The A851 road you will be cycling along today is generally quiet but can have short busier spells with traffic heading for the ferry to Mallaig.
Beware of traffic particular when entering and leaving towns where traffic flow tends to be the highest. Remember to stay on the left hand side of the road. Be mindful of other road users. Obey local road signs and look out for any change in road conditions.
***Before starting your ride it's always worth inspecting your bike for damage. Check for damage to the frame, components and wheels. Ensure that there are no loose cables, tyres are properly inflated and the brakes are working. Bear in mind the brakes may work the opposite way to which you are used to.
If you are hiring a bike it is worthwhile taking a quick test ride when you collect your bike to familiarise yourself with the gears, brakes and to check your bike is setup correctly for you.
Always wear a helmet when cycling and if you have any concerns over the condition of your rental bike please call the office or your bike hire shop using the number provided in your information pack.***
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Armadale Castle & Gardens
An 18th century castle ruins surrounded by stunning gardens and woodlands with an on site café.
A recently opened whisky distillery (one of only two in Skye) offering tours with a café off to the left of the A851.
Food & Drink
There are a few options along the route today to stop for a quick tea/coffee or a more considerable lunch if you prefer. Aternatively, you can get supplies from several shops and cafés in Broadford before leaving. Make sure to bring snacks along with plenty of water whatever you choose to do. Just off the A851 approx. 14 km into the route you'll reach An Crùbh (usually open 7 days a week from 10am-4:30pm during peak months), a modern cafe in a beautiful space serving tea, coffee, cake and light snacks. Near the end of the route attached to Armadale Castle & Gardens you'll pass the Gasta resturant & cafe (usually open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm during peak months) at Armadale Castle.
When you arrive in Armadale you can enjoy tea, coffee and cake at Cafe 1925, or wait until the evening for dinner at the Ardvasar Hotel - make sure to book the latter as there are very limited options in the village.
EquipmentAlways be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and check the local weather forecast before leaving. Remember to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer particularly as conditions in Scotland are never guaranteed! Gloves (fingerless mitts in summer) are popular to provide some extra warmth and handlebar padding when riding, and don't forget a battery pack to provide an emergency charge to any navigation equipment you may be using.
Basic Equipment for Bike Riding
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
Technical Equipment for Bike Riding
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.