Start : Vatersay
Distance: 185 miles
Terrain: Tarmac roads
Bike Types: Road Hybrid
Grading : Moderate, mostly flat
The Hebridean Way is a distance of 185 miles or 298 km stretching along the Outer Hebrides and is the country’s remotest cycle route. If you are a fast rider its approximately a 4 day ride unless of course you like to stop and explore or just take in the fanstastic scenary. There are changing vistas, wildlife, history and culture to savour.
There are ten islands and six causeways, of breathtaking views. It is National Cycle Network 780 from the Isle of Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis lighthouse. To get across the islands there are two ferries. The cycle route has been designed for the quietest and most picturesque routes.
You will see white shell beaches, eagles in the clear sky. You cannot get lost as the route is way-marked throughout.
You can start riding in a morning alongside blue seas and later heading inland through rugged hills consisting of Lewisian gneiss, one of the oldest rocks on the planet.
Take care when cycling the Hebridean Way. Many of the roads are narrow and often single track. Make use of passing places where possible and beware of animals on the road ! Also bear in mind that although the Hebridean weather is generally mild its very changable. Make sure you carry waterproof clothing and off course midge repellent.
You can find more information on some of the islands below.
VATERSAY & BARRA
These islands are the Outer Hebrides’ most southerly inhabited islands. Gorgeous coastlines, small island villages. If you sail on the ferry, you’ll dock at Castlebay on Barra before travelling south over the causeway to Vatersay.
ERISKAY & SOUTH UIST
The next isle is hilly Eriskay, reached via ferry from Ardmhor in Barra to Eriskay, and is three miles long. Then you will ride to South Uist, and see a mixture of crafts, ancient history and tall peaks.
In the early 1940s the ship S.S Politician sank carrying many crates of whisky. These were quickly snaffled by the residents inspiring a novel “Whisky Galore” by Sir Compton Mackenzie eventually being made into a film and later a remake. Watch out for the native Eriskay ponies on your ride.
Hebridean Way Route Map and GPX
Hebridean Way Accommodation
Hebridean Stay – Outer Hebrides Guest House
Failte – Small luxury bed and breakfast in Oban
Try the Ayrshire Coast Cycle Route: https://www.savvycycling.co.uk/bike-trails/ayrshire-coast-cycleway-scotland/