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Bike Hire on the Isle of Barra

Hire bikes, The Hebridean Way & advice for families & individuals to explore our island paradise

End of 2021 Season Update

What a busy, busy season that was!!!!! I have to say I am rather pleased we have slowed right down to almost a complete stop. Through the season between April and the middle of October it was "full on" ..... many 14 hour days and pretty much 7 days a week. Barra has seen lots of visitors in 2021 and lots and lots of visiting cyclist. I do believe there have been more bikes on the roads of Barra and Vatersay in the summer of 2021 than in any previous year I can recall. Early indications, bike hire enquiries and advanced bookings are pointing to 2022 being equally as busy ... if not more so.

If you have any plans to visit Barra in 2022 or take on the Hebridean Way then now is the time to start formulating your plans. If you have any queries or questions about bike hire for Barra & Vatersay or for the Hebridean Way then please feel free to contact us.


For further updates or questions feel free to e-mail Tony on info@barrabikehire.co.uk or flanagan63@btinternet.com or call me for a chat on 07876 402842. If you don't manage to get through please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

We often have problems with mobile phone connections in the winter months - possibly due to high winds and adverse weather conditions resulting in mast problems and interrupted mobile phone signals. The best and most reliable means of getting through is a by means of a WhatsApp message on 07876 402842. [Tony Flanagan]

Welcome to Barra Bike Hire

Barra Bike Hire is based on the beautiful Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides - the 'Islands on the Edge'. It is a truly amazing place and we count ourselves very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. Each and every day one feels to be close to, part of and surrounded on all sides by the landscape... a landscape of hills and moorland, sea and surf and some of the most fantastic beaches in the world. The coastal ring road around Barra is a relatively quiet single carriageway - with passing places - and is generally ideal for cycling. There are also a number of spur roads that give you access to many more wonderfully secluded spots to discover and explore. A quality hire bike from Barra Bike Hire is, in our opinion, easily the best way to explore our island ‘Barradise’. We pride ourselves on providing first class service from point of contact right through to getting you on the road on your bike. Don't just take our word for how good our service is .... see what past clients have said on Trip Advisor.  Read more about the Isle of Barra »

Bikes for Hire

1. Local bikes [..for use on Barra & Eriskay/South Uist]. We have a varied fleet of well maintained bikes for hire locally. We cater for individuals, families, and groups. Bikes can be hired for half days (up to 4hrs) or a full day (available from 8.00am til 7.00pm). Multi-day rentals are also available and the more days you hire a bike the cheaper it gets. We also offer a competitively priced bike delivery and collection service anywhere on the island ....but only for full day and multi-day hires. [Hire rates for adult bikes (2020 season - £18.00/day 1 - £14.00/day 2 & then £12.00/day for each day thereafter.] 

2. Hebridean Way Touring/Hybrid bikes [Barra - Stornoway]. These are a fleet of higher 'spec' bikes prepared with the Hebridean Way in mind. They come with pannier racks (rear and front racks available), mudguards, hydraulic disc brakes, multi-tool, puncture repair items, spare tubes, pump, lights & a lock. Once you have completed the ride you can leave the bikes at our drop off point in Stornoway and we will take care of recovering them back to Barra. Pannier bags and helmets are also available for hire as extras. [Hire rates for adult bikes - £30.00/day for the first three days; £20.00/day for days 4 & 5 and then £15.00/bike for each day thereafter. One-way hire surcharge -£40.00/bike - covers the cost of recovering bikes back to Barra. 

For more Hebridean Way planning & logistics information then request our information sheets or see our Blog Page. 

3. Electric Pedal Assisted bikes for use locally on Barra or on the Hebridean Way. These are high spec e-bikes that are available all year round and will definitely get you round everything on Barra and beyond without having to get off and push up any of the hills!!!!. If you have never tried an e-bike you will be amazed at just how easy they are to use and at how effective they are!! The e-bike mantra is .... "further, faster and for longer". [Hire rates for adult bikes - £34.00/day for the first day & £26.00/day for each day thereafter for "local use". Different rates apply for Hebridean Way use. Please ask for details.]


As well as hire bikes for use on Barra and the local surrounding islands we also have expedition prepared bikes for use on the Hebridean Way. Being based at the southern end of the 185-mile (292km) cycle route known as the Hebridean Way we are well placed to offer specialist bike hire, support and guidance to cyclists visiting the Outer Hebrides. We will set you up with your hire bikes on Barra and arrange for you to drop them off in Stornoway. You choose how many days you want the bike for. There is a 'one-way' surchage for the service which covers the cost of sending the bikes all the way back to Barra. Do please call or email if we can help in any way with bike hire, accessories hire (helmets; pannier bags) or just assisting with the logistics. For more Hebridean Way logistics information see our Blog Page. 

Why hire a bike for the Hebridean Way from Barra Bike Hire? 

1. We are based on Barra at the start of the ride which means we can meet & greet you in person and ensure you are fully set up to get the best out of your hire bike before you set off.

2. We have top quality new and nearly new bikes that are fully prepared for long distance challenge rides..... and our personal service is second to none - See us on Trip Advisor.

3. We provide a back up and emergency support infrastructure all the way up the islands.

4. We are the most competetively priced hire provider!! - The cheapest hire fees on the market when you compare the full service provision like for like = best value for money. E-mail us for a quote today.

Bike Repairs, Servicing

Barra Bike HIre also offer a bike repair & maintenance service. We keep a limited stock of spare parts to keep bikes on the road. If needed we can order in parts however it can take a day or two to arrive by post depending on what is needed. We are able to undertake emergency call outs to anywhere on the island for our own hire fleet and also visiting cyclists and their bikes. Contact us on 07876 402842. WhatsApp messeging is usually the most reliable way of getting through.  More repairs & servicing »

Family Run

We are a small, friendly, family run business. We originally set up in 2013 / 2014 when we invested in half a dozen rental bikes to provide for guests staying in our self-catering apartment and the self-catering holiday let 'across the road'. At that time bike hire on Barra was difficult to source and at times simply not available. Since then, due to growing demand, we invested in more bicycles and  now have a varied and diverse rental fleet to cater for most needs. We have conventional bikes - hybrid, road and mountain bikes, children's bikes, specialist Hebridean Way expedition bikes and also E-bikes. Read more about us »


Our Cycle Hire Prices

Up to 4hrs (half day)Full Day (4hrs+ - 6.30pm) 1Multi-Day after day 1 (per day) 2
Adult Bikes£12.00£18.00£12.00
Child's Bike / Youth Bike£10.00£14.00£10.00
Kiddy adaptions£5.00£8.00£5.00

1 Bikes to be returned by 6.30pm on day of hire or on the last day of hire for multi day hires..

2 An adult bike hired for 3 days or more the charge is £10.00/day for day 3 and each day thereafter. E-bikes on day 3 are charged out at £20.00/day and each day thereafter.

Call us on +44 (0) 7876 402842 or email .

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Our clients say...

Thanks to Tony and Barra bike hire for the bikes and support on our challenge to cycle the Hebridean Way. In May 2019, 4 of us lads decided to cycle the route and flying in to Barra, with bikes already there, was by far the easiest and cheapest way to do it. Tony made it incredibly easy to hire 4 good bikes with panniers and kit, and helped us arrange a pick up from the Butt of Ness back to our last nights accommodation in Stornoway, with the bikes being returned to Barra by his Stornoway counterpart Alister. Top class support from start to finish. Thank you Tony and Alister. 5/5


Contacted Tony very last minute and even then he couldn’t be more helpful. Tried the e-bikes and loved them, perfect way to explore the island without it being too taxing. High quality bikes and very good service. Couldn’t have asked for any more. 5/5

Barry Mcguckin

Had a wonderful six days cycling to Stornoway through the beautiful Hebrides with the wind, rain, hail and glorious sunshine adding to the drama! Tony couldn't have been more helpful and the bike was excellent. Huge thank you to Barra bikes. Highly recommended. 5/5

Peter Cawston

Outstanding service from Tony who dropped off electric bikes to house we were staying in and spending time taking us through the process of using electric bike for first time. Bike was of the highest quality. I’d thoroughly recommend Barra Bike hire. Thanks for making our stay so memorable! 5/5

Alison Mitchell

Can’t speak highly enough of Barra Bikes. Tony provides a first class service, and does his utmost to accommodate his customers’ requirements. His fleet of bikes are ideal for the cycling around the islands and are well maintained and equipped. A pleasure to deal with. Thanks 5/5

Nigel Austin

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