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4 Days Island Adventure and Guided Bike Tour in Scotland, UK

Islay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK

Island Adventure tour.

Scottish Islands Tour

Join our guide on a three island adventure. Three ferry journeys take you to your base for the trip. You choose the type of room you want from 3 star hotels to youth hostels.

  • Whisky tasting
  • Seal watching
  • Castle visits

Meet the instructors

Jim
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Highlights

  • 4-day guided bike tours
  • Starts and ends in Ardrossan
  • Exploration of Arran, Islay, and Jura
  • Wildlife watching opportunity Islay and Jura
  • Tours to distilleries on the islands
  • Ferries to move between islands
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Visit castles.

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:30
Check-out Time:
07:00

Facilities

  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

There is a choice of accommodation, Youth Hostel in Port Charlotte or bed and breakfasts which will most likely be in Port Ellen.

Program

Day 1: Ardrossan to Islay

Today you have three ferries to catch and three bike rides to make before reaching your base for the tour. The meeting point is Ardrossan mainline station / ferry terminal. Ferry one takes you from the mainland to Arran where you have your first ride of the day. The ride will only take 19 miles but with a tough climb to contend with as you climb alongside Goat Fell. Sweeping down the descent into Lochranza, you will see the castle and ferry terminal ahead.

The second ferry takes you across Kilbarchan Sound to Claonaig where time permitting, you can make a short visit to Skipness Kirk and Castle. The second ride to the third ferry is a short undulating ride on a quiet country road only six miles but with some killer views. Your final ferry takes you from Kennacraig to Islay. The final bike ride depends on the choice of location.

Day 2: Islay to Jura

This will be your first day on Islay. The days on Islay are interchangeable and if you want free time, you can spend some time exploring the island and its many attractions on your own. The planned trip would be a short journey to the Jura ferry and spend time cycling on the island. The Paps of Jura and wildlife are well worth seeing, however, with only one road on the island, cycling is limited. There may only be one road but there is also a distillery which you can visit or perhaps just stop for lunch at Craighouse.

Day 3: Islay wildlife and distilleries

This will be your second day on Islay. This is a day to relax with a nice easy cycle on some of the island's almost deserted roads and perhaps a visit to a distillery. If wildlife watching is more up your street, there are seals at Portnahaven or take a ride up to the RSPB reserve at Loch Gruinart.

Day 4: Homeward bound

Today, you will have an early start. Scottish Bike Touring's tours are all tackled at an easy pace, however, there are times due to ferry schedules that an early rise and a sense of urgency might be required. Depending on your choice of accommodation, this is one of those times as you retrace Friday's steps to Arran. On Arran, you might be able to take a different route to the ferry but there will still be quite a stiff climb involved. This tour ends in Ardrossan.

Notes: This tour is a level 1 / 2 ride for hybrids or tourers with a short mileage.

Included excursions

  • A trip to RSPB Loch Gruinart
  • Distilleries visit on Islay and Jura
  • Skipness Kirk and Castle visit
  • Watching seals in Portnahaven

Instructors

Jim Taylor

Location

This cycling tour starts in and ends in Ardrossan in Scotland, UK. It will cover the islands of Arran, Islay, and Jura.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Distillery visits.

What's included

  • 4-day guided bike tour
  • A trip to RSPB Loch Gruinart
  • Distilleries visit on Islay and Jura
  • Skipness Kirk and Castle visit
  • Watching seals at Portnahaven
  • Services of a guide who is also a qualified first aider
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Ferry fares

What's not included

  • Luggage transport
  • Travel insurance
  • Cycle hire

How to get there

The tour begins and ends in Ardrossan. Ardrossan has a main line rail station and is easily reached from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. Contact SBT for advice.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 10 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.

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