Hebridean Island Hopper - a 5
'one-way' flydrive holiday in the Outer Hebrides.
Fly in by
British Airways* from
Glasgow to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, drive south, exploring
the islands to Barra, then fly out from the world’s only
airport handling scheduled airline services - the holiday may also be
scheduled to start in Barra, finishing in Lewis.
We meet at
the airport to hand over your hire car, then you're free to
tour your island retreat, staying five nights in your choice of our
carefully selected hotel or guest house accommodation, with breakfast
included. At the end of your holiday, leave your hire car at
your departure airport.
A five night
holiday is an
ideal length for an introduction to the Hebrides. Take a look at the
example itinerary below. This is a typical programme, but you will
almost certainly choose to vary your trip to suit your own interests -
you could even play golf on a fresh course each day, or take boat
trips, or climb mountains....
holiday and our advisor will be pleased to help you with your planning.
- arrive at Barra around ten in the morning, though the time may vary
as your aircraft can only land at low tide, when the runway is not
covered by the sea. Karen, our representative in Barra, will
you with your car keys.
Spend the day
the soft, shell sand beaches, maybe visit Barra Golf Club, then the
castle at Kisimul, which was the stronghold of the MacNeils for around
300 years. Barra's 'capital' - Castlebay - is a busy little
village, formerly a herring fishing port, with a few small shops and a
bank. See the Barra Heritage and Cultural Centre.
stay at one of our five selected hotels and guest houses in Barra.
perhaps cross the causeway to the island of Vatersay, where there are a
number of neolithic and iron age remains, then take the short ferry
crossing from Barra to Eriskay. On a warm sunny summer day,
approach to Eriskay is magical. It's a small island, bedecked
with wild flowers and a sandy beach, close to the tiny ferry terminal,
is an excellent spot for a picnic. At the Am Politician pub
passengers can take a wee dram, but it won't have come from the
shipwreck of the same name - which was the inspiration for the film,
houses and hotels are situated at the south end of the Uists, so
perhaps you'll choose to stay here a night, ready to explore the area
in more detail, tomorrow.
- visit Lochboisdale, a compact port, with a ruined castle and
pleasant walk up to the top of a hill providing a viewpoint. there are
few shops to explore and the ferry from Oban berths here.
Travelling north, take a detour to the west coast at Howmore,
small village of thatched croft houses, with ruins of two churches and
two chapels, and a pleasant area of machair between the village and yet
another superb beach. Birdwatchers may choose to visit Loch
Druidebeg national nature reserve, while an excursion to Lochcarnon
will provide you with flaky smoked salmon for a special treat.
return to last night's accommodation, or stay further north, ready for
the next day's crossing to Harris.
- before bidding farewell to the southern isles, see the harbour at
Grimsay, take the coast road around North Uist (don't miss one of the
prettiest restored black houses in the Hebrides, at Sollas, and look
out for more ancientcairns and stone circles.
Your ferry to
leaves from the island of Berneray, said to be a favourite destination
of HRH Prince Charles, where the village of Bays Loch is pleasant for a
stroll and the machair and beaches are magnificent.
your arrival by
ferry in Leverburgh, it's worth enjoying a night's stay at
southern end of Harris, as you may wish to explore here more
- in this theoretical itinerary, today is a big day, but in
mid-summer that's not a problem, with daylight lasting until after ten
in the evening. Before leaving south Harris, visit the restored St
Clement's Church at Rodel, the only medieval building of its size
remaining intact on the island. Here you'll find the stone
of the Macleod chiefs and some wonderful carvings. A drive to
Tarbert over the 'Golden Road' will reveal small setlements, lochs sea
views and a barren landscape that is almost lunar. Alternatively, take
the western coast road, passing some of the island's finest beaches at
Scarista, Seilebost, Horgabost and Luskentyre.
take a few
minutes to explore the compact town centre - the hardware shop is an
interesting step into the past and the Harris Tweed shop has served
visitors' needs for many years.
A drive of
around an hour
brings you to Stornoway, 'capital' of the islands, for your last night.
After five days of tiny towns and villages, it may come as a
shock to discover shopping streets with gift shops, a department store,
a large arts centre and more.
chance of fine weather, this evening, you have to visit the Callanish
Stones - 5000 years of history have passed since this stone circle came
into existence and they still provide as fine a prop to any sunset
you'll ever see.
- your last day, maybe only a morning, but not to be wasted.
you were unable to visit Callanish yesterday, then make the effort
today, you won't regret it. Otherwise, perhaps see the Black
House Village at Gearranan, or take a walk around the valley of the
River Creed. With an afternoon flight booked, you'll realise
you've only just scratched the surface - and hopefully you'll want to
return to see more. On your return to Stornoway airport,
normally be met by your holiday advisor, who will collect your car keys
and offer any assistance you may require for your departure.
distances to travel on quiet roads, you'll be amazed at just how much
you can pack into your short stay. At any time of year, the
Outer Hebrides offers a wealth of interest - see our tourist information pages
Hopscotch offers a complete booking service for British Airways, so we
are able to organise your connecting flight to Glasgow (at additional
cost), where there's a short walk through the terminal for the easy
transfer to your island flight.
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This 5 night
holday is available from just £399 per person, provided you
book in good time - the longer you leave it, the less great value
British Airways fares are available. The price is
dependent on a minimum of 2 people sharing, and includes 3
star accommodation, breakfast, air fares/taxes and car hire
costs. Prices can vary depending on travel date,
accommodation choice and departure airport. Half board is
available at a supplement.
more inclusive holidays see the links below or download
the Hebridean Hopscotch brochure (PDF) here.
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