On day 3 we woke up to a dry tent (yay!) perfect weather, and this view. Oh yeah, bikers paradise weather! Bright and crisp and totally perfect. It would be a long day of bike riding with some hills toward the end of the day, but with weather like this you really cannot complain, so we just enjoyed!
Took sometime for a photoshoot at the hostel. I’ve got to get back there!
We biked from the hostel in Howmore up through North Uist to the island in the north of the Uists, Berneray. A long but rewarding day. First stop, gorgeous beaches on Benbecula, an “islandish thing” in between South and North Uist. I do NOT understand why they named things in the way they did in the Outer Hebrides – a major mystery to me. Anyway, look at this beach!
Like almost everywhere we went in the outer hebrides, it was just us. That is worth all of the biking and weather, for sure:
After an intense morning of biking, we stopped for lunch at the highly recommended and really delicious stepping stones restaurant on Benbecula for…more carbs!
Local lamb (there was a lot of local lamb on every menu):
And fish and chips! The freshest fish and chips you can get (almost – we had one even better later in the trip…stay tuned):
Back on the bikes and then had an afternoon break at the Trinity Temple in North Uist, a medieval monastary:
Being there by the ruins with a view of the water was pretty nice, so quiet and peaceful.
Great spot for a coffee:
Back on the bikes and up through North Uist. The weather was perfect and as you rounded the corner you came upon views like this. WOW:
This is my happy place. When I am stressed, I just need to imagine biking here, the wind at my back, and the sea and sky going on forever:
The water almost looks like the Caribbean!! This was a nice hill spot to sit and get attacked by midgies
And here is probably my fave pic of the trip. Happy happy happy place!!
North Uist was unbelievably gorgeous, but our legs were getting tired. The riding did not seem to end but when we finally made it to Berneray, gosh, what sweet relief!
The final causeway to Berneray:
This was the next hostel. We were basically both over the moon to finally arrive here, the perfect, windless spot on the water, and in the sun. Heaven.
Our camping spot for the night:
And OMG did those beers taste SO GOOD:
Our little tent. We had hoped to party with the wild bunch that was at the hostel that night, but the level of pure exhaustion was off the charts. Turned in for a relatively early night and one of the best sleeps. Now to me, this spot beats a 5 star hotel. What an incredible place! You must go!