Returning for 2020, our much acclaimed island-hopping tour in the Outer Hebrides offers the experience of remote landscapes and slow pace of life enjoyed by the locals. The scenery is fascinating in its variety and the boat crossings are an excellent way to view the many outlying islands.
Thursday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive via Scotch Corner, Gretna Green and Glasgow to arrive at our hotel, the Glynhill Hotel & Leisure Club There will be time to relax before our dinner this evening.
FridayWe travel through the spectacular Scottish Highlands towards the Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye and provide a photo opportunity en route at the beautiful Eilean Donan Castle. Situated on an island at the point where three sea lochs meet, Eilean Donan is one of the most iconic images of Scotland. From the Kyle of Lochalsh, we will cross the magnificent Skye road bridge onto the Isle of Skye itself and enjoy the scenic drive past the dramatic Cuillin Hills and through the islandís capital, Portree. We will then arrive at the port of Uig from which we take a ferry to Lochmaddy on the Isle of Benbecula. Dinner will be taken on board the ship during the crossing. We re-join the coach and make the short journey to the 3 star Dark Island Hotel.
Saturday This morning, we will explore the stunning South Uist, an island of the Outer Hebrides with crystal clear water and white powder beaches. We will drive past the ruins of the 18th century Ormacleit Castle towards the Isle of Eriskay, which is linked to south Uist by a stone causeway. The beautiful little island of Eriskay is home to the bay where Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot on Scottish soil. It is also known for its famous ponies, which are semi-wild and often seen wandering around the village. On our return, we will visit the Hebridean Jewellery Shop and Workshop where we will have the chance to purchase some quality handcrafted silver and gold jewellery.
Sunday After a leisurely breakfast we collect our packed lunches and bid farewell to our hosts at the Dark Island Hotel to travel back into North Uist. Our route takes us along 13 miles of stunning sandy beaches, fresh water lochs, rolling moorland hills and unrivalled bird watching opportunities, before reaching Berneray, reputedly one of HRH Prince Charlesí favourite destinations. From here we will board the ferry to Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris, which offers incredible diversity in its landscapes, from inhospitable rocky shore in the east to the golden sandy beaches in the west. On arrival, we will visit St Clementís Church, Rodel, which was built in around 1500 by the MacLeods of Dunvegan and Harris. The Isle of Harris is linked by road to the Isle of Lewis and the drive passes some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the whole of the UK. We visit the Isle of Scalpay and admire its lovely waterfront villages. Our final destination for today is Stornoway, the capital of Lewis, where we have time to settle in to the Caladh Inn before dinner.
MondayWe remain on the Isle of Lewis today and enjoy a tour of the islandís fantastic scenery. Lewis is one of the largest and wellpopulated of the Western Isles, although it remains refreshingly unspoilt and uncrowded. Home to some of the most important seabird colonies in the UK, the Isle of Lewis is a haven for all forms of wildlife. There is history and heritage to be discovered too and the island has more than its fair share of archaeological sites to explore. During our circular tour of the island, we will visit Carloway Broch, an ancient Iron Age fortification and an included visit to the Calanais Visitor Centre where we will be able to see the Callanish Standing Stones, one of the best preserved Megalithic sites in the whole of Scotland. We will also visit Gearrannan Blackhouse Village and step back in time as we experience the way of life in a typical crofting township of the 19th Century.
Tuesday This morning we enjoy some free time to relax and explore the town of Stornoway, the largest town on the Western Isles, with a chance to snap up a last minute bargain in one of the Harris Tweed shops where we have time at leisure. This afternoon we make the crossing to Ullapool and drive through wonderful mountain scenery to reach our overnight hotel, the Grant Arms in Grantown-on-Spey.
WednesdayWe depart after breakfast and journey south to arrive back in our home areas early evening at the end of a wonderful Hebridean adventure.
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