Bicycle touring the Hebrides, Scotland

In May 2012, I toured the Hebrides in Scotland by bicycle. This page is a round up of blog posts on that trip, including reports of each day and some practical thoughts and suggestions if you fancy travelling through this stunning part of Scotland by bicycle yourself.

Waiting for the ferry to Oban and homeCatching the ferry in Oban, my itinerary took in Barra, The Usits, Harris, Skye, Moidart and the Ardnamurchan and Mull. Although I don’t avidly record miles when I’m touring, the 300 or so I covered by road is manageable in a week.

My journey was blessed with superb weather by and large. I was lucky. The best piece of advice I can give any rider is to be prepared for the worst, including a bail out option should conditions really deteriorate.

That said, I wouldn’t want to put you off. Combining the bike and ferry in this part of the world is a wonderful experience and highly recommended.


Cycle touring the Hebrides – practicalities and gear thoughts

Day one and two: a false start

Day three: the Uists, when the wind blows

Day four: West is best on Harris?

Day 5: Skye High and Magnificent Morar

Day 6: Chris Young’s adventure, delays and a return to Loch Sunart

Day 7 and 8, Climbing the Ardnamurchan and time to Mull before home

If you have further questions, please drop me a line

6 thoughts on “Bicycle touring the Hebrides, Scotland

  1. I sailed to the outer hebirdes, to Castle Bay to start with then north to Stornoway back to Portsmoth single handed, I now want to ride on my Thorn Sherpa to the Hebrides, I would like to thank for all the good advise for kitting out to do this. You mentiond you were to change from a handle bar bag to a saddle bag, how would this fit on the front please, I’m not sure.

    1. Hi Roger, didn’t mean to confuse. I am going remove all the weight – such as it is – off the steering and move it to a saddlebag attached to the loops of my Brooks. I’ll keep all the valuables in a dry bag so I can jut grab them out of the saddlebag if I’m locking the bike somewhere or catching a ferry somewhere (here’s hoping). No experience of sailing but that sounds like a great trip!

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