• Hebridean Island Adventure - 8 days
8-day Holiday
DepartingJune - September 2017
From£929.00*

* Price shown: 10 Sep 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW

hebridean adventure

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Explore eight different islands - almost the entire length and breadth of the Western Isles - on this wonderful holiday. You'll discover the charm of remote and beautiful places with diverse and captivating scenery, as well as their very different pace and way of life.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A tour of the Isle of Skye, including picturesque Portree and historic Dunvegan Castle (entrance payable locally)
  • Visits to the Standing Stones of Callanish, a Black House, the Broch of Carloway and the Butt of Lewis on the Isle of Lewis (all entrances payable locally)
  • 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)
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Edinburgh
  • 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

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Edinburgh to meet our Tour Manager and board our coach for the long but beautiful journey north-west to the Isle of Skye. We'll break our journey en route (possibly in Pitlochry and at Eilean Donan Castle, beside Loch Duich) and should arrive at our hotel with enough time for you to relax before dinner this evening.

Day Two

After breakfast, today, we'll head past the Cullin Mountains to Dunvegan Castle - stronghold of the chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years, and said to be the oldest continuously occupied 'family home' in Scotland. Discover its fascinating history, and wander the beautiful formal gardens that lie hidden amid the surrounding moorland and mountains.

This afternoon, explore Portree. Admire the dramatic scenery and delightful white and colour-washed buildings around the harbour, browse the shops, and find out about the local environment at the town's exhibition.

Day Three

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before we head to Uig for our crossing to Lochmaddy on North Uist. On arrival, we head over a series of causeways - looking out for otters - to our hotel on Benbecula, where the scenery is studded with glittering fresh- and seawater lochs. 

After checking in to our hotel, you may like a stroll down to the beach, about 350 metres away, before dinner is served.

Day Four

This morning we'll join our local guide and cross the causeway to South Uist, the Western Isles' second largest island. Stunningly beautiful, the island is a stronghold of the Gaelic language. Here, the crofting industries of peat cutting and seaweed gathering are still an important part of everyday life. 

We'll visit the Kildonan Museum, which introduces the island's archaeology and history, and includes a collection of South Uist artefacts. We'll also cross the 1650m-long causeway to the idyllic island of Eriskay (just three miles by two), immortalised in Compton Mackenzie's bestselling novel 'Whisky Galore'.

Day Five

An hour-long ferry crossing takes us from the Island of Beneray to Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris. From here we'll drive to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and check into our hotel.

Day Six

This morning, we'll explore the Isle of Harris. Discover the island's rare and diverse flora and fauna, and marvel at its beautiful scenery - from the high mountains and rocky coastline in the east to its western shoreline of unspoilt beaches, washed by the Atlantic waves.

Back on Lewis we'll visit the standing stones of Callanish - 50 ancient stones arranging in rays around a central ring and easily the most mysterious sight in the islands, stop at Carloway Broch, a 2,000-year-old fortified dry-stone tower, and visit the reconstructed Black House at Arnol, inhabited until 1965 - for a fascinating insight into the lives of the islands' past inhabitants.

Day Seven

On our final morning in the Western Isles we'll head to the Butt of Lewis at the island's northern tip to take in the vast views of the remote landscape before we say our farewells. In the early afternoon, we'll begin the two-hour 45-minute crossing to Ullapool before a wonderfully scenic journey through Wester Ross to our final hotel in Newtonmore.

Day Eight

Today we head back to Edinburgh to catch the flight home. Depending on your flight time there may be a little time to explore the Scottish capital before we head to the airport.

Further Information 

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel 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.

Train journeys

Please note, the West Highland and Kyle lines are both scheduled ScotRail services, and use diesel-powered engines. In the unlikely event of a steam locomotive breaking down on the Strathspey Railway, we reserve the right to substitute the engine with a diesel locomotive. All train journeys are single journeys.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Itinerary changes

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 £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

Hotel Information                                                                                                                                                                        

Hebridean 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.

Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye (nights 1-2)

The modern, spacious three-star Dunollie Hotel is situated at the water's edge by the harbour wall in Broadford, and offers magnificent views across the sea.

N.B. This hotel does not have a lift, and although ground floor rooms are available there will still be some stairs to negotiate in order to access the restaurant.

The Dark Island Hotel (nights 3-4)

Situated on the tiny island of Benbecula, between North and South Uist, the Dark Island Hotel was built in the early 1980s. It offers comfortable accommodation, as well as a restaurant and bar that are popular with residents and locals alike.

Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway (nights 5-6)

This excellent three-star hotel offers spacious, comfortable accommodation, and prides itself on the warmth of its welcome and its high standards of service. It is set in eight acres of attractive gardens on the outskirts of the town, overlooking the grounds of historic Lews Castle and the town's 18-hole golf course.

Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore (night 7)

Friendly service and warm hospitality are the hallmarks of a stay at the Highlander, which is always popular with Newmarket guests. The rooms in this comfortable, modern hotel are located in two blocks just a short walk from the main hotel reception, which also offers a restaurant and bar area. Each room has private facilities, TV, a hairdryer, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in conveniently located, alternative hotels of a similar standard.

 
 
 
Prices & Departure Dates 
Departure AirportDatePrice
From
Code
Birmingham30 Jul 2017 £1019.00 HDP
Bristol11 Jun 2017 £939.00 HDQ
10 Sep 2017 £939.00 
Cardiff30 Jul 2017 £989.00 HDR
East Midlands11 Jun 2017 £969.00 HDT
10 Sep 2017 £969.00 
London Gatwick11 Jun 2017 £929.00 HDU
10 Sep 2017 £929.00 
London Luton30 Jul 2017 £939.00 HDW
London Stansted11 Jun 2017 £939.00 HDZ
10 Sep 2017 £939.00 
Manchester30 Jul 2017 £1079.00 HDX
Norwich11 Jun 2017 £1079.00 HHW
10 Sep 2017 £1079.00 
Southampton30 Jul 2017 £1039.00 HDY
 
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