Walking Tour of the Outer Hebrides 2018
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- Scenic ferry crossings
- 5000 year old standing stones
- Varied, well-paced walks
Remote? Perhaps. Small? Certainly. But a series of scenic walks around the Outer Hebrides reveals a profusion of landmark sites and unforgettable views to surprise even the most seasoned rambler.
As anyone who’s had the pleasure of travelling to the Outer Hebrides with us will surely attest, there are many ways to see this wild and wonderful archipelago — but this is the first time we’ve done it on foot! Strap on your favourite walking boots, and join us on some of the British Isles’ most breathtaking routes.
Follow the remains of an ancient path to peaceful lochs and stunning ruined brochs; get up close with the ancient Standing Stones of Callanish, the Hebrides’ answer to Stonehenge; chart a circular course beginning at the Black Houses of Gearannan and winding down in charming Stornowa; and simply take some time to stroll around Tarbert’s picture-postcard harbour. Like-minded company, well-paced walks, stunning views — what more could you want?
We set off on the coach and head to Skye, stopping en route for refreshments (not included). We reach Uig in the late afternoon where we board the evening ferry to Tarbert in Harris. On arrival we transfer the very short distance to our hotel in time for dinner.
On our last day we transfer by coach to the island of Scalpay (connected by bridge) and do the circular walk. The walk takes in a visit to lighthouse, the woodland and lochs of the island.
After our packed lunch we transfer to Luskentyre Beach, claimed to be one of the best beaches in the UK. We have some free time here for a leisurely walk or to capture an idyllic photograph with views to the island of Taransay, as featured on the TV reality show ‘Castaway’.
We return to hotel this evening for dinner.
This morning we transfer by coach to island of Great Bernera, the largest of the islands in Loch Roag connected by bridge to Lewis. We tour the island on a circular walk, and explore seven miles of iron ages settlements and stunning scenery.
After enjoying our packed lunch we drive north to the Caberfeidh Hotel in Stornoway and have some free time this afternoon.
Dinner is served in the hotel.
After breakfast we transfer by coach to the west coast of Lewis and set off on our walk of the Dun Carloway circuit. The journey takes us past the Broch, an ancient iron-age stone structure. The walk will take us on a three-mile tour of scenic Scottish moorland, before we travel to Callanish visitor centre for lunch.
Once you’re refuelled we visit the 5000-year-old Standing Stones of Callanish, the most remarkable antiquity in the Hebrides. The two and a half mile walk also takes in the two smaller sets of stones, Callanish II and III.
We return to the hotel this evening to put our feet up and enjoy dinner.
Today, we spend the morning visiting the Black Houses at Gearannan – these are the old crofting settlements that used to be very common throughout the Hebrides. We then continue on the circular walk which starts from here, the walk is five miles across rough terrain.
We enjoy the afternoon in Stornoway, you can either spend this at your leisure or alternatively there is an optional excursion to the Lews Castle walk.
Dinner is served in the hotel.
We board the morning ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool, with breakfast served on board. On arrival on the mainland we make our way back to the original drop off points.
- Five nights’ accommodation on a dinner, bed and full breakfast basis: two nights at the Harris Hotel, Tarbert and three nights at the Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway. All rooms have private facilities
- Four lunches and wine with dinner
- All coaching and ferry transfers Visits to the Standing Stones of Callanish, the Gearannan Black Houses and Luskentyre Beach
- Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager
- Porterage at the hotels Gratuities (driver and tour manager)
- Bottle of mineral water each day
Supplements per person
Single occupancy supplement - £220.00
2018 Insurance Prices
As part of our booking conditions, our travellers must have adequate insurance protection for any holidays overseas but we strongly recommend that you are covered for any of our tours. Our travellers are welcome to take out their own insurance policy, providing that we have the details of this before departure. Alternatively, we can provide our own recommended single-trip travel insurance for all holidays, please see the most upto date prices below:
Insurance - £28.00 (under 65); £56.00 (65-74); £84.00 (75-90)
Travel and overnight accommodation before or after the tour available on request
Prices on application