Just when you thought all the best cycling culture was mainland Europe prepare yourself for the surprise of a lifetime…
The Western Isles and Highlands of Scotland have kept their secret for many years and only a small lucky handful have really experienced and enjoyed this unspoiled corner of the United Kingdom… and what a place it is too!
European Cycling Tours are proud to bring you the ultimate ride through this spectacular region. Four days cycling the very best roads, taking in the very best scenery and hospitality this historic and breathtaking region can offer. On your journey, you will ride through Glens, over and down great Pass roads as well as circumnavigate spectacular Lochs famous throughout the world …and we haven’t even mentioned the cuisine, castles and culture you will also experience on this five star rated holiday cycling the auld world.
Total Distance: 320mi Total Ascent: 6,300m Max Alt: 626m Difficulty Grade: 3/5
5 Nights Next Departure: 16 July 2021 Discovery Factor: #5
Guide Price: £795pp*
Isle Of Skye
Old Man Of Storr
Eilean Donan Castle
Day 1 – Arrive Inverness – transfer to hotel. Schedule of recommended arrival times given on application. Build and check bikes before evening meal and early night.
Day 2 – Inverness to Fort William – 109km (68mi)
Day 3 – Fort William To Broadford (Isle of Skye) – 100km (62mi)
Day 4 – Ride Isle of Skye – 126km (79mi)
Day 5 – Broadford/Applecross Pass/Eileen Donan Castle – 122km (76mi)
Day 6 – Pack down bikes before transfer return to Inverness and journey home.
Experienced Cycle Leader(s), Full Vehicle Support including Driver/Mechanic, First Aiders, Luggage Transfer Through Trip, 4/5 star Hotel Accommodation (5 nights inc Breakfast), Transfer Return To Inverness from Finish Location
Travel to start location, Lunches, Evening Dinners
Bike Transfer To/From Inverness (Certain UK Locations Only), Bedroom Upgrade
As well as cycling through spectacular locations of the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland you will be staying in some of the very best lodgings and accommodation available. You will enjoy historic loch side hunting lodges, bay side hotels with unbroken views of the sounds of Skye, gourmet restaurants serving local fare and not to mention the occasional dram of the local whisky!
Recommended flight/rail information to Inverness will be given on your application. To help us help you, it is important you notify us of any extraordinary travel arrangements you may have that prevents you from arriving at the recommended times. Your personal bags will be carried by the support vehicle throughout the event.
We strongly ask your bikes to be transported by bike bags (semi-rigid/soft). Please do not arrive to the event with rigid bike travel boxes. Support vehicles will have limited space and are unable to stow large solid bike boxes as well as all luggage and equipment through the event. Please contact us with any questions regarding flight transport of your bike, we will be more than happy to discuss this further with you.
Weather & Kit
We can expect mostly ‘mixed’ weather patterns of sunshine and rain and cool temperatures in this region of the United Kingdom. With some luck we will stay dry and the sun will join us for the ride, but if not, remember to bring plenty of layers – not heavy coverings.
This is a road bike tour. Your bike should be well maintained and in good running order with suitable ‘road gears’ and brakes. A sports hybrid bike (with high gears) would also be suitable. We also welcome on to this tour of the Highlands applications from experienced eBike riders.
A full kit list will be issued in your ‘Joining Instructions’ document after your application. We would like to emphasise good quality wet weather gear and warm base/mid layers for your trip into the Western Isles. We will be glad to discuss any aspect of kit and your bike with you, please call us anytime with any questions.
Fitness & Training
This is a level 3 cycle event. You will be capable of riding comfortably up to 100km in a day and/or used to riding distances up to 80km over hilly terrain (minimum). If you have any doubt as to your fitness regarding participation in this event, please give us a call and we will be more than happy to chat with you.
Please arrive to the event ready to ride and not rely on ‘muscle memory’ or riding into ‘trip fitness’ – don’t let us or yourself (or others) down…please train to tour.
eBIKE RIDERS WELCOME
“Better organisation than Team Sky, Jason and Giles where awesome. Every thing ran so smoothly all we had to do was ride!” Richard Moore (Alpine TdF Velo Spectacular)
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“Well done folks …very professional indeed, 7days cycling together from Vienna to Milan is no joke …but thanks to you and your professionalism, support and determination the challenge is over with positive feelings…. thank you to all your very friendly team who also go out of their way to give you a memorable experience… Until the next one !!!”Mark Camilleri (Vienna To Milan Cycle Challenge)