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Scotland's stunning islands

The mystical Isle of Skye and the beautiful Western Isles offer a Scottish holiday experience like no other. Spectacular 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.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

A tour of the Isle of Harris
A tour of the Isle of Skye
A drive across Berneray, Benbecula and The Uists
A visit to the Kildonan Museum (entry payable locally)
Visits to 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)

WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

Five nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at a series of hotels in Broadford, Isle of Skye (2 nights), Stornoway (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

Your Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Edinburgh

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.

Day Two: Included visit to Dunvegan Castle

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: Included drive through Benbecula, North and South Uist and Beneray

Eary this morning we'll head to Uig to catch the 9.30am ferry to North Uist. After a little less than two hours on the water, you’ll arrive in Lochmaddy and then continue to Benbecula. Soak up the rugged tranquility of the rolling moorland and glittering fresh and seawater lochs before heading to South Uist.

The second largest of the Western Isles, South Uist is a stronghold of the Gaelic language where the crofting industries of peat cutting and seaweed gathering are still important parts of everyday life.

Discover the island's history at the Kildonan Museum before we continue to the tiny island of Berneray for our final hour-long crossing to Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris from where we'll continue to Lewis and the Cabarfeidh Hotel after a long, but magically scenic day.

Day Four: Included excursion to the Callanish Stones

Though a single landmass, Lewis and Harris have their own distinct identities and landscapes. 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 amid the rolling moorland and freshwater lochs of Lewis we'll visit the standing stones of Callanish - 50 ancient stones arranged 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 Five: Included visit to the Butt of Lewis

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.

Day Six: Fly back to the UK

Today we head back to Edinburgh airport to catch our flight home at the end of a wonderful tour of Scotland and the Hebrides.

Departures in 2018 will follow the same itinerary apart from Day Three, which will include travel to Uig via the Trotternish peninsula and the Skye Museum (entry payable locally). From here you'll cross to the Isle of Harris by ferry before heading to your hotel in Stornway on the Isle of Lewis.

Further Information

2018 Itinerary Information

Departures in 2018 will follow the same itinerary apart from Day Three, which will include travel via the Trotternish peninsula and the Skye Museum (entry payable locally), to Uig. From here you'll cross to the Isle of Harris by ferry before heading to your hotel in Stornway on the Isle of Lewis.

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.

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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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.
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