6 (or 7) Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye, Mull and Iona Tour
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.
Tour option – 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. Tour option surcharge – £500 per tour.
Private Tour Price (per tour)
6 Day – May to September: £3100
Depart Inverness 7.30am
This tour is available on Tuesday or Thursday start days from Inverness.