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Scotland - Western Isles & West Coast Cycle Tour 2013 incl St Kilda

Old 08-10-13, 09:20 AM
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Scotland - Western Isles & West Coast Cycle Tour 2013 incl St Kilda

Scotland - Western Isles & West Coast Cycle Tour 2013 slideshow
Full slideshow is available on YouTube and can be viewed here YouTube compression really makes a mess of the images unless you change to 1080p HD and FULLSCREEN after you click on the link.


In addition to climbing Conachair on St Kilda and Sheabhal on Barra, I also ventured off the bike to climb Eaval on North Uist.



Previous tours of the islands can viewed here 2011 or the 2012 slideshow here there will be a very familiar feel to the slideshow as I visited many of my favourite places from previous trips. Enjoy!

A few pics from this year:


^ Painting with light after 1am (it wasn't dark enough before!) at Horgabost, Isle of Harris


^ Taking on the Lover's Stone and the 300m drop to the Atlantic Ocean, St Kilda


^Traigh Seilebost looking across to Luskentyre and the Harris hills


^Wandering along the magical Traigh Siar, Berneray
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Looks like a great trip! The pictures are fantastic.
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Great video, thanks for sharing. I am planning a trip to Scotland and Wales for 2014 and this area is a "must go" after looking at your videos.
Looks like you go in June every year...is that the prime month to do this trip, or is it a scheduling issue? You look pretty bundled up in a lot of the pictures!
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Originally Posted by ShortCircuit
Great video, thanks for sharing. I am planning a trip to Scotland and Wales for 2014 and this area is a "must go" after looking at your videos.
Looks like you go in June every year...is that the prime month to do this trip, or is it a scheduling issue? You look pretty bundled up in a lot of the pictures!
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Thanks Cheryl. Other than in 2011 when I planned my trip in advance, the last two trips I've only committed to go one or two days beforehand when high pressure systems looked likely to provide a settled spell of weather. I appreciate you won't have the luxury of waiting until the last minute for your trip. The weather can always be unpredictable on the islands but the month of June has generally been very good but it's hard to predict The Outer Hebrides are situated right on the edge of Europe, exposed to the ever present winds sweeping in off the Atlantic, so visiting requires some windproof clothing even in the warmer months.

Some observations from my trips:
- the prevailing SW winds aid a South to North route(Barra - Lewis) but SW winds are also likely to bring rain
- E and NE winds are colder but generally bring dry settled weather - most of my 3 trips have had E or NE winds.
- If you like camping then the Scottish midge doesn't really come out to play in force until late June/early July on the islands. If you camp on the mainland near trees you will find the midge season starts a few weeks earlier in late May.
- The Atlantic hasn't warmed up greatly by the beginning of June so sightings of basking sharks are less (I've still seen baskings on 2 out of the 3 trips) but sightings are much more prevalent in July and August.
- Ferries don't need to be booked in advance - cyclists can turn up and pay on the ferry which adds to the flexibility of the trip.

The Outer Hebrides are a stunning part of the world to visit, you will find a friendly welcome and amazing scenery which has an edge of the world feel like few other places I've visited.

ps I've been to your hometown of Park City several times but only in the winter for skiing. Fond memories!
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Thanks for the advice, and give me a shout if you come back this way, We'll grab a watered down Utah beer and talk about bike touring. Oh you should visit Park City in the summer also, the biking and hiking in the mountains are spectacular!
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