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Solo Travel in the Outer Hebrides

From £695.00
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Departing by Coach
Duration 5 Days
Available March 2022

One of our best-selling holidays is our five-day Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides. This island chain can prove tricky to visit independently, so many years ago now we put together an itinerary that takes you to 10 different islands as part of the same trip, allowing you to get the most out of your time in this truly magical part of Scotland. With many of you being solo travellers, we wanted to encourage you to experience this memorable holiday without having to pay a single supplement, so we are excited to announce that we have launched March 2022 departures with zero single supplement. That’s right, it is a single supplement-free departure!

Tour 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

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel from your selected pick-up point in Scotland – choose from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Kinross, Perth or Dundee*
  • 4 night’s hotel accommodation with dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Services of a professional tour manager

*Some pick-up points may be subject to minimum numbers or served via a feeder coach


Day One

We depart from our designated pick-up points and head north, stopping en-route for refreshments (not included), travelling via Glencoe, Fort William and Glenfinnan to Mallaig. From here we take the ferry to Lochboisdale in South Uist, cross the causeway to Benbecula, the ‘stepping stone’ between the Uists, and continue to our accommodation at the Dark Island Hotel.
Meals include: Dinner

Day Two

After our full Scottish breakfast we will depart for Barra, travelling via the little island of Eriskay, just three miles long and two miles wide, with a great sandy beach known as Prince Charlie’s Bay – Bonnie Prince Charlie having landed here in July 1745. From Eriskay we make the short ferry crossing to Barra and have a tour of the island, including a visit to Cockleshell Beach, the unique runway whose use is governed by the tides. We return via the Eriskay ferry to our hotel.
Meals include: Breakfast & Dinner

Day Three

After an early breakfast we check out of the hotel and take the early afternoon ferry from Berneray to Leverburgh at the southern end of Harris and visit St Clement’s Church at Rodel. There are outstanding views as we travel along the coast, including the island of Taransay of ‘Castaway’ fame, and the wonderful beaches at Scarasta, Horgabost, Borve and of course Luskentyre, which was voted among the world’s 25 Top Beaches in 2020. We will pause for refreshments (not included) in Tarbert, before continuing through the mountainous countryside of Harris which eventually gives way to the rolling moorland of Lewis. We continue to the island capital of Stornoway and our comfortable accommodation at the Cabarfeidh Hotel.
Meals include: Breakfast & Dinner

Day Four

This morning after breakfast we will travel to the west coast of Lewis for a visit to the 5,000 year old Standing Stones of Callanish. Entry to the Visitor Centre is included. 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.
Meals include: Breakfast & Dinner

Day Five

This morning we check out of the hotel and take the early morning Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool. Breakfast is served on board. We then continue our homeward journey, arriving back at our original pick-up points during the evening.
Meals include: Breakfast


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