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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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37 day rides for all abilities, and 22 linking routes for more experienced cycle tourists, allow riders to visit all the essential sights in the Hebrides and the islands of the Firth of Clyde. The guidebook visits over 20, each with its own interesting history, character and wildlife: the cycling routes are as varied as the islands, ranging from short day rides suitable for weekend breaks to a challenging 600-mile tour. Whether you're putting together a fortnight's tour or just enjoying a few day rides from a single base, this guide is packed with useful information to help you make the most of your trip.
The best time to go is April–October, when the days are longer and the weather is at its best, but even be prepared for wet and blustery days. The Hebridean islands offer a wealth of wonderful scenery: the majestic Cuillin mountains on Skye; the otherworldly palm trees on Bute; the marvellous white shell sands on Tiree and Harris. This guidebook features detailed custom mapping and elevation profiles for all routes, and comprehensive information of ferry and transport routes, accommodation, food and drink, supplies, cycle spares and repairs.
Island hopping in these islands is a magical experience. The guide visits over 20 of them and each has its own interesting history and wildlife. Reasonably fit cyclists can enjoy these routes at their own pace; experienced cycle tourists will eat up the miles.
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|Wildlife and plants|
|History and culture|
|The weather and when to go|
|Where to stay|
|Preparing your bike|
|Planning your trip|
|What and how to pack|
|Riding in a group|
|Using this guide|
|Maps and itineraries|
|1 CLYDE AND KINTYRE|
|1A Gourock to Ardrossan|
|1B Dunoon to Portavadie|
|1C Auchenbreck to Rothesay|
|1D Brodick to Lochranza|
|1E Claonaig to Tayinloan|
|1F Kennacraig to Oban|
|1.1 Circuit of south Arran|
|1.2 Circuit of north Arran|
|1.3 Circuit of Great Cumbrae|
|1.4 Circuit of Bute|
|2 COLONSAY, ISLAY AND JURA|
|2A Port Ellen to Port Askaig|
|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|
|3A Craignure to Tobermory|
|3B Lochaline to Salen|
|3C Salen to Kilchoan|
|3D Salen to Mallaig|
|3.1 Slate Islands|
|3.3 Circuit across Lismore from Oban|
|3.4 Circuit of central Mull|
|3.5 Circuit of northern Mull|
|3.6 Out to Iona|
|3.8 Circuit of west Tiree|
|3.9 Fishbone ride in east Tiree|
|4 SKYE AND RAASAY|
|4A Ullapool to Armadale|
|4B Stromeferry to Uig|
|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|
|5 BARRA AND THE UISTS|
|5A Castlebay to Lochboisdale|
|5B Dalabrog to Clachan|
|5C Clachan to Berneray|
|5D Clachan to Berneray Junction|
|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|
|6A Leverburgh to Tarbert (west)|
|6B Leverburgh to Tarbert (east)|
|6C Tarbert to Stornoway|
|6D Liurbost to Barabhas|
|6E Stornoway to Butt of Lewis|
|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 Suggested tours|
|Appendix E Day trips to islands|
|Appendix F Cycle shops and cycle hire|
|Appendix G Hostels|
|Appendix H Tourist information|
|Appendix I Further reading|