We love this adventure as it takes you through 13 islands and reveals each day the remarkable world of an island and its people.. With your native Gaelic speaking adventure leader, the Hebrides will gently unveil its peaceful world.
9 nights stays in 3 to 4 star or similar traditional accommodation,Scottish breakfast, 9 lunches , 9 dinners, fully guided and private vehicle, airport pick up and drop off and included excursions and entrances
The Outer Hebrides lie in splendid isolation to the far west and thirty miles beyond the mainland coast of Scotland. They claim to be closer to Iceland than to London, and historically their Norse heritage is hard to ignore. These are islands fringed with stunning powder-white beaches, some that span as far as the eye can see and beyond. It is a pristine environment that remains one of our most cherished destinations.
Archaeology, history, wildlife, beaches, moorlands, birds of prey, remote islands, history, whisky, gin, inter island ferries, Gaelic language, wild flowers, walking, coastlines
Today you arrive at your destination Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. You will be met at the airport by your guide and taken to your first night's abode in the small harbour town of Stornoway. After settling in, we head out on the coastal town for a familiarisation walk and stop in at a local pub to toast your arrival—dinner tonight in a local restaurant and the start of our Hebridean Adventure.
Following breakfast we board our vehicle and make our way out across the vast moorlands of Lewis towards Callanish Standing Stones. These ancient megaliths pre date Stonehenge and were only discovered in the 19th century. Following Callanish and a few extra stops we make our way for lunch in the beautiful area of Uig and where we will be based for two nights. We check in to our quaint accommodation by the shore and free time to explore the incredible Uig Bay. Dinner is served early evening with plenty time to wander after dinner and take in the endless summer light of the Hebrides before a well earned sleep
After a lazy breakfast we head out for a journey into the Atlantic and to an incredible place called the Blue Lagoon. We will board our private boat after being kitted out in waterproofs and sit back for an exhilarating experience. On our return we toast the Hebrides with a fine dram before heading off for a local lunch. After lunch we seek out where the famous Lewis Chessmen were discovered in the 19th century. We then take a beautiful walk out onto the Lewis coastline and see incredible sea stacks and cliffs and weather permitting some sea eagles high above. We head back to our nights abode to relive the tales of the day and then have another sumptuous Hebridean dinner.
As we bid farewell to our tranquil abode for two nights, we once again board our private boat and head out into the Atlantic and explore the rugged, dramatic Lewis and Harris coastlines. We move further west witness the magnitude of the landscape and the spectacular sea lochs that seem to split the land in two. We then land on our abandoned island and walk through the deserted village and take a stroll to the higher points to take in the view. Lunch will be ashore ( weather permitting) before some free time to enjoy your time on this beautiful place. We set sail mid-afternoon for the short journey to our next accommodation and an authentic flavour of grandeur in the Hebrides.
Waking in the morning looking out to the ocean and then having a beautiful breakfast sets us up for the day. Boarding our boat, we head into the stunning Sound of Taransay and the Atlantic to visit one of our favourite islands. We step ashore in the footsteps of TV Presenter Ben Fogle who along with other castaways came here in 2000 for the series Castaway 2000. Since then Ben Fogle has returned often to these islands and declaring his love for Taransay. Free time to wander on the island and learn about the ancient settlements from the Bronze age to the Viking time. Lunch comes in the form of a picnic (weather permitting) before more free time to walk the powder-white beaches and stand in awe at the incredible scenery. Late afternoon we head back to our abode before bidding farewell to our boat and skipper. We then prepare for another splendid dinner before settling into reminiscing the day's wonders.
After a relaxed breakfast, we make our way toward the west and across to the low lying southern isles of the Uist's. Along the way, we learn of the whaling industry before stopping off in the very picturesque small village of Tarbert. We get ready to try some fantastic Harris gin and sample a glass or two of the goodness. Some free time in Tarbert to wander the small street and browse the local shops. Our next stop is the glorious Seilebost and world-famous Luskentyre beaches. On our way, we will stop off in a Harris Tweed loom shed and learn all about the ancient art of Tweed making. Lunch will be in a local restaurant overlooking the Atlantic. Before we embark on our ferry journey across the Sound of Harris, we will stop at the only Medieval church in the Outer Hebrides and a chance to catch up on some clan history. We board our ferry for the beautiful sailing across the Sound of Harris to finally land on the small island of Berneray and making our way to our next place to stay in a rural lodge.
Breakfast done we set out on our discovery of North Uist and visit ancient burial chambers, standing stones and soutterain before heading westward to meet the Highland cows. This is the largest herd of Pedigree Highland cows in Scotland and you will get a real introduction to these incredible animals and to see their young calves :) We then head for a local lunch before heading out to one of the coastal nature reserves and coastal walk to take in the glorious white powder beaches of the Uist's. Further on we take a stop at one of the most stunning beaches on North Uist for a wee dram and snack before making our way to try and spot otters and wildlife.
After another relaxed morning before we set off on our island-hopping adventure, today we will explore six islands and give you a real feeling of life on these remote fringes of the Atlantic ocean. We visit the boat building island of the Uist's, where for over two hundred years, local boat builders built the traditional Grimsay boat. Along the way, we visit a traditional fishing harbour and pop in for a light seafood lunch before heading "up south." Moving onwards we pass through another beautiful nature reserve, visit a fabulous museum and step out onto the very beach Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in 1745. Late afternoon we board the small ferry boat and make our way to the stunning island of Barra.
After a later start, we head out to explore the stunning island of Barra. The Ilse of Barra is the most southerly occupied island in the Outer Hebrides and as many confess the Hebrides in miniature. Our journey takes us along the stunning west coast and a chance to look for seals before heading out onto the Machair for a gentle walk amongst the flowers and to take in some impressive views. We then make our way to the small harbour port of Castlebay and some lunch before free time to wander on your own or head out on the shortest boat journey in Scotland to a medieval castle and home of the Clan Chief MacNeil. Mid-afternoon we then take the small road to Vatersay and explore this beautiful place before heading back for a bit of free time before dinner. Our final night in the Hebrides will see us toasting and dining looking over the Atlantic.
Tour ends in Isle of Barra.
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