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Cycling

Cycling in the Outer Hebrides is a great way to discover our islands – offering an opportunity to really experience the unique identity of the area. 

With cycling routes in the Western Isles on offer to suit all ages and abilities, and minimal traffic on many island roads, cycling holidays in the Hebrides can be as leisurely or as challenging as you choose – from the easy rides offered round South Uist or Berneray to the breathtaking ascents of the Harris Hills, or dedicated mountain bike trails such as those in the grounds of Lews Castle in Stornoway.

Choose to bring bicycles to the Outer Hebrides, or take advantage of a number of establishments offering bike hire in the Western Isles.

Want to explore Scottish islands by bike? Pedal your way along stunning coastal paths, or choose to Western Isles MTB trails over mountain and moor – with each one of our amazing islands offering an exciting, enriching Outer Hebrides cycling experience.

Feel the wind in your hair and taste the sea sprays and you pedal towards a never-ending Atlantic horizon, or stop and spot the superb Outer Hebridean flora and fauna along your Western Isles cycle route.

Cycling the Western Isles and mountainbiking in the Outer Hebrides are great ways to really discover Life on the Edge here in our islands.

Cycle Barra and Vatersay

If you choose to explore Barra and Vatersay by bicycle, be aware that the Isle of Vatersay, and south and west coast of the Isle of Barra are undulating, while the east coast around the primary settlement of Castlebay is more rugged. The north of the island is relatively flat but very scenic.

Cycle Eriskay, Benbecula, South Uist, Grimsay, North Uist and Berneray

The rocky Isle of Eriskay offers some challenging hills for cyclists visiting the Western Isles, but on South Uist the going is relatively flat. Care should be taken as you ride across the causeways that link the smaller islands, Benbecula and the Uists, however the scenery and birdlife on view along these Outer Hebrides cycling trails make it well worth making a stop or two. Head off the beaten track and take the circular road to ride your bike around Grimsay to ensure that you have missed nothing of our amazing islands!

Cycling breaks on the west coast of North Uist are breathtaking. The scenery is spectacular and the going is relatively good. The east coast route between Carnan and Lochmaddy is on a wider faster road with some testing hills.

Cycle Lewis and Harris

If you are cycling on Lewis and Harris you can choose from the breathtaking west coast of Harris with its numerous expanses of white sandy beaches or the incredibly rugged and twisting east coast road with its views across to the Isle of Skye and beyond. Be aware that both routes involve some very challenging hills.

To travel between Harris and Lewis on a bike requires a journey over the North Harris Hills where you will work your way up the highest hill in the Outer Hebrides before dropping down steeply towards the shores of Loch Seaforth.

The road between the Lewis/Harris boundary and Leurbost is another which undulates across our islands. Leurbost is the meeting point of two popular Scottish island cycling routes – connecting it with Uig, Bernera and the Westside or Stornoway and the north

North of Leurbost the Isle of Lewis is relatively flat although if you choose to cycle on the Isle of Lewis in the Uig and Bernera District, be prepared for some challenging hills.

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  1. Scaladale Centre

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    Scaladale Centre

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    Multi-activity Centre

    Scaladale offers coasteering, kayaking, gorge walking, climbing and abseiling, mountain biking, hill walking, raft building, archery, dinghy sailing and boat trips.

  2. Hebridean Way; Stage 3a - Clachan to Berneray (west)

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    Hebridean Way; Stage 3a - Clachan to Berneray (west)

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    Cycle Routes

    Isle Of North Uist

    Stage 3a of the 150 mile ride along the length of the Outer Hebrides. This option goes around the west side of North Uist covering 20 miles and taking 2-3 hours

  3. Hebridean Way; Stage 4a: Leverburgh to Tarbert (east)

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    Hebridean Way; Stage 4a: Leverburgh to Tarbert (east)

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    Cycle Routes

    Isle Of Harris

    The east coast option from Leverburgh to Tarbert - a mere 17miles but with over 1200m of ascent it will take the best part of 3 hours and possibly longer...

  4. Hebridean Way; Stage 5 Tarbert to Carloway

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    Hebridean Way; Stage 5 Tarbert to Carloway

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    Cycle Routes

    Isle Of Harris

    Stage 5 of the Hebridean Way from Tarbert in Harris to Carloway in Lewis - a distance of 45 miles that will take 4-5 hours and longer if you stop to enjoy the antiquities along the way.

  5. Hebridean Way: Stage 1 - Vatersay to Daliburgh

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    Hebridean Way: Stage 1 - Vatersay to Daliburgh

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    Cycle Routes

    Isle Of Barra

    Stage 1 of the 150 mile cycle ride along the length of the Outer Hebrides - 25 miles taking circa 3 hours plus ferry from Barra to Eriskay

  6. Hebridean Way; Stage 2 - Daliburgh to Clachan

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    Hebridean Way; Stage 2 - Daliburgh to Clachan

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    Cycle Routes

    Isle Of South Uist

    Stage 2 of the 150 miles route along the length of the Outer Hebrides - 31 miles taking 3-4 hours

  7. Hebridean Way; Stage 3b - Clachan to Berneray (east)

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    Hebridean Way; Stage 3b - Clachan to Berneray (east)

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    Cycle Routes

    Isle Of North Uist

    Alternative route around the east side of North Uist covering 17 miles and taking roughly 2 hours

  8. Castle Grounds

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    Castle Grounds

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    Walks

    Isle of Lewis

    Great walks, cylce paths, mountain bike trail and scenery overlooking Stornoway Harbour.

  9. Hebridean Way; Stage 4b Leverburgh to Tarbert (west)

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    Hebridean Way; Stage 4b Leverburgh to Tarbert (west)

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    Cycle Routes

    Isle Of Harris

    Stage 4b of the Hebridean Way covering 19 miles that will take between 2 and 3 hours.

  10. Hebridean Way; Stage 6 Carloway to the Butt of Lewis

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    Hebridean Way; Stage 6 Carloway to the Butt of Lewis

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    Cycle Routes

    Isle Of Lewis

    The final stage of the Hebridean Way from Carloway to the Butt of Lewis; a distance of 25 miles that will take 2-3 hours

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