Guided Fat Bike tours along golden, sandy beaches, through varied woodland and along quiet tracks, stopping for a brew-up along the way. Opportunities to look for wildlife as you cycle along along experiencing the natural heritage of Islay.
Why Fat Bikes? Fat Bikes allow visitors an exciting way of exploring and experiencing the coast with access to beaches and tracks looking for wildlife, exploring Islay’s natural wonders and historical sites. Due to their 4 inch balloon tyres Fat Bikes are particularly ideal for beach riding where they can float over sand and pebbles giving wonderful access to this amazing environment. Not only that, they are amazing fun, simple to ride and no heavier than any normal bike. Do read our reviews on TripAdvisor.
We have four main routes and many other options too;
• Explore the 5 mile long Big Strand beach from the airport (flat)
• Three Distilleries pathway with otter tracking along the route (some small hills)
• Kintra Hill Track past Frachdale village and forest track. (moderately hilly)
• Kilnaughton to Port-an-Eas waterfall (hilly)
Other rides can include Bridgend woods, Staoisha to Bunnahabhain, Feolin ferry towards the base of the Paps (Jura). We are very happy to discuss your requirements with you and tailor a trip to suit your needs and wishes.
Respecting Nature: All of our routes and activities take in to account respect for our natural environment and minimising our impact as much as possible. For instance, with its large and varied bird population Islay has nesting sites that must be avoided during breeding season. Otter watching is also carried out respectfully with disturbance to the otters being minimised. We regularly liaise with the RSPB and seek their guidance in these matters.
Qualifcations: our leaders are MIAS level 2 qualifed guides (Mountain bike Instructors Award Scheme) we also have REC First Aid qualifcations.
We currently offer half day adventures at £50 per person. Maximum group size is limited to five. If you don’t have much time shorter rides can be agreed.
Kayak Wild Islay provide Fat Bikes and Helmets and gloves. All you need to enjoy your ride is either shorts or leggings (reflective bands are available for trousers) a waterproof jacket, trainers or sturdy shoes/boots and a yearning for exploration and adventure!