Isle of Skye & Outer Hebrides

6 DAYS

Trip Info


Adult
from$1199
Concession
from$1159

20% off June, July August 2019 6 day Isle of Skye Outer Hebrides tour.
Use code: HEX20

 

Join us on an unforgettable journey across the Highlands and Islands, where we discover some of Scotland’s most iconic destinations, as well as the hidden gems; from the world-famous Loch Ness to the remote corners of the Hebrides. We explore by land and sea, from beach to battlefield, castle to coastal town; where stunning scenery, ancient monuments, and Scotch whisky are guaranteed. Capture treasured photographs of the magical Isle of Skye and Glencoe, while we keep you entertained with myths, legends, and tales from our rich history. Venture beyond the classic tourist trail on this extended adventure and prepare to fall in love with our beautiful country.

Highlights

  • Glencoe
  • Loch Ness
  • Highland Capital Inverness
  • Ferry Ullapool to Stornoway
  • Callanish Standing Stones
  • Isle of Skye
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum to the Isles
  • Ferry from Skye to the west coast fishing village of Mallaig
  • Jacobite Steam Train

Inclusions

  • Local Scottish Guide
  • 5 nights B&B Accommodation
  • Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
  • Abhainn Dearg whisky distillery
  • All ferry crossings 
  • All highlights
  • Souvenir map

Explore More

  • Bannockburn
  • Dun Carloway Visitor Centre, Iron Age Broch
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Jacobite Steam Train (add at time of booking
  • Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum to the Isles
Tour Map

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Itinerary


 

DAY 1: Edinburgh to Inverness

We depart Edinburgh at 08.30am and set off north towards Bannockburn; site of the famous battle won by ‘Outlaw King’ Robert the Bruce. Learn about William Wallace as we pass Stirling Castle, and catch a glimpse of Doune Castle, which appears in Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Outlander and Game of Thrones. Soak up the atmospheric scenery in Glencoe, and look out for Ben Nevis – the UK’s highest mountain – on our journey towards Loch Ness. Learn about the legend of the ‘Nessie’, the Loch Ness monster, on our visit to the loch, before we continue onto Inverness. We arrive in Inverness, where we will be spending the night, at around 17.30. Free time in Inverness; enjoy a walk along the River Ness or to Inverness Castle for views of the city, then a wander round the various bars and restaurants. (Overnight: Inverness)

 

DAY 2: Inverness to Stornoway

Start the day we as mean to continue, with fresh air and stunning scenery at Black Water Falls. We continue north on a beautiful stretch of road and take to the water on the ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis – keeping an eye out for dolphins along the way! Explore the remote and rugged Atlantic coastline of Lewis. 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. We return to the main town of Stornoway for the night. (Overnight: Stornoway)

 

DAY 3: Stornoway

Prepare for an exciting day touring the cultural attractions on the Isle of Lewis. First, go back to the Neolithic period on our visit to the mysterious 5000-year old Callanish Standing Stones, and then fast-forward to the Iron Age at the broch of Dun Carloway. Experience 17th century island life at the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village and unwind with a wee dram of whisky at Abhainn Dearg; the most westerly distillery in Scotland. Free time back in Stornoway; wander around the pretty harbour and go in search of fresh seafood in the local restaurants. (Overnight: Stornoway)

 

DAY 4: Stornoway to Portree

We depart Stornoway and drive south towards the idyllic Isle of Harris. Marvel at the flawless white sand beaches with turquoise sea and a backdrop of mountains on West Harris. Board the ferry and go over the sea to the Isle of Skye, where we spend the afternoon exploring the Trotternish peninsula. Soak up the enchanting scenery and learn about the island’s myths and legends. We arrive into our final stop at Portree in time to enjoy dinner in one of the town’s restaurants.(Overnight: Portree) 

 

DAY 5: Portree

Enjoy a magical day of island exploration on the Isle of Skye. Hear about the island’s resident fairies on our stop at one of the famous Fairy Bridges. Visit the enchanted waters of the Sligachan River with views of the old bridge and the breathtaking Cuillin mountains. We drive over the Skye bridge to the iconic – and absolutely beautiful – Eilean Donan Castle; used in the filming of Highlander and James Bond, The World is Not Enough. Free time back in Portree; visit the shops, restaurants, and picturesque harbour with its colourful facades. (Overnight: Portree) 

 

DAY 6: Portree to Edinburgh

Wander round Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum; the spiritual home of Clan Donald and our final stop on the Isle of Skye. Board the ferry back to the mainland, arriving at the fishing village of Mallaig on the west coast. Experience one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world and travel over the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the Jacobite Steam Train; made famous by Harry Potter. We take the scenic route back to the city through the Cairngorms National Park and arrive into Edinburgh at around 8.30pm.

EXPLORE MORE

The Battle of Bannockburn

This fully immersive 3D experience brings Scottish history to life. Watch as Robert the Bruce raised his standard and amassed the Scottish Army in preparation for one of Scotland’s most famous and bloody battles. Visit the Battle Room and try out your battle tactics and skills in an interactive battle game.

World-famous Jacobite Steam Train (only available at the time of booking)

Starting in Mallaig, the train travels on the west coast where you can see the ‘Small Isles’ of Rum, Eigg, Muck and the stunning white beaches used in films such as Local Hero and Highlander. The Jacobite then passes through Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard to begin his ill-fated claim to the throne in 1745. We then cross over 21 arches of the impressive Viaduct with amazing views down Loch Sheil before heading to Fort William in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The steam train was featured in a number of Harry Potter movies as the ‘Hogwarts Express’ and is an outstanding way to take in the beautiful scenery of the Scottish west coast. 

Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles

Explore magnificent historic gardens and woodland trails around the romantic ruins of Armadale Castle. Discover 1500 years of island history in the Museum of the Isles. The ‘spiritual home’ of Clan Donald, Armadale Castle was formerly the seat of the Macdonalds of Sleat.

 

Tour Map

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Departure


Edinburgh

The Royal Mile
60 High Street
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1TB

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Departure Time

Please check in at 08.15am for tour departure at 08.30am.

Return Time

The tour returns at 8.30pm.

Accommodation


Accommodation Included

We book your accommodation and drop you off at the door to your 3* Bed & Breakfast (B&B) / Guest House.

In most cases you are staying with a family who let out rooms in their home to visitors. B&Bs are renowned for being warm and friendly and many people feel that they offer a more authentic way to experience Scotland. These are generally located within one mile of the centre of town, although during peak season, this distance may be slightly further. Most offer a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast. You are guaranteed a comfortable room, en-suite accommodation and a warm Highland welcome.

ROOM TYPES

Twin Room
One room with two separate beds suitable for one adult in each bed.

Double Room
One room with one bed suitable for two adults.

Family 3
One room with two separate beds. One bed suitable for two adults and one bed suitable for one adult/child.

Single
One room with one bed suitable for one adult.

Accessibility and Facilities

For more information, see our Accessibility Statement.

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