From Edinburgh: Outer Hebrides & Isle of Skye 6-Day Tour

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Discover some of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes on this 6-day tour to the Outer Hebrides and Skye from Edinburgh. Explore the wild landscapes of Lewis and Harris, and discover Skye's marvels.

Highlights

  • Look out for a beast lurking in the depths of Loch Ness
  • Admire the landscapes that inspired Harris Tweed
  • Ponder over the mysteries of the Neolithic standing stones of Calanais*
  • Discover how Glencoe earned its name, ‘the Weeping Glen’
  • Snap a famous photo of Portree’s colourful harbour front

Description

Day 1 Travel north into the Scottish highlands, stopping at the historic village of Dunkeld for a short walk through the forest to some waterfalls. Continue north through the Grampian Mountains to the Spey Valley, where you’ll have lunch. In the afternoon you’ll see world-famous Loch Ness and stop in Inverness. Visit the impressive waterfalls at Corrieshalloch Gorge before arriving in the fishing port of Ullapool for your overnight stay. Day 2 Catch the morning ferry for a 2-hour sail along Loch Broom, past the Summer Isles and then out across the Minch to Stornoway, the main town on Lewis and the capital of the Outer Hebrides. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, and seabirds during the crossing. Arriving on Lewis and Harris, you head to the North West coast, guided by your driver through traditional crofting towns and seaside ports. You spend the evening in Stornoway; a bustling port town and the home of Scotland’s most delicious black puddings. Day 3 Today, delve into the history and landscapes of this wild island. Begin at Arnol Blackhouse*, offering a glimpse into traditional farming life. Next, explore the ancient stone fort of Dun Carloway, steeped in history dating back to before 100 AD. Travel through crofting villages to the renowned Calanais Stone Circle*, a prehistoric mystery still puzzling archaeologists. Spend your afternoon exploring the beautiful beaches and mountains of western Lewis before returning to Stornoway in the late afternoon. Day 4 Harris boasts the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and one of the most beautiful white-sandy beaches in Britain, Luskentyre. The area is also famous for Harris Tweed and myths that are as strange as they are poignant. After a morning of exploring the dramatic landscapes, you stop for lunch. Depending on the weather, we may even go for a picnic on the beach – so don’t forget to pack your sunglasses. Next, embark on a ferry to Portree, the largest town in Skye, where you'll stay for the next two nights. Day 5 Every horizon in Skye conceals something astoundingly beautiful. So today, your driver-guide makes the most out of your time on this marvel-studded landscape. You may travel to the Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk, venture to Kilt Rock and see a gigantic waterfall, or take a boat trip to the lesser-known Loch Coruisk. After you’ve enjoyed the sights of Skye, you have your final evening in Portree. There are plenty of fabulous seafood restaurants to celebrate a fine day of exploring. Day 6 As your trip concludes today, there's still plenty to see on the way back to Edinburgh. Cross the Skye Bridge for a glimpse of Eilean Donan Castle, a quintessentially Scottish sight. Travel under Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain, often shrouded in clouds. Pass through the emotional valley of Glencoe, site of a tragic massacre in Scottish history. Finally, as the landscape flattens, enter the Lowlands en route to Edinburgh, arriving in the early evening.

Includes

Tour transport in a 16-seat Mercedes mini coach Driver/guide Bed and breakfast accommodation (5 nights) Admission to Arnol Blackhouse

Important Information

  • The return time to Edinburgh on the last day is approximately 7:00 PM
  • The operator believes a small group tour, with a maximum of 16 participants, really does make a big difference to your trip, offering a more personal service. This is the only 5-star operator to offer this guarantee
  • Because the operator believes that you should have time off the bus and the opportunity to take nature walks, suitable clothing and footwear for these walks is recommended
  • Small, locally owned guesthouses and B&Bs are used for accommodation. All rooms are ensuite. Note that the guesthouses may be a short walk from the city center. For individual travellers please select the single accommodation option. For 2 people traveling together please choose the shared double option *Please note the Calanais Standing stone site will be closed between 1st September 2024 and 31st March 2025 and we will be unable to visit the site during these dates. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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