6 Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye, Mull and Iona Tour from Inverness

6 (or 7) Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye, Mull and Iona Tour

6 Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye, Mull and Iona Tour from Inverness

A stunning 6 (or 7) day Outer and Inner Hebridean adventure that includes the Isle of Lewis, Harris, Skye, Mull and Iona along with a return to Inverness along the Great Glen.

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 - Leaving from Portree we head south to Armadale where we take a stunning 40 minute ferry journey across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig in the West Highlands. We then travel south into the remote lands of Moidart with a visit to the ancient ruins of the fourteenth-century Castle Tioram. Located on a tidal island, it is possible to walk around the island at low tide. The afternoon takes west into the wild beauty of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula from where we take a 30 minute ferry across to the Isle of Mull and Tobermory for our overnight stop.

Day 5 - Departing from Tobermory we have a scenic two hour drive through the Isle of Mull to catch the ferry (15 minutes - pedestrian only) across to the beautiful Isle of Iona. We have around four hours on Iona where you can explore Iona Abbey, the museum and the ancient churchyard, along with time to enjoy the stunning scenery and coastline of this wonderful Hebridean island before we return on the afternoon ferry across to the Isle of Mull and back to Tobermory for our overnight stay.

Day 6 - Begins from Tobermory with a short drive south to visit the imposing Duart Castle, ancestral home of the Chiefs of the Clan Maclean. After exploring this wonderfully restored thirteenth century Hebridean castle we take a short ferry across the Sound of Mull to Lochaline and then continue on towards Fort William. Our return drive north-east along the Great Glen to Inverness includes a visit to the medieval ruins of Inverlochy Castle along with the Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus.

7 Day Tour - Add an extra day on the Isle of Skye
Should you wish more time to explore the Isle of Skye we can add an additional day on the Isle of Skye with a visit to Dunvegan Castle along with the Sleat Peninsula. With this option there would be an additional overnight stay in Portree.

Private Tour Price (per tour)

6 Day – May to September:    £3200

7 Day – May to September:    £3700

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 7.30am
Return Inverness

This tour is 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.

Accommodation Options
We recommend that you book accommodation in Stornoway (Day 1 and 2), Portree (Day 3) and Tobermory (Day 4 and 5) to make the most of your trip. For the 7 Day tour an additional night's accommodation will be required in Portree on the Isle of Skye. Whilst we do not book accommodation for you we are happy to help with advice on where to stay and eat. The tour quote will include a list of accommodation recommendations and suggestions for overnight locations.

Tour Option - Return via Oban
On Day 6 (or 7) after Duart Castle we take a 50-minute ferry from Craignure to Oban. After a late lunch stop in Oban we head north on our return to Inverness. With this option we have a slightly later arrival into Inverness (approx. 7-8pm). Option surcharge - £60 per tour (includes ferry tickets).

Tour Itinerary
The tour itinerary is based on experience, previous clients feedback and timings. However, we have a little flexibility and the tour itinerary can be adapted (in advance) to suit specific requests if possible. Should you extend the tour to seven days, the additional day on the Isle of Skye can be tailored to specific requests. Please let us know any requests through the 'Extra Information' section when completing a Tour Enquiry Form or email directly to info@thehebrideanexplorer.com.

Ferry Sailings
Ferry sailings are generally reliable in the summer months, but delays can 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.

Off Season Touring
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 from October to April 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.