Gearrannan Blackhouse Village © Visit Scotland Kenny Lam
Hop Around the Hebrides Islands Escape from it all on our spectacular tour of the Hebrides, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Boasting some of the best beaches and coastal scenery in Europe, flourishing wildlife, fascinating history and unique island cultures, this tour is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air.
Vatersay Beach, Isle of Barra
Isle of Harris
Alexandra Hotel Fort William, Inverness-shire
PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our overnight hotel in Fort William in time for dinner. Day 2 Isle of Skye & Isle of Benbecula
See page 17 for full hotel description
Today, we travel through the spectacular Scottish Highlands towards the Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye passing the beautiful Eilean Donan Castle en route. Situated on an island at the point where three sea lochs meet, Eilean Donan is one of the most iconic images of Scotland. From the Kyle of Lochalsh, we cross the magnificent Skye road bridge onto the Isle of Skye itself and enjoy the scenic drive past the dramatic Cuillin Hills and through the island’s capital, Portree. We arrive at the port of Uig from where we take a ferry to Lochmaddy (with dinner on board) on the Isle of Benbecula, our destination for the next two nights. Day 3 South Uist, Eriskay & the Isle of Barra This morning, we explore stunning South Uist, an island of the Outer Hebrides with crystal clear water and white powder beaches. We pass the ruins of the 18th century Ormacleit Castle towards the Isle of Eriskay, which is linked by a stone causeway. This beautiful little island is where Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot on Scottish soil and is also known for its famous, semi-wild ponies. While there we take the lunchtime ferry over to the Isle of Barra for a short visit. From beaches and hills to machair and moors, there is so much packed into this small island and if you’re lucky you’ll see tourist planes landing on the Today, we travel across North Uist, alongside 13 miles of stunning sandy beaches, fresh water lochs and rolling moorland hills before reaching Berneray, reputedly one of King Charles III’s favourite destinations. From here, we board the ferry to Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris, which offers an incredibly diverse landscape. On arrival, we visit St Clement’s Church, Rodel, which was built in around 1500. The Isle of Harris is linked by road to the Isle of Lewis and the drive passes some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the UK. We visit the Isle of Scalpay and admire its lovely waterfront villages before making our way to our final destination of the day, Stornoway, where we settle into our next hotel for two nights. Day 5 Isle of Lewis Suggested Driver’s Day Off beach! Afterwards, we take a return ferry home. Day 4 Island Hopping: Benbecula, Harris & Lewis Today we enjoy a step on guided tour of the island’s fantastic scenery. Lewis is the largest and most populated of the Western Isles, although it remains refreshingly unspoilt and uncrowded. Home to some of the most important seabird colonies in the UK, the Isle of Lewis is a haven to all forms of wildlife. During our circular tour, we visit Carloway Broch, an ancient Iron Age fortification, and the mystic Calanais Visitor Centre where we see the Callanish Standing Stones, one of the best preserved megalithic sites in the whole of Scotland. We also visit Gearrannan Blackhouse Village and step back in time as we experience the way of life in a typical crofting township of the 19th century.
Dark Island Hotel Liniclate, Isle of Benbecula Plus
The Dark Island hotel is located on the south island of Benbecula in a peaceful countryside location. There is a pub styled bar, a quiet courtyard and a fabulous, tranquil beach where rare birds and wildlife can be seen just a short stroll away. All 42 bedrooms vary in style and each is equipped with a TV, hairdryer & tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel does not have a lift but there are ground floor rooms & there is a spacious restaurant. This is a real ‘get away from it all’ hotel that provides an opportunity to meet the locals who frequent the bar and restaurant.
• Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge
Nights 2 & 3
Caladh Inn Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
See page 14 for full hotel description
Nights 4 & 5
Please note, some dates will use the Cabarfeidh Hotel on Nights 4 & 5. Contact us for information.
5 Nights Half Board Twin from £649pp Single Supplement from £100 Inclusions 1 Night Half Board at Alexandra Hotel • Porterage
• 2 Nights Half Board at Caladh Inn • Porterage • Choice of buffet/carvery menu • Tea/coffee after dinner • Full day step on guide • Entrance to Calanais Visitor Centre • Entrance to Gearrannan Blackhouse Village • Ferry Stornoway - Ullapool
If you require a driver’s day off this would be the ideal day. Speak to the sales team for info about booking coach hire.
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner Ferry Uig - Lochmaddy (includes dinner) 1 Night B&B at Dark Island Hotel 1 Night Half Board at Dark Island Hotel • Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
Day 6 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.
• Return ferry Eriskay – Ardmhor • Ferry Berneray - Leverburgh
Albatross Approved Rating: ✓ Visited ✓ Inspected ✓ Graded
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