Hebridean Island Adventure - 8 Days - Tour Only
- Duration: 8 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20202
- Travel Type: Make your own way
7 nights. June - July 2018. From £889.00.
LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 31ST MARCH - JUST GBP79 PER PERSON*
Eight different islands and three ferry crossings
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. 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, as well as the islands of Uist, Benbecula and Eriskay in the Outer Western Isles.
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
A day exploring North and South Uist
Seven nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at a series of hotels in Broadford, the Isle of Skye (2 nights), Stornoway (2), Benebecula (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 own way to Edinburgh, meet your tour manager 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.
We head to Uig today for the crossing to Lochmaddy on North Uist. On arrival you'll travel over a series of causeways to the hotel on remote Benebecula, 'the stepping stone' between North and South Uist. The scenery here is punctuated with glittering fresh and sea-water lochs, giving the impression that there's more water than land.
Today a local guide will help bring these islands to life, as you cross the causeway to South Uist, where the Gaelic language and traditional industries of peat-cutting and seaweed-gathering are still part of everyday life.
A visit to the Kildonan Museum offers an introduction to the island's archaeology and land use from the earliest time until the 18th Century.
Travelling the 1650m-long causeway to the tiny, idyllic island of Eriskay is surely the highlight of any tour to the Western Isles. It was just off the island's north shore that the SS Politician foundered on hidden rocks, an event immortalised in Compton Mackenzie's bestselling novel 'Whisky Galore'.
Crossing from the Island of Benerary to the Isle of Harris, you'll head to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and check into the hotel.
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 almost three-hour 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, and begin your journey home.Back to top
AccommodationHebridean Island 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 GBP79 per person applies to new bookings only made between 28th December 2017 and 31st March 2018. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer, the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling and Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route and 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