5 Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour

5 Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour

5 Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour

Explore some of the most rugged and dramatic landscapes that Scotland has to offer with a full five day tour from Inverness to the Hebridean Islands of Lewis, Harris and Skye returning through the stunning 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 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 - After time in Stornoway visiting the Lewis Chessmen, Museum nan Eilean and Lews Castle, we journey south to the Isle of Harris. The tour along the Atlantic coastline of Harris includes the stunning beaches at Luskentyre, Seilebost and Nisabost. 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) before we return north to Stornoway for our overnight stay.

Day 3 - Departing from Stornoway we travel south to Tarbert where we take a 1¾ hour late morning ferry across the Little Minch to Uig on the Isle of Skye. The afternoon take us around the stunning Trotternish peninsula including the Museum of Island Life, the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the magnificent views from the Quiraing before our arrival in Portree for our overnight stay.

Day 4 - A full day on Isle of Skye includes Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan MacLeod, one of the Hebrides most powerful clans. The afternoon takes us to the Sleat Peninsula, a less explored areas of Skye, and home to a stunning coastline, heather-clad hills and plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. Along with Isleornsay – where you can enjoy some Hebridean whisky tasting – we explore the remote western side before our return Portree for our overnight stay.

Day 5 - Leaving Portree we tour south through the Isle of Skye and cross the bridge to the West Highlands where we explore the stunning Eilean Donan Castle by the shores of Loch Duich. The afternoon takes us east through Glen Shiel and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range. Before our return to Inverness we end our tour with a visit to medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle by the banks of Loch Ness.

What to expect on a 5 Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour...

I can promise our tour will include all the wonderful views shown above... but maybe not the weather - we are the land of four seasons in one day!

Private Tour Price (per tour)

May to September:     £2500

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 7.30am
Return Inverness
(5 Days)

This tour is only available on Tuesday or Thursday 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 2) and Portree (Day 3 and 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 in Stornoway and Portree. Please note that two nights stay in Lewis and Skye do allow for alternative accommodation locations around these islands and if you have a specific preference please contact us to discuss.

Tour Notes
This tour is an extended version of the 4 Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour. The extra night in Portree allows for the addition of more sights in Skye and in the West Highlands on our return to Inverness. We also have some flexibility with the itinerary which we can adapt to suit specific requests if possible.

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.

Tours in April and October
Generally we only offer this tour between May and September when ferry sailings are least likely to be disrupted by weather. However, should you be interested in travel in April or October and have a flexible schedule that can adapt to possible ferry delays or cancellations and itinerary changes then please contact us and we can discuss tour options.

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 Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle or the Five Sisters of Kintail mountains. 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