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9781852846435
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17.2 x 11.6 x 2.0cm
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304
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12 Jun 2012
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Cycling in the Hebrides

Island touring and day rides

by Richard Barrett
Book published by Cicerone Press

Cycling in the Hebrides is a comprehensive guidebook of routes, day rides and suggested island cycle tours throughout the Inner and Outer Hebrides and the Firth of Clyde with ferry schedules and timings. Routes range from rides suitable for a weekend break to a challenging 600-mile tour covering the entire region.

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Description

Island hopping through the Hebrides and the islands in the Firth of Clyde by bike is a magical and varied experience.

The islands give a range of riding conditions that vary from the steep hills of Arran and Skye to the windswept peat moors of the Western Isles. Coll and Tiree barely rise above sea level and provide easy rides as long as there is little wind, rides on Mull are challenging whatever the weather, while visitors to a compact island like Great Cumbrae will find a surprising variety of cycling in a small area.

Strictly speaking the Hebrides run from Islay in the south to Lewis in the north. However Arran and the other islands in the Firth of Clyde are included here to maximise island hopping possibilities. As a result this guidebook includes routes on all the major islands served from the ferry ports on the west coast of Scotland.

This guidebook caters for those who are cycle touring and those who simply want to get in a few rides while they are on holiday in the Hebrides. So, whether you’re putting together a fortnight’s tour or just enjoying a few day rides from a single base, this comprehensive guidebook is packed with useful information to make the most of your trip.

If you are cycle touring, you can use this guidebook to plan your own tour through the islands in the Forth of Clyde and the Hebrides. Routes are numbered by chapter with certain routes tagged as 'link routes'. These intersect with other link routes, ferry ports and railway stations giving you complete flexibility and lots of alternatives.

  • 22 link routes and 11 suggested tours, ranging from weekend breaks to 600-mile epics
  • over 35 day routes, covering all the essential sights in the Hebrides, with details of history and wildlife
  • all illustrated with colour maps, profiles and photographs
  • Seasons
    best from Spring to early autumn (April to September)
  • Centres
    Arran, Bute, Great Cumbrae, Gigha, Islay, Jura, Colonsay, Mull, Coll, Tiree, Kerrera, Lismore, the Slate Islands, Skye, Raasay, Rhum, Barra, South and North Uist, Harris and Lewis as well as the mainland ferry ports of Ullapool, Mallaig, Oban, Kennacraig and Ardrossan
  • Difficulty
    suitable for any reasonably fit cyclist to enjoy
  • Must See
    skimming the white-sand beaches of Tiree and Harris on long coastal excursions; tackling the hilly terrain of Skye and Arran on inland trips; crossing the windswept peat moors of the Western Isles

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Contents

Contents
INTRODUCTION
Terrain
Wildlife and plants
History and culture
Getting there
Getting around
The weather and when to go
Where to stay
Preparing your bike
Preparing yourself
Planning your trip
What and how to pack
Riding comfortably
Riding in a group
Using this guide
Suggested tours
Maps and itineraries
1 CLYDE AND KINTYRE
Introduction
Link Routes
1A Gourock to Ardrossan
1B Dunoon to Portavadie
1C Auchenbreck to Rothesay
1D Brodick to Lochranza
1E Claonaig to Tayinloan
1F Kennacraig to Oban
Day Routes
1.1 Circuit of south Arran
1.2 Circuit of north Arran
1.3 Circuit of Great Cumbrae
1.4 Circuit of Bute
1.5 Gigha
2 COLONSAY, ISLAY AND JURA
Introduction
Link Routes
2A Port Ellen to Port Askaig
Day Routes
2.1 South coast of Islay
2.2 Circuit of northwest Islay from Bridgend
2.3 Circuit of central Islay from Bowmore
2.4 Circuit of southwest Islay (The Rhinns)
2.5 Craighouse and back from Feolin Ferry
2.6 Circuit of Colonsay
3 MULL, COLL AND TIREE
Introduction
Link Routes
3A Craignure to Tobermory
3B Lochaline to Salen
3C Salen to Kilchoan
3D Salen to Mallaig
Day Routes
3.1 Slate Islands
3.2 Kerrera
3.3 Circuit across Lismore from Oban
3.4 Circuit of central Mull
3.5 Circuit of northern Mull
3.6 Out to Iona
3.7 Coll
3.8 Circuit of west Tiree
3.9 Fishbone ride in east Tiree
4 SKYE AND RAASAY
Introduction
Link Routes
4A Ullapool to Armadale
4B Stromeferry to Uig
Day Routes
4.1 Across the Sleat Peninsula from Armadale
4.2 Elgol and back from Broadford
4.3 A three-legged ride from Carbost
4.4 Around the Duirinish Peninsula
4.5 Circuit of the Trotternish Peninsula
4.6 Circuit of central Skye
4.7 Skye Bridge/Glenelg circuit from Kyle of Lochalsh
4.8 Raasay
5 BARRA AND THE UISTS
Introduction
Link Routes
5A Castlebay to Lochboisdale
5B Dalabrog to Clachan
5C Clachan to Berneray
5D Clachan to Berneray Junction
Day Routes
5.1 Circuit of Barra and Vatersay
5.2 South Uist machair from Tobha Mor
5.3 Circuit of North Uist
6 HARRIS AND LEWIS
Introduction
Link Routes
6A Leverburgh to Tarbert (west)
6B Leverburgh to Tarbert (east)
6C Tarbert to Stornoway
6D Liurbost to Barabhas
6E Stornoway to Butt of Lewis
Day Routes
6.1 Circuit of south Harris
6.2 Huisinis from Tarbert
6.3 Scalpay from Tarbert
6.4 Callanish by the Pentland Road
6.5 West Lewis from Gearraidh na h’Aibhne
6.6 The Bridge to Nowhere from Stornoway
 
Appendix A Link route summary table
Appendix B Day route summary table
Appendix C Ferry routes
Appendix D Day trips to islands
Appendix E Cycle shops and cycle hire
Appendix F Hostels
Appendix G Tourist information
Appendix H Further reading
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