Despite Scotland's reputation of having bad weather and a lot of wind, which is occasionally true and mostly in the wintertime, Islay is an excellent island to discover by bike. The roads are mainly single track, the nature is overwhelming and wildlife is everywhere present. Cycling on Islay is getting more and more popular. And where else do you get a friendly wave from car drivers and other cyclists passing in the opposite direction? The villages are not far apart and in fact the longest distance between two villages on Islay is the ten miles between Bowmore and Port Ellen. Most roads are in a pretty good condition except for the inevitable pot holes but these can easily be avoided since there is almost no traffic, specially on the remote and quiet single track roads. Most roads are relatively flat with the occasional exception of course. What goes up must come down!
There are currently 2 places on Islay where you can hire a bike, see below for addresses, prices and contact info.
Bike hire in Port Charlotte
If you are not able to bring your own bike to Islay you can hire one. The Bike hire in Port Charlotte is located opposite the Port Charlotte Hotel. to rent a bike you can phone them on +44 (0) 1496 850 488. Prices are £15 for one day and £10 extra for each additional day with £75 the price for the week. They are usually open from 9am to 6pm, 7 days a week. If they are not in you can go into the shed beside their house, see photo, where you can get a bike and put monies in the honesty box. They have adult bikes only and a helmet is included.
Bike hire in Port Ellen
Jim Lutomski has a bike hire in Port Ellen located in 2 Corrsgeir Place. Prices are £20 for the day and £70 for the week. Jim has quite a few options such as a racing style bike, a luggage trailer as well as bikes for kids. For more information, directions, an overview of the bikes and more visit www.islaycycles.co.uk