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  • Isle of Lewis
  • Mv Loch Seaforth
  • Callanish Standing Stones
Outer Hebrides Adventure
See, Visit & Explore: Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Loch Ness, Inverness, Dunrobin Castle, Ullapool, Ferry to Stornoway, Port of Ness, Butt of Lewis, Standing Stones of Callanish, Harris, Culloden Moor, Cairngorm National Park, Perthshire and Forth Bridges

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5 day tour from £575

Thursdays
12 & 26 May, 2016
09 & 23 June, 2016
07 & 21 July, 2016
04 & 18 August, 2016
01 & 15 September, 2016

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from 575 per person
Children - from 431 per child
Single Room - from 620 per person

Hotel

Twin/Double/Family room from 695 per person
Children from 521 per child
Single room from 740 per person

Accommodation information

Notes

Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive on the basis that they stay in a room with 2 adults.

We regret that children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal price range
575 - 740
Luggage Allowance: One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos)

Product code: HEX 00326

Tour Summary

Get away from it all on this magnificent adventure to the Outer Hebridean Islands of Lewis and Harris, home to pre-historic stone circles of Callanish, rugged landscapes and the famous white sandy beaches of Harris.

Day 1: Travel from Edinburgh to wild Rannoch Moor and awesome Glen Coe. Spend the night by the banks of Loch Ness.

Day 2: Drive to Inverness then onwards to Dunrobin Castle. Discover the Knockan Crag Nature Reserve before sailing to the Isle of Lewis.

Day 3: Explore the Isle of Lewis including the Butt of Lewis, Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch.

Day 4: Tour through the Isle of Harris to visit beautiful Lusekentyre beach.

Day 5: Return to the mainland. Visit Culloden Moor and a local whisky distillery then return to Edinburgh via Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire.

Tour features:

  • Visit Dunrobin Castle*, Callanish Standing Stones and Culloden Moor* (* admission fees apply)
  • Overnight accommodation: Loch Ness (1); Stonoway (2) & Inverness (1)
  • Depart from Edinburgh and return to Edinburgh
  • Tour duration: 5 days/4 nights
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Day One
Edinburgh - Glen Coe - Loch Ness
We leave Edinburgh behind and travel to Stirling where we make a photo-stop at mighty Stirling Castle. Enjoy the panorama which includes the Wallace Monument and the impressive Ochil Hills as a backdrop. From Stirling we make our way towards Doune, famed for its own castle (of Monty Pythons Holy Grail fame), then onwards to Callander. Shortly the Lowlands of Scotland give way to the spectacular scenery of the Highlands.
Our scenic drive takes us along the beautiful banks of Loch Lubnaig then on through "bonnie Strathyre towards Glen Ogle and Glen Dochart. After climbing the "Black Mount we reach the vast wilderness of Rannoch Moor which stretches out ahead of us.
The sad story of Glen Coe is retold as we stop to view the imposing, yet sinister beauty of Scotlands most famous glen. After leaving Fort William look out for mighty Ben Nevis, Britains tallest mountain, before we experience the majestic grandeur of the Great Glen. As we drive through this spectacular scenery there are stories to be told of clan battles, folklore and myths that have been handed down through the generations.
Our home for tonight is in Fort Augustus, situated on the banks of mysterious Loch Ness.
Overnight : Fort Augustus/Durmnadrochit
Day Two
Loch Ness Dunrobin Castle - Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (2 nights)
After breakfast we drive along the banks of enigmatic Loch Ness. As we do keep a close watch just in case "you know who makes an appearance! After a brief panoramic tour of Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, we enjoy grandstand views of the Moray Firth as we travel over the Kessock Bridge.
After travelling through the Black Isle we will cross the Cromarty and Dornoch Firths to reach Golspie where, high above the town, sits an astonishing statue, 27m (90') high. This is of the First Duke of Sutherland, whose agents were involved in the most notorious of the Clearances in the Highlands during the 19th Century. Well hear more about this sad episode in the history of Scotland and contrast the fate of the tenants, who were forced from their homes, with the grand opulence of Dunrobin Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Sutherland. Our optional visit to Dunrobin* will give you time to explore the castle and its extensive gardens.
Next explore the Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve which is one of the most important geological sites in Europe. Well discover more about the mysteries that are locked up in the rocks during our visit.
The fishing port of Ullapool sits on Loch Broom and is where we board our ferry for the crossing of The Minch to reach Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis. The sailing will take 2 hours 45 minutes and our cruise-ferry boasts extensive lounge and dining facilities.
On arrival in Stornoway it is a short drive to our accommodation for the next two nights.
Overnight: Stornoway
Day Three
Exploring Lewis
Together Harris and Lewis make Scotlands largest island. These islands have been inhabited for over 6,000 years and there is a real sense of history as we will discover as we spend today discovering Lewis.
After breakfast we will make our way to the Butt of Lewis where a lighthouse stands warning passing ships of the nearby rocks. This is the most northerly point of the Outer Hebrides. Due west from here is nothing but the North Atlantic until you reach Newfoundland, Canada!
The astonishing Callanish Standing Stones is our next visit. Archaeologists believe that these 15 foot (5 m) stones were placed here by Neolithic people sometime between 3,000 and 1,000 BC and the site is rated second in importance only to Stonehenge. A short distance away is the impressive Dun Carloway Broch, an Iron Age stone fort known to have been built more than 2,000 years ago. This is one of the best preserved fortified towers in Scotland and its beautifully located with wonderful views over Loch Carloway and the sea beyond.
The weaving of Tweed cloth has, traditionally, been an important home-based industry for islanders so when we visit a local weaver *, on our last visit of the day, there will be an opportunity to see the fabric being hand woven in the time-honoured fashion a truly fascinating process.
Overnight Stornoway
Day Four
Exploring Harris
Today we concentrate on the neighbouring island of Harris. Well travel through the imposing hills of North Harris to reach the little village of Tarbert, the main port serving the island.
The little island of Taransay has found fame as the setting for the popular TV programme, Castaway as well as the movie "Rocket Mail. Well stop so you can admire the views and take a stroll along Luskentyre Beach, which appears never-ending. This is a great place to enjoy some beach combing. Look out for the machairs which sit behind the beach - these green grassy plains are covered in a mass of wild flowers in the summer.
We return to Stornoway for some free time so can explore this bustling port before our island interlude comes to an end and we catch the ferry back to the mainland.
Overnight: Inverness
Day Five
Inverness Cairngorm National Park - Edinburgh
Theres time to explore Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands before travelling the short distance to visit tragic Culloden Moor*. It was here that the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was routed by Government troops in a bloody battle in 1746.
Well stop at a local whisky distillery* so that you can discover how our National drink is lovingly produced. After our tour youll have the chance to sample a "wee nip and shop for souvenirs. The Cairngorm National Park is Britains largest and contains five of Scotlands six highest peaks. The park provides stunning backdrop to our travels through the Spey Valley then we descend through the Drumochter Pass to reach the pleasant Victorian tourist town of Pitlochry where we will stop for refreshments.
The dramatic scenery of Highland Perthshire gives way to rolling farmland as we reach the "Fair City of Perth then we join the motorway for our journey through the ancient Kingdom of Fife. The final part of our drive offers wonderful views of the Forth Rail Bridge as we make our way into Edinburgh.
* Admission Fees

Loch Ness Cruise - £13.50 Adult £10.50 Child
Dunrobin Castle £11.00 Adult £6.50 Child
Culloden Moor £11.00 Adult £8.50 Child
Whisky Distillery £5.00 Adult 

This information is given for guidance only and prices are subject to change without notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited to 1 bag per person that weights no more than 15kg and has maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm. Luggage larger than this will only be carried if space is available. 
What meals are included?
A full Scottish breakfast is included from day 2 onwards. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee.
Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant. Your driver/guide will be happy to suggest a conveniently located restaurant where you can enjoy good food for dinner.  
What kind of accommodation do you use?
We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience. You can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation:
Guesthouse and B&B. The guesthouses and B&Bs are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&Bs offer enhanced facilities such as a residents lounge where you can relax with other guests.
Hotel. We select comfortable and characterful inns and hotels. Generally they are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All our hotels have comfortable lounges where you can enjoy morning coffee. Most have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes. Many have lively bars where you can relax and re-live the days experiences with your fellow passengers.
Accommodation is spread throughout the communities that we stay in. Hotels are normally centrally located and the guesthouses/B&Bs seldom more than a 10/15 minute walk from the town or village centre. The coach will drop you off at or close to your accommodation each night and will pick you up in the morning, after breakfast.  
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate bedsDouble room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed  Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.   
Will I hear Gaelic being spoken?
The Outer Hebrides is the heartland of Gaelic culture and the majority of islanders will speak the Gaelic language, as well as English. Of course there is no need to learn Gaelic to enjoy your time in the Outer Hebrides but if you would like to learn a few words why not try:
Hello.                                 Hal.
Goodbye.                         Mar sin leibh.
My name is...                    Is mise...
How are you?                  Ciamar a tha sibh?
 Im fine thank you.          Tha gu math tapadh leibh.
Excuse me...                     Gabh mo leisgeul...
Cheers!                             Slinte!
 
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 16 and 29 passengers.
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together.


What's Included

  • 4 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 to 5)
  • Live commentary in English
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Ferry tickets and reservations
  • Transport by air-conditioned minicoach
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Service charges and taxes

Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your tour host

Departure information

Check in: 08:15 hrs
Departure: 08:30 hrs
From 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RF
Tour returns at: 19:00 hrs


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