Isle of Harris
Skye High in Scotland: Skye & the Outer Hebrides Experience the Isles of Skye and the Outer Hebrides on our fabulous tour exploring the west coast and islands. Marvel at the magnificent scenery of the Isle of Skye before crossing over to the magical islands of Harris & Lewis, steeped in Neolithic history. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our overnight hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Ferry to Skye & Armadale Castle This morning we head to Mallaig, pausing at the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct – featured in the Harry Potter films – for a photo stop en route. On arrival in Mallaig, we embark on a ferry journey to Armadale , on the Isle of Skye, with Caledonian MacBrayne. We then make the short journey to Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum , where we discover the castle ruins, which date from the 19th century, and the stunning gardens. The museum reveals the history of the castle, the Highlands and Islands and the powerful Clan Donald. Afterwards, we head to our hotel on Skye. Day 3 Dunvegan Castle & Trotternish Peninsula Today we make our way to the north west corner of Skye to visit Dunvegan Castle & Gardens . Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. After our visit, we enjoy a scenic drive around the northern Trotternish Peninsula via Duntulm, before returning to our hotel. Day 4 Portree & Journey to Outer Hebrides After a leisurely breakfast, we say goodbye to our hotel on Skye and make our way to Portree, the largest town on, and capital of, Skye. We can explore the harbour area and find a spot for some lunch before continuing to Uig, where we catch the afternoon ferry to Tarbert on Harris. On arrival, we make our way to our hotel for the next 3 nights. Day 5 Calanais Stones & Gearrannan Blackhouse Village Today begins with a visit to the Calanais Visitor Centre and the extraordinary 5,000 year old Calanais Standing Stones, one of the best preserved megalithic sites in Scotland and predating Stonehenge. Our day continues with a visit to the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village where we step back in time to experience the way of life in a typical crofting township of the 19th century. As we return to our hotel, we may wish to make a quick pitstop at the Norse Mill and Kiln, two traditionally constructed and thatched stone buildings set into a small river valley, used as a mill and kiln until the 1930s. Day 6 Scenic Tour of Harris & Lewis Suggested Driver’s Day Off Today we join our coach and embark on a relaxing tour of the islands of Harris and Lewis, steeped in history and culture stretching back thousands of years. Our day begins by travelling south to Tarbert and the Isle of Scalpay, which has a population of 300 and is a compact 2.5 square miles in total. The island is connected to Harris via a single track bridge and is a popular spot for fishing, diving and walking. This afternoon we head north to the Port of Ness, a picturesque fishing village with the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse marking the most northerly point on the mainland of the Isle of Lewis. Day 7 Departure Today we board the morning or afternoon ferry to Ullapool , from where we journey home. Please speak to the sales team for overnight options. Please note, this island tour relies heavily on Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services. In the event that a sailing is cancelled or delayed be aware that itineraries will have to be adapted; sometimes at very short notice. If you require a driver’s day off, this would be the ideal day. Speak to the sales team for information about booking a guide and coach hire.
Callanish Standing Stones
Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club (or similar) Fort William, Inverness-shire
See page 29 for full hotel description
Night 1 The Dunollie Hotel Broadford Bay, Isle of Skye
See page 13 for full hotel description
Nights 2 & 3
Caladh Inn Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
This very friendly family-run 3 star hotel enjoys a central location in Stornoway, about a 15 minute walk from the town centre. All 67 well-sized bedrooms are traditionally styled in Harris tweed fabrics and each is equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is an informal, spacious restaurant, a bar offering comfortable seating and a relaxing lounge with sofas and armchairs.
• Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge
Nights 4, 5 & 6
6 Nights Half Board Twin from £734pp Single Supplement from £200 Based on Tuesday arrivals Selected Dates Only Inclusions 1 Night Half Board at Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club • Porterage • Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner • One way ferry Mallaig - Armadale • Entrance to Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum 2 Nights Half Board at The Dunollie Hotel • Porterage • Choice of carvery menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner • Entrance to Dunvegan Castle & Gardens • One way ferry Uig - Tarbert 3 Nights Half Board at Caladh Inn • Porterage • Choice of buffet/carvery menu • Tea/coffee after dinner • Entrance to Calanais Visitor Centre • Entrance to Gearrannan Blackhouse Village • One way ferry Stornoway – Ullapool
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