Hebridean Island Experience
- a complete 5 night holiday, touring with your own car in the
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
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....
the holiday as a south to north trip, but it's up to you.
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.
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
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 ferry booked, you'll realise
you've only just scratched the surface - and hopefully you'll want to
return to see more.
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
crossing options to the Outer Hebrides, we can adjust the itinerary to
suit your preferred departure date or route. As ferry travel
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
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.
more inclusive holidays see the links below or download
the Hebridean Hopscotch brochure (PDF) here.
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