5 Days - 5 Hebridean Islands!
Day 1 - An early start from Inverness to the scenic 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 rich history of the Isle of Lewis. Foremost on the tour is a visit to the magnificent Neolithic Callanish (Calanais) Standing Stones that date back nearly 5000 years!
Leaving Callanish we visit the 2000 year old Dun Carloway Broch followed by 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 through the Isle of Lewis to explore the wonderful Isle of Harris. Arriving at Rodel we visit the beautiful medieval St Clement’s church, home to one of Scotland's most remarkable 16th century tombs. Heading back north towards Tarbert we visit and explore one of the most breath-taking beaches in the Hebrides. If one single spot encompasses the beauty of the Outer Hebrides, then Luskentyre is that place!
The mid-afternoon takes us back to coastal village of Tarbert for a great 1¾ hour ferry across to the Isle of Skye. Arriving in Uig it is just a short drive to the picturesque harbour town of Portree where we will overnight for the next two days.
Day 3 - A full day exploring the dramatic scenery of the Isle of Skye begins with a journey to 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 visit the Museum of Island Life before arriving at Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan MacLeod one of the Hebrides most powerful clans. As well as exploring the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland, Dunvegan also has wonderful gardens. Our day ends with a gentle hike along the shoreline of Loch Dunvegan as we visit the 'Coral' Beach.
Day 4 begins with a journey to the Sleat Peninsula and a stunning 30 minute ferry crossing over the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig. We then travel south into the remote lands of Moidart with a visit to 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 west into the wild beauty of the Ardnamurchan peninsula followed by a 30 minute ferry to Tobermory. Arriving in the late afternoon, there is some free time to enjoy this beautiful harbour town on the Isle of Mull - which is also our overnight stop.
Day 5 is 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 enjoy the stunning scenery and coastline of this wonderful Hebridean island before we return on the afternoon ferry across to the Isle of Mull.
We then head back towards Craignure where we have a short late afternoon stop at the historic Duart Castle - ancient seat of the Clan Maclean - with a visit to the castle and grounds. Our five day Hebridean adventure ends with a wonderful ferry sailing (45 minutes) from Craignure on the Isle of Mull 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.
Due to the ferry times, this tour is only available on Tuesday or Thursday start dates from Inverness and the route is as described above with one overnight stay in Stornoway (Isle of Lewis), two nights in Portree (Isle of Skye) and one overnight in Tobermory (Isle of Mull) finishing in Oban.
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 and returned over without any significant delays.
2018 Booking Update - Please note that available dates in 2018 for Multi Day Tours are filling up quickly. Also, accommodation in all the Hebridean Islands tend to book up quite far in advance so for the widest choice of accommodation and available tour dates I would recommend that you book as early as possible.