Here’s the next investigation and this time it asks the question…
How easy is it to go cycling on Skye?
The new season and better weather is bringing the cyclists back to Skye, I’ve seen quite a number of tourers already and plenty of wee pelotons of road-riders over recent weekends. I’m a bit in awe of the tourers but I’ve got my fist in my mouth when I pull up behind them up on the bends between Luib and Sconser.
Skye isn’t the first place you think of when you think about cycling; road or mountain bike. In fact, on the Singletrack forum one recommendation I found for Skye was to head over the bridge from Kyle, take the Sleat road, get on a ferry and ride around Ardnamurchan!
But then I also found this so they clearly got over themselves.
One obviously great fan of Skye is the Human Cyclist, who claims it’s a paradise and declares there are fewer better road routes in the UK – read his brilliant blog on Skye here.
Macs Adventure, a tour operator in Glasgow sells self-guided cycle holidays on Skye, a 200 mile tour route around the island and for knocking £700 you’ll get 7 nights accommodation, breakfast, maps and baggage transfer but you don’t get a bike so you’d need to bring your own or arrange hire. Hmm, sounds kinda expensive. I’d be more up for a self-guided, self-sufficient, possibly £200 holiday rather than the above, taking in the great campsites on offer, some adjacent to great mountain biking, like at Glenbrittle for instance.
So maybe try out the island’s own 2-wheel enthusiasts to help you get out on some of Skye’s amazing trails and roads, to see the sights and feel the south westerlies through your hair, I found three operators in a heartbeat. There may be more, apologies if I’ve not found you. Check out these for cycle hire, guided rides and great ideas for routes and trails:
Up and active is the Skye Cycle Way group who are campaigning for a cycle route between Kyleakin and Broadford, to adopt the old road along the A87 in places where it’s viable and to build a path where it’s not. The group is made up of passionate volunteers and has broad support in the community. It’s a fast road and there are serious health and safety debates being had, surveys are happening to garner community feedback and raise awareness. You can find more about Skye Cycle Way here .
Just a day or two ago the Scottish Government announced the new Community Links Fund which could provide an important boost to Skye Cycle Way if the group, together with Broadford and Strath Community Company, are able to access it, £36M across Scotland for improvements to walking and cycle paths.
Anything that improves the safety for cyclists on Skye and promotes cleaner and healthier ways to get around, that slows us down and allows us to take in the landscape with a little more consideration deserves support. There are Action Days to help clear the old road for the Skye Cycle Way and I’m hoping to roll sleeves up soon!