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Outer Hebrides Tour Experience from Edinburgh
Tour Theme: Small and Medium Group Sightseeing Tours (Multi-days/ 5 to 30 people)
This tour starts from: Edinburgh
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
This spectacular Scottish Highlands and Islands tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond to the Hebrides Islands. Explore Scotland's Largest Island - Lewis and Harris
Day 1 - Mountains, massacres and monsters...
This spectacular Highlands and Islands tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The route then takes you through the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan) and on through Fort William and the great Glen to arrive at the fabled shores of Loch Ness, where you can do an evening boat cruise*.
Overnight stay at Loch Ness
Day 2 - North to Lewis and Harris...
This day takes you further north, first to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, then to Dunrobin Castle*, the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and home of 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 stay at Stornoway
Day 3 - 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 stay at Stornoway
Day 4 - Castaways and coastal splendour...
Today 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 stay at Inverness
Day 5 - 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.
*Optional extra subject to availability
Day by Day Itinerary:
Glen Coe & Loch Ness
Fascinating history and wonderful scenery
Callanish Standing Stones
Carloway Broch Pre-historic sites
Harris Tweed Weaver
Discover the story of weaving
Visit the historic battlefield
Taste a dram of single malt
Operated by: Highland Experience Rank 3
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