Callanish, Isle of Lewis
Callanish, Isle of Lewis
£0 deposit on 2020 departures

Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides (PJ/EE)

Our extended tour of the Hebrides has proved extremely popular, offering as it does a unique opportunity to travel the length and breadth of the Western Isles. In response to popular demand we have added a slightly shorter version of the tour which takes in all the beauty and diversity of this very special environment with eleven different islands and four ferry trips included. Two comfortable hotels ensure that this holiday is as relaxing as possible while at the same time offering great variety and the sense of a true journey of discovery which will live long in the memory.

Our odyssey begins with a drive along the shore of Loch Ness and along the scenic route from Fort William to Mallaig before taking the ferry to Lochboisdale in South Uist and continuing to our hotel in Benbecula. From here we visit the islands of Eriskay; Vatersay with its fantastic sandy beaches, and Barra, including visits to Kisimul Castle and Cockleshell Beach, used as the island’s airport. A captivating journey follows as we travel north by ferry from North Uist and on through the magnificent mountain scenery of Harris and the rolling moorland of Lewis to Stornoway, our base for the next two nights. We continue with visits to the remarkable Standing Stones of Callanish, the tranquil little Norse Mill at Shawbost and the distinctive Black Houses at Gearannan. Our return route takes us by ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool.

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Ferry crossings

Today's Price
£895

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £0, was £100.

Single supplement: £140

Tour highlights:

  • A view of the mist-covered Cuillins as you sail past Skye
  • Blindingly white sandy beaches on South Uist and Vatersay
  • The unique airport at Cockleshell Beach
  • 5000 year old standing stones
  • The tranquil location of the Norse Mill at Shawbost
  • Four scenic ferry crossings

Tour details

Dates 5 August 2020 - 9 August 2020
Duration 5 days
Cost
Today's Price
£895

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £0, was £100.
Single supplement: £140 Balance due by 13 May 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BGTP200805

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Aberdeen
Skene Street
09.00 21.00
Inverurie
Burghmuir Drive
09.30 20.30
Elgin
Outside the Town Hall
10.30 19.30
Forres
High Street
10.45 19.15
Nairn
Outside Bus Station, King Street
11.00 19.00
Inverness
Outside Jurys Inn
13.00 18.30

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately 10 days prior to departure.

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5 August 2020: Itinerary

We depart from our designated pick-up points, stopping en-route for refreshments (not included) and travel via Loch Ness and Glenfinnan to Mallaig. From here we take the early evening ferry to Lochboisdale in South Uist, with dinner served on board. Look out for the Small Isles of Rum and Canna to port and the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye to starboard. Dinner will be served on board.

On arrival we continue over causeways (keeping a careful eye out for otters) to Benbecula, the ‘stepping stone’ between the Uists, where we arrive in the late evening at our base for the next two nights.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula

After our full Scottish breakfast we will depart for Barra, travelling via the little island of Eriskay, just three miles long and two miles wide, with a great sandy beach known as Prince Charlie’s Bay – Bonnie Prince Charlie having landed here in July 1745. From Eriskay we make the short ferry crossing to Barra and have a tour of the island, including a visit by boat to Kisimul Castle, the only surviving medieval castle in the Western Isles and the seat of the Clan MacNeil. The castle features a great hall, kitchen, chapel, dungeon and 60-foot tower, together with a shop. We will also visit Cockleshell Beach, the unique runway whose use is governed by the tides. On approaching the airport keep an eye out to the left for the much loved former home of Sir Compton Mackenzie, the author of ‘Whisky Galore’, which is forever associated with the island. In fact, it was on the neighbouring island of Vatersay, which we will visit by means of the causeway linking the two islands, that the classic film adaptation was made. In the course of our tour today we also hope to see some of the hundreds of species of wild flowers that grow on the island, particularly on the machair, the fertile, grassy pastures that lie between the moorland and the sea.

We return via the Eriskay ferry to our hotel, where dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula

After breakfast we check out of the hotel and take the mid-morning ferry from Berneray to Leverburgh at the southern end of Harris and visit St Clement’s Church at Rodel, built on top of an earlier structure in the 16th century by Alasdair Crotach, 8th chief of the Macleods of Harris and Dun Bheagan. The church tombs are among the most spectacular in Scotland. There are outstanding views as we travel along the coast, including the island of Taransay of ‘Castaway’ fame, and the wonderful beaches at Horgabost, Borve and Scarasta. We will pause for refreshments (not included) in Tarbert, before continuing through the mountainous countryside of Harris which eventually gives way to the rolling moorland of Lewis. We continue to the island capital of Stornoway and check-in to our comfortable accommodation.

Dinner will be served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway

This morning after breakfast we will travel to the west coast of Lewis for a visit to the 5,000 year old Standing Stones of Callanish. Undoubtedly the most remarkable antiquity in the Western Isles, this collection of almost 50 stones forms a well-marked megalithic avenue, comprising 19 monoliths, ending in a circle of 13 stones, with a great cairn at the centre. Entry to the Visitor Centre is included.

From here we move on to the Black Houses at Gearannan, typical of the crofting settlements which until relatively recently were found throughout the Western Isles.

The final visit on our circular tour is the Norse Mill at Shawbost, where barley grain was ground into meal by early settlers. A short walk past a small lochan leads to two beautifully restored little thatched buildings with a fine view to the ocean beyond.

Dinner will be served back at our hotel in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway

This morning we check out of the hotel and have some free time to relax in Stornoway. You may wish to visit the Lewis Loom Centre, which chronicles history of Harris Tweed. We then take the early afternoon Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool which takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. We then continue our homeward journey, arriving back at our original pick-up points during the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast

5 August 2020: Additional Info

5 August 2020: Accommodation

Located in the heart of the Hebrides with easy access for day trips to Harris and Lewis in the north and Eriskay and Barra in the south.

Situated 300m from a secluded beach. "Machair" tracks close to the hotel entice you to stroll though the profusion of wild flowers, listening to corncrakes, oystercatchers and lapwings.

Our cuisine offers the finest and freshest of local produce from local crab, lobster and peat smoked salmon to the best of venison, Highland beef and island lamb. Our menus change regularly to match the seasons and local landings. Vegetarian and other special diets are catered for.

There is a choice of family, double, twin-bedded and single rooms in three standards - deluxe, standard and economy. All our rooms include colour TV, radio, tea and coffee making facilities hair dryers and en suite bathrooms.

The hotel is fully licensed with a fine selection of malt and deluxe whisky, a well balanced wine list and a choice of Hebridean ales.

 

This property is 9 minutes walk from the beach. Set within in its own attractive gardens, this modern 4-star hotel is ideally located on the outskirts of Stornoway, just across the road from the golf course leading onto historic Lews Castle grounds.

Rightly known as 'Stornoway's finest hotel', the Cabarfeidh (pronounced cab-ar-fay) provides a relaxing base for both business and leisure travellers. It is also bookable for functions or meals in the Solas Restaurant.

There’s a diverse range of shops, serving local and tourist needs. Visitor attractions include an excellent museum of local history, the Lewis Loom Centre where you can learn about the history of Harris Tweed and the delightful grounds of Lews Castle.

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