Cycling

Come and explore our island on two wheels…

If are planning a holiday on Islay then why not try out some cycling? Cycling on Islay is relatively flat making it a great place to cycle. And with plenty of quiet single-track roads taking you through wonderfully secluded locations, you will have a great time exploring. And you will improve your fitness at the same time!

Whatever the weather…

Important to point out is Islay can be windy and partial to the grey skies and the wet stuff but don’t let that deter you! Just make sure you pack some good waterproofs! However, we do get a lot of nice weather too which is when cycling on Islay is at its very best. There is a choice of routes that you choose from that all take in a variety of interesting sites. This cycling leaflet provides you with all you need to know to plan your routes.

What you can see when cycling on Islay…

Well, of course, there will be plenty of stunning coastline, the odd whisky distillery and an abundance of wildlife to see as you pedal away. As you work your way around single track winding roads, you will take in the gorgeous landscape that unfolds around you. For instance, if you choose ‘Route 3 in this guide‘ you will stumble upon Kilchiaran Bay which will take your breath away. Here are the ruins of an old chapel which overlooks the bay. Take a virtual ‘sneek peek’ of this cycle route and see what is in store.

Bring your own bike or hire one…

It is entirely up to you if you want to bring your own bike or hire one. Both options are easily available. If you bring your own bike then there will be a small fee for it on the ferry. And if you go to Jura taking your bike on the ferry is free. And should you wish to hire bikes you can hire them from the following places:

  • Bowmore Post Office (tel) 01496 810 366
  • Port Charlotte Bike Hire (tel) 01496 850 488
  • Kura Bike Hire (tel) 07092 180 747

Stay safe and cycle responsibly…

Although it is relatively safe cycling on Islay it is advisable you wear a helmet and bright clothing so you are visible to traffic. And be mindful to use passing places to let traffic pass on single track roads. As well as this livestock are free to roam so watch out for them. This leaflet is full of great advice on how to stay safe when cycling on Islay.

Cycling at Islay Cottages

Of course, if you are staying with us there is room to store your bikes at Kilchoman and Tarbert House but unfortunately not at Dundonald. If you want any more information then please just get in touch with us via our online contact form or call us on 01496 850382.



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