Outer Hebrides & Isle of Skye: 6-Day Guided Tour

Central Scotland, Scotland
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About this experience

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.

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  • Duration

    6 day

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  • Destination

    Edinburgh & The Lothians

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  • Best time to visit

    • Spring
    • Autumn
    • Summer
  • Nearby stations

    • Edinburgh Waverley

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