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Dunvegan to Uig

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Enjoy a shorter day in the saddle today as you follow the rolling A850 from Dunvegan across the Waternish Peninsula before joining the A87 and pedalling north up the Trotternish Peninsula to Uig.
moderate
Distance 47.5 km
3:30 h
499 m
505 m
If your check-out time (and the weather) allows you can enjoy a later start before today's relatively short and straight forward ride to Uig. When you're ready to begin, ascend out of Dunvegan to be rewarded with views of the Macleod's Tables hills, which only improve as you continue ascending. Enjoy the scenery as you leave the Waternish Peninsula behind for the Trotternish Peninsula. With constantly changing views of the coast and hills of northern Skye on the Trotternish Peninsula simply enjoy the ride as you make your way towards the fishing village of Uig, tucked away in a small bay. This is the perfect place to sample some locally caught seafood. 

Author’s recommendation

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.  

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Grace Brammer
Update: September 14, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
169 m
Lowest point
5 m
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Safety information

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.  

https://www.dunvegancastle.com/

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. 
http://www.dunveganmuseums.co.uk/GiantMacAskill.html

Edinbane Pottery
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?
http://www.edinbane-pottery.co.uk/

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. 
https://www.isleofskye.com/skye-guide/skye-places/fairy-glen

  

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.

 

Start

Junction of A863 and A850 in front of war memorial in Dunvegan (11 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NG 25156 47778
DD
57.436875, -6.581685
DMS
57°26'12.8"N 6°34'54.1"W
UTM
29V 645163 6368601
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Destination

Calmac ferry terminal, Uig

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - At the north end of Dunvegan village begin at the junction facing the war memorial and TURN RIGHT to ascend on the A850, signposted for Portree. Continue STRAIGHT ON the A850 for approximately 28 km.

28.00 km - When you reach the junction with the A87 TURN LEFT and continue STRAIGHT ON the A87, following the signpost to Uig, for approximately 20 km.

Check your accommodation list to make sure you don't cycle past your accommodation on the approach to Uig - if you miss it it could mean extra ascent back out of Uig!

47.50 km - Follow the road as it descends skirting the bay to arrive in Uig, you'll see the ferry terminal in the distance. Continue STRAIGHT ON the road through the village to finish at the Calmac ferry terminal and pier at the road end.

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

OS Grid
NG 25156 47778
DD
57.436875, -6.581685
DMS
57°26'12.8"N 6°34'54.1"W
UTM
29V 645163 6368601
w3w 
///jigsaw.over.majoring
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Always 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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • 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.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
47.5 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
499 m
Descent
505 m

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