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Hebrides, Skye & The Far West

8 DAY TOUR

Loch Lomond - the largest loch in the UK Loch Lomond - the largest loch in the UK
Eilean Donan Castle Eilean Donan Castle
The Old Man of Storr - Isle of Skye The Old Man of Storr - Isle of Skye
Meet friends on the way Meet friends on the way
Callanish Standing Stones Callanish Standing Stones
Harris Tweed traditional weaver Harris Tweed traditional weaver
The beautiful beaches in Harris
Discover how whisky is made Discover how whisky is made
Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre

The Ultimate Scottish Experience

Tour Only Price from £485

Tour with Accomodation Price from £685

Tour Description

Day 1

Through the Trossachs to Oban...

Our wide-ranging tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you'll explore Scotland's ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you'll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle. Then it's on to the picturesque seaside town of Oban, home to Scotland's best seafood!

overnight: Oban

Day 2

Gruesome Glens and the Hogwarts Express...

Day two takes you over the Connel Bridge through Appin to the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan).  We'll stop in Fort William: a town dominated by Ben Nevis - the Uk's tallest peak, then jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train.  It's one of the world's greatest train journeys and will take you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films.  We'll continue to the end of the line, Mallaig, a pretty fishing port, bustling but remote.  You will have the opportunity to have an early dinner and enjoy some excellent seafood before taking a short ferry ride over the sea to Skye, where you'll spend your second night.

Overnight:  Skye

Day 3

A whole day to explore Skye...

You'll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye's mysteries and landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so loose yourself amongst the Cuillin mountains, visit the black houses, take in the spectacular scenery of the Kilt rock waterfall, the Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish Peninsula, including a visit to the capital of the island, Portree.

Overnight:  Skye

Day 4

Castles, lochs and beautiful beaches...

We'll leave Skye and head straight to Scotland's most photographed castle, Eilean Donan* which you'll have ample time to explore.  We'll continue further north through Glen Carron and past Loch Carron towards Achnasheen.  You'll also experience the dramatic Glen Docherty which looks down towards Loch Maree, once visited by Queen Victoria and home to its very own "Nessie": Muc- sheilche.  Our lunch stop will be at Inverewe Garden*, well-known for its sub-tropical plants.  You'll also get to take in the incredible Gruinard Bay and the breath-taking Corrieshalloch Gorge and Rogie Falls, then on to your overnight stop by Loch Ness, where you can do an evening cruise*.

Overnight:  Fort Augustus

Day 5

North to Lewis and Harris...

Day five takes you further north, first to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and then to Dunrobin Castle*, the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and hom eof the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland.  Here you can also enjoy a falconry display and a walk in its beautiful gardens.  Then you will discover Knockan Crag Nature National Reserve and learn about one of the oldest landscapes in Europe.  Your journey through the Sutherland area will then take you on to the beautiful seaside town of Ullapool, where you catch the ferry to the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

Overnight: Stornoway

Day 6

Ancient history and traditional tweed...

Stornoway is the largest settlement in the Western Isles and your base for exploring the Isle of Lewis and Harris. After you've explored the town, you'll head to the far north of the island to visit the Butt of Lewis lighthouse (the windiest place in the UK). The day also features visits to the ancient Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch, an exceptionally well-preserved Iron Age structure located above Loch an Duin. You'll also have a chance to stroll some of the island’s stunning beaches and find out more about Harris Tweed cloth when you visit a traditional weaver*.

Overnight:  Stornoway

Day 7

Castaways and coastal splendour...

Day four gives you the chance to explore Harris, which is the southern part of the island. First you'll visit the main port, Tarbert, then you'll travel a little west to look across the beautiful Sound of Taransay to the island made famous by the BBC's Castaway programme. Here you'll have the chance to stroll along what is arguably Harris' most beautiful beach, Lusekentyre. The day ends as you wave goodbye to the island and take the ferry back to mainland.

Overnight:  Inverness

Day 8

Historic battlefields and home.

As you head home from Inverness, you'll be able to visit the battlefield of Culloden*, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. Enjoy a wee dram at a local distillery*. You'll also pass the stunning Cairngorm mountains and explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry.

 

8-day Departures 15th May - 28th August include the Jacobite Steam Train

 

Departure on the 4th September include Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle instead.

Luggage limit 15KGMAX 15kg 55 x 40 x 20cm

Hebrides, Skye & The Far West Route Map

Tour Highlights

Highlight1Loch Lomond, Kilmartin & Oban

The Trossachs & Western Highlands - A walk through history

Highlight2Skye & Eilean Donan*

Scotland’s most beautiful castle

Highlight3Callanish Standing Stones

& Carloway Broch. Explore pre-historic sites

Highlight4Harris Tweed Weaver

Discover the story of weaving

Highlight4Culloden battlefield*

and the Whisky Distillery*


Tour Details

Availability:
Summer
Departure Days:
Alternate Mondays 15th/29th May, 12th/26th June, 10th/24th July, 7th/21st August, 4th September
Departs/Returns:
08:30 / 19:00
Reference: Tour No 15

   Check-in Closes 15 mins prior to departure at pick-up point



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Tour Reviews

We took  8 day tour in August. I'll not find enough words to describe how amazing it was! Breathtaking views of Scotland. Our fist guide was Andrew, the second part of the tour we spent with Fergus. The both are professional, the tour was so interesting and so well organized and so comfortable just because these guys do their job very well! Andrew speaks pure English, if you are not sure about your English level - ask for Andrew. Do not think that 8 days is too much - you have to see Hebrides... The tour is not only the bus, it is also a train, boat, ferry, short walks. Guided tours to castles and views, views. We was lucky with the weather - 8 days of sunshine. Usually, I travel myself, I do not like guided tours, but this tour exceed all my expectations.

(Elena D – September 2016)


My mum and I loved the 8 Day tour! We had the chance to see an amazing number of breathtaking landscapes, visit splendid castle and historical landmarks and enjoy  8fantastic day of sun! 

(Alessia Eletta C – August 2016)


It was OUTSTANDING. Each guide was knowledgeable, informative, and accommodating. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see and experience so much of what Scotland has to offer. 

(L G - July 2015)


 

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