Day 1 – Barra loop

Tour Itinerary – Barra Loop 44km / 715 m elevation gain. Est moving time – 2:00 hrs


Day 1 – Taking off at London Gatwick on internal flight to Glasgow.

The fun starts when I find our little departure gate at Glasgow airport. We walk onto the runway, have our briefing on the 14 seater plane and off we go!

Landing on the beach was a little un-nerving, however the weather more than made up for it. It didn’t take too long to get everyone off the twin otter plane. I was reunited with my bags and bike.

There is a great cafe at the airport, however – I was eager to get my bike assembled and head off.

The route was a nice intro to island cycling – stopping at Castlebay after a nice up and over into this very picturesque bay. Stopping for some snacks and to take in the new pace of life!

Vatersay is the southernmost point of this ride – where I couldn’t quite believe where I was.


I had dinner at Isle of Barra beach hotel, and then camped on the cliffs at Borve.