Fine woven materials, white sandy beaches, and mystifying monuments: Lewis and Harris contain some of Scotland’s most sensational sights.
The largest island in Scotland boasts beauty, brawns, and brains. The untouched, white beaches snuggle up to gorgeously mesmerising mountains. The local wools and crafting communities combine to create the tough-wearing Harris Tweed. The ancient stone circles and mysterious chess pieces keep people scratching their heads in wonder.
On this tour, we give you a taste of every part of Lewis and Harris’ unique personality. Your guide explores the Viking past, takes you to traditional bodes, and helps you settle in at the famous port of Stornoway.
Day 1 Starting from Inverness, you don’t waste time on this tour. You get up early, travel straight from Inverness to Ullapool and catch your ferry to the islands. This stunning sea-trip takes you along Loch Broom, past the Summer Isles, and out to Stornoway; capital of the Outer Hebrides. But don’t let the waves rock you to sleep; because if you keep a look out you might spot a dolphin or a whale. Once you’ve arrived on Lewis, your first stop is the ancient past. You travel to the North West of the island and get the chance to visit the ‘blackhouse’ at Arnol. Dive into this traditional abode and discover how the Highland crofting families lived their day-to-day lives. After this, you go through more crofting communities and venture to the northernmost tip of the island, the Butt of Lewis. The lighthouse here boasts epic views of waves crashing against sea cliffs. It’s now time to head back to Stornoway for your overnight.
Day 2 Today, you’re heading south to Harris. The first thing you notice about Harris are the mountains. And as you weave through the towering marvels, your guide will tell you about the traditions and tales of this part of Scotland. There’s not many towns around here; but after you’ve had your fill of unspoilt beaches and landscapes, you stop in the small port of Leverburgh for lunch. Now it’s time for one of the great Hebridean highlights, Luskentyre beach. On a good day, the sea turns turquoise and the sands look pristine white. After you’ve enjoyed all these natural wonders, it’s time to head back to Stornoway. Maybe it’s time to try the famous black pudding for dinner.
Day 3 Today, you’re delving back to the ancient past. You venture to the far west of Lewis to the parish of Uig, an area of outstanding natural beauty. More than 800 years ago, the Vikings lived here and left behind an icon of Scotland, the Lewis Chessmen. Next, we visit another island community on Great Bernera, an island that remained isolated until the 1950’s. There’s Viking influence everywhere here, and they also say the real James Bond lived here. But we’ll let your driver-guide tell you more about that. And now what you’ve been waiting for, the Callanish standing stones. These 5,000-year-old megaliths are said to be petrified giants who wouldn’t convert to Christianity. You may not believe this myth, but that doesn’t mean this sight isn’t magnificent. We have a lunch in Stornoway before crossing back to the mainland returning to Inverness in the evening.
Coaching in a Mercedes minicoach with a Scottish driver guide
2 nights at B&B's or 3 star hotels in the highlands of Scotland
All taxes and service charges
Admission to Arnol Blackhouse
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Get away from it all on your “Scottish vacation” on one of our 6 day Scotland tours. Begin your adventure to the Outer Hebridean Islands of Lewis and Harris, home to pre-historic stone circles of Callanish and the famous white sandy beaches of Harris. Your tour will also include magical Ullapool and Skye, one of our most special Scotland vacation packages.
Day 1 Depart from Edinburgh, where you travel north into the Highlands on your “Scottish vacation”. First stop will be the historic village of Dunkeld where you will take a short walk through the forest to some waterfalls. Continuing north the route passes through the Grampian Mountains to the Spey Valley where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the world famous Loch Ness then make a short stop in Inverness itself. There will be time for a visit to the impressive waterfalls at Corrieshalloch Gorge before you arrive in the West Coast fishing port of Ullapool for your overnight stay. Call 1-800-221-2474 9AM - 5PM
Day 2 Catch the morning ferry from Ullapool for the 2 hour sail along Loch Broom, past the Summer Isles then out across the Minch to Stornoway the main town on Lewis and capital of the Outer Hebrides. Look out for dolphins, whales and seabirds during the crossing. In the afternoon explore the North West coast from Arnol with its historic old blackhouse, through traditional crofting townships to Port of Ness and the very north tip of the island the Butt of Lewis. From the lighthouse here there is nothing between you and the Americas! Overnight in Stornoway.
Day 3 Today will be spent exploring some of the prehistoric remains on the island as well as its finest beaches. The fascinating circular stone fort, or Broch, at Carloway will be your first stop followed by more traditional crofting communities such as Gearrannan and Shawbost. Then its on to Callanish with its mysterious ancient stone circle. In the afternoon you will head for the remote district of Uig with its fine, sandy beaches at Bhaltos, dramatic sea cliffs and rugged hills. This is the wilderness of the Western Isles at its finest. Overnight again in Stornoway.
Day 4 Travelling south today from the wild moorlands of Lewis to the more mountainous Harris – almost but not quite an island on its own. Famous for the locally produced cloth, Harris Tweed, it is also home to the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and the stunning white sands of Luskentyre. After a morning of exploring South Harris you will stop for lunch in the small port of Tarbet from where you will catch the late afternoon ferry to Skye. Once on Skye it is less than hour to Portree, the island’s main town, and your overnight stay. A favorite 5 day Scotland tours program that features time spent where the pace of life is slow and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The island is one of the last strongholds of Gaelic culture and this language is spoken by about half of the population. Much of Skye's appeal lies in its legendary association with Bonnie Prince Charlie
Day 5 of one of our most popular Scotland vacation packages, today is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver/guide’s knowledge will come to the fore in developing the best day out for you. For example you might travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye’s extraordinary geological scenery or visit the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. After lunch you can travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively a visit to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod, may be possible. Talisker Distillery is also on Skye, as are the famous Cuillin Hills. We return you to your accommodation in Portree in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village.
Day 6 Departing from Portree the return journey to Edinburgh has many highlights the Cuillin Mountains, a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, Fort William and the dramatic scenery and dark history of Glencoe. Travelling back south through the Central Highlands the last stop of the day will be in Killin beside the Falls of Dochart before returning to Edinburgh.
Departure Point For tours of 4 days and longer departures are from Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh EH1 3Dq
|Overnight Location||B&B/ Guest House||Hotel|
|Portree||Almondbank, Tarradale, Highfield, Woodpark||Rosedale, Bosville, Royal|
|Ullapool||Riverside, Creagan, Ladysmith Guest House||Royal Hotel , The Arch Inn|
|Stornoway||Hebridean Guest House, Jannel, The Rowans||Caberfeidh, Calaidh Inn, Royal|
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*NB On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be
scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on
the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.
We regret we do not carry children under 5 years.Call +1-800-221-2474 9AM - 5PM Mon-Fri Eastern Time Please Email Us For Information
Important Information Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!!
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|Departures are from Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ|