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Mountain bike the trail that links seven Hebridean Islands

Wilderness Scotland has a 7-Day Hebridean Trail holiday for £995.

THE Hebridean Islands have a certain magic no matter what time of year.

But the likes of South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Berneray, Scalpay, Harris and Lewis are all separated by water which makes visting each one that bit tricker and time consuming.

Walking these islands is a regular adventure for many but it’s the dramatic biking tracks on ancient paths and trails which has fired up the imaginations of the tour leaders at Wilderness Scotland.

And this is why us here at Adventure 52 are ultra-excited about a brand new 280km mountain bike journey over seven Hebridean Islands which is called the 7-Day Hebridean Trail.

The route has taken years of thought and preparation to put together (imagine the logistics of getting between islands and making sure you get to ride and see the best routes on each one).

Now thanks to the hard work by the team at Wilderness Scotland we can now ride these islands in just seven days.

The 7-day Hebridean Trail costs £995 and includes quality accommodation, most meals, equipment, guiding and backup.

Totally awesome. Go book it. Now.

Departures start in May and then  run in June and in September.

Cycle the mountain biking trail that links seven Hebridean Islands –  Planned Itinerary

Day 1 – Inverness to the Island of South Uist: travel to South Uist via ferry from Oban.

Day 2 – Lochboisdale to Lochmaddy, Island of North Uist: we set off on the Hebridean Trail, following the beautiful machair on the west coast of South Uist and on to North Uist. Ride distance 71km.

Day 3 – Lochmaddy to Tarbet, Isle of Harris: continuing north, we cycle along the coast road to Berneray and catch the ferry across the Sound of Harris to Leverburgh. We head north west and the afternoon riding some fine singletrack. Ride distance 62km.

Day 4 – Reinigeadal & Isle of Scalpay: options today include tackling one of Scotland’s rarely ridden classic off-road routes or taking it easy exploring the Isle of Scalpay and the area around Tarbert. Ride distance 35km.

Day 5 – Tarbert to Callinish, Isle of Lewis: an unforgettable day of island adventure as we combine mountain bikes with a couple of short boat rides by RIB to open up the otherwise inaccessible west coast of Harris and the Isle of Lewis. Ride distance 53km.

Day 6 – Callanish to the Butt of Lewis: our final day follows the west coast of Lewis. Heading north, we switch between coastal trail and road as we edge nearer to the end of our island journey. Ride Distance 64km

Day 7 – Return to Inverness via Ullapool: we continue to Stornoway and board the ferry back to Ullapool on the mainland, continuing on to Inverness where the trip ends.

About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after meeting so many like-minded people who love all kinds of adventure activities. He started out as pilot in the RAF, has worked as a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as an editor and journalist for motorcycling, aviation and adventure magazines.

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