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Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore,
Inverness-shire, Scotland, PH22 1QZ

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Western Isles Cycle Trip - £175

Western Isles Cycle Trip - £175

Suitable for young people 14 years old or older.  

Information on equipment and preparation at Information for Turas nan Eilean

Day 1 - Oban to Barra - 0 miles

We will meet in Oban and take the ferry to Barra. It might be easier for some to meet us in Barra depending on where they are travelling from. Having our tea on the boat, we will get to know each other and continue our preparation in Barra. Final checks of bikes and equipment plus a discussion of our route. A great adventure awaits us! Accommodation will be a hostel or camping.  

Day 2 - Barra to Howmore - 28 miles

Our first day in the saddle and we start by cycling on thw west side of Barra past the Atlantic Ocean on easy roads. Our first rest comes fairly quickly as we take the ferry to Eriskay. We then follow the roads, across the causeway to South Uist and onwards stopping now and again at interesting spots, shops and cafes. We will stay at Howmore or nearby.  

Day 3 - Howmore to Berneray - 32 miles

Flat roads and a wind hopefully behind us through South Uist, Benbecula and on to North Uist. Remember that we are also accommpanied by our van for all of the journey in case anyone needs just a wee bit extra support. We will stop and rest fairly often, keeping the team together and to see the sights of the islands. We are now developing a rhythm to our cycling. Accommodation in Berneray.  

Day 4 -Berneray to Scalladale- 31 miles

We start the day with the ferry through the Sounds of Harris over to Leveerburgh. It's an interesting route through skerries and islands. We make land at Leverburgh where we can stock up on any supplies we need. Our route takes us round the west side of Harris where there are some huge and beuatiful beaches (ice cream opportunity) and views as good as you will get anywhere. We can eat our lunch on the beach and afterwards continue to Tarbert, the main place in Harris. A few miles after Tarbert we are faced with the biggest challenge of the whole route - The Clisham. It's genuinelly isn't too bad though and with our bikes carrying very little (it's in the van) we should get to the top in about 30 minutes.. After this it's downhill the whole way to Scalladale and showers. 

Day 5 - Scalladale - Na Gearrannan - 35 miles

Safe in the knowledge that there are no major hills in front of us, we continue into Lewis. The team will be working well by now and we are on bigger roads meaning we don't have to deal with passing places. These roads will allow us to make good progress. Of course, we will have a chance to stop at Callanish to see the standing stones and at Carloway for the broch. We will stay at Gearrannan or nearby. 

Day 6 - Na Gearrannan to the Butt of Lewis - 28 miles

Our last day in the saddle and with the end in sight we will cycle the good roads of the west side of Lewis. As we are heading north east, there is a fair chance that we will have a following wind making the journey easier and more enjoyable. Now doubt there will be plenty of celebrations when we reach the end of our journey - the lighthouse at the Butt of Lewis. We will have come far, cycled in amazing places and made many new friends. It will have been well worth it. 

Later, we drive to Stornorway for food and relaxation and a well earned rest!

Day 7 - Stornoway to Inverness/Oban and home

We take the ferry to Ullapool and drive onwards to Inverness. If there is a need, we can consider support with onward travel for those going to Glasgow or Edinburgh. 

 

Tòiseach ¦ Start

Oban or Barra

Crìoch ¦ Finish

Stornoway or Ullapul

Amas ¦ Aims

To cycle from Barra to the Butt of Lewis as a team and visit various places on the way as well as making new friends.  This will be a personal and team challenge and will be Gaelic medium throughout.

An Turas ¦ The Journey

This is not a race.  The aim of the trip is to travel through the Western Isles with new friends, in a Gaelic medium environment and learn about and enjoy the various places on the way. 

The cycling will offer a challenge to all participants.  We will have a minibus with us which can carry luggage and support the group as required. 

Two qualified cycle leaders will accompany the group at all times and take decisions on routes, distances, timings and other factors which affect the participants

Taic ¦ Support

We will have a support vehicle with us which can transport luggage as required and those in need of a rest.  We don’t intend to use our vehicle to transport people unless this is necessary.  We intend to complete the journey on cycle. 

The support vehicle will not accompany us on the road but will stop and meet us a certain points and can be summoned by phone if necessary. 

Two members of staff will lead the trip; one in the support vehicle and the other leading the group. 

Àite-fuirich ¦ Accommodation

We intend to use local hostels for accommodation and cooking.  Other members of the public will most likely be at the hostels although we will endeavour to book private rooms for our group. 

Depending on each location, if necessary, some members may be required camp adjacent to the hostel and have access to its facilities.  Tents will be provided. 

Biadh ¦ Food

Food is included in the price.  We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner each day as well as a supper in the evening.  Any additional food required must be provided by participants. 

Slighe rothair ¦ Cycle terrain

In general, the route offers easy cycling on quiet roads.  The strength and direction of the wind and precipitation will be the main factors affecting the group.  In general, our direction of travel should allow us to use the wind to our advantage.

There are a few significant hills on route, particularly in Harris.  There is an ascent south of Tarbert to cross to the east of the island and the Cliseam ascent, north of Tarbert is steep and sustained for a mile.  If we stay at Rhenigidale, there is also a significant ascent over the bealach to get to the hostel. 

Our support vehicle can assist where participants do not want to attempt these ascents. 

In general the roads are off the single track, passing place variety in Barra and Uist.  North of Tarbert and into Lewis the roads are two way and slightly busier. 

Safety is our top consideration and we will ensure that participants cycle in an appropriate and responsible fashion at all times. 

Neart & Ullachadh ¦ Fitness & Preparation

Participants do not need to be elite cyclists to take this challenge on.  They should be familiar with cycling and bike handling however so that a long day in the saddle is not too much of a shock. 

Our view is that young people will be able to cycle the entire route, with the right physical and mental preparation.  That doesn’t mean a dedicated training regime prior to the trip but it does mean some longer cycles to build up awareness of tiredness and with their bike. 

It’s perfectly normal to feel tired on a trip like this or nervous about the next day.  We will support young people throughout the trip. 

Our support vehicle can carry luggage if required. 

Uidheamachd ¦ Equipment

A bike in good condition and familiar to the cyclist is a must for this trip.  The ideal bike is one designed for road touring although any dedicated road bike will be sufficient. 

Mountain bikes with road tyres and a comfortable cycling position are also appropriate.  The more efficient the bike, the easier the journey will be.  Therefore suspension is not an advantage or requirement on this trip.  In fact, any rear suspension in particular would be a significant disadvantage and slow progress. 

The first evening in Barra will see us make final bike preparations. 

Road cycling tyres are mandatory and off road mountain bike tyres not permitted. 

Other equipment should include a wind proof and waterproof jacket and trousers, cycling gloves, helmet, some method of carrying luggage, cycle spares and sunglasses. 

Lightweight, synthetic clothing is ideal and cycling shorts always make the journey more comfortable in the nether regions. 

 

Event Properties

Event Date 21-07-2019
Event End Date 26-07-2019
Capacity 12
Registered 1
Available place 11

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price Available place
Balach - Boy

Àite airson aon bhalach - A place for one boy

£175.00 5
Nighean - Girl

Àite airson aon nìghean - A place for one girl

£175.00 6
   
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