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Lewis, Harris, and Outer Hebrides Tour from Inverness

Lewis, Harris, and Outer Hebrides Tour from Inverness

Day one: Depart early from Inverness and head north-west to Ullapool to catch the ferry. This stunning sea-trip takes you along Loch Broom, past the Summer Isles, and out to Stornoway, which is the capital of the Outer Hebrides. Once you have arrived on Lewis, your first stop is the ancient past. Travel to the North West of the island to visit the blackhouse at Arnol. Dive into this traditional abode and discover how the Highland crofting families lived their day-to-day lives. After this, go through more crofting communities and venture to the northernmost tip of the island, the Butt of Lewis. The lighthouse here boasts epic views of waves crashing against sea cliffs. Head back to Stornoway for your overnight stay.  Day two: Head south to Harris, where the first thing that you notice are the mountains. As you weave through the towering marvels, your guide will tell you about the traditions and tales from this part of Scotland. After you have had your fill of unspoilt beaches and landscapes, make stop in one of the very few towns, the small port of Leverburgh, for lunch. Now it is time for one of the great Hebridean highlights, Luskentyre beach. On a good day, the sea turns turquoise and the sands look pristine white. After enjoying all these natural wonders, it is time to head back to Stornoway and perhaps try the famous black pudding for dinner.  Day three: Today, you’re delving back to the ancient past and come face to face with the Callanish standing stones. These 5,000-year-old megaliths are said to be petrified giants who wouldn’t convert to Christianity. You may not believe this myth, but that doesn’t mean this site isn’t magnificent. You leave the echoes of the past and explore the far west of Lewis; this part boasts some areas of outstanding natural beauty. Your driver-guide ensures you take a unique route that suits the weather and your group's interests. After an eventful morning, you travel to Stornoway and get a ferry to the mainland. Cast your last glance at the island, and ponder over its rich Gaelic heritage as you make your way across the Minch. Once on the mainland, you continue to Inverness, where you arrive in the evening.

From Edinburgh: Outer Hebrides & Isle of Skye 6-Day Tour

From Edinburgh: Outer Hebrides & Isle of Skye 6-Day Tour

Day 1 Travel north into the Scottish highlands, stopping at the historic village of Dunkeld for a short walk through the forest to some waterfalls. Continue north through the Grampian Mountains to the Spey Valley, where you’ll have lunch. In the afternoon you’ll see world-famous Loch Ness and stop in Inverness. Visit the impressive waterfalls at Corrieshalloch Gorge before arriving in the fishing port of Ullapool for your overnight stay. Day 2 Catch the morning ferry for a 2-hour sail along Loch Broom, past the Summer Isles and then out across the Minch to Stornoway, the main town on Lewis and the capital of the Outer Hebrides. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, and seabirds during the crossing. Arriving on Lewis and Harris, you head to the North West coast, guided by your driver through traditional crofting towns and seaside ports. You spend the evening in Stornoway; a bustling port town and the home of Scotland’s most delicious black puddings. Day 3 Today, delve into the history and landscapes of this wild island. Begin at Arnol Blackhouse*, offering a glimpse into traditional farming life. Next, explore the ancient stone fort of Dun Carloway, steeped in history dating back to before 100 AD. Travel through crofting villages to the renowned Calanais Stone Circle*, a prehistoric mystery still puzzling archaeologists. Spend your afternoon exploring the beautiful beaches and mountains of western Lewis before returning to Stornoway in the late afternoon. Day 4 Harris boasts the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and one of the most beautiful white-sandy beaches in Britain, Luskentyre. The area is also famous for Harris Tweed and myths that are as strange as they are poignant. After a morning of exploring the dramatic landscapes, you stop for lunch. Depending on the weather, we may even go for a picnic on the beach – so don’t forget to pack your sunglasses. Next, embark on a ferry to Portree, the largest town in Skye, where you'll stay for the next two nights. Day 5 Every horizon in Skye conceals something astoundingly beautiful. So today, your driver-guide makes the most out of your time on this marvel-studded landscape. You may travel to the Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk, venture to Kilt Rock and see a gigantic waterfall, or take a boat trip to the lesser-known Loch Coruisk. After you’ve enjoyed the sights of Skye, you have your final evening in Portree. There are plenty of fabulous seafood restaurants to celebrate a fine day of exploring. Day 6 As your trip concludes today, there's still plenty to see on the way back to Edinburgh. Cross the Skye Bridge for a glimpse of Eilean Donan Castle, a quintessentially Scottish sight. Travel under Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain, often shrouded in clouds. Pass through the emotional valley of Glencoe, site of a tragic massacre in Scottish history. Finally, as the landscape flattens, enter the Lowlands en route to Edinburgh, arriving in the early evening.

Edinburgh: 5-Day Outer Hebrides and Highlands Tour

Edinburgh: 5-Day Outer Hebrides and Highlands Tour

Day 1 Your tour will begin as you depart the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh and travel into the Highlands. Your first stop of the day is in the village of Dunkeld. There you can stretch your legs and admire the cathedral’s unusual mixture of architectural styles, before you venture through the shadows of the great and gorgeous Grampian Mountains and stop for lunch in the charming town of Aviemore. After you’ve satisfied your taste buds, you drive out to Rogie Falls and take a short walk out to see this lovely sight. Next up is Corrieshalloch Gorge, a lesser-known Scottish sight, but it’s sure to be one that you’ll also love. Then you’re off to Ullapool for a short visit before you jump on the ferry to Stornoway, where you will be spending the night. Day 2 After breakfast, set off for the Butt of Lewis, the northernmost point of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Hold onto your hats as it's one of the windiest spots in the UK. Explore the island with your driver-guide, passing through traditional crofting towns and seaside ports. Beach enthusiasts will enjoy a walk at Port of Ness, while history lovers can visit Arnol Blackhouse* to experience traditional farming life. After lunch in Stornoway, explore the west side of Lewis to Uig Bay before returning to Stornoway for the night. Don't miss trying Scotland's delicious black pudding while in this port town. Day 3 On your third day, it will be time to enter the region of Harris. Harris boasts the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and is home to one of the most beautiful white-sandy beaches in Britain, Luskentyre. After a morning of exploring the breathtaking landscapes, enjoy lunch. Depending on the weather, a beach picnic might be on the agenda, so don't forget your sunglasses. Return to Stornoway in the late afternoon Day 4 First up today is a visit to the Calanais Stone Circle*, so prepare yourselves for the possibility of time travel. This prehistoric sight still mystifies archeologists today. Continue your exploration with Dun Carloway Broch – these unique ruins sit atop a mound of rock on the Isle of Lewis. Following lunch in Stornoway, you’ll jump back on the ferry to the mainland. We head straight for Inverness, our final overnight stop. Day 5 This morning, we leave Inverness, tracing Loch Ness's shores, cameras ready for a glimpse of Nessie. Then to Tomintoul, Highland's highest village, nestled in Cairngorm National Park, exemplifying planned village architecture. Continuing to Royal Deeside, following River Dee from mountains to Aberdeenshire coast. Relax over lunch in Braemar, Cairngorms National Park's heart, a remote village cherished by the British Royal Family. Surrounded by majestic mountains, peat-colored rivers, and dark forests, it's a Highland retreat. Heading south, we cross Scotland’s highest mountain pass, traversing Highland Perthshire before reaching Scone Palace, home to Scotland’s legendary Stone of Destiny. From here it’s a short journey back to Edinburgh.

From Edinburgh: 6-Day Isle of Skye and Hebridean Hopper Tour

From Edinburgh: 6-Day Isle of Skye and Hebridean Hopper Tour

Day 1: Edinburgh to Inverness We travel north stopping to visit the Kelpies, a stunning spectacle of modern engineering. Kelpies are mythological beasts in Scottish folklore, and this fantastic landmark is the largest of its kind in the world. We arrive in Glen Coe, dominated by majestic mountains which contrast the flat expanse of its neighbouring Rannoch Moor. Your guide will take you through Glen Coe’s sad history. We stop in Fort Augustus to visit the legendary Loch Ness for a photo break. Overnight Inverness Day 2: Inverness to Stornoway Commence your day with invigorating breezes and breathtaking views at Corrieshalloch Gorge. Proceeding northward along a picturesque route, we embark on a ferry voyage from Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis – all the while keeping a lookout for playful dolphins! Upon reaching the island, we make our way directly to the southern tip of Harris, where we’ll explore the renowned Harris Distillery for a delightful sip before heading back to the northern part of Lewis for an overnight stay in the bustling town of Stornoway. Overnight Stornoway Day 3: Stornoway to Stornoway Visit one of the inspirations behind Outlander - the Callanish standing stones. Then fast-forward to the Iron Age at the broch of Dun Carloway. Experience island life at the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village. These houses were lived in until as recently as the 1970s and represent 17th century island life on Scotland’s rugged Atlantic Coast. We explore the remote coastline and visit the Butt of Lewis – the most northerly point on the island – to see the isolated lighthouse and dramatic force of the sea against the cliffs. Overnight Stornoway Day 4: Stornorway to Portree After leaving Stornoway, we'll visit a memorial highlighting a darker side of island life. We'll explore beautiful beaches and the oldest medieval church on the Isle of Harris. Then, we'll catch a ferry to Skye, making Portree our base for two nights. Enjoy local seafood and whisky or take a scenic walk in town. Overnight Portree Day 5: Portree to Portree We spend the day exploring Skye, visiting iconic locations such as Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. Next we stop at the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan. Overnight Portree Day 6: Portree to Edinburgh Start the day by exploring Armadale Castle, once home to Clan MacDonald. We board the ferry from Armadale and arrive in Mallaig, a charming fishing village. Treat yourself to some fish and chips before an optional ride on the Jacobite Steam Train - aka the Hogwarts Express from Harry Potter! The West Highland Line between Mallaig and Fort William is famous for its wildly beautiful scenery and dreamy sands of the west coast. You’ll quickly understand why it’s been voted the most scenic rail journey in the world. We make a final comfort stop in the southern Highland village of Pitlochry before concluding our tour in Edinburgh early evening.

Isle of Lewis Heritage: Private Full-Day Tour from Stornoway

Isle of Lewis Heritage: Private Full-Day Tour from Stornoway

Explore the rich history and ancient wonders of the Isle of Lewis on our private full-day tour with convenient transportation from Stornoway. The journey will take you to the mystical Calanais Standing Stones, where you’ll unravel the secrets of a 5,000-year-old stone circle. Delve into Hebridean heritage at The Blackhouse, a traditional thatched-roof dwelling, and discover the incredible engineering of the Dun Carloway Broch, an Iron Age fortress offering breathtaking views. Wrap up your adventure at the Bosta Iron Age House, where history comes to life with reconstructed dwellings and archaeological treasures. This immersive tour promises an immersive exploration of Lewis’s past and heritage.

Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides 6-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides 6-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Day 1: Edinburgh to Inverness Begin your journey north with a visit to the iconic Kelpies and explore the historic Stirling Castle. Admire the charming Doune Castle, known for its appearances in Monty Python, Outlander, and Game of Thrones. Experience the breathtaking landscapes of Glen Coe and catch a glimpse of the majestic Ben Nevis. Learn about Loch Ness and its legendary inhabitant, 'Nessie'. Arrive in Inverness and enjoy leisure time. Take a stroll along the picturesque River Ness or visit Inverness Castle for panoramic views. Later, unwind at local bars or savor a meal at charming restaurants. (Overnight: Inverness) Day 2: Inverness to Stornoway Explore the awe-inspiring Corrieshalloch Gorge and embark on a picturesque ferry ride from Ullapool to the Isle of Lewis. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins. Visit the renowned Harris Distillery and return to Stornoway, the main town on Lewis, for the night. (Overnight: Stornoway) Day 3: Stornoway Discover the Neolithic wonders of Callanish Standing Stones and the Iron Age marvel, Dun Carloway. Experience 17th-century island life at Gearrannan Blackhouse Village. Visit the Butt of Lewis, the island's northernmost point, with its solitary lighthouse. Enjoy free time in Stornoway to explore the harbor and indulge in local cuisine. (Overnight: Stornoway) Day 4: Stornoway to Portree Pay tribute to island history at a poignant memorial. Explore Harris' beautiful beaches and medieval church. Ferry 'over the sea to Skye' to Portree, the main town. Enjoy local seafood and whisky or embark on a scenic walk. (Overnight: Portree) Day 5: Portree Marvel at the enchanting Sligachan River and the majestic Cuillin mountains. Visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, featured in Highlander and James Bond films. Enjoy free time in Portree, exploring shops, savoring meals, and soaking in the picturesque harbor. Visit Skye's landmarks: Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr. (Overnight: Portree) Day 6: Portree to Edinburgh Explore the Isle of Skye and ferry to Mallaig. Experience the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct on the Jacobite Steam Train. Journey through the Cairngorms National Park en route to Edinburgh, concluding an unforgettable adventure.

Ancient Echoes: Exploring Callanish’s Stone Circles

Ancient Echoes: Exploring Callanish’s Stone Circles

Embark on the “Ancient Echoes: Exploring Callanish’s Stone Circles” tour and step into a world where history and mythology intertwine beneath the vast Hebridean skies. This walking tour is not just a journey through the rugged landscapes of Lewis but a voyage back in time to the Neolithic era, where the colossal Calanais Standing Stones stand as silent sentinels of the past. As you wander from the majestic main circle to the serene settings of Callanish II and III, each step brings you closer to unlocking the mysteries of ancient civilizations. Feel the weight of centuries slip away as you become part of the living story of these timeless monuments. This is your chance to stand at the crossroads of history and legend, becoming the hero of your own epic as you explore the heart of the Hebrides. Join us and transform your journey into a saga of discovery and wonder.

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Overall rating

4.9
(28 reviews)

The Outer Hebrides are so beautiful. We had an amazing tour, though there is a lot of time in the van and the tour is perhaps one day too long. We were really ready to get off the bus. I can't say enough about our guide Mark. He is a fantastic guide and an even better driver. I felt completely safe and well informed the whole time.

Liam was a great guide. He was interesting and knowledgeable. The Isle of Harris day was my favorite. I stayed at a very nice b&b. I made some friends. Just a great trip. I’m glad I did it.

Amazing scenery! Our guide Sean was a wealth of knowledge about the history and the places we went. Very flexible as we were a small group and would cater to our individual needs.

Had a great morning with Les! He was informative and entertaining. The weather was beautiful but would recommend proper footwear for a muddy grounds. I would highly recommend.

Excellent. Our local Islander Iain was a fount of intelligent information. Nothing was too hard and the tour was really interesting.