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Published on: 23 November 2016
See Scotland's stunning Western Isles
The mystical Isle of Skye and the beautiful Western Isles offer a holiday experience like no other. Stunning scenery, a leisurely pace of life and a unique culture - a visit to these islands is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. This superb-value, three-centre holiday is a perfect introduction to these beguiling islands.
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Edinburgh to meet our Tour Manager. Once on board the coach we head north west from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye. It's a long but beautiful journey, which we'll break in Pitlochry and at famous Eilean Donan Castle on the shores of Loch Duich.
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.
Travelling via the Trotternish peninsula and the Skye Museum of Island Life (entrance payable locally), today we'll make the ferry crossing from Uig to the Isle of Harris, before continuing by coach to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, where we'll check in to our hotel.
Though a single landmass, Lewis and Harris have their own distinct identities and landscapes, and you'll stay amid the rolling moorland and freshwater lochs of Lewis.
Harris is an island split in two - high mountains and rocky coastline to the east; unspoilt Atlantic beaches to the west. See Rodel Church, possibly the grandest medieval building in the Western Isles and explore the little port of Tarbert.
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.
On our final morning 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.
Today we head back to Edinburgh Airport to catch our flight home. Along the way, though, we'll make a final stop in the charming highland town of Pitlochry.
|Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|Birmingham||27 Apr 2017||£719.00|
|Birmingham||28 Sep 2017||£789.00|
|Birmingham||12 Oct 2017||£729.00|
|Bristol||27 Apr 2017||£619.00|
|Bristol||28 Sep 2017||£699.00|
|Bristol||12 Oct 2017||£639.00|
|Cardiff||27 Apr 2017||£679.00|
|Cardiff||28 Sep 2017||£749.00|
|Cardiff||12 Oct 2017||£699.00|
|East Midlands||20 Apr 2017||£669.00|
|East Midlands||04 May 2017||£739.00|
|East Midlands||14 Sep 2017||£769.00|
|East Midlands||05 Oct 2017||£719.00|
|London Gatwick||20 Apr 2017||£599.00|
|London Gatwick||04 May 2017||£669.00|
|London Gatwick||14 Sep 2017||£699.00|
|London Gatwick||05 Oct 2017||£649.00|
|London Heathrow||27 Apr 2017||£679.00|
|London Heathrow||28 Sep 2017||£749.00|
|London Heathrow||12 Oct 2017||£699.00|
|London Luton||20 Apr 2017||£599.00|
|London Luton||04 May 2017||£679.00|
|London Luton||14 Sep 2017||£709.00|
|London Luton||05 Oct 2017||£649.00|
|London Stansted||20 Apr 2017||£599.00|
|London Stansted||04 May 2017||£669.00|
|London Stansted||14 Sep 2017||£699.00|
|London Stansted||05 Oct 2017||£649.00|
|Manchester||20 Apr 2017||£689.00|
|Manchester||04 May 2017||£759.00|
|Manchester||14 Sep 2017||£789.00|
|Manchester||05 Oct 2017||£739.00|
|Norwich||27 Apr 2017||£699.00|
|Norwich||28 Sep 2017||£799.00|
|Norwich||12 Oct 2017||£699.00|
|Southampton||20 Apr 2017||£769.00|
|Southampton||04 May 2017||£839.00|
|Southampton||14 Sep 2017||£869.00|
|Southampton||05 Oct 2017||£819.00|
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.
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.
Please note that the Broch is a short walk over fairly rough ground from the road.
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.
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.