Scotland by bike and boat among the Hebrides and the Highlands

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8 days

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Duration

240Km

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Guided

Travel alone or with your loved ones, but with the support of a specialized guide. The perfect organization and safety in a single experience!
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Level 3/5

Moderate, between 35 and 85 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 300 and 1000 meters.

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Ring

The starting point is the same as the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1:Oban
Individual arrival in Oban: flight to Edinburgh or Glasgow and onward by train or bus; possibility to book the collective transfer departing at 5.30pm from the center of Edinburgh and at 6.00pm from the airport (not included). If you arrive early, you can leave your luggage on board and explore the coastal streets or taste the delicacies of the chocolate shop of this city, known as the gateway to the Islands. Check-in on the boat from 5.00 pm. Dinner on board.

Day 2: Oban – Toberonochy (36 km)
After a hearty breakfast, we get on the bicycles and start our first bike tour. Leaving from Oban, we head south, passing through beautiful hilly landscapes and following the banks of a small lake to finally reach the sea again. We cross the remote island of Seil before embarking on the ferry that will take us to the island of Luing, mainly made of slate; the extraction of this material has played an important economic role in the past, the University of Edinburgh, for example, was almost entirely built with the slate from this small island. Finally, we reach the sailing boat at the port of Tobernochy, which will take us to Crinan where we will spend the night.

Day 3: Toberonochy – Isle of Jura (37 km)
Today’s bike tour takes us from Crinan to the fascinating archaeological site of Kilmartin. Stone circles, reminiscent of Stonehenge and prehistoric burial mounds, characterize the vast landscape. After visiting the museum park and having lunch at the museum cafe, we cycle south crossing the long and narrow peninsula of Kintyre, made famous by the song of Paul McCartney. As we continue to pedal, we will admire a magnificent panorama until we reach a deep inlet, Loch Caolisport, and then sail towards the island of Jura.

Day 4: Isle of Jura – Isle of Mull (27 km)
After breakfast, we set off by bike in the north direction to explore the Isle of Jura, described as one of the most remote corners of the earth by the famous author George Orwell who spent the last three years of his life here. We will enjoy the tranquility of the island, occasionally disturbed by one of the 5000 red deer that live there. We will pass the Paps of Jura, the three mountains on the western side of the island with conical shapes, until we reach the small port where our sailing boat is waiting to take us to the island of Mull. During the crossing, we navigate through the swirling waters of Corryvreckan, one of the largest natural whirlpools in the world. But don’t worry, the experienced crew will get us there safely to a quiet bay on the island of Mull, where we will spend the night.

Day 5: Isle of Mull: Loch Spelve – Salen (52 km)
Today's bike tour is entirely dedicated to the enchanting beauty of Scotland. One pedal at a time will lead us to discover sublime landscapes of hill areas and island's coastline. We continue the journey sharing the road with sheep and animals grazing peacefully in the green fields. We continue the route crossing Loch Na 'Keal up to Salen where we will find the ship waiting for us.

Day 6: Isle of Mull: Salen – Tobermory (50 km)
Today we head to the northern part of the island. After tackling some challenging climbs, we relax in a cozy tea room for a pleasant break before continuing to the beautiful white beach of Calgary Bay, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland, where we can plunge into its beautiful crystal clear waters. Along the way, a unique landscape of lush valleys and interesting shipwrecks accompanies us to the coast. A short crossing takes us to the quaint bay of Tobermory, with colorful facades. During the evening, we immerse ourselves in Scottish traditions, visiting pubs and tastings such as fish'n'chips and haggis.

Day 7:Morverv Peninsula: Lochaline – Kingairloch (30 km)
After a hearty breakfast, we cross the strait of Mull by boat to reach Lochaline, where a beautiful scenic bike route awaits us. After the first ascent, we reach a virtually traffic-free road, which leads us through the barren highlands of the Highlands. We then follow hills, mountain streams, and wild moors, before reaching the sailing ship that takes us back to Oban. Before dinner, we have the opportunity to take a walk in this charming town and discover McCaig's Tower, an incomplete replica of the Colosseum, which is worth a visit.

Day 8: Oban
After breakfast, disembarkation and end of services. Possible transfer to Edinburgh (not included).

Included

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • Half board
  • Guide

Not included

  • GPS Tracks
  • APP
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing

Cancellation penalties

  • From 60 days before the departure date: refund of 80%
  • From 59 days before the departure date: refund of 60%
  • From 30 days before the departure date: refund of 30%
  • From 20 days before the departure date: refund of 20%
  • From 10 days before the departure date: refund of 10%

Scotland by bike and boat among the Hebrides and the Highlands

  • To live an extraordinary adventure on board a sailboat, originally built for herring fishing and converted into a comfortable cruise ship
  • To combine culture, history, nature, and why not, tasty traditional dishes in a single holiday
  • To visit some of the most spectacular places in Scotland, such as the Isle of Mull and the Kintyre Peninsula, still unknown to mass tourism
  • To cycle immersed in breathtaking landscapes where it will not be difficult to encounter eagles, deer and otters
  • To discover the Island of Jura, bleak and inhospitable at first sight, but ready to conquer the heart with its panoramas and a curious population of red deer
  • To marvel every day at the wild landscapes of Scotland, learning to appreciate its great biodiversity and the suggestive color contrasts
  • To spot, during the navigation stretches, dolphins and seals
  • Because a bike and boat tour in Scotland is always an out-of-the-ordinary adventure, a total immersion in nature capable of deeply regenerating and remaining in the heart for a long time

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