Hebridean Island Adventure - 6 Days - Tour Only
- Duration: 6 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20200
- Travel Type: Make your own way
5 nights. September - October 2018. From £529.00.
LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 30th APRIL - JUST GBP79** PER PERSON
Explore Scotland's magical Western Isles
With huge skies and ocean-washed sands of vast empty beaches, and mountains and moorlands rich in flora and fauna, the Hebrides are truly breathtaking. Both itineraries take in the 'Misty Isle' of Skye and the outer Hebridean Islands of Lewis and Harris, with their archaeological wonders including the spectacular standing stones of Callanish and imposing Broch at Carloway.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
A tour of the Isle of Skye, including visits to picturesque Portree and historic Dunvegan Castle (entrance payable locally)
Visits to the remarkable standing stones of Callanish, a Blackhouse and the Broch of Carloway (all entrances payable locally) on the Isle of Lewis
A tour of the Isle of Harris
Five nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at a series of hotels in Broadford, Isle of Skye (2 nights), Stornoway (2) and Newtonmore (1)
All ferry crossings as detailed
Comfortable coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Make your way to Edinburgh, meet your Tour Manager at the airport and board the coach for the scenic transfer northwest towards the magical Isle of Skye, breaking the journey in Pitlochry and at famous Eilean Donan Castle on the shores of Loch Duich.
Passing the famous Cullin Hills, whose craggy peaks are often obscured by a veil of mist, you'll head to Dunvegan Castle. Stronghold of the chiefs of MacLeod for early 800 years and said to be the oldest residence in Scotland to have been continuously occupied by the same family, this is an amazing place steeped in history.
This afternoon explore the island's main town of Portree with its dramatic scenery and delightful white and colour-washed buildings set around the harbour.
Travelling via the Trotternish peninsula and the Skye Museum of Island Life (entrance payable locally), we head to Uig for the ferry crossing to the Isle of Harris and our hotel in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Although one land mass, Lewis and Harris have always had their own distinct identities and unique physical characteristics. Lewis features rolling moorland and low-lying hills dotted with fresh water lochs, and a coastline of rugged cliffs giving way to huge sandy beaches.
Today we head to Harris with its high mountains and rocky coastline to the east, and miles of unspoilt beaches washed by Atlantic waves on the west. Our first visit is to Rodel Church, probably the grandest medieval building in the Western Isles. After time to explore the little port of Tarbet, it's off to the celebrated Standing Stones of Callanish. The most dramatic monument in the islands, this collection of almost 50 ancient stones consists of a central ring with radiating stone rows.
A short walk from the road, over fairly rough ground, takes us to the exceptionally well preserved Carloway Broch a circular dry-stone fortified tower dating back some 2,000 years, before we visit the Blackhouse at Arnol. This unique building, preserved almost as the crofting family left it when they moved out in 1966, gives a fascinating insight into the lives and resourcefulness of the islands' inhabitants.
Our final morning and we head to the Butt of Lewis located at the northern tip of Lewis. Remote and windswept, a visit to this beautiful spot is the final highlight of your stay in the Hebrides.
'Set sail' in the early afternoon for the two-hour, forty-five minute crossing to Ullapool, before the onward scenic journey through Wester Ross to Newtonmore and a final overnight stay.
Journey back to Edinburgh airport this morning. From there you'll be free to make your own way home.Back to top
AccommodationHebridean Island Adventure Touring Hotels
You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a three-star standard. All the bedrooms in all hotels offer private facilities, TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Back to top
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your first hotel is approximately five hours. The transfer time from your hotel to the airport on the last day is approximately three hours.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Access to Carloway Broch
Please note that the Broch is a short walk over fairly rough ground from the road.
Access to Dunvegan Castle
Please note that disabled access to this ancient building is limited. There are two shallow steps into the reception area, followed by approximately 20 steps up to the main rooms. Thereafter the route is level. Many of the garden paths are suitable for wheelchairs.
Please note that most local businesses in the Outer Hebrides will be closed on Sundays.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Airport development fees
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
**Low deposit of GBP79pp applies to new bookings made between 30th March and 30th April (inclusive) 2018 only.. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top