you. The support team will also manage your day-bag and ensure it’s available when you need something.
Mandatory Kit
You are required to provide your own bike and helmet. Get in touch with Cycle Britain if you have any questions regarding whether your equipment is appropriate.
Travel Insurance is also highly recommend.
Trip Suitability
The tour is suitable for riders of all fitness levels, as you can cycle as much or as little as you like with the support vehicle ready at any time when you have done enough for the day.
It is a Grade 4 Tour, 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.’
Leading up to the trip, Cycle Britain can help with your training program, providing Zwift sessions and training weekends in the Peak District. A training plan can be tailores to youur fitness, requirements and schedule.
What level of support is offered?
This trip has full vehicle support meaning everything you need is taken care of. The organiser will provide breakfasts, lunches and snacks and can offer advice on nutrition, equipment, preparation and training. They will also provide detailed route notes and GPX files.
What level of fitness do I need to be?
This tour is suitable for everyone as you can cycle as much or as little of each day as you like. There will be a support vehicle to put your bike into and transport you once you have done enough.
What level of ability do I need to be?
A high level of ability and experience is required for steep ground and long descents.
Can I wash my clothes on the trip?
There will be opportunities to wash clothes and leaders can take your items to a launderette.
Do you cater to vegans and vegetarians?
Absolutely! Inform the organiser in advance of any dietary requirements and they will be glad to cater to you.
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