Cycle the Hebridean Way

Tour from Oban to Inverness, United Kingdom

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Day 1

Oban to Castlebay

Arrival in Oban in plenty of time to the ferry from Oban to Castlebay.

Ferry departs Oban at 13:40 Ferry arrives in Castlebay at 18.25 *Ferry times are subject to change*

Overnight at Castlebay B&B

Day 2

Vatersay to Eriskay distance: 31km ascent: 315m

Cycle to Vatersay for the start of the tour. The beginning of the Hebridean Cycling Way is at the obelisk in the village of Vatersay. The route follows the main road over the causeway to Barra and round the scenic west coast of Barra to the Ardmhor ferry terminal. Here is where you get the ferry to Eriskay, and the ferry journey is 40 minutes.

Overnight in Eriskay B&B

Day 3

Eriskay to Benbecula distance: 53km ascent: 308m

Today leave the picturesque island of Eriskay and travel over the causeway to South Uist. Eriskay comes from the Old Norse for “Eric’s Isle”. Eriskay is a stunning isle and home to the famous Eriskay ponies. Maybe you will catch a glimpse of the ponies on your cycle through the Island. Over the causeway to Uist, cycle from the South to Benbecula. South Uist is a beautiful island. See the crystal clear waters of the sea and the white powder beaches to the west. Benbecula in Gaelic is Beinn na Faoghla which means Mountain of the Ford. Benbecula is in fact a stepping stone between North and South Uist.

Overnight at Benbecula B&B

Day 4

Benbecula to Berneray distance: 50km ascent: 335m

Today as we leave Benbecula and travel through North Uist and over to Berneray. North Uist has many fresh and saltwater lochs also miles of sandy beaches, and cultivated crofts. Berneray may be a small island, but Berneray boasts a fascinating history and is home to a wide range of wildlife and a picturesque white sandy beach. The island has approximately 130 inhabitants.

Overnight at Berneray B&B

Day 5

Berneray to Tarbert (Isle of Harris) distance: 50km ascent: 1030m

Start off today with the ferry from Berneray to Leverburgh on the Sound of Harris. Enjoy the 80-minute ferry journey between the Islands. The Island of Harris is one that has offered inspiration for generations. With its rich traditions, stunning shifting scenery and a strong sense of community, Harris offers a unique introduction to island life.

Overnight at Tarbert B&B

Day 6

Tarbert to Callanish distance: 72km ascent: 20m

This part of the route travels through the hilly Lochs area of Lewis. It takes us to the Callanish Standing Stones. Take time to enjoy the beauty and magnificence of these magical stones.

Overnight at Callanish B&B

Day 7

Callanish to Butt of Lewis distance: 47km ascent: 20m

Today is the longest and toughest day, but the Butt of Lewis is a spectacular end to this magnificent trip. The last part of the route travels along the scenic west side of Lewis, past the famous Callanish Standing Stones. The Butt of Lewis is about as far north as you can go in the Western Isles.

Overnight Butt of Lewis B&B

Day 8

Lewis to Inverness distance: 50km ascent: 850m

Last Day and final ride back to Stornoway to catch the ferry back to the mainland. Depart early morning and cycle the 28 Miles to Stornoway.

Ferry departs Stornoway at 14.00 Ferry arrives in Ullapool at 16.30 *Ferry times are subject to change*

Enjoy the ferry journey over the Minch. This long stretch of seawater between the west coast of Scotland and the Hebrides. Sit back and enjoy the wildlife, the pod of whales and plenty of birdlife can be seen.

On arrival at Ullapool ferry port, our representative will meet you and transfer you to Inverness.

Overnight at Inverness B&B

Day 9


Today depart Inverness for your journey home Well done, you can clap yourself on the back – you did it!

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