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Hebridean Island Adventure - 8 days

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The extraordinary Outer Hebrides

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


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 - stopping 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

Dinner on Day One for 2017 departures

As the flights arrive in Edinburgh during the afternoon for 2017 departures, dinner on your first night in Dunollie will be soup and sandwiches rather than a full meal.

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.

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.

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.

Sunday closing

Please note that most local businesses in the Outer Hebrides will be closed on Sundays.

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.

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.

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Hebridean Island Adventure - 8 daysScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 39 reviews
(8 out of 10)


LUTON Couple
A great way to see these islands, pity the weather was not better. Excellent scenery.
Confirmed traveller: 12 July 2016
Published on: 24 October 2016
(6 out of 10)


The travel from Edinburgh to Skye was 5 hours in a coach and we were unable to make the castle visit as promised in brochure due to late arrival of one airplane. Could not the tour be organised to fly to Glasgow or Inverness rather than Edinburgh to cut down travel times on the coach.
First two hotels on tour were very poor, we realise there is no competition but feel the standards could be improved. There were a number of vegetarians on the tour and the choice was limited to the same at both the first two hotels (Macaroni Cheese or Mushroom Stroganoff). The hotel in Stornaway was excellent and the manager was first class and could not have been more helpful.
Confirmed traveller: 12 July 2016
Published on: 19 October 2016
(10 out of 10)


London Single traveller
Loved the Hebridean Islands up at 6.00 on a walkabout before breakfast
I thought Id gone to Heaven.............returning NEXT year 2017
THE TOUR GUIDE AND COACH DRIVER were a great double act............
hope they will be on the trip next year 2017
Confirmed traveller: 12 July 2016
Published on: 19 October 2016
(10 out of 10)


Barry, South Wales Couple
Wonderful holiday made special by Christine (driver) and Robert (tour manager). Only slight drawback was waiting for other passengers to arrive at airport before tour could begin. This was no fault of Newmarket as planes were delayed. Would definitely like to do tour again especially if same driver and tour manager. Thanks to all.
Confirmed traveller: 24 June 2016
Published on: 21 July 2016
(10 out of 10)


Melksham Friends
lready written to say how much I enjoyed it and to commend christine and Robert. Anne
Confirmed traveller: 24 June 2016
Published on: 15 July 2016
(10 out of 10)


Risca, Gwent Couple
It was amazing. Christine and Robert were exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble. Robert's vast knowledge was excellent and shared in a way that brought an added dimension to all the wonderful things we saw without his comments being boring. We did the Highland railways with you last September for my husbands 70th birthday and were so impressed that we booked this holiday as soon as we got home, and we have not been disappointed. Will you be considering doing other Scottish holidays? We would certainly be interested.... the Orkneys perhaps!! Thank you so very much.
Confirmed traveller: 24 June 2016
Published on: 15 July 2016
(10 out of 10)


Saltash Cornwall Single traveller
Great fun Robert full of interesting info Christine the driver also so helpful and friendly they made a great team The islands were were worth visiting and the hotels were all very good with friendly staff.So glad I went??
Confirmed traveller: 24 June 2016
Published on: 07 July 2016