Cyclists will gaze in wonder at the seemingly endless number of causeways, lochs, lochans and water inlets as they pedal from the throng of nine Hebridean islands, including South Uist, Benbecula and North Uist.
On your route you’re sure to discover scenic views and swathes of wild flowers that line many beaches and backdrops as well as jaw-dropping white sandy beaches.
These islands have some of the most challenging off-road cycling in Britain as well as gentler road routes, which wind past sandy Atlantic shores and machair meadows. For such a compact geographical area, the Hebrides offer a world of diversity: from beaches and cliffs to hills formed on the oldest exposed rock in the world.
The Hebridean cycle route is an exciting long distance challenge route, island hopping and cycling from Barra in the south through South Uist, Benbecula and Harris and finally up to the Butt of Lewis on the Isle of Lewis. The quiet island roads, considerate drivers and stunning scenery provide the perfect backdrop for this challenging route.
Heading north on the Tarbert to Stornoway route is a wonderful one-day ride, passing stunning scenery including the fiord-like Loch Seaforth. The climbs can be steep and relentless but riders are rewarded with splendid views at the top looking towards Rhenigidale. After a demanding climb, the descent is a magnificent ride back down the other side of the hill.
The Isle of Lewis is generally a vast moor dotted with lochs and peat. The west of the island makes for an interesting cycle with lots of things to see along the way, including the broch at Dun Carloway and the Calanais standing stones. There is a useful quiet back road for cyclists, running north of the A858.