Thursday June 22—Sunday, July 2, 2023
10 nights, 11 days
Edinburgh and a free-wheeling ride through the Southern Hebrides on E-Bikes
Limited to 10 women
Scotland is wildly gorgeous. We all know that from either traveling there or reading rapt accounts by other people lucky enough to make a visit.
To learn more about this exciting adventure, join us for a Zoom session where Jeannie Ralston will explain how the e-bike tour works and what we’ll see along the way. Click here to sign up for the info session.
But nothing is quite as gorgeous—in a verdant, salty-air, soul-stirring way—as the Scottish Islands, specifically the Southern Hebrides. And the best way to see this remarkable spot on the planet is on an e-bike, where you can zoom past breathtaking seascapes, flowering bushes in front of small cottages, quaint pubs and shops, and vistas of green pastures and enormous skies filled with muscular clouds.
NextTribe Founder Jeannie Ralston rode this island-hopping route on a bike a few years ago, and she reports that it was one of the most memorable jaunts of her life. She wants to share this special spot with nine other NextTribers.
Before we head to the coast, we’ll spend three days in lovely Edinburgh, getting an insider look at the historic city while getting over our jetlag. Our NextTribe connections will allow us to visit a local creative woman our age, so we can find out the secrets of life in Scotland. We’ll also do a whisky tasting to prepare ourselves for our time in the Scottish Hebrides, which includes the island of Islay, home to some of the most famous distilleries in the world.
Over our six days of e-bike riding, we’ll visit the islands of Arran, Jura, and Islay, staying in bed and breakfasts each night. We’ll take ferries between islands, and our tour outfitter will move our luggage to each inn.
Please note: This is what’s called a self-guided tour through an established operator, Hooked on Cycling. This means there will not be a van to pick us up if we get tired. But we’ll be on e-bikes, so no worries! And Jeannie Ralston, who has biked this route before, will be with us the whole way. Also, we will be given specific directions to reach all of our destinations. Plus, these islands are small. Plus, GPS!
- Three nights at the four-star Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh
- Six nights in inns on the Southern Hebrides Island
- One night at hotel at the Glasgow Airport on night before departure
- Detailed, turn-by-turn bike route
- Jeannie Ralston on tour as guide
- Luggage transfer between inns
- Train tickets
- Ferry tickets
- E-bike rental
- Dinners every night in Edinburgh and on the bike trip (except for final night at airport hotel)
- Wine at dinner
- Breakfasts every morning
- Walking tour of Edinburgh
- Whisky tasting in Edinburgh
- Visit to local artist or writer in Edinburgh
- Transfer from airport to Edinburgh Hotel
- Alcohol besides wine at dinner
- Travel insurance
$3,950 per person, double ($100 discount for NextTribe members)
Single supplement $1,400
$500 deposit required to hold your spot
(Deposit is non-refundable or transferrable to another NextTribe trip because we will incur hefty fees with the tour operator for cancellations.)
Balance due by March 18, 2023
Trip is non-refundable after April 22, 2023.
Important Travel Information
This trip is for women who are moderately fit. E-bikes have pedal assist to help you up hills or if you tire, but you must be able to ride up to 40 miles in one day (the most we will ride in a single day; other days are between 24 and 30 miles on the bike).
All guests MUST have suitable travel insurance that covers you for this activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care. You can now buy travel insurance through NextTribe! Go to this link and where the form says “Agency ID: optional” enter this number for the best deal: F212033.
Please note that we will begin our tour in Edinburgh but fly out of Glasgow. Please book your flight accordingly. Or, if you want to book in and out of Glasgow, you will need to take a taxi or train to Edinburgh. If you fly into Edinburgh and want to fly out of Edinburgh, your train ticket and hotel at the Edinburgh airport will not be covered.
To sign up, please fill out the form below. After you hit submit, you will be directed to PayPal to pay your $500 deposit. Please note that your spot is not held until you put down your deposit.