Scotland by Bike and Boat

tours / Cycling

Scotland by Bike and Boat information and booking

from
$2090
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    16-22
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin
Equipment Required
Bike helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

Highlights

  • Discover the untouched natural beauty of the Inner Hebrides
  • Admire the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands
  • Visit fortresses and castles on the island of Mull
  • Follow the Caledonian Canal to Fort William

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Scotland's Inner Hebrides are known for their spectacular landscapes still largely untouched by mass tourism. Travelling by bike and boat, explore the island of Mull and the Morvern Peninsula, before making your way to the Caledonian Canal to discover the Scottish Highlands. Marvel at the wild scenery of Scotland, its intense colours and great biodiversity. Look out for dolphins and whales from the boat, and eagles, red deer and otters from your bike. Nights aboard your floating hotel, a two-masted sailing boat with a comfortable dining and lounge area and cabins with ensuite, are a time for relaxation amongst a group of like-minded cyclists.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners (does not include drinks) the cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one warm meal a day. the meals begin with dinner on day 1 and end with breakfast on day 8.
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin with private bathroom. if you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. the compact cabins are configured with bunk beds - two beds, or four beds for either 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. due to the shape of the boat‘s hull the size of the cabins may vary, and some cabins may be marginally noisier and less ventilated due to their proximity to the engine and working part of the boat.
  • Experienced crew including cycle guide
  • 21 speed hybrid bike rental with pannier - electric bikes available on most trips for a supplement
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Guided cycling tours as described in the itinerary
  • Overview maps for the daily cycle tours
  • Entries to museums and attractions for group visits

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Oban
Individual journey to Edinburgh and by bus or train to Oban, which takes approximately 3 hours. Check-in from 5pm. After checking in, join your crew, tour guides and group for a late dinner on board.
Day 2 Cross to Mull Island and cycle from Craignure to Loch Buie (50km)
After breakfast, we cross from Oban to the island of Mull. Here, you unload your bikes and start on your first bike tour. After only a short stretch, you arrive at Duart Castle, the ancestral home of the Scottish McLean clans. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to visit another impressive castle, Torosay Castle, with its spaciously laid-out gardens. Alternatively, take part in a longer bike trip and join the tour guide heading for Loch Buie. In this impressive landscape, you might be lucky enough to see your first otter or gold eagle.
Day 3 Cycle through hilly terrain and along the coast to Salen (60km)
Today’s bike tour is entirely dedicated to the spectacular beauty of Scotland’s natural scenery. The route takes you through hilly terrain and along the coast. Around every bend in the road, another breathtaking view opens up. After the road divides and the few cars that you have encountered so far have turned off towards Iona, you share the road with sheep and shaggy highland cattle grazing peacefully in the bright green meadows. Along an ever-changing coastal road, you cycle past Loch Na’ Keal to Salen, where the ship and dinner will be waiting for you.
Day 4 Explore the northern part of Mull island and visit Tobermory (55km)
Today, you discover by bike the northern part of the island of Mull. The route passes the Eas Fors waterfall, one of the most spectacular on the island and consisting of three consecutive waterfalls. You continue your tour, heading for the brilliant white beach of Calgary Bay and its crystal clear water. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland and swimming enthusiasts should not pass up this opportunity. Afterwards, relax in a cosy tearoom, and if time allows you can visit the whisky distillery in Tobermory before returning and having dinner on board.
Day 5 Cycle on the Morvern Peninsula from Lochaline to Corran and on to Fort William (50km)
Early in the morning, you start with the ship from Tobermory and cross the Sound of Mull. The destination is the small ferry landing at Lochaline on the Morvern Peninsula, from where you start today's bike tour. After the first ascent, you reach an almost traffic-free road leading through virtually treeless highlands. The route runs along hillsides, wild mountain streams and moorland and finally leads back to the coast, where you ride along the rocky coastal road to the ferry landing at Corran. Here, you have the choice of going either by ship to Fort William or covering the last 15km by bike. The ship anchors in the first lock of the Caledonian Channel, where it can stay undisturbed by the tides. By bus or taxi you can easily get to Fort William, where numerous cosy pubs in the lively pedestrian zone are eagerly awaiting your visit.
Day 6 Follow the Caledonian Channel, gateway to the highlands (50km)
An initially level route takes you by the foot of Ben Nevis and the Caledonian Channel. This 100km long channel connects the North Sea with the Atlantic and consists for the greater part of rivers and lakes connected by canals. The first highpoint of the bike tour is Neptune’s Staircase, the longest chain of locks in Great Britain. Here, in eight consecutive locks, the ships negotiate an elevation difference of 20 meters. You then continue to follow the Channel until you reach the shore of the first lake, Loch Lochy, which you follow for a short distance. A detour then takes you to yet another waterfall. On the way back to the ship, you cross a mountain ridge, which offers a fabulous view across the highlands. After a meal en route, you return to the ship, which remains in Fort William for another night.
Day 7 Cycle on the small island of Kerrera and return to Oban (20km)
In the morning, the ship casts off for the last time and you start the fairly long trip across the Firth of Lorn in order to return to Oban. Depending on the weather, you still have time to visit the distillery here or to take a ferry across to the small island of Kerrera located directly opposite Oban. A short bike tour on the island rounds off the cycling programme of your tour. Prior to the Captain’s Dinner, you still have time for a stroll around Oban, where McCaig’s Tower, a never completed replica of the Colosseum in Rome, is well worth a visit.
Day 8 Trip concludes after breakfast
After breakfast on board, trip concludes with individual departure.