5 days

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Summary

In about 1800 BC, at around the time that the Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt was flourishing, an equally vigorous civilisation was leaving its mark on the far flung islands of the Outer Hebrides. The Standing Stones at Callanish, tall and slender slabs of silvery Lewisian gneiss, are the enduring testament to the skill and knowledge of a long-vanished and mysterious community, who laid out these stones according to precise astronomical observations, lining up the main avenue with the point at which the full moon of midsummer sets. Later settlers have left their mark too, and the tranquil islands of Lewis and Harris are blessed with an abundance of archaeological remains. Neolithic cairns, Bronze Age standing stones, Iron Age houses, Norse mills and Blackhouses from a couple of centuries ago – the islands are a living time-line and a paradise for the amateur archaeologist.

In the company of a local specialist guide we will tour a succession of sites, from the rolling moorlands and sweeping beaches of Lewis in the north to the dramatic mountains of Harris in the south.

Our four nights in Stornoway will also provide an insight to modern island life, where the ancient Gaelic culture is as vibrant as ever and celebrated in music and song.

NC500: Please note that this itinerary features part of the North Coast 500, the highly scenic coastal route which begins and ends in Inverness.

Tour highlights:

  • Bosta Iron Village, the Outer Hebrides’ version of Skara Brae
  • The remarkable and mysterious standing stones of Callanish
  • Glimpses into a not-so-distant past at the Blackhouses of Gearrannan and Arnol
  • Echoes of vanished lives at the Genealogy Centre
  • The incomparable scenery of the Western Isles

Departure Routes

Location Depart Return
Glasgow
Bus stop on North Hanover Street, opposite Queens Street Station
09.15 23.45
Edinburgh
Outside Reception at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road
10.30 22.30
Dunfermline
Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
11.00 22.00
Kinross
Moto Services on M90
11.15 21.45
Perth
Broxden Park & Ride, A93
11.30 21.30
Inverness
Outside Jury's Inn, Milburn Road
15.00 18.30

Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.

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Deposit: £125 Single supplement: £160

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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
23 April 2023 BAOH230423 23 April 2023 (Sunday) 27 April 2023 (Thursday) £985
(ex. flights)
£125 £160 Book your trip
18 June 2023 BAOH230618 18 June 2023 (Sunday) 22 June 2023 (Thursday) £1,015
(ex. flights)
£125 £160 Book your trip
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