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Edinburgh | Outer Hebrides & Skye Small Group Tour

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A six-day Small-Group Coach Tour visiting some of Scotland's most remote, yet picturesque areas.  On this tour, you can watch for dolphins or whales, sail along iconic lochs, relax at the white sands of Luskentyre & enjoy dramatic scenery and dark history of Glencoe. With a slower pace, you will enjoy more time to venture off the main roads, get onto the back roads and go to those breathtaking locations where only smaller buses can go.

Day 1: Edinburgh | Ullapool

Depart Edinburgh and travel north into the Highlands. First stop will be the historic village of Dunkeld the former ecclesiastical capital of Scotland. Continuing north the route passes through the Grampian Mountains to the Spey Valley where you will stop for lunch on your own. In the afternoon you will visit the world-famous Loch Ness where there will be time for a visit to the impressive waterfalls at Corrieshalloch Gorge before you arrive in the West Coast fishing port of Ullapool for your overnight stay.

Day 2: Lewis

Wake up, enjoy your breakfast, and look out over Loch Broom as it glistens under the morning sky. First on the agenda today is a ferry journey across the sea. This two and a half-hour boat trip takes you through the Summer Isles to Stornoway, the main town of the Western Isles. But don’t spend your time snoozing and reading as you sail across the ocean; because if you look out to sea, you may spot dolphins and whales. Once you’ve arrived on Lewis and Harris, we'll head to the North West coast where your driver-guide will make the most of what weather you’ve been blessed with and take you through traditional crofting towns and seaside ports. You'll even get to see the Butt of Lewis; from the lighthouse here there’s nothing but fishes and water between you and America. You'll spend the evening in Stornoway; a bustling port town and the home of Scotland’s most delicious black puddings. (B)

Day 3: Stornoway

Today, you can immerse yourself in the history and landscapes of this wild island heading first to Arnol Blackhouse. Here, you can experience what traditional farming life was like in these remote reaches without getting your hands too dirty. A little down the road, you'll visit the stone fort of Dun Carloway. This structure was built before 100AD and has experienced more battles than you’ve had hot dinners. It’s a wonderful location to ponder over the vast swathes of history that have come before you. Then travel through a landscape littered with crofting villages to one of the most famous sights of the island, the Callanish Stone Circle. This prehistoric site still mystifies archaeologists today. The remainder of your afternoon is spent on the beautiful beaches and mountains of the western side of Lewis. In the late afternoon head back to Stornoway and enjoy the evening on your own. (B)

Day 4: Lewis & Harris

It’s time for something a little more dramatic. It’s time to enter the region of Harris which boasts the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and one of the most beautiful white-sandy beaches in Britain, Luskentyre. This 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, there will be a stop for lunch on your own. Depending on the weather, we may even go for a picnic on the beach – so don’t forget to pack your sunglasses. Your adventure continues on a ferry over the ocean to Portree, the largest town in Skye and your base for the next two evenings. (B)

Day 5: Skye

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'll have your final evening in Portree where there are plenty of fabulous seafood restaurants to celebrate a fine day of exploring.(B)

Day 6: Skye | Edinburgh

Don’t be too sad that your trip is ending today, because there are a lot of amazing things to check out on the way back to Edinburgh. Once you’ve crossed the Skye Bridge, you get a chance to see Eilean Donan Castle. This classic combination of a sturdy-stone fortification perched upon a loch is about as Scottish a view as you can get. Just ensure you’ve got some room left on your camera to take photos. You then travel under Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. The peak of this mountain is likely to be shrouded high in the clouds. Your driver-guide may become a little emotional as you move through the valley of Glencoe. This marvellously mountainous area was the site of one of the most tragic massacres in Scottish history. The story is as unforgettable as the landscape. The hilly views become flatter as you enter the lowlands and travel to Edinburgh where you will arrive in the early evening. (B)

Guaranteed Departures!

Tour departs every Tuesday & Sundays from May 02 - October 31, 2023
Hotel names will be advised three weeks prior to departure.