Scottish Highlands and Hebridean Islands tours from Inverness
4 Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour

4 Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour

Explore some of the most rugged and dramatic landscapes that Scotland has to offer with a full four day tour from Inverness to the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, Isle of Harris and Isle of Skye along with the West Highlands.

4 Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour

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!

Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

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!

Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

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.

The Quiraing, Trotternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye

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 - Our final day begins with a journey through Skye to the Sleat Peninsula where we stop at the beautiful Isleornsay with its stunning views across the Sound of Sleat before arriving at Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles. The afternoon takes us on a 40 minute ferry journey across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig on the Scottish mainland.

Glenfinnan 'Harry Potter' Viaduct, Highlands

We continue along the ‘Road to the Isles’ to Glenfinnan and its historic monument commemorating the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie. The ruins of Inverlochy Castle are our next stop - a wonderful hidden gem of a castle that’s nearly 800 years old - before we begin our return journey to Inverness along the Great Glen. Along the way we stop at Fort Augustus to view the locks and the Caledonian Canal at Loch Ness.

Tour Dates

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) and two nights in Portree (Isle of Skye).

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 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 Stornoway (Isle of Lewis) and Portree (Isle of Skye) tends 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.

May to September:     £2000
Only available for start days on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
This tour is not available from October to April.
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.