5 Day Hebridean Isles Hopscotch Tour
5 Days - 5 Hebridean Islands! Explore some of the most rugged and dramatic landscapes that Scotland has to offer with a full five day tour from Inverness to the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, Isle of Harris, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona.
Day 1 - An early start from Inverness to the coastal village of Ullapool where we board the ferry for a 2½ hour journey across the Minch to the Isle of Lewis and its main town of Stornoway (my native town). From there we spend the afternoon exploring the magnificent Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones, the 2000 year old Dun Carloway Broch and a traditional Hebridean blackhouse. We finish the day at the beautiful Atlantic coastal beach of Dalbeg before our return to Stornoway for our overnight stay.
Day 2 - Departing from Stornoway we head south to the Isle of Harris. The drive along the atlantic coastline of Harris includes the stunning beach at Luskentyre. We visit Rodel to explore the beautiful medieval St Clement’s church, home to one of Scotland's most remarkable 16th century tombs. The late afternoon takes us back to Tarbert (home of Harris Tweed and Isle of Harris distillery) for a 1¾ hour ferry journey across to the Isle of Skye. Arriving in Uig it is just a short drive to Portree for our overnight stay.
Day 3 - A full day exploring the dramatic scenery of the Isle of Skye begins with the Trotternish peninsula for stunning views of the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock before we drive up the old cattle pass to the experience the breath-taking views from the Quiraing. We then journey to Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan MacLeod for a great look back at the history of one of the Hebrides most powerful clans. Our day ends with a gentle hike along the shoreline of Loch Dunvegan as we visit the 'Coral' Beach.
Day 4 - Leaving Portree we journey to the Sleat Peninsula where we take a 40 minute ferry from Armadale to Mallaig. We then travel into the remote lands of Moidart and visit the ancient ruins of the fourteenth-century Castle Tioram. Located on a tidal island, it is possible to walk around the island at low tide. The afternoon takes us to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula from where we take a 30 minute ferry to Tobermory (our overnight stop) on the Isle of Mull.
Day 5 - An early start from Tobermory as we take a scenic two hour drive through Mull to catch the ferry (15 minutes - pedestrian only) across to the beautiful Isle of Iona. We have over two hours on Iona and it's only a short walk to explore Iona Abbey, the museum and the ancient churchyard. We then head back towards Craignure where we have a short late afternoon stop at the historic Duart Castle before a wonderful ferry sailing (45 minutes) to Oban on the Scottish mainland.
Should you prefer to have more time on the Isle of Iona, we have the option of an earlier start from Tobermory (7.45am) and Duart Castle can be reduced to a photo-stop only. This would allow for over 4 hours on the Isle of Iona.
Ferry sailings are generally very reliable in the summer months, but delays can very occasionally occur. While we cannot be responsible for any extra accommodation, food or other costs that clients may incur due to ferry delays and cancellations, we will make every effort to adapt the tour to minimise disruption. Please note that no refunds will be given for tour and itinerary changes due to ferry changes and cancellations. To date all our tours have crossed over and returned without any significant delays.
Private Tour Price
May to September: £2600
Depart Inverness 7.30am