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.

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 Points

Location Depart Return
Glasgow
Bus Stop on North Hanover Street
0915 2345
Edinburgh
Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road
1030 2230
Dunfermline
Halbeath Park and Ride
1100 2200
Kinross
Moto Services
1115 2145
Perth
Broxden Park and Ride
1130 2130
Inverness
Jury’s Inn, Milburn Road
1500 1830

Subject to minimum numbers, the following pick-up will be served by feeder coach and passengers will join/leave the main coach in Perth:

Dundee - Depart: 1100 Return: 2200

Please note pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers and all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
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3 October 2021 BAOH211003 3 October 2021 (Sunday) 7 October 2021 (Thursday) £695
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12 June 2022 BAOH220612 12 June 2022 (Sunday) 16 June 2022 (Thursday) £895
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£100 £160 £845
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11 September 2022 BAOH220911 11 September 2022 (Sunday) 15 September 2022 (Thursday) £845
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