UK - Scotland - Hebridean Explorer - Mountain Bike Holiday
- A fantastic journey by bike through the Outer Hebrides
- Seven unspoilt islands
- Great trails and exciting boat rides
- Awesome scenery, wild hills and clean white beaches
- Great food, hospitality and malt whisky!
- History, culture and wildlife
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|1||Ferry to South Uist||Non Biking Day|
|2||Lochboisdale to Lochmaddy||47 Miles / 75 Kms Approx.||530 Metres||B L|
|3||Lochmaddy to Tarbert||46 Miles / 74 Kms Approx.||940 Metres||B L|
|4||Isle of Scalpay & Lochannan Lacasdail||28 Miles / 46 Kms Approx.||1010 Metres||B L|
|5||Tarbert to Callinish||51 Miles / 82 Kms Approx.||1200 Metres||B L|
|6||Callinish to the Butt of Lewis||37 Miles / 59 Kms Approx.||590 Metres||B L|
|7||Return Ferry||Non Biking Day||B|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
Is there nothing Skedaddle cannot do?
Day 4 in particular was our favourite, the variety of riding, differing terrains, stops and the rib rides were all terrific. And how on earth did Skedaddle arrange the varying weather conditions culminating in glorious sunshine. Is there nothing you guys cannot do?!
All of the days provided different challenges with variety, concluding with a more relaxed day in the saddle with a few more sightseeing stops. Almost perfect in my opinion! The guides were all friendly and extremely helpful throughout and the tour leader had very clear instructions on and off the road, with the riders safety paramount in his mind.
The pre holiday service was very good, we received all the info required, and the pre-holiday phone call and email from Skedaddle was a nice personal touch, very reassuring.
Ian, Hertfordshire, UK
I have always wanted to see the Western Isles...
I have always wanted to see the Western Isles & the combination of ferry, inflatable boat, on-road, off-road and travel in the Saddle-Skedaddle van was perfect to experience the variety of scenery, historic features, island culture, bird and sea life, and something of ordinary life in Outer Hebrides. It was an adventure and challenge for both my husband and I, and would have been impossible without the support from the other cyclists and the S-S guides. The weather & prevailing wind certainly helped too!
Travel arrangements were good; briefings as needed; good rapport between the guides and cycling group. Technical and mechanical assistance freely & willingly given. Four very understanding & patient guides. Not hassling those of us riding at the back but always encouraging when needed. Guides who obviously love the outdoors, cycling and sharing their experiences. Guides who know the hoteliers; local weaver; historic and local features – be it community hall lunch or distillery. And knowing which lay by or rest place is best for the next “catch-up” Enjoyed the mix of accommodation; B&B + hotel; and welcomed the two-night stops. The snacks and lunches provided from the S-S “refreshment” van were excellent; plenty of variety and well presented. Loved the salads.
My favourite day was probably on the Isle of Harris with its coastline contrast from west to east; golden road; the “hidden” modern homes; and the mountain bike bridge and hill challenge. The South Uist sand dunes were also a marvellous introduction to what was to come. The impromptu music group on Mallaig ferry crossing helped to set the scene. Other highlights were yoga on the sand dunes; challenge of blowing the post horn. The pre holiday information was always sufficient to help make decisions, and the office staff were understanding and answering any queries.
I’d definitely say that this holiday was good value for money when you see the level of support S-S provide during the week and the standard of accommodation!
Christine, North Yorkshire
An unforgettable trip!
Thank you for a unique and wonderful tour of the Outer Hebrides! A magical trip in which changed every day. From the birds, seals, otters and other wildlife in South Uist to scenic Lochmaddy with its numerous Lochans. A ferry trip progressed us to Harris with its sweeping hills and valleys with stunning singletrack accompanied by Sea Eagles aloft. Moving North, high mountain passes took us across to Lewis by boat and bike and the ancient stones of Callinish. History and culture followed with Brochs, Blackhouses and weavers cottages before a final tour across moorland to the Butt of Lewis, cliffs and more sealife. Great weather, good company and super guides made this an unforgettable trip!
Most likely I'll do the Hebridean Explorer trip again next year!
I’m always pleasantly surprised to see how Skedaddle manage to find and secure very suitable and comfortable accommodation in some rather remote places. I have experienced the opposite from other bike adventure tour organisers in very salubrious countries – eg. Switzerland. Well done SS!!
As we, return ‘offenders’ to Saddle Skedaddle trips, we know the refreshments, and especially the picnic lunches, are legendary :-)) Feeding myself during a long day in the saddle is always a bit of a mission, I tend to ‘forget’ until it’s too late. But with the frequent food & drinks stops this problem is erased. The presentation is always splendid, fresh and quite frankly just yummy!!
Given the somewhat limited possibilities available on the Western Isles SS have picked out the best there is and, from this short impression of the Hebrides, cannot imagine that there is room for improvement. I think for a level 2 / 3 tour it’s as perfect as can be.
Being on tour with Steve is always very entertaining, and he certainly keeps one on your toes – I mean from the whiplash repartee that goes on all the time. Added to this he is very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the region.
This was the 1st time I’ve been on tour with Tony, and I certainly hope it was not the lsat time!! A fine guide with a good sense of how to subtly encourage a not-so-strong biker into achieving far more than he/she thought themselves capable of! I know Tony & Steve have a verrry long track record of guiding together & it shows in their easy going and yet professional execution of their responsibilities.
Most likely I’ll do the Hebridean Explorer trip again next year.
This holiday was a brilliant way to see the Western Isles. There was something for the roady as well as us off roaders. I love the idea of our luggage being taken to the next destination. Our guides were not just cycling guides, they made sure we saw all the sights and told us about interesting information about them and made sure we enjoyed every moment. They supplied good nourishing food on the way and we had really good quality hotel accommodation.
With Skedaddle I am paying for the best!
I feel I pay more for a Skedaddle holiday than I might with a competitor, but although I have not used anyone else, the standards I see in accommodation, the guides and the care provided by Skedaddle make me feel I am paying for the best.
The guides worked very well together, anticipating our needs and providing what was necessary. Also they talked to us and found out what we wanted and did their best to ensure we got what we wanted. Very reassuring on the day the RIB was cancelled, they had numerous fallback plans rather than rely on something and hope.
David, Isle of Man
A holiday I will always remember!
Steve as I’m sure you know is a fantastic tour leader. Clearly he and the other guides did a tremendous amount of work much of it we didn’t see or didn’t notice simply because the trip ran so seamlessly. He made it a great trip.
Tony and Charlie were wonderful guides too. They were kind, personable, wonderfully enthusiastic, and as with my comment above clearly worked very hard to make it a great trip. They made me feel so welcome on the trip, which particularly helped me as I was travelling solo. Together with Steve I can’t imagine any better guides to have. Though the Outer Hebrides are beautiful and the cycling was great it was Steve, Tony, Charlie and the other clients that made it a holiday that I’ll always remember.
Skedaddle lunches are legendary.
Skedaddle lunches are legendary, as are the general refreshments throughout the day. You never go hungry on a Skedaddle holiday!! Hard to say which was my favourite day, it was all brilliant. The day of bikes and boats was incredible, but the circular ride the following following day was probably my favourite ride of all, with an incredible lunch spot. One of our guides was particularly fantastic. He sorted everything out quickly, efficiently and without fuss. The other guides were all fab too!
Day 4 was my favourite day. The combination of biking, boating and stunning scenery would be enough for a top day. Add on the sharks, dolphins, puffins and seals and we had an unforgettable one!
Nothing was too much trouble.
The day we did most technical riding as that is my favourite, however, I was aware this was more road. Oh, and the boat trip day finishing at Callanish! Our tour leader was excellent. Great knowledge of the area, cycling, and was organised and kept everyone in the right place at the right time. Nothing was too much trouble.
Andrea, North Yorkshire
Hard to pick my favourite day!
Hard to pick my favourite day as they were all memorable and I liked them all. The ‘big’ day (5) was VERY memorable and wonderful. Day 1 was beauty and remoteness enhanced. Day 3 was also pure fun through the rolling hills of heather. The lodge in Laggen was extra extra special with some of the best food I have ever had and way better than the food we had in Paris the week prior! The Altnaharra also had Exceptional food.
Guides were professional, relaxed and entertaining
All the days were great but the circular trip from Tarbert to Scalpay with a lovely off-road section was my favourite – the weather was perfect and the scenery spectacular. Both Steve and Tony were excellent guides providing a professional but relaxed and entertaining approach to our rides. They were very encouraging and supportive. They were knowledgeable regarding the history and life in the islands and worked hard to ensure we had a great time. Lunches were great!
Ruth R, Yorkshire
Both Steve and Alan are great guys and made the trip extra special and lots of fun.
The guide Tony was brilliant, attention to detail, organisation and planning was spot on, he and Francis were great, made sure we had plenty of food! Like best the days 2, 3 and 4 – some good off-road sections plus scenery was spectacular.
Well prepared lunches by Francis and Tony, tasty, plenty of snacks. Both were excellent guides, pointed out places of interest, never rushed us when we were taking a look at things, good humour, helpful, attended to our bikes, oiling, washing them etc.
Deborah, West Yorkshire
Excellent logistics all round
Great company for the keen cyclist. Excellent logistics all round. Food and communication very good value for money considering the logistics.
Malcom, West Midlands
Guides were professional. knowledgeable and entertaining
Our tour guide Steve was professional, knowledgeable and entertaining. The lunches were excellent too!
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6 nights B&B/Hotels – twin share basis
Breakfast & lunch provided on most days
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Ferry & local boat services included
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Last Updated: 05/04/2018