Le phare du Butt of Lewis, île de Lewis

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Hebridean Way Cycling Route

So, you've decided to discover the enchanting Outer Hebrides. Fabulous choice! Why not travel by bike, and have the ride of a lifetime? The Hebridean Way Cycling Route is a 185-mile (297km) route, crossing 10 islands in the archipelago. 

Our itinerary highlights exciting things to see and do and attractions along the way which will sometimes include slight detours from the official route. You can find more information on cycling the Hebridean Way, including maps and mileages per day, as well as bike hire and other travel tips.

Départ / Arrivée
Vatersay / Lewis
  • Jours
  • Distance
    185 Miles

    296 km
  • Moyen de transport
  • Thème principal
Lieux d’intérêt
Luskentyre Sands
Calanais Standing Stones
Kisimul Castle
Traigh Mhor Beach
Harris Tweed
Isle of Harris Distillers
Régions couvertes

Jour 1 Vatersay & Barra

Moyen de transport:
À pied

These two quiet islands are the Outer Hebrides' most southerly inhabited islands. With fresh legs, you'll be introduced to the incredible landscape of the Outer Hebrides, passing beautiful coastlines and navigating through tiny island villages.

The ride starts at the obelisk in the village of Vatersay, and then travels over a causeway to Barra.

If you're travelling by ferry, sail into Castlebay on Barra before travelling southwards to the route start point.

  • Vatersay Vatersay

    East Beach, Island of Vatersay, Outer Hebrides

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins, all rights reserved.

    This small isle boasts views across to the uninhabited isles of Sandray, Pabbay and Mingulay, and is the home to large colonies of migrating seabirds. Stop by the fascinating Dun Caolis burial chamber, which survives from the Neolithic era.

    Plus d’infos sur : Vatersay
  • Barra Les Hébrides extérieures

    Barra Airport, Traigh Mhor Beach, Isle Of Barra.

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

    Barra has some of Scotland's most stunning beaches, famous for their white sands and Carribbean-like azure seas.

    From Castlebay, go for a wander up Heaval, Barra's highest point at 383 m. Or take a five minute boat trip from Castlebay to the medieval Kisimul Castle, also known as the 'Castle in the Sea', which sits dramatically on a rocky islet in the bay.

    You can watch scheduled flights fly into Barra Airport - this unique runway sits dramatically on the sands of Traigh Mhor Beach.

    Plus d’infos sur : Barra
    Les Hébrides extérieures

Jour 2 Eriskay & South Uist

Moyen de transport:
À pied

The next isle along the route is the delightfully hilly Eriskay, which can be reached via ferry from Ardmhor in Barra to Eriskay, and measures just 3 miles long. From there, you'll travel up to South Uist,  where you'll discover a mixture of crafts, ancient history and towering peaks on the east side. 

  • Eriskay Les Hébrides extérieures

    Am Baile, Isle of Eriskay, Outer Hebrides

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins, all rights reserved.

    In 1941, cargo ship S.S Politician sank off the north coast, whilst carrying rather a lot of whisky. The goods were salvaged by the islanders, inspiring the novel Whisky Galore by Sir Compton Mackenzie. Learn all about it and enjoy a dram in the Am Politician, the island's only pub.

    Plus d’infos sur : Eriskay
    Don't miss

    Don't forget to look out for the native Eriskay ponies.

    Les Hébrides extérieures
  • South Uist Les Hébrides extérieures

    The beach near Bornish on the west coast of South Uist. Pure white sand in a wide sweeping bay and deep turquoise waters, with mountains beyond.

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins, all rights reserved.

    Discover the fascinating history of South Uist - the birthplace of Flora MacDonald, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie evade capture, and home to the crumbling ruins of Ormiclate Castle, believed to date back to the 1200s.

    Travel north over the causeway across the picturesque Loch Bee, and can admire the local craftsmanship and purchase a gift or token from the little shop, Hebridean Jewellery.

    Stop for a well-earned bite to eat in the cosy Orasay Inn, which offers a delicious range of meals.

    Plus d’infos sur : South Uist
    Did you know?

    South Uist is home to Askernish Golf Course, the oldest course in the Outer Hebrides.

    Les Hébrides extérieures

Jour 3 Benbecula & Grimsay

Jour 4 North Uist & Berneray

Jour 5 Harris

Jour 6 Lewis

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