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Date details
30th Apr 2022 – 7th May 2022
Location
Outer Hebrides
Difficulty
3/5
Duration
7 nights, 8 days
Group size
Max 15
Activity
Cycle
Price
£850
Meeting point
Glasgow

Trip Summary

Our Annual Epic for 2022 takes to the remote and wonderous Outer Hebrides for a 8-day Gaelic adventure, crossing six Hebridean islands via causeway linkages, ferries and boats. Early morning swims in the Atlantic and white shell sand, average 55 miles (mainly) flat days (with a few bumps on Harris) we start in Vatersay and arrive, 7 days later to the beautiful Butt of Ness on the Northernmost tip of Lewis.

We meet in Glasgow on Saturday 30th April, spending the evening getting to know each other and the city before heading on the 8am train to Oban where we take our ferry to Castlebay, Barra. Across the next 6 days we cycle north, from Barra to Eriskay, South Uist, North Uist, Benbercula, Harris and Lewis, travelling back from Stornoway to Ullapool and then across to Inverness. Trains from Inverness from 4pm Saturday 7th or stay with us an extra night and head on Sunday morning bright and early.

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Route and riding

What's Nice?

Each island is different. Vatersay and Barra (joined by a beautiful winding causeway) are undulating picturesque and small islands, with white shell sands and emerald green water. We ferry to Eriskay and cycle from there through South Uist, North Uist to Benbecula, a stunning two-day ride that goes through barren, remote flatlands towards the northern, hilly landscape of Benbercula. From here we ferry to Harris, hitting the stunning beaches of Lluskentyre, Eoropie, Dalmore.. to name just a few.

Vibe

This is some nice riding along quiet lanes and roads as we wind northwards with the wind (hopefully) behind us. First three days are relatively flat with some hills up towards Harris. Some shorter days around 50mile to allow for extra swim and chill time in the pretty villages on these remote islands.

Travel there and back

Get yourself to Glasgow for Saturday evening (30th April) and a train back to Inverness on Saturday 7th from 6pm or Sunday 8th. We'll take care of the rest!

Meet your Guides!

Rosie Riley

Rosie Riley

Co-Founder/Director of Adventure Uncovered, writer and dedicated North Sea surfer who settles for cycling, running and outdoor swimming when in London. Advocate and promoter of sustainability and clean technology in the UK corporate sector and developing countries.

Joe Reid

Joe Reid

Joe Reid is the Founder of Brake the Cycle, a company that takes groups on bike tours across the UK and Europe. From epic adventures such as Lands End - John O’Groats to weekend retreats combining cycling and yoga, all their tours boast a unique, sustainability infused twist.

Shalyn Wilkins

Shalyn Wilkins

Since joining her first Brake the Cycle trip, Shalyn has been hooked on adventuring by bike. Having now converted countless friends and family (and sometimes even strangers) to the joys of biking, Shalyn joins us to lead rides and share her infectious enthusiasm for exploring by bike, opportunistic yoga, sharing good food and camping under the stars. It's also quite possible that Shalyn holds the record for the most puncture-repairs in a calendar year - so we're glad to be in experienced hands.

James Ballantyne

James Ballantyne

James's first Brake the Cycle trip was back in 2015 when he cycled LEJOG. Since then he's crewed on many trips, across 5 different countries. James loves languages and can speak French, Spanish and Italian as well as his native English. When not cycling James works as a civil servant on UK government climate change policy.

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