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Cycling in Scotland - the west coast has it all

Hebridean Way

Scotland is a destination that's perfectly suited to cycling adventures, and the west coast in particular is home to some incredible cycling itineraries and destinations. Wind your way through spectacular scenery, or speed down our world class bike trails - no matter your skills or experience, the west coast has it all.

Scotland's islands were made for you and your bike 

You always get a sense of adventure when you set sail on the ferry, bound for one of Scotland's islands. That excitement goes up a gear when your bike is on board too. Exploring Scotland's islands offers a multitude of potential experiences - it could be you're setting yourself the ultimate physical challenge; maybe you're off to try out some adrenalin pumping trails; or you're going to take advantage of the quieter roads and get a new perspective on the glorious scenery and attractions the islands have to offer.  

Bikes are carried free of charge on Caledonian MacBrayne ferries. If you're a foot passenger travelling with your bike, or if you're travelling with a vehicle and a bike / roof rack, just make sure to let us know you're bringing one when you book your ferry ticket(s). 

Find out more on how to board the ferry with a bicycle!


man with bike on car deck

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Family friendly bike rides  

Cumbrae is a fantastic cycling day out, delivering magnificent views over the Firth of Clyde as you pedal your way around the gentle 13-mile circuit - perfect for a family day out.  

Elsewhere on the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Bute offers a slightly longer route at 23 miles long, where you'll pass incredible spots like Mount Stuart House - an architectural wonder, and the picturesque bays the island is known for. 

Mount Stuart Family Day Out


Hebridean Way  

Simply put, the Hebridean Way 185 miles of pure cycling pleasure - encompassing 2 ferries and 6 causeways as you make your way between Vatersay and the Butt of Lewis on the Outer Hebrides. The perfect way to explore island life in our most far-flung destination. Again, depending on how you pace yourself, it can be suitable for most levels of cyclists - younger and more experienced.  



Five Ferries  

The ultimate time challenge or a relaxing island-hopping trip taking in the beauty of Arran, KintyreCowal and Bute. You'll take in the most stunning scenery the Firth of Clyde has to offer. It can be completed in one day, cycling to meet the next ferry, or over the space of two or more days. Either way - it's an exceptional 52-mile route, doable during the Caledonian MacBrayne summer timetable period, which runs from late March until late October. Don't wait for perfect weather. Plan the day, pick a date - and let's go.  


Off road  

If you'd rather get off road for your cycling adventure, Arran has some great mountain biking and off road / gravel options. Try the Kilmory Loop - an easy to moderate 10km route, taking in forest roads, tracks, and rough trails, suitable for novices. Similarly, the Lochranza Loops offer a similar option on the north of the island. Skye offers an incredible backdrop for bikers too - you'll find a variety of routes for technical pros to beginners, with guides available on the island to take you on an unforgettable day out.  

Goatfell trail Isle of Arran

Book your cycling adventure today!

And, when you've completed your adventure, remember to reward yourself with our limited edition tee - a unique design, created in Scotland for the best cycling and island fans.  


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