Outer Hebrides & Skye Adventure 6 day tour
Discover Scotland's most beautiful landscapes on this tour to the Outer Hebrides and Skye.
You’ll be surprised at what you find in the Hebrides.
This large group of islands conceals beaches as beautiful and blonde as what you’d find in the Maldives.
There are mysterious, religious sites older than the pyramids. And there are landscapes so ruggedly
spectacular that you'll be rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Join this tour and be astounded by the local legends,
spectacular sights, and curious culture of this incredible archipelago.
- Take in views of the softly rounded peaks of the Grampian Mountains
- Look out for a beast lurking in the depths of Loch Ness
You depart the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh, journey past the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Forth Rail Bridge, and travel into the Highlands.
Your first stop of the day is in the village of Dunkeld. You get time here to stretch your legs and admire the cathedral’s unusual mixture of architectural styles.
You then venture through the shadows of the great and gorgeous Grampian Mountains and stop for lunch at a Highland town in the Spey Valley. Perhaps it’s time for you to try haggis.
After you’ve satisfied your taste buds, you head to Loch Ness. Your driver-guide helps you attempt to catch a glimpse of Scotland’s most-famously mythical monster.
Corrieshalloch Gorge is a lesser-known Scottish sight, but it’s one that you’ll love. It’s a short walk under forest canopies with a lovely view of a waterfall.
In the early evening, you arrive in the scenic fishing port of Ullapool for your overnight stay.
- Travel by ferry through the Summer Isles
- Explore a lighthouse and the rugged coastline of 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, you head to the North West coast. 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 even get to see the Butt of Lewis; from the lighthouse here there’s nothing but fishes and water between you and America.
You spend the evening in Stornoway; a bustling port town and the home of Scotland’s most delicious black puddings.
- Step inside a traditional Scottish home at Arnol Blackhouse
- Ponder over the mysteries of the Neolithic standing stones of Callanish
Today, you immerse yourself in the history and landscapes of this wild island.
You first head 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 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.
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 rest of your afternoon is spent in the beautiful beaches and mountains of the western side of Lewis.
You head back to Stornoway in the late afternoon.
- Admire the landscapes that inspired Harris Tweed
- Cast your eyes upon the slender, blonde curves of Luskentyre beach
It’s time for something a little more dramatic. It’s time to enter the region of Harris.
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.
Your adventure continues on a ferry over the sea to Portree, the largest town in Skye and your base for the next two evenings.
- Set your sights on Scotland’s most dramatic landscapes on the Isle of Skye
- Snap a famous photo of Portree’s colourful harbour front
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.
- Learn how Eilean Donan Castle survived Viking invasions and 343 barrels of gunpowder
- Discover how Glencoe earned its name, ‘the Weeping Glen’
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.
You arrive in the early evening.