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Price PromiseHebridean Island Experience - a complete 5 night holiday, touring with your own car in the Outer Hebrides.

At Dalbeg BeachArrive by Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, drive south, exploring the islands to Barra, then take a crossing to Oban - the holiday may also be scheduled to start in Barra, finishing in Lewis.  Or perhaps travel between Uig, on the Isle of Skye and Harris - it's your holiday and we'll fit the details around your wishes. There are so many things to do here, that our flexibility is the key to your holiday enjoyment.

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....

We've shown the holiday as a south to north trip, but it's up to you.

Sunday - enjoy the ferry cruise from Oban, arrive at Barra in the evening and enjoy a good night's rest at Overnight stay at one of our five selected hotels and guest houses in Barra.

Creels and old boat on BernerayMonday -  spend the morning  exploring the soft, shell sand beaches, visit Barra Golf Club, or 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.  You could visit the Barra Heritage and Cultural Centre or 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, the 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 your 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, Whisky Galore.

Several of our guest 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.

Tuesday - visit Lochboisdale, a compact port, with a ruined castle and pleasant walk up to the top of a hill providing a viewpoint. there are a few shops to explore and the ferry from Oban berths here.  Travelling north, take a detour to the west coast at Howmore, a 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. 

You could return to last night's accommodation, or stay further north, ready for the next day's crossing to Harris.

Wednesday - 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 Harris 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.

Nisabost - by James SmithFollowing your arrival by ferry in  Leverburgh, it's worth enjoying a night's stay at this southern end of Harris, as you may wish to explore here more tomorrow.

Thursday - 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 tombs 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.

In Tarbert, 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.

If there's the slightest 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.   

Lemreway - by James SmithFriday - your last day, maybe only a morning, but not to be wasted.  If 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 ferry booked, you'll realise you've only just scratched the surface - and hopefully you'll want to return to see more. 

 With short 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 for ideas.

Ferry connections

With several different crossing options to the Outer Hebrides, we can adjust the itinerary to suit your preferred departure date or route.  As ferry travel to the southern isles is not always available at a convenient time and no Sunday sailings to the mainland are available in Harris and Lewis, you'll find our experience most useful in putting together an itinerary that works well for you. 


This 5 night holday is available from just £269 per person.  The price is dependent on a minimum of 2 people sharing, and includes 3 star accommodation, breakfast, all ferry fares and car hire costs.  Prices can vary depending on travel date, accommodation choice and your final choice of ferry routes.  Half board is available at a supplement. 

For more inclusive holidays see the links below or download the Hebridean Hopscotch brochure (PDF) here.

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DiamondPricing information: Prices, based on 2 sharing, include ferries, 3 star accommodation, breakfast, air fares/taxes and car hire costs where applicable. Prices vary depending on travel date, accommodation choice and, for flydrive holidays, departure airport.  Half board is available at a supplement.

British Airways flights to the Hebrides are services operated by Loganair.

Hebridean Hopscotch Holidays is a trading name of Kenman Holdings Ltd, acting as tour operators in a marketing co-operation among island accommodation providers, Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd (ferry operator) and Loganair/British Airways.

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