Eight-day Lewis and Harris. Experience Two of Scotland's Most Wonderful Islands Skye & Lewis and Harris
Day 1 - Through the Trossachs to Oban...
This wide-ranging Highland and Islands tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you'll be able to explore Scotland's ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you'll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle.
overnight stay at Oban
Day 2 - Gruesome Glens and the Hogwarts Express..
Day two takes you over the Connel Bridge through Appin to the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan). We’ll stop in Fort William; a town dominated by Ben Nevis—the UK’s tallest peak, then jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train. It’s one of the world’s greatest train journeys and will take you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films. We’ll continue to the end of the line, Mallaig, a pretty fishing port, bustling but remote. You will have the opportunity to have an early dinner and enjoy some excellent seafood before taking a short ferry ride over the sea to Skye, where you’ll spend your second night.
Day 3 - A whole day to explore Skye...
You'll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye's beautiful landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the spectacular scenery of the Cuillin mountains, visit the black houses, take in the spectacular scenery of the Kilt rock waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish Peninsula, including and visit the capital of the island, Portree.
Day 4 - Castles, mountains and on to Loch Ness...
We’ll leave Skye and head straight to Scotland’s most photographed castle, Eilean Donan* which you’ll have ample time to explore. We'll continue further north through Glen Carron and past Loch Carron towards Achnasheen. You’ll also experience the dramatic Glen Docherty which looks down towards Loch Maree, once visited by Queen Victoria and home to its very own “Nessie”: Muc-sheilche. Our lunch stop will be at Inverewe Garden*, well-known for its sub-tropical plants. You’ll also get to take in the incredible Gruinard Bay and the breath-taking Corrieshalloch Gorge and Rogie Falls, then on to your overnight stop by Loch Ness.
Day 5 - North to Lewis and Harris..
Day five takes you first to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and then on to the beautiful seaside town of Ullapool, where you catch the ferry to the Isle of Lewis and Harris. Along the way you'll stop off for two excursions. The first involves a short woodland walk to the impressive Rogie Falls, the second a visit to the breathtaking Corrieshalloch Gorge. Standing on the footbridge above this deep chasm is a truly breathtaking experience.
Overnight stay at Stornoway
Day 6 - Ancient history and traditional tweed...
Picturesque 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 7 - Castaways and coastal splendour
Day four 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 8 - 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. You'll also pass the stunning Cairngorm mountains and explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry.
*Optional extra - subject to seasonal availability
8 Day The Ultimate Scottish Experience!!!
Day by Day Itinerary:
Loch Lomond, Kilmartin Glen & Oban
The Trossachs & Western Highlands - A walk through history
Skye & Eilean Donan*
Scotland’s most beautiful castle
Callanish Standing Stones
& Carloway Broch. Explore pre-historic sites
Harris Tweed Weaver
Discover the story of weaving
and the Whisky Distillery*
Prices, Dates & What's Included:
Departs Edinburgh 08:30am
Returns Edinburgh 19.00pm
Edinburgh Departure Point: Caffe Nero, 1 Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
14th, 28th May; 11th, 25th Jun;
9th, 23rd Jul; 6th, 20th Aug; 3rd, 17th Sep
Prices Per Person (including accommodation)
B&B Double/Twin Room Price £930 (GBP)
B&B Single Room Price £1070 (GBP)
Superior B&B Double/Twin Room Price £1085 (GBP)
Superior B&B Single Room Price £1225 (GBP)
Hotel Double/Twin Room Price £1135 (GBP)
Hotel Single Room Price £1275 (GBP)
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**children under 3 years of age are not accepted. See below for more price notes
** note: ensuite rooms guaranteed with Hotel and Superior b&b option
Sorry this tour does not accept children age 3 and under
The tour price includes...
- the services of a highly qualified driver guide that are passionate about Scotland eager to show off this beautiful country
- 3 Star Accommodation based on the type that you select
- Breakfast is only included with B&B and Hotel (Hostel does not include breakfast)
- Lunch, Dinner, snacks, coffee or tea during duration of tour (there will be plenty of stops along the way, the guide will recommend restaurants, cafe, shops, etc...)
- Admission to the monuments
- Transfer to the departure point from place of accommodation or airport in Edinburgh
The type of vehicle employed on our tours varies depending on the number of passengers travelling on a particular departure. Generally tours are operated by 16 or 19 seat minibuses and 29 & 33 seat luxury mini-coaches. All vehicles are modern and specially built for comfortable touring. All vehicles have either forced-air ventilation or air-conditioning plus large panoramic windows to ensure the very best views. ABS, secondary breaking systems and a host of other safety features will ensure a safe trip.
Luggage Limit is Size: 55x40x20cm, Weight: 15kg
Whilst we are fully aware that guests may have larger items we will only be able to accept larger items subject to space available. Guests should check with their overnight accommodation provider who may be able to store luggage till their return. Alternatively there are left luggage facilities at Waverley Train Station and Edinburgh Bus Station. In Glasgow there are facilities at Queen Street Train Station and Buchanan Street Bus Station. In Inverness there are facilities at Inverness Train Station and also at Farraline Park Bus Station.
- there is not discount for child staying in room with adult
- it is advised to bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a jumper in case of chilly weather, and rain jacket/umbrella in case it rains. Weather in Scotland can be unpredictable, especially in the highlands, so it is wise to come prepared
- don't forget your camera and a smile!!
CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS FOR SCHEDULED TOURS
When a passenger wishes to make a cancellation of a multi day tour the following charges apply:
Within 7 days of the tour departure, no refund will be given.
7-14 days before the tour departure, a 50% refund of the tour price will be given.
14 days or more before the tour departure, a 90% refund of the tour price will be given.