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Scottish Islands on ferry and bike
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Scottish Islands on ferry and bike

Scottish Islands on ferry and bike

7 days island hopping

  • The Western Isles of Scotland, most of them dream-like remote places, seemingly unchanged for decades
  • The wild island of Jura where George Orwell wrote his famous novels including Animal Farm and 1984
  • The lovely island of Arran with its quaint port town of Brodrick
  • Whisky distilleries galore - visit famous whisky distilleries - Islay has ten to start with!
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Start: Arran           Finish: Glasgow

Day 1: Arrival in Arran
Day 2: Towards Brodick (45 km)
Day 3: Brodick, Lochranza, Claonaig, Kennocraig, Isle of Islay (24 - 30 km)
Day 4: Day trip to Isle of Jura (64 km)
Day 5: Day trip to Isle of Colonsay (32 km)
Day 6: From Port Askaig to Port Ellen (57 km)
Day 7: Port Ellen loop (9 - 32 km)
Day 8: End of Program

Day 1:    Arrival in Arran

Arrive to Ardrossan. If you have rented our bikes, you will need to take the 16.50 train from Glasgow, arrives 17.36 to Ardrossan when we shall meet you and handover the bikes. You take the 18.00 ferry to Isle of Arran which takes around 1 hour. Car parking is available in Ardrossan. If you rent bikes then you must always take the 18.00 ferry.

Challenge: Day trip to Arran

Villages along the way: Ardrossan, Arran

Day 2:    Towards Brodick (45 km)

Arran has it all, mountains, coastal cliffs, pan flat roads… that’s why it’s Scotland in miniature. Before setting off, visit the 13th century castle and gardens of Arrand distillery. The road south provides ever changing views. Small villages intermix the cycling view points. Lamlash provides the link to Holy Island, where a ferry can be caught to the monastery still occupied by Bhuddist monks. Head back across the “String” (the link road across the center of the island).

Challenge: 45 km

Villages along the way: Lamlash, Brodick

Day 3:    Brodick, Lochranza, Claonaig, Kennocraig, Isle of Islay (24 - 30 km)

A day to cycle and relax on ferries. After the climb over to Lochranza, visit the castle and then catch the ferry to Cloanaig. Go across the Kintyre peninsula to catch your second ferry to Port Askaig on Islay. On arrival on Islay, you will only be a few miles from your hotel.

Challenge: 24 to 30 km

Villages along the way: Lochranza, Cloanaig, Kintyre, Islay

Day 4:    Day trip to Isle of Jura (64 km)

Jura is populated by some 5000 deer and 250 people. Jura House can be visited with some wonderful walled gardens and exotic plants. The road east gradually gets smaller and smaller until eventually turning into a footpath. Here you will feel you have reached nowhere and the solitude will be something you will remember forever. If you continue to the far end of the Island and look out to the river mouth you will see the natural wonder of this region, a huge whirlpool which is produced due to the tidal effects.

Challenge: 64 km

Villages along the way: Jura

Day 5:    Day trip to Isle of Colonsay (32 km)

Catch the ferry at Port Askaig to Colonsay . Colonsay being 10 miles long will allow you to explore most of the Island. Cycle to Ornasay across the tidal causeway to visit the ancient priory. The north section of Colonsay has some of the finest beaches in the Western Isles. Catch the evening ferry back to Islay.

Challenge: 32 km

Villages along the way: Isle of Colonsay, Ornasay

Day 6:    From Port Askaig to Port Ellen (57 km)

With Islay only 30 miles long there are many choices of routes. Islay has no shortage of famous name distilleries many Malt Whisky brands are actually places on the Island. Visit the Wildlife Centre, rural life museum or RSPB centre or just cycle the quiet lanes, see quaint bays & small sandy beaches. Here you may feel time has stood still. Your destination is the western port of Port Ellen.

Challenge: 57 km

Villages along the way: Islay, Port Ellen

Day 7:    Port Ellen loop (9 - 32 km)

Today you explore the eastern shores of Islay with a chance to visit the Ardbeg distillery and continue on a remote Island to a ruined church and famous cross and a lovely remote secluded beach.

Challenge: 9 to 32 km

Villages along the way: Islay, Port Ellen 


Day 8:    End of Program

First you take a 9.45 Ferry to Kennacraig (Sundays 12.30). Then cycle across the Kintyre peninsula to Cloanaig and back on the Ferry to Isle of Arran. Cycle around the NW coast of Arran back to Brodick. Take the 19.20 ferry back to Ardrossan and then a train back to Glasgow.

Challenge: back to Androssan

'standard' hotels

The accommodations included are 3*/4* hotels carefully selected according to their quality, location, charm and/or exclusive services. They all have en-suite rooms. 

The Glenartey B&B (Brodick - Arran)
The Glenartey B&B (Brodick - Arran)

This family run accommodation located in Brodick has 10 rooms decorated very personally and with splendid views to Brodik Bay. The owners of the rural guest house offer a warm welcome and a personal service. Delicious breakfasts with homemade bread and local products and two comfortable lounges make you feel like at home.   


Ballygrant Inn (Isle of Islay)
Ballygrant Inn (Isle of Islay)

Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant is a family run inn located in the Isle of Islay, 3 km from Port Askaig. A quiet accommodation with 7 comfortable rooms with views. Their restaurant offers good local food and a wide selection of malt whiskies.   


Glenmachrie House (Glenmachrie)
Glenmachrie House (Glenmachrie)

This welcoming rural guesthouse is housed in a former countryhouse from 1898, surrounded by 182 hectares of green pastures, heath, lakes and swamps. Located 6,5 km from Port Ellen. A great place to relax while you have some tea or you take a look at the splendid views towards Laggan Bay or to the coasts of Ireland.


practical info

This tour can be booked any Saturday from April 1st to September 30th. 

The nearest airport is Glasgow airport (GLA)

Arrival in Arran

From Glasgow airport or Edinburgh airport you can take a train to Ardrossan on the West Coast of Scotland. There is a direct train to the docks from Glasgow, this train arrives just before each ferry departure. Check ferry time tables at www.calmac.co.uk 

* Bike handover at the docks of Ardrossan at 17.36 in time for the 18.00 ferry.

Departure from Arran

 After your tour, depart via the same route

*Bike hanback at Ardrossan docks on the arrival of the 19.20 ferry from Brodick

Hybrid Bikes  

Bikes come with pannier bag, map carrier (1 per 2 bikes), inner tube, lock, tools, bottle carrier.

  • Frame: Sub Cross Alloy 6061 / Sub Cross Men/Lady geometric
  • Fork: Zoom 187 D / 63mm travel
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus RD-M370 / 24 Speed
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-TY710 / 34.9mm
  • Shifters: Shimano SL-M310-8 / R-fire plus / con indicador de marcha
  • Brake levers: Tektro HDM275
  • Brakes: Tektro HDM275 
  • Crankset: Shimano FC-TY501 / 48x38x28 
  • Pedals: VP VP-536
  • Seat: Syncros UC3.0 / UC3.0W
  • Tires: Impac SmartPac / 700x42C / 50 TPI
  • Weight: 13.64 kg

Hibrid bike UKSB025

To rent E-bikes a deposit on credit card is needed. The same gear pack as for hybrid bikes is included.

E- bikes

  • Frame: E-SUB 6061 Alloy
  • E-Drive system: Bosch Active 250w System. Paqueta de batería de 400 wh
  • Fork: Suntour NEX HLO, w/ Lockout
  • Rear Deralleur: Shimano Deore RD-T610-SGS 10 Speed
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore SL-T610
  • Break levers: Shimano BR-M315 Disc
  • Brakes: Shimano BR-M315 Disc
  • Crankset: FSA Metropolis 18T
  • Pedals: VP 573
  • Seat: Syncros Urban Commuter 2.5
  • Tires: Continental Cruise Contact 700x47c
  • Weight: 24.30 kg 

E- bike UKSB025

GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 7 nights´accommodation 
  • 7 breakfasts 
  • Luggage transfer according to the program
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps
  • 24-hour telephone assistance
  • Routes in digital format (.gpx) for GPS or mobile devices

Not included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax
  • Bike rental
  • Transfers by public transportation
  • Ferry tickets
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the programme


  • Extra nights in Glasgow.
  • Single Room Supplement (s)
  • Solo traveller Supplement
  • Bike rental


Accommodation was all really good - great hosts, nice places and good food. 10/10. Food at Glenmachrie immense. Luggage transfers spot on - especially on the return as we had to rearrange times as ferry had been cancelled, no bother at all with the providers. To be noted lots of places were closed on Monday on Arran - there was no opportunity for coffee at Whiting Bay or lunch at Laggs. Whilst not part of the trip would give a shout out for Jim at Islay Cycles in Port Ellen - lovely guy, very helpful if there are any bike issues.

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