Hey :) Nice to meet you here. As a komoot editor, I will show you some of the best cycling routes in the UK on my profile. I love cycle touring and spending time outdoors. Last year, I rode my bike 5000 km from England to Georgia and I'm planning a trip around the UK with my dog soon. Although I don't get the chance to ride every route in my Collections, I write and research them as though I have, including highlights en-route that I find interesting. One day, I hope to tick off everyone. I wish you happy adventuring!
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Your final day of adventure reveals more rugged Scottish wilderness. Today, you cover 36 miles (58 km), cycling through a huge range of landscapes. This is an additional stage to the official Hebridean Way, guiding you from the Butt of Lewis to the ferry port in Stornoway.
From the end of the Hebridean Way, the route turns back on itself, giving you more time to explore the villages along the western coast of Lewis. After 24 miles (39 km), you twist inland through Black Moor. This isolated stretch takes you through sweeping green moorland. You are more likely to see swooping birds of prey circling ahead than traffic as you gently climb into the landscape.
After 6 miles (10 km) of uphill, you will descend into Steornabhagh, also known as Stornoway. This legendary town is the capital of Lewis and Harris and with a population of 8,000, it is by far the biggest town in the Hebrides.
Founded by Vikings in the early 9th century, the town has witnessed fascinating eras of history: from trade wars to elite rule. Today, you will find fishermen showcasing their catch at the harbour, a grand castle, many interesting museums, great restaurants and local arts displayed at the An Lanntair Art Centre.
Stornoway has many comfortable accommodation options, from B&Bs to upmarket hotels to ensure you have a pleasant stay. The town also has an airport and ferry service.
To return home, you can take a boat to Ullapool on the mainland. You can find more information, here: aferry.co.uk/ullapool-stornoway-ferry.htm
March 25, 2021
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Standing stones erected in the neolithic era to ancient brochs destroyed in feuds and thatched cottages harking back to days gone by – stage 5 of the Hebridean Way takes you through millennia of history.
Soon after leaving Gearraidh na h-Aibhne you arrive in Calanais where you can visit standing stones which are often considered to be more impressive than Stonehenge.
Next, the road winds around the coast over undulating hills, passing mystical lochs and ancient ruins before arriving in Calrabhagh, also known as Carloway. A traditional crofting township, Carloway has many interesting sites such as the Garenin Blackhouse Village a few miles out of town. The township is a great place to stop for lunch.
After exploring the region’s history and tradition, you continue along the Hebridean Way through even more stunning landscapes. The wilderness is interrupted by interesting villages such as Bragar with its whalebone arch and Barabhas which has a World War II memorial.
Shortly before Lionel, the road forks to the left towards Eorapaidh. The most northerly village of the Isle of Lewis, the village is known for its dunes park and beautiful beach. The coastline here is also popular with surfers.
The final leg takes you to the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point on the Isle of Lewis. With views across crashing waves, green headland, white sandy beaches, and jagged cliffs, this spectacular place marks the official end of the Hebridean Way.
You can find self-catering accommodation as well as hotels nearby. Otherwise, there are some stunning spots to pitch your tent and enjoy a night under the stars on the beach.
March 25, 2021
Today, you ride 35 miles (60 km) across the Isle of Lewis discovering its history and culture which dates back thousands of years. The Isle of Lewis is the largest island of the Outer Hebrides and offers exciting contrasts and diverse experiences.
Setting off from An Tairbeart, you follow a beautiful road as it carves through mountains next to the ocean before heading inland. A long climb, steep in places, takes you deeper into the mountainous landscape before dropping down towards Ardvourlie Castle. Built in the 19th century, this country house was constructed for Charles Murrary the 7th Earl of Dunmore as a hunting lodge.
Next, you pass along wooden boardwalks through the Aline Community Woodland before passing the memorial to the Heroes of Lochs, built to commemorate a 19th century battle between rich local landowners who wanted to evict crofters to clear land for deer hunting estates.
This remote stretch of landscape is a joy to discover by bike: you find hundreds of lochs, large and small, surrounded by austere mountains, with few buildings in sight.
After enjoying the secluded scenery, you will arrive in Gearraidh na h-Aibhne, also known as Garynahine. In the village, John R. Maclean produces Harris Tweed, one of the world’s finest fabrics. There are also various accommodation options in the area.
March 25, 2021
Stage 4 of your adventure begins on the water taking the ferry from Borgh to the Isle of Harris. You should factor in enough time here: boats depart four times per day during summer and the journey takes one hour. You can find more information, here: calmac.co.uk/berneray-leverburgh-northuist-harris-ferry-summer-timetable
Although the Tour summary states the distance as 51 miles (82 km), you in fact only ride 40 miles (64.5 km). The current mileage includes the ferry crossing in the total. You can also skip the Golden Road detour if you want to shorten this stage.
You are treated to even more beautiful beaches as you cycle along the western coast of the Isle of Harris before heading inland. Stage 4 is the hilliest section of the Hebridean Way: you will climb 660 metres (2,165 feet) through the rocky landscape. Formed some 3,000 million years ago, the rocks are some of the oldest in the world.
After 15 miles (25 km) you will reach the top of the biggest climb and enjoy panoramic views over the island. Here, the road splits in two. Take the left to continue along the Hebridean Way or go right to follow the stunning Golden Road, an incredible detour through the lunar landscape.
The Golden Road takes you through the Eastern side of the island, past countless lochs and Drinisiadar village – a good place to stop for supplies.
Next, you will cycle past ancient ruins before rejoining the Hebridean Way as it heads north to An Tairbeart. Here, you will find a friendly pub, various eateries and a great whisky distillery to give you a taste of local life. Hotels in the town offer good accommodation.
March 25, 2021
Eagles and falcons soar above marshes and rocky foreshore, historic towers stand proudly in the middle of the sea and wonderful causeways bring you across stunning seascapes; stage 3 of the Hebridean Way is pure cycling bliss.
Today, you ride 42 miles (68 km) from Benbecula island, across North Uist to Berneray, passing countless interesting sites and making a few small detours to hidden beaches along the way.
After 4 miles (6 km), you will leave Benbecula via a causeway that floats above the waters taking you to North Uist. A paradise for wildlife and beach lovers, North Uist is known for its string of gorgeous beaches and corncrake population, one of the UK’s rarest birds.
You will follow the island’s coastline, taking in the magical scenery for the next 33 miles (55 km). Leave plenty of time to explore the beaches and historical sites as you ride. Here, you can visit the Balranald Nature Reserve and marvel at the Scolpaig Tower.
To learn more about the island’s culture, you can visit the Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre or stop by at the Kirkibost Craft Hub which showcases local wool and knitting.
When you’re done exploring the island’s beauty, it’s time to cycle along the causeway connecting North Uist to Berneray.
Just like its neighbours, Berneray combines island heritage, a rich history and stunning scenery. You will also find a bike shop on the island. Your journey ends in Borgh where you will find self-catering cottages to relax after a long day in the saddle.
March 25, 2021
Stage 2 of the Hebridean Way takes you across South Uist; along pristine coastline backdropped by mountains and through flower-filled meadows. If you are lucky, you may spot whales, dolphins, and seals as you cycle along the Atlantic Ocean on the west side of the island.Despite South Uist’s mountainous terrain, today you climb only 180 metres (590 feet) over 42 miles (57.5 km).Setting off from your accommodation or campsite, you follow quiet lanes through sleepy island villages and past deep blue lochs. Daliburgh, the second most populated township on the island is a great place to stop for lunch or supplies; you find a co-op supermarket, cafe, fish and chips, and hotel here.From Daliburgh, you continue into the wilderness, enjoying the remote landscapes. On South Uist, you are never far from water. The Atlantic will remain just a few miles east whilst hundreds of Lochs frame the road as you ride. I've included an optional detour to the magnificent Loch Druidibeag as you continue to head north.After crossing the causeway over Loch Bi, you are nearing the edge of the island. A causeway connects South Uist with the Isle of Benbecula, where your adventure continues.You arrive on the island in Creag Horaidh and then take the road which hugs the coast passing through Lionacleit, Baile nan Cailleach and Aird before arriving in Baile a’ Mhanaich, your final destination. You can find various comfortable accommodation options here or pitch your tent nearby.
March 25, 2021
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Stage 1 of your epic adventure will take you 34.9 miles (56.2 km) across four isles: Vatersay, Barra, Eriksay and South Uist. Today, you will explore miles of golden sandy beaches, watch planes land at Barra’s unusual airport and share the road with the island’s otters.
I've started the route from Castlebay, as that's where you probably arrive in the Hebrides by boat. From here, you ride to the beautiful Vatersay beaches, the official start of the Hebridean Way, before heading northwards along the coast of Barra. Although small, Barra has an extraordinarily varied landscape. You will ride past lochs, along white sandy beaches, over hills, machair and moor whilst discovering the region’s unique culture and history.
A few miles outside of Castlebay, you have a short climb before enjoying a descent and flat stretch towards Tangasdal, a small village with a lovely beach.
The next section of the route follows the coastline up and over small hills before turning inland, where the landscape transforms once more. After 18 miles (30 km), you will reach Loch an Duin, one of the biggest lochs on the island with excellent fishing opportunities.
From here, you ride a short stretch towards the east coast. I've included an optional detour along the sea to visit Barra's unique airport before you cycle to the ferry port. Next, you catch a boat to Eriksay island. The journey takes 40 minutes. Details can be found here: calmac.co.uk/destinations/eriskay
Eriksay island has preserved its own unique charms and features in one of Scotland’s most famous stories – Whisky Galore. You may spot one of the rare indigenous Eriskay ponies; only 400 exist in the world today.
You leave Eriksay via the spectacular causeway which connects the island with South Uist. Here, you find a few lodges to hunker down for the night such as Leth Meadhanach lodge and the Sough Uist Cottages. You may want to pitch your tent on one of the picturesque beaches.
March 25, 2021
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Ride 4 of the Kingfisher Trail is a coastal loop from Ballyshannon that boasts rugged seascapes, golden sandy beaches, and spectacular views over the River Erne. This is an additional 20 mile (32.2 km) circular that intersects with the Kingfisher Trail Northern Route.
You begin in Ballyshannon, a town on the banks of the River Erne. The town was incorporated in 1613, which makes it one of Ireland’s oldest towns. After riding a short stretch along the shores of Erne, you take a small road into the countryside.
Climb gradually through green fields with yellow gorse bushes hugging the road. Just before you reach the coast, you arrive in Coolmore which has a local shop and the Smugglers Creek Inn – perfect for a hearty meal overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
This stretch of coastline boasts the popular Rossnowlagh Beach, known for its soft golden sand and excellent surfing, which is among the best in Europe. The beach is a perfect spot to take a break and enjoy an ice cream when the weather allows.
You ride along the edge of the beach before looping around back through Rossnowlagh village and rejoining lanes that wiggle through picture-perfect landscapes. Small lakes often interrupt the green countryside as you enjoy the quiet roads more or less to yourself.
After a short climb, you drop down to the River Erne as it flows through Assaroe Lake. This large lake accompanies you most of the way back to Ballyshannon, completing the circular ride. Ballyshannon has plenty of accommodation as well as shops, restaurants, pubs, and cafes.
March 15, 2021
The Clones Loop joins onto the Southern Loop of the Kingfisher Trail and reveals the hidden countryside of County Monaghan. This is one of the easier sections of the Kingfisher Trail with 951 feet (290 m) of ascent spread across 22.8 miles (36.8 km). Follow the R212 out of town and cross the River Finn in Cumber. Near Clones Golf Club, you take a narrow lane through thick woodland and fields of grazing sheep. After 5.7 miles (9.2 km) you pedal into Scotshouse, a small agricultural village with a shop and a pub. You rejoin the R212 as it carves uphill through colourful fields, passing the occasional farm house, and leading through corridors of trees.Where the road splits, you take a lane straight ahead, enjoying practically traffic-free riding once more. The views from above the hedgerows are lovely – sleepy farm cottages sit amongst green fields of peaceful sheep and evergreen woodland. The next village en route is Newbliss which means “corner of the oak trees” in Irish. You can stock up on supplies at the local shop or tuck into lunch at the pub here. Next, a small lane twists and turns through the picturesque scenery. Take care here if it has recently rained as there’s often mud on the road. Cross the R183 at Killeevan and follow the NCN Route 91 for a short while before taking a left turn. You ride through overgrown hedgerows and forgotten countryside as you pedal towards Annalore. Shortly after the hamlet, you rejoin the NCN Route 91 and cross the Finn River at Scavy Bridge. After a short stint on R183, you arrive back into Clones, completing this loop. There are plenty of places to stop for refreshments
March 15, 2021
The Fermanagh Link takes you 36 miles (58 km) from Enniskillen to Garrison, passing through the wonderful rural uplands of County Fermanagh. With 2,000 feet (610 m) of climbing, today is tough on your thighs but there are no significant hills to deal with. County Fermanagh is dotted with lakes and waterways of all shapes and sizes as well as countless regal country estates and castles. You can visit the first of these, Enniskillen Castle, before leaving the town. After giving you a first taste of the marvelous countryside here, the route splits at Sillees River. This stage follows the slightly longer variant which passes by Ross Lough and Carran Lough. The two variants meet each other again close to Monea Castle. Here, the route gently descends towards Lower Lough Erne through yet more stunning rural scenery. After 21.7 miles (35 km), you reach the first village en route, Derrygonnelly where you find a few shops and pubs. The village is known for Irish traditional music and hosts a lively festival every October. The next stretch takes you uphill through thick woodland and open countryside, revealing views of dramatic limestone ridges and passing countless picturesque lakes. Civilisation is few and far between here, but there are a number of farms en route where you can ask to fill up your water bottles. You join Glennasheevar Road as you begin descending through the landscape. Your destination, Lough Melvin, soon appears on the horizon. This huge lake is known for its unique plants and wildlife. On the lakeshore, Garrison village marks the end of this stage. The village has a few accommodation options, as well as shops, cafes, and a whisky distillery.
March 15, 2021