Inner Hebrides by Cycle

bike on Tiree

Coll and Tiree are two remote unspoiled Scottish islands in the Inner Hebrides and yet surprisingly easy to reach by ferry from Oban. We left the cars behind and travelled by bike making for a very relaxed, healthy and economical holiday.

Coll and Tiree are two remote unspoiled Scottish islands and yet surprisingly easy and relaxing to reach by ferry from Oban.  We left the cars behind and travelled by bike making for a very economical holiday and a healthy breath of fresh air.

ferry to the Hebrides
Ferry to the Hebrides

We docked first on the Isle of Coll where we stayed for 3 nights, allowing us to explore the nooks and crannies of this sparsely populated island on our bikes.  Fabulous white sandy beaches, empty except for us and the seals and ideal for canoeing.  

canoing on hebrides
Canoing on the Hebrides

We stayed at COLL BUNKHOUSE, right where the ferry lands and just across the way from the only post office, shop and bar on the island.  Recently built, perfect for a group or family self-catering with family sized rooms.

Isle of Coll, Hebrides, on bikes
Isle of Coll, Hebrides, by bike.

A few days later we hopped back onto the ferry for the short journey to Tiree also in the Inner Hebrides.  The ferry followed the coast and we could see all the beaches we had been exploring.  The ferry docks on Tiree at the small village of Scarinish, a positive metropolis of tiny white cottages and a supermarket!

It was a 5-mile ride to MILLHOUSE HOSTEL, which is close to the famous kite surfing beaches. We passed huge hares on the roadside but very few cars.  Millhouse hostel was lovely with its fresh spring colours and bright rooms with the sun shining down through Velux windows.  A perfect base in the Hebrides.

kitchen at millhouse hostel Hebrides
Kitchen at Millhouse Hostel, Hebrides

We set of for the beach past the kite surfing centre and didn’t get home until it was nearly dark.  A few days on Tiree and we were so relaxed our clocks had slipped until we were out late each evening and regularly cooking dinner at 10 at night.  Corresponding late mornings and plenty of spring sunshine and fresh breezes put us in the perfect frame of mind for days of kite surfing, beachcombing and evenings watching the wildlife.   What a perfect holiday in the Hebrides.

You can find our lovely Hebrides Island Hostels on these maps:  Skye and the Hebrides.

About Sam Dalley

Editor of the Independent Hostel Guide