Cycling is one of the best ways to experience the Outer Hebrides!  

But please take care on the roads.

The roads are mainly quiet, but there are some spots where the route can be busy with fast flowing traffic. There are also long distances where you will be travelling on single track roads.

  • Please keep to the left and always stop to let traffic travelling uphill pass
  • Be aware of other road users – please pull in and let traffic pass. At busy times, many local residents are driving to work or in a hurry to catch a ferry or indeed an emergency
  • If you require to leave your bicycle, leave it off road and not in the way of other road users
  • On occasions you may come across a doctor/nurse or volunteer firefighters/coastguard on their way to an emergency and they will flash their headlights to pass traffic – please pull in and let them pass - honestly they are not being impatient!
  • Beware of animals - sheep wandering along the road verges (and roads!). Take extra care as they may, at the last minute, decide to cross the road. Also look out for deer along the road verges as they can jump on to the road suddenly
  • Some roads are narrow single track roads. Please use passing places to allow cars behind to overtake and to allow cars coming towards you to keep moving
  • Most single track roads are wide enough for a bike and car to pass in safety as long as there are no potholes and both cyclist and driver slow down and take care. However there are roads that are very narrow and not enough room for both! You will need to let the car pass at the nearest passing place
  • Always leave passing places clear to allow traffic to keep flowing
  • As on any road, keep the size of the group manageable – split into a number of smaller groups if necessary. On single track, 3 or 4 should be the maximum – any more will not fit into a passing place!
  • Do not wear ear plugs! You will need all your senses to be sharp
  • We have had reports of folk being blown off their bikes at the Clisham in Harris - please take extra care when it is windy! 

You can read more on our local council website, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Safe Road Travel in the Outer Hebrides 

Làithean-saora, sàbhailte, sona dhuibh uile - Have a safe and happy holiday everyone