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

Exciting Bike Tour in UK

Come join Scottish Bike Touring for your tour on beautiful Scotland's islands. Get on the ferry and explore Arran, Islay, and even Jura. The tour is at an easy pace with ample time for sightseeing, picture taking, and sampling the local fare. The easy-paced rides will help you take in the full splendor of Scotland and make memories to last a lifetime. The professional guide will make sure that you will get to the destinations safe and sound. Leave your stress behind, get on your bike, and immerse yourself in any exciting activities on the tour.

Key Information

  • Trip Type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Flat with some gentle slopes and hilly especially on day 1 and 4
  • Starts in: Islay
  • Ends in: Ardrossan
  • Difficulty Level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total distance: Can be adapted to the needs of the cyclist
  • Bike types: Hybrid bike, Touring bike

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

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

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
Jim is a keen cyclist and dedicated knowledgeable guide who loves to show off his country to visitors. The tours are client-driven and short days mean you will have loads of time for detours. The aim is that you enjoy the country as much as he does. He is also a trained first aider, trail cycle guide, and ride leader.

Location

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

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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