Cycling in the Hebrides: Island touring and day rides [NOOK Book]

Overview

The 37 day routes and 22 link routes brought together in this guide offer cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to island-hop by bike across the Hebrides, visiting over 20 islands in six sections: Clyde and Kintyre; Colonsay, Islay and Jura; Mull, Coll and Tiree; Skye and Raasay; Barra and the Uists; and Harris and Lewis. From Skye's majestic Cuillin mountains to the palm trees of Bute and the white sands of Tiree and Harris, there is nowhere better to indulge your sense of adventure and experience the thrill...
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Cycling in the Hebrides: Island touring and day rides

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Overview

The 37 day routes and 22 link routes brought together in this guide offer cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to island-hop by bike across the Hebrides, visiting over 20 islands in six sections: Clyde and Kintyre; Colonsay, Islay and Jura; Mull, Coll and Tiree; Skye and Raasay; Barra and the Uists; and Harris and Lewis. From Skye's majestic Cuillin mountains to the palm trees of Bute and the white sands of Tiree and Harris, there is nowhere better to indulge your sense of adventure and experience the thrill of travelling under your own steam in the fresh air. The Hebrides from Islay in the south up to Lewis in the north are all included, along with Arran and its neighbouring islands in the Firth of Clyde, and this comprehensive guide contains all the information you need - from ferry schedules to refreshment stops and bike repair shops - to plan a 600-mile tour of the whole lot, or a clutch of day rides from a single base, and everything inbetween. Each route is graded and accompanied by a profile, colour maps and information about links to ferries and other routes providing a huge network of options.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849656337
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Richard Barrett has loved the Hebrides ever since he first visited the islands as a teenager. After a career in marketing, he and his wife moved to North Harris, where Richard can indulge his passion for long-distance cycling. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and of the Hebrides Search and Rescue team.
Richard Barrett spent his working life as a professional marketer, but still found time for climbing, winter mountaineering and sea kayaking. He first visited the Harris hills as a teenager and was a regular visitor for years. He has now relocated to Mraig in North Harris, where he and his wife run a guest house. Check out Richard's blog at http://acrosstheminch.wordpress.com/, where he writes about life in the Hebrides, cycling and the outdoors.
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Table of Contents

Map key

Overview map

Introduction

Terrain

Wildlife and plants

History and culture

Getting there

Getting around

The weather and when to go

Where to stay

Preparing your bike

Preparing yourself

Planning your trip

What and how to pack

Riding comfortably

Riding in a group

Using this guide

Maps and itineraries

1 Clyde and Kintyre

Introduction

Link Routes

1A Gourock to Ardrossan

1B Dunoon to Portavadie

1C Auchenbreck to Rothesay

1D Brodick to Lochranza

1E Claonaig to Tayinloan

1F Kennacraig to Oban

Day Routes

1.1 Circuit of south Arran

1.2 Circuit of north Arran

1.3 Circuit of Great Cumbrae

1.4 Circuit of Bute

1.5 Gigha

2 Colonsay, Islay and Jura

Introduction

Link Routes

2A Port Ellen to Port Askaig

Day Routes

2.1 South coast of Islay

2.2 Circuit of northwest Islay from Bridgend

2.3 Circuit of central Islay from Bowmore

2.4 Circuit of southwest Islay (The Rhinns)

2.5 Craighouse and back from Feolin Ferry

2.6 Circuit of Colonsay

3 Mull, Coll and Tiree

Introduction

Link Routes

3A Craignure to Tobermory

3B Lochaline to Salen

3C Salen to Kilchoan

3D Salen to Mallaig

Day Routes

3.1 Slate Islands

3.2 Kerrera

3.3 Circuit across Lismore from Oban

3.4 Circuit of central Mull

3.5 Circuit of northern Mull

3.6 Out to Iona

3.7 Coll

3.8 Circuit of west Tiree

3.9 Fishbone Ride in east Tiree

4 Skye and Raasay

Introduction

Link Routes

4A Ullapool to Armadale

4B Stromeferry to Uig

Day Routes

4.1 Across the Sleat Peninsula from Armadale

4.2 Elgol and back from Broadford

4.3 A three-legged ride from Carbost

4.4 Around the Duirinish Peninsula

4.5 Circuit of the Trotternish Peninsula

4.6 Circuit of central Skye

4.7 Skye Bridge/Glenelg circuit from Kyle of Lochalsh

4.8 Raasay

5 Barra and the Uists

Introduction

Link Routes

5A Castlebay to Lochboisdale

5B Dalabrog to Clachan

5C Clachan to Berneray

5D Clachan to Berneray Junction

Day Routes

5.1 Circuit of Barra and Vatersay

5.2 South Uist machair from Tobha Mor

5.3 Circuit of North Uist

6 Harris and Lewis

Introduction

Link Routes

6A Leverburgh to Tarbert (west)

6B Leverburgh to Tarbert (east)

6C Tarbert to Stornoway

6D Liurbost to Barvas

6E Stornoway to Butt of Lewis

Day Routes

6.1 Circuit of south Harris

6.2 Tarbert to Hushinish and back

6.3 Tarbert to Scalpay and back

6.4 Callanish by the Pentland Road

6.5 West Lewis from Gearraidh na h'Aibhne

6.6 The Bridge to Nowhere from Stornoway

Appendix A Link route summary table

Appendix B Day route summary table

Appendix C Ferry routes

Appendix D Suggested tours

Appendix E Day trips to islands

Appendix F Cycle shops and cycle hire

Appendix G Hostels

Appendix H Tourist information

Appendix I Further reading
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