Hebridean HopScotch and HebShuttle collaboration.
Hebridean HopScotch has been arranging touring holidays packages for people who want to travel the Outer Hebrides and Skye since 2001.
HebShuttle is proud to be the provider of choice for the provision of bikes, bike transfers and bike-related (emergency) service for the Hebridean HopScotch Holidays customers.
"Outsourcing all bike-related activities to HebShuttle is giving the colleagues from HebHopScotch the time back to focus on their core business which is helping visitors follow a planned itinerary through the islands", Jan, business development director at HebShuttle explains.
Jonny, HebShuttle's technical director: "We operate with a large fleet of hire bikes and a network of minibuses to transfer cyclist to and from start and endpoints throughout the Outer Hebrides. We have made bike services our core business, and we are very grateful HebHopScotch promotes collaboration."
"Working together we can offer the visitors to the islands the best cycling experience".
Luggage Transfer Services Update
Currently, HebHolidays collect your excess luggage from your start point and put it in storage during your journey in the Outer Hebrides. We deliver your luggage to your final accommodation on the date of your arrival. Alternatively, we return your luggage when we transfer you from your last accommodation to the ferry or airport.
We get requests for a luggage transfer service from accommodation to accommodation along the journey. People doing the West Highland Way will be familiar with this type of service.
The Outer Hebrides has got a unique set of logistical challenges if you require to daily cover ten islands and two ferry crossings.
The feasibility study that we completed end of October 2019, into providing this service for 2020 is indicating that the operational costs for a Barra to Butt, accommodation to accommodation luggage transfer, are currently too high to make it a viable business for us.
We will continue with the arrival-collection/departure-return of excess luggage transfer service. This service suits customers who do the Hebridean Way as part of a holiday trip around Scotland, UK, Europe, carrying more luggage.
Travelling light is the key, packing smart the challenge. HebHolidays will be sharing good advice from people who have done the Hebridean Way. Many have said they took too much with them and sometimes not the right gear — more on this topic in future publications.
Making the Outer Hebrides a destination for cyclocross and mountain biking.
Jonny Murray and Jan Schouten from HebHoldidays (HebShuttle) have created Hebridean X Trails to ensure that the Outer Hebrides can take full advantage of growth in cyclocross and mountain biking activities.
Cyclocross and mountain biking contributes significantly to Scottish tourism numbers and Scotland is recognised as being among the best destinations in the world for both.
Hebridean X Trails intend to make the Outer Hebrides a destination for Cyclocross and Mountain Biking.
The outstanding natural Atlantic environment and availability of constructed and natural routes will make Hebridean X Trails the choice for visitors to come to the edge of Scotland, and will bring significant economic benefits to our local communities.
Jonny and Jan will actively be seeking collaboration with the communities, landowners, trusts and grazing committees to address the risk of erosion caused by people taking bikes onto natural routes such as beaches and machair land. Sustainable paths through the communities will be designed in partnership with all stakeholders.
Hebridean X Trails will be branding and promoting the routes and will produce maps and signposts to guide cyclists along sustainable routes.
Together with relevant stakeholders, Hebridean X Trails aim to monitor the routes and where needed take appropriate action to prevent any damage to our natural heritage.
There are extensive opportunities for cyclocross and mountain biking throughout the Outer Hebrides. Hebridean X Trails will offer visitors and local bikers a unique experience of fun and challenge, while also helping to conserve the very natural landscape that attracted them in the first place.
Over the last few months, Hebridean X Trails have been out in Uist and Barra scouting for some exceptional routes. Harris and Lewis are next on their agenda. Places like Scalpay, Uig, Tolsta and Point all offer great potential.
Local communities are invited to approach Jonny and Jan to talk about the opportunities Hebridean X Trails can bring to their area.
Fáilte gu Aline Woodland Daytime Shelter
Cyclists and walkers passing or visiting Aline Community Woodland, are invited to use the shelter HebHolidays/HebShuttle placed on the parking area close to the main road.
It is a place of rest with a table and seats. Ideal for a short break, eat and drink, enjoying the stunning view over the loch and hills behind it.
The pod is the property of HebHolidays Ltd who gift the use of the pod to the Aline Community Woodland.
We ask everyone to please respect the Aline Shelter and leave it clean and tidy. Make other visitors welcome and be considerate to other users. The pod is not for overnight sleeping and CCTV is in operation.
Look out for the pod on the long stretch (A859) between Airidh a' Bhruaich (Isle of Lewis) and Aird a' Mhulaidh (Isle of Harris) part of the Hebridean Way.
Enjoy your stay!
Winner Scottish Rural Award 2019
Hebridean businesses were well-represented among yesterday evening’s (Thursday March 21st) successes at the Scottish Rural awards held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.
Winner in the business start-up category is HebShuttle, a cycle tour and transfer operator based in Stornoway and Benbecula.
The company offers bike transfers, self-guided cycle trips and hire of bikes, including an opportunity to cycle the complete Hebridean Way road cycle route between Barra and the Butt of Lewis.
In 2019 they plan to offer e-bikes for hire for the first time.
Responding to the award, the company said: “We are so proud of winning this award. We take inspiration from our stunning location. Scotland is beautiful.”
Runner-up in the agriculture category was Donald Macsween from Air an Lot in Ness.
“I took a big step back and fell off the stage – fortunately I landed on my feet!”
Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) were also nominated as employer of the year and Hebridean Celtic Festival was in the running for the rural tourism award. Meanwhile Salar Smokehouse in South Uist had two nominations – for rural enterprise and innovation and for business diversification.
Picture shows HebShuttle receiving their award - taken from HebShuttle's Facebook page