Harris Beach

Harris Beach

10 Day Hebridean & Orkney Explorer

This incredible journey through Scotlands wilder landscapes is a mix of sea journeys and wonderful landscapes. The perfect tour for those who wish to see the roads less travelled - Scotland's stunning islands and far north counties.

Day 1 - Sea of the Hebrides

We travel south to Loch Ness for a visit to Urquhart Castle on the shores of the Loch. Later we head to the charming and picturesque village of Cill Chuimein renamed 'Fort Augustus' after the Jacobite Rising of 1715. After lunch we travel up the coast to take the ferry (15:00hrs) over the Sea of the Hebrides. Overnight South Uist.

Day 2 - The Long Islands

We wake to the splendour of the Outer Hebrides, known as the “long islands” as they stretch for 100 miles. Our journey takes us through South Uist and across the causeway to Benbecula dotted with fresh water lochs. North Uist is characterised by its 'drowned landscape' of peat bogs and lochans, and its string of bountiful beaches. We travel to St. Kilda Viewpoint before heading for Lochmaddy. Overnight North Uist.

Day 3 - Harris

We travel by ferry to the Isle of Harris where we will visit St. Clements Church built in 1520 for the Chiefs of MacLeod of Harris. Moving on, we explore the beautiful beaches of the west coast and enjoy a walk at arguably the most stunning of them all, Luskentyre beach. If time permits, enjoy a scenic drive along the winding ‘Golden Road’. Overnight Harris.

Day 4 - Lewis

We head north to explore the rich history of Lewis which has been inhabited by man for around 5000 years or more. We travel north through the rugged landscape and visit the ancient Calanais Standing Stones - erected in the late Neolithic era and a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age, Dun Carloway Broch, and a traditional blackhouse village. Overnight Lewis.

Day 5 - Wester Ross

We will travel to the Butt of Lewis and its iconic lighthouse with uninterrupted views across the Atlantic. If time permits, explore the town of Stornoway at your leisure before we board the ferry and head back to the mainland to venture through Wester Ross. This is a very old landscape which is well known for its mountain scenery, and after taking in Ullapool we visit the ruins of Ardvreck Castle. Overnight Kylesku.

Day 6 - North Coast

We head for Durness taking in Smoo Caves, Britain's largest sea cave and walk the sandy beaches at Sango Bay or Rispond. Later we learn of the tragic story of the Highland Clearances, the Clan Mackay and the story of crofting life at the Strathnaver Museum. When we are ready, we head for Dunnet Head which is the most northern point in mainland Scotland. Overnight nr Gills Bay.

Day 7 - Mainland to Orkney

We board the morning ferry and cross the Pentland Firth to Orkney. This archipelago of 70 islands and skerries has beautiful beaches, heritage, culture and wonderful wildlife. We cross the Churchill Barriers to visit the Italian Chapel, St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall and Kirkwall town itself - a settlement shaped by the Vikings who settled here over 1,000 years ago. Overnight Orkney.

Day 8 - Orkney

We head out to visit the Broch of Gurness - one of the most outstanding examples of a prehistoric settlement and then on to the stone-built Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae also called the "Scottish Pompeii". Later, we visit Maes Howe chambered cairn, the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness, and later the Brough of Birsay to walk out and explore the Pictish, Norse and medieval remains. Overnight Orkney.

Day 9 - Orkney to Mainland

We enjoy a free morning to relax and explore the last of Kirkwalls streets before we head for the ferry and back to the mainland of Scotland. We land in Caithness where we tour Castle of Mey, built between 1566 and 1572 by the 4th Earl of Caithness and walk the magnificent gardens before making our way to Scotland’s most northerly village at John ‘O Groats. Overnight Wick.

Day 10- Wick to Inverness

Our final day is a journey southbound to explore the ancient harbour of Whaligoe Haven, once used by local fishermen to land their catch of Herring. Later, we visit beautiful Dunrobin Castle dating back to the early 1300s before making our way south through Easter Ross and spend the afternoon taking in the small historic town of Dornoch set in a tranquil location on the Dornoch Firth. End in Inverness.

What We Include

  • Your own tour co-ordinator who will work with you to provide the best itinerary to suit you.
  • Accommodation Handpicked by Best Scottish Tours
  • All accommodation will be of 3 star quality (we can quote for 4* if required)
  • Full Scottish Breakfast every morning
  • All evening meals (unless otherwise requested)
  • Entry into all named attractions on your itinerary
  • A luxury touring vehicle with ample space for all luggage and passenger
  • Maximum of 8 people per vehicle
  • Your own driver/tour guide

What We Don’t Include

  • Airfares
  • Lunches/Snacks
  • Drinks / Beverages
  • Gratuities

Our tours operate on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis where possible with lunch and beverages excluded. Where dinner is not included in your accommodation, an allocation per head is organised at that evening’s restaurant. 

COVID-19 information

Safe Travels

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Price on Request

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

January — December

Contact details

Best Scottish Tours

137 Ardenslate Road
PA23 8GZ

Tour information


  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow


10+ Days


  • Driver guide
  • Minibus


  • Bespoke
  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English


  • Adventure
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Family
  • History
  • Island Hopping
  • Landscapes
  • Photography
  • Wildlife

Covid 19 Facilities

  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Hand sanitiser available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

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Opening times

Mon 09.00 - 17.00
Tues 09.00 - 17.00
Wed 09.00 - 17.00
Thur 09.00 - 17.00
Fri 09.00 - 17.00
Sat 09.00 - 17.00
Sun 09.00 - 17.00

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