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Needing help for a trip to the Hebrides

I'm from France and planning a road trip to Scotland this autumn, and I especially want to visit the Outer Hebrides during 1 week and a half.
I just can't make my mind on which kind of transports to use there: I heard about great cycling ways and itineraries, but renting a bike for 1 week will be hard to handle if I bring a suitcase with me (I don't think I'm ready for a one-month trip with a backpack as my only luggage haha).
Otherwise, I could rent a bike for one day or two, if I stay in the same area. On the other days, I could take the bus but I'm not sure if the buses timetables are very extended and allow people to freely lost themselves in the wild nature... I would'nt want to miss the last bus and get stuck!

Anyway, I'm giving myself a headache trying to find the best way to visit Hebrides once I'm there. If you have any recommendations or tips, I'd be glad to hear them! This is my first time planning a whole road trip, and I'm travelling solo so that's even more stressful for me :)



  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hello @Ileen - our resident Hebridean expert @ellisoconnor should be able to help you with this decision!
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • LochNessPhotographyLochNessPhotography Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @Ileen

    Can you drive? If you want the most flexibility then I'd suggest hiring a car. It's not the cheapest option once you factor in ferry fares and fuel but it would certainly give you a lot more freedom in terms of where to go and exploring the area. 

    That said, public transport is reasonably good and you should be able to get to most places without too much bother, you are restricted by their timetables. 

    CalMac do a range of island hopscotch tickets that are pretty good value. Personally I would start in Oban and sail out to Barra and make my way up the Western Isles from there. The ticket I've linked to gives you the fares and timetables for that option. 

    If you want to stick with public transport, the Council have a great resource on their website with details of all the bus timetables including details on how to link up going from Barra to Stornoway on Lewis. 

    Bike hire is available on most of the Islands:

    Isle of Lewis: 

    Or you could look into doing the full thing by bike by hiring one and letting HebShuttle do the heavy lifting in terms of the organisational side of things. 

    Hope that helps!

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