Welcome to a wonderful bike tour in Scotland.
Our Scottish cycling holiday takes you around the Islands of Arran, Islay, Jura and Colonsay. Cycling around the Scottish Islands is a unique experience, feel the natural environment, the nature and then often remote feeling Island life offers. All the Islands offer a unique experience. Islay is Scotland’s Whisky Island with numerous famous distilleries, Jura is pure nature and remote lifestyle, Arran offers superb and varied landscapes and Colonsay some of the best beaches.
Day 1: Arrive in Ardrossan and transfer to Brodick on the Isle of Arran
You arrive in Ardrossan from where you take a ferry to Arran in about one hour. Car parking is available in Ardrossan and there is also a direct train service to the docks. Bikes are handed out in Ardrossan 45minutes before the ferry leaves.
Day 2: Brodick, ~28 miles/45 km
The Isle of Arran has it all, mountains, coastal cliffs, rolling and flat roads, that’s why many people say that Arran is Scotland in miniature. Before setting off on today’s cycle ride why not visit the 13th century castle and gardens or the Arran distillery. The road south provides you ever changing views. Small villages intermix the cycling viewpoints. Lamlash provides the link to Holy Island, where a ferry can be caught to the monastery still occupied by Buddhist monks. Head back across the ‘String’ the link road across the center of the island.
Day 3: Brodick - Kennocraig - Isle of Islay, ~16-19 miles/24-30 km
A day to cycle and relax on ferries, after the climb over to Lochranza, visit the castle and then catch the ferry to Cloanaig. Then you are back on your bike for the short ride across the Kintyre peninsular to catch your second ferry from Kennacraig to Port Askaig on Island of Islay.
Day 4: Day trip to Isle of Jura - various routes up to 40 miles/64 km
Today’s stage starts with a short ferry crossing to the Island of Jura. On Jura navigation is easy, there is only 1 road. The Island of Jura is populated by some 5000 deer and 250 people. Jura House can be visited with some wonderful walled gardens and exotic plants. The road east gradually gets smaller and smaller until eventually turning into a footpath. Here you will feel you have reached nowhere and the solitude will be something you will remember forever. If you continue to the far end of the island and look out to the river mouth you will see the natural wonder of this region: A huge whirlpool at Corryvreckan which is produced due to the tidal effects. For a short additional trip visit Finlaggan near Ballygrant on your return to Islay, the home of the ancient seat of the Lord of the Isle’s, the rulers of the Western Isles once the Vikings had been removed.
Day 5: Day trip to Isle of Colonsay - various routes up to 20 miles/32 km
Catch the ferry at Port Askaig to Colonsay in the morning. Colonsay being 10 miles long will allow you to explore most of the Island. Then you cycle across the tidal causeway to Ornasay to visit the ancient priory. The north section of Colonsay has some of the finest beaches in the Western Isles. Catch the evening ferry back to Islay.
Day 6: Islay - Port Askaig - Port Ellen, ~36 miles/57 km
Today you will explore by bike the north west of Islay, known as the Rinns of Islay before cycling to the south of the Island. Today you will pass the Bruichladdich distillery before arriving in Port Charlotte. Then to the north coast and a wonderful sandy beach for a picnic, pass the wildlife center, rural life museum or RSPB center then cycle the quiet lanes south to Port Ellen.
Day 7: Around Port Ellen, ~6-20 miles/9-32 km
Today there are a few options, for whisky lovers heaven has arrived in Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg, for those wanting to cycle, the coastal road to Claggain Bay passing Kildalton cross is totally stunning or if you are into Golf then just outside Port Ellen is Islay’s only Golf course.
Day 8: Islay - Arran then departure, ~19 miles/30 km
After breakfast you will take the 9.45am ferry from Port Ellen to Kennacraig, back on your bike you shall cycle across the Kintyre peninsular to Cloanaig. Then it is back on the ferry to the Island of Arran and your last cycle ride to Brodick this time along the not yet explored north-west coastline, where you shall catch the ferry around 7:20pm back to Ardrossan where you shall hand back you bikes.
7 nights in 3***, 4**** and 5***** hotels in cat. A
7 nights in 3*** and 4**** hotels in cat. B
maps and tourist information
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every Saturday and Sunday
route (2): ~261-290 km /163-181 miles
through hilly landscapes and on small roads with little traffic
how to get there
by plane: airport to Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick or Edinburgh and on by train to Ardrossan
last ferry from Ardrossan to Arran is at 6pm
The costs for the ferries are ~45,00 £/person and are not included. For an electric bike you have to deposit 750 £/bike (per credit carte).
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