Scottish Highlands and Islands
Tours from Inverness

5 Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour

A Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides from the Isle of Lewis all the way south to the Isle of Barra followed by a stunning tour of the Isle of Skye. Along the way we visit Harris, Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay and Vatersay.

5 Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour

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. where, following a visit to Tarbert (home of Harris Tweed and Isle of Harris distillery), we drive south to the breath-taking beach at Luskentyre. Next it is on towards Rodel to explore the beautiful medieval St Clement’s church before a late afternoon takes us from Leverburgh on a 1 hour ferry journey to the Isle of Berneray and on to Lochmaddy on the Isle of North Uist for our overnight stay.

Day 3 - A full day exploring the southern islands begins with a early start to drive through the Isle of Grimsay, the Isle of Benbecula, the Isle of South Uist and the Isle of Eriskay on our way to catch the ferry across to the Isle of Barra. We then spend a lazy four hours enjoying the wonderful scenery of the Isle of Barra and the nearby Isle of Vatersay before returning on the mid-afternoon ferry back to Eriskay and then to Lochmaddy for our overnight stay.

Day 4 - We spend the morning exploring the beautiful scenery of the Isle of Berneray before we board the ferry from Lochmaddy for a 1¾ hour journey across the Little Minch to the Isle of Skye. The afternoon take us around the Trotternish peninsula including the Museum of Island Life, Flora Macdonald's grave, the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the magnificent views from the Quiraing before arriving in Portree for our overnight stay.

Day 5 - After time in Portree we take a short drive to Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan MacLeod - one of the Hebrides most powerful clans. Turning south we head towards the base of the dramatic Black Cuillin mountain ridge before crossing the bridge to the Scottish mainland where we explore the historic Eilean Donan Castle. Our return to Inverness includes a wonderful drive past the Five Sisters of Kintail mountains along wth Loch Cluanie and Glen Shiel.

Private Tour Price

May to September:    £2600

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 7.30am
Return Inverness
(5 Days)

This is only available on Tuesday start dates from Inverness.

Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups - if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes, a driver/guide and ferry tickets but exclude your accommodation costs, entrance fees and meals.

Accommodation options
We recommend that you book accommodation in Stornoway (Day 1) and Lochmaddy (Day 2 and 3) and Portree (Day 4) to make the most of your trip. Whilst we do not book accommodation for you we are happy to help with advice on where to stay and eat around the Hebrides.

Tour Notes
We have some flexibility during our time in the southern islands (Berneray - Uists - Barra) on Day 4 so if you have a preference for visiting a specific area we can try and adapt the tour. Also, although we suggest Lochmaddy for our two overnight stays in the southern islands, we can adapt the tour if you wish to stay in another village or island.

Ferry Sailings
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.

Tours to the Outer Hebrides from October to April
Generally we only offer tours to the Outer Hebrides between May and September when ferry sailings are least likely to be disrupted by weather. However, should you be interested in this tour for travel between October and April and have a flexible schedule that can adapt to possible ferry delays or cancellations then please contact us and we can discuss tour options. Please note that during the winter months (November to March) there are reduced daylight hours (7-8 hours) and ferry cancellations due to bad weather are more common.

2019 Booking Update
Please note that we are now taking bookings for 2019. As dates for multi day tours tend to book up quite far in advance, for the widest choice of available tour dates (and accommodation options) we recommend that you book as early as possible.