5 Day Grand Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour

5 Day Grand Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour

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

5 Day Grand 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 end the day at the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point in the Outer Hebrides 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 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 - Leaving Portree we visit Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan MacLeod, for a great look back at the history of one of the Hebrides most powerful clans. Turning south we head towards the base of the dramatic Black Cuillin mountain ridge before taking a detour to the Sleat Peninsula where we stop at the beautiful Isleornsay to enjoy some Hebridean whisky tasting. After a visit to Armadale we cross the bridge to the Scottish mainland where we savour a distance view of Eilean Donan Castle (option to visit the castle instead of Sleat Peninsula) before our return to Inverness.

Private Tour Price (per tour)

May to September:     £2750

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 7.30am
Return Inverness
(5 Days)

This is only available on Tuesday start days 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.

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.

Tour Option – Return via the Road to the Isles and the Great Glen
On Day 5 we take the Isle of Skye ferry (40 minutes) from Armadale across to Mallaig and explore Glenfinnan, Inverlochy Castle and the Great Glen. With this option we would not visit Dunvegan Castle or Isleornsay. Available April to October. Option surcharge - £50 per tour (includes ferry tickets). With this option you could also take the Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William – Information on booking the Jacobite Steam Train