5 Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour
Explore some of the most rugged and dramatic landscapes that Scotland has to offer with a five day private tour from Inverness to the Hebridean Islands of Lewis, Harris and Skye returning through the stunning West Highlands.
Day 1 – An early start from Inverness to the coastal village of Ullapool where we board the ferry for a 2¾ hour journey across the Minch to the Isle of Lewis (my native island) and its main town of Stornoway. From there we spend the afternoon exploring the magnificent Neolithic Calanais Standing Stones, the 2000 year old Dun Carloway Broch and a traditional Hebridean blackhouse. We finish the day at the beautiful beach at Dalbeg before our return to Stornoway for our overnight stay.
Day 2 – Departing from Stornoway we head south to the Isle of Harris. The drive along the Atlantic coastline of Harris includes the stunning beaches at Seilebost and Nisabost. We visit Rodel to explore the medieval St Clement’s church, home to one of Scotland's most remarkable 16th century tombs. The late afternoon takes us back to Tarbert before we return north to Stornoway for our overnight stop.
Day 3 – Departing from Stornoway we head north to the Butt of Lewis (the most northerly point in the Hebrides) for the dramatic views of the cliffs and the North Atlantic. We return to Stornoway where we explore Museum nan Eilean in Lews Castle and visit their collection of Lewis Chessmen. The afternoon takes us south to Tarbert where we take a 1¾ hour ferry across to the Isle of Skye before our slightly later arrival in Portree (approx. 7pm) for our overnight stay.
Day 4 – A full day in the Isle of Skye begins with a tour around the stunning Trotternish Peninsula including the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the magnificent views from the Quiraing. The afternoon takes us across to Dunvegan Castle, home of the clan Macleod, one of the Hebrides most powerful clans. We end the day at the old bridge at Sligachan with its great view of the peaks of the Black Cuillin before our return to Portree for our overnight stay.
Day 5 – Departing from Portree we tour south to the Sleat Peninsula, a less explored areas of Skye, and home to a beautiful coastline, heather-clad hills and plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. Along with a visit to Isleornsay and Armadale we explore the stunning western side of Sleat. The afternoon takes us across the bridge to the mainland where we savour a distance view of Eilean Donan Castle before our return to Inverness.
What to expect on a 5 Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour...
Our tour will include all the wonderful views shown above... but maybe not the weather – we are the land of four seasons in one day!
Private Tour Price (per tour)
May to September: £3350
Depart Inverness 7.30am