Isles-based HebShuttle took home the award for best Business Start-up at the Scottish Rural Awards 2019 on March 21,

The award was happily received by Stornoway-based business director Jan Schouten, Booking Manager Karin Schouten, and Technical Director Jonathan Murray. 

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.”

Jan and Karin Schouten might be better known for their impeccable cleaning standards with their company CleanSquad, but while everyone loves a clean house, new business HebShuttle is here to help bring some adventure into your life. 

HebShuttle provides a service that will take you and/or your bike to the required destination in the isles, whether that is to start your cycle ride, or finish it, with the company providing drop-offs and pick-ups from ferry terminals up and down the Outer Hebrides, making it easier than ever to complete the well-known Hebridean Way. 

With decades of combined local knowledge, the team at HebShuttle offer not only self-guided cycle trips but also the option to have them book all accommodation and ferry journeys for you, sorting the logistics so that you can just enjoy the ride. 

HebShuttle was born out of the laundry service that CleanSquad and sister company Isles Laundry provide, which involves driving between Stornoway and Balivanich on Benbecula twice a week; 

Jan believed they could make better use of this journey. Jan explained to EVENTS: “Being a member of the Outer Hebrides Tourism organisation, I spoke with Rob McKinnon (CEO)… and he pointed me to the increasing popularity of the Hebridean Way. 

“The logistical challenges of getting to the starting point in Vatersay and returning home with a bike from finishing at the Butt of Lewis offered opportunities…

 

“I was no expert in bikes or bike hire so I approached Jonny Murray from Bike Hebrides. We had a coffee at the Castle and we spoke about collaborating on logistics and bike expertise. That was the day HebShuttle was born.”