Outer Hebrides & the Scottish Highlands

  • Sightseeing Tours

    Outer Hebrides & the Scottish Highlands

  • Sightseeing Tours

    Outer Hebrides & the Scottish Highlands

Tour length

5 days

From

1589.00$1589.00

Departures on Mondays from Edinburgh

April to October 

The stone walls and straw roof are stained with soot from the central fire. The children are sleeping amongst the cattle and sheep. And outside the door, you see a spectacle of sharp mountains and soft white sands.  This is what life was once like in the Outer Hebrides: wild, beautiful, and harmonious with the forces of nature.

On this tour, you journey to the edges of Scotland to experience the epic landscapes, wonderful traditions, and ancient relics of the Isle of Lewis and Harris.  You learn about the tweed weavers of Harris, you ponder over the purpose of gigantic Neolithic stone circles, and you step inside an ancient styled abode at the Arnol blackhouse.

What’s more is you also experience the classic Highland landscapes of the Cairngorms and venture to a quintessential whisky distillery.  Join this tour, step inside the world of clans and crofters, and experience the wild and rugged legends of the Hebrides.

Stay 3 nights in Stornoway, capital of the Western Isles, and 1 night in Inverness.

DEPARTURE FROM EDINBURGH: Gate J & Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ
The tour departs at 8:30am and returns at approx. 6:30 pm on Day 5.

Itinerary


Day

1

Grampian Mountains & Corrieshalloch Gorge

Monday

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 in the charming town of Aviemore. 

After you’ve satisfied your taste buds, you drive out to Rogie Falls and take a short walk out to see this lovely sight.

Next up is Corrieshalloch Gorge, 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.

Then you’re off to Ullapool for a short visit before you jump on the ferry. This two and a half-hour boat trip takes you through the Summer Isles to Stornoway, the main town of the Western Isles, where you will be spending the night.

Overnight - Stornoway


Day

2

Lewis

Tuesday

After your breakfast, head off to the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Hold onto your beanies, as this headland spot is known as one of the windiest locations in the United Kingdom.

You’ll continue to explore the island as your driver-guide makes the most of what weather you’ve been blessed with, taking you through traditional crofting towns and seaside ports. Beach fans will love walking the beach at Port of Ness, and history buffs will adore Arnol Blackhouse*. Here, you can experience what traditional farming life was like in these remote reaches without getting your hands too dirty.

After lunch in Stornoway, you’ll explore the west side of Lewis out to Uig Bay, before returning to Stornoway for the night. Don’t forget this port town is home to Scotland’s most delicious black pudding – so why not give it a try?

Overnight - Stornoway


Day

3

Harris & Luskentyre

Wednesday

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. Sate your appetite for shopping with a visit to the Clo Mor Harris Tweed Centre.

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.

You head back to Stornoway in the late afternoon.


Overnight - Stornoway


Day

4

Calanais Standing Stones & Inverness

Thursday

First up today is a visit to the Calanais Stone Circle*, so prepare yourselves for the possibility of time travel. This prehistoric sight still mystifies archeologists today.

Continue your exploration with Dun Carloway Broch – these unique ruins sit atop a mound of rock on the Isle of Lewis.

Following lunch in Stornoway, you’ll jump back on the ferry to the mainland. We head straight for Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands and our final overnight stop.

*Please note the Calanais Standing stone site will be closed between 1st September 2024 and 31st March 2025 and we will be unable to visit the site during these dates. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Overnight - Inverness
 


Day

5

Braemar & Scone Palace

Friday

This morning we leave Inverness and head along the shores of Loch Ness. Get your cameras ready just in case Nessie decides to make an appearance. Next you head for Tominoul, the highest village in the Highlands. Sitting on the north side of the Cairngorm National Park, with its central square and 18th-century buildings, Tomintoul is a fine example of a planned village.

Next we head into Royal Deeside, the great valley of the River Dee that runs all the way from the sweeping mountains to the Aberdeenshire coast.

Next it’s time to relax over a leisurely lunch in the charming village of Braemar in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. This beautiful and remote village feels like the Highlands of a bygone era. Set amongst majestic mountains, peat coloured rivers and cool dark forests, it’s easy to see why the British Royal Family have made this area their favourite summer retreat.

From here the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass, through Highland Perthshire before stopping at Scone Palace, the home of Scotland’s legendary Coronation Stone, better known as the Stone of Destiny.

From here it’s a short journey back to Edinburgh.  Arrival time is approximately 18:30.
 


2024 Dates and Prices

Room Type Single B&BDouble B&BSingle HotelDouble Hotel
May 6-May 31$1929.00$1929.00$1589.00$1589.00$2709.00$2709.00$2099.00$2099.00
Jul 22-Sep 30$1969.00$1969.00$1639.00$1639.00$2759.00$2759.00$2139.00$2139.00
Oct 1-Oct 28$1929.00$1929.00$1589.00$1589.00$2709.00$2709.00$2099.00$2099.00

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars.
Exclusions: Lunch, dinner and refreshments. Entrances to all visitor attractions paid locally (Admission to Arnol Blackhouse included).
Please inquire for Child rate for 5-11 years sharing with 2 adults.
Children under 5 years of age are not accepted.

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg (44lbs.) and one small hand/day bag to go on the coach with you. Unfortunately, Rabbie’s are unable to store excess luggage.

2025 Dates and Prices

Room Type Single B&BDouble B&BSingle HotelDouble Hotel
Apr 7-May 26$2209.00$2209.00$1769.00$1769.00$2969.00$2969.00$2339.00$2339.00
Jun 1-Sep 29$2299.00$2299.00$1859.00$1859.00$3049.00$3049.00$2419.00$2419.00
Oct 6-Oct 27$2209.00$2209.00$1766.00$1766.00$2969.00$2969.00$2339.00$2339.00

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars.
Exclusions: Lunch, dinner and refreshments. Entrances to all visitor attractions paid locally (Admission to Arnol Blackhouse included).
Please inquire for Child rate for 5-11 years sharing with 2 adults.
Children under 5 years of age are not accepted.

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg (44lbs.) and one small hand/day bag to go on the coach with you. Unfortunately, Rabbie’s are unable to store excess luggage.

Tour Highlights

  • Cairngorms National Park
  • Lewis & Harris
  • Calanais Standing Stones
  • White sands of Luskentyre
  • Inverness
  • Braemar
  • Scone Palace
  • Loch Ness

Tour Inclusions

  • Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
  • Services of a professional local driver/guide
  • 4 nights ensuite accommodation
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • Admission to Arnol Blackhouse

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