Scottish Highlands and Islands
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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.

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 in the West Highlands. We follow the ‘Road to the Isles’ to Glenfinnan with its historic Jacobite monument and Victorian viaduct. We visit the ruins of the 800 year old Inverlochy Castle before begining 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.

What to expect on a 4 Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour...


Callanish Standing Stones

Dun Carloway Broch

Lewis Blackhouse

St Clement's Church


Old Man of Storr

Kilt Rock

The Quiraing

Dunvegan Castle

Coral Beach

Black Cuillin

Armadale Castle

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Inverlochy Castle

I can promise our tour will include nearly all the wonderful views shown in the video above... but maybe not the weather!

* The Jacobite Steam Train can be viewed crossing the viaduct on Weekdays from 1st May to 28th September and Weekends from 2nd June to 30th September 2018.

Tour Option - Take the Jacobite Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William
The Jacobite Stream Train runs along the stunning West Highland Line and crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct. You can book a single journey (for Day 4 of our tour) and join the 1410 Jacobite Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William (subject to availability) while I follow along by road and pick you up at Fort William Train Station where we continue back to Inverness along the Great Glen including Inverlochy Castle and Fort Augustus.

Availability and Notes

  Tuesday 1st May to Friday 28th September 2018 (Weekdays).

  Saturday 2nd June to Sunday 30th September (Weekends).

  The Hebridean Explorer does not purchase tickets for The Jacobite Steam Train - these must be purchased in advance by your group through

  The Hebridean Explorer has no affiliation with The Jacobite Steam Train and is not responsible for any delays, changes or cancellations that may occur with The Jacobite Steam Train, and any extra costs that clients may incur.

Tour Option - Add an extra day on the Isle of Lewis
Should you wish to spend more time on the Isle of Lewis an additional day (and overnight in Stornoway) can be added to this tour for a supplementary charge of £500 per tour. This would be a full and flexible day on Lewis and the itinerary can be adapted to suit specific requests.

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.

Private Tour Price

May to September:    £2000

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 7.30am
Return Inverness
(4 Days)

This tour is not available October to April.

The standard tour (4 days) is only available on Tuesday or Thursday start dates from Inverness.

The extended tour (5 days) is only available on Monday or Wednesday 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 Portree (Day 2 and 3) 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 in Stornoway and Portree.