Explore some of the most rugged and dramatic landscapes that Scotland has to offer with a four day tour from Inverness to the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, Isle of Harris and Isle of Skye.
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 stop.
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 - Leaving Portree we visit Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan MacLeod, 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.
What to expect on a 4 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: £2025
Depart Inverness 7.30am
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, ferry tickets and a driver/guide (John Alasdair Macdonald) but exclude your accommodation costs, entrance fees and meals.
We recommend that you book accommodation in Stornoway (Day 1 and 2) and Portree (Day 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.
This tour is an extended version of the 3 Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour. The extra night in Stornoway allows for the addition of more sights and attractions along with a slightly more relaxed tour pace. We also have a little more flexibility with the itinerary which we can adapt to suit specific requests if possible.
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 on the standard tour.
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 4 we take the Isle of Skye ferry (40 minutes) from Armadale across to Mallaig and explore Glenfinnan, Inverlochy Castle and the Great Highland Glen on our return to Inverness. With this option we would not visit Dunvegan Castle or Isleornsay. Option surcharge - £50 per tour (includes ferry tickets).
In the event of a ferry cancellation from Armadale to Mallaig we would revert to the standard itinerary and return to Inverness via the Isle of Skye bridge (and refund the tour option surcharge) but we are not responsible for any costs incurred from the Jacobite Steam Train booking (if applicable).