If you didn't get a chance to visit Dunvegan Castle & Gardens then we recommend trying to fit it in this morning on today's shorter ride.
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
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
The home of clan Macleod for 800 continuous years the castle is perched on the shores of Loch Dunvegan and possessing beautiful gardens in the grounds. Check out their website below for visiting times and tickets, there's also Macleod's Cafe where you can pop in for some well earned refreshment at the end of your ride.
Angus MacAskill Museum
Before leaving Dunvegan you may wish to visit this tiny museum set in a thatched roof cottage with fascinating stories about Angus MacAskill - considered to be the world's tallest ever 'true' giant man.
A cermacis workshop and gallery shop on the roadside approximately 12 km into your ride. The studio is owned and run by husband and wife potting duo Stuart and Julie. Why not pop in for a unique gift or souvenir, or simply to see their Skye inspired artwork?
Fairy Glen (4 km detour)
A 'magical' little glen hidden off the road before you descend into Uig. Turn off the A87 and follow the signpost for Sheadar just after the bus shlter at approximately 45 km into the ride.
Food & Drink
There are a few places in Dunvegan to pick-up snacks before beginning your shorter ride to Uig today, such as Dunvegan Bakery (Skye's oldest bakery) and the Maclead Tables Cafe at Dunvegan Castle. For a more substanstial lunch en route try the Skeabost Hotel or the Edinbane Inn. Alternatively, ask your accommoation the nigh before if they can make up a packed lunch for you. There are also several bars and cafés in Uig to choose from upon arrival.
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.