Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides
Departing by Coach
Duration 6 Days
Available Until September 2020

Our extended tour of the Hebrides has proved extremely popular, offering as it does a unique opportunity to travel the length and breadth of the Western Isles. Our Grand tour of the Outer Hebrides takes in all the beauty and diversity of this very special environment with nine or ten different islands (depending on departure) and four ferry trips included. Two comfortable hotels ensure that this holiday is as relaxing as possible while at the same time offering great variety and the sense of a true journey of discovery which will live long in the memory.


Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides Highlights

  • The unique airport at Cockleshell Beach
  • 5000 year old standing stones
  • The tranquil location of the Norse Mill at Shawbost
  • Four scenic ferry crossings
  • A view of the mist-covered Cuillins as you drive across Skye

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Price Includes

  • Return coach travel from Dundee (subject to numbers), Perth, Kinross, Dunfermline, Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • 5 nights’ hotel accommodation with dinner, bed and breakfast – 2 nights staying at the Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula and 3 nights staying at the Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway (one dinner and one breakfast served on board the ferry)*
  • Visits to various Western Isles – including Lewis, Harris, Taransay, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay and Barra
  • Visits to the Standing Stones of Callanish, Kisimul Castle, Cockleshell Beach and Vatersay – the film location for the ‘Whisky Galore’ – the Gearannan Black Houses, Shawbost Norse Mill and St Clement’s Church
  • Comfortable coach travel and all ferry transfers
  • Services of a professional tour manager

*Some dates may operate the tour in reverse, with 3 nights in Benbecula and 2 nights in Stornoway.

Single room supplement, if rooms available – £195. Offer is subject to availability.

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Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides (Example) Itinerary**

Day 1

We depart from our designated pick-up points and head to Mallaig, stopping en-route for refreshments. We catch a ferry to Lochboisdale in South Uist and enjoy dinner on board. Upon arrival, we continue over causeways to Benbecula.

Dinner will be served in the evening.

Day 2

This morning after breakfast we will depart for Barra, travelling via the little island of Eriskay. Upon arrival in Barra, we enjoy a tour of the island, including a visit by boat to Kisimul Castle. Next we visit Cockleshell Beach, the unique runway whose use is governed by the tides. Finally, we visit Vatersay by the causeway, which links the two islands. In the course of our tour today we also hope to see some of the hundreds of species of wild flowers that grow on the island.

Dinner will be served back at our hotel in the evening.

Day 3

After breakfast we check out of the hotel and take the ferry from Berneray to Leverburgh, located on the Isle of Harris. Upon arrival we visit St Clement’s Church at Rodel. The tombs here are among the most spectacular in Scotland. Next we travel along the coast to the roling moorland of Lewis, continuing to our hotel in Stornoway.

We are based for the next three nights at the Cabarfeidh Hotel. Dinner is served in the evening.

Day 4

This morning we will travel to the west coast of Lewis for a visit to the 5,000 year old Standing Stones of Callanish. Undoubtedly the most remarkable antiquity in the Western Isles, this collection of almost 50 stones forms a well-marked megalithic avenue.

From here we move on to the Black Houses at Gearrannan, typical of the crofting settlements which until relatively recently were found throughout the Western Isles.

The final visit on our circular tour is the Norse Mill at Shawbost, a reconstruction of the type of grain mill used originally by Viking settlers and by islanders up until the 1930s. A short walk past a small lochan leads to two beautifully restored little thatched buildings with a fine view to the ocean beyond.

Dinner will be served back at our hotel in the evening.

Day 5

Today we visit Lews Castle and Museum, where we can meet the famous Lewis Chessmen and view the Outer Hebrides as never before in a wrap-around audio-visual representation. This afternoon we visit St Columba’s Ui Church, one of the most important archealogical sites on the island. We will also see the Port of Ness and the Butt of Lewis, home to the unique Stevenson lighthouse.

Dinner will be served in the evening.

Day 6

This morning we check out of the hotel after breakfast and take the early morning ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool (breakfast will be served on the boat) before continuing to our original pick-up points.

**Some dates will operate the tour in reverse and the itinerary would be adjusted accordingly. 


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