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
St Clement's Church
Old Man of Storr
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 www.westcoastrailways.co.uk.
• 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 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
Depart Inverness 7.30am