HEBRIDEAN ISLES

The wildly beautiful coast of Scotland is scattered with hundreds of islands and islets shaped by the relentless waves and unique climate. Sublimely secluded they form a world apart that is little-known and delightfully unspoilt. From the magnificent Isle of Skye to the lush green crystal waters and the fine white sandy beaches of the Outer Hebrides, we will discover the history, culture and breathtaking beauty of these wild and wonderful isles.

Dark Island Hotel – This traditional two star standard hotel is located on the south island of Benbecula in a pleasant countryside location. Facilities include a pub styled bar and large open plan restaurant. Rooms all offer hairdryer, TV and hot drinks tray. The hotel does not have a lift.

Caladh Inn – This family run three star hotel is located in the heart of Stornoway, with easy access to both port and the island. The hotel has a small, traditional bar and lounge in which to relax and the great restaurant specialises in locally caught seafood. All rooms have TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Itinerary

Saturday We leave Cornwall in the morning and travel to Cumbria where we enjoy an overnight stop at the Gilsland Hall Hotel.

Sunday We travel through the Scottish countryside towards the Kyle of Lochalsh and the beautiful Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic images of Scotland. We cross the magnificent Skye bridge onto the Island and take a ferry to Lochmaddy on the Isle of Benbecula and check into The Dark Island Hotel.

Monday This morning we explore the stunning South Uist, an island of the Outer Hebrides with crystal clear water and white powder beaches. We drive past the ruins of the 18th century Ormacleit Castle towards Eriskay, linked to South Uist by a stone causeway. This beautiful little island is where Bonnie Prince Charles first set foot on Scottish soil. It is also known for its famous ponies, often seen wandering around the village.

Tuesday After breakfast, we leave our hotel and travel northwards across North Uist, alongside stunning sandy beaches, lochs, and rolling hills before reaching Berneray, reputedly one of HRH Prince Charles’s favourite destinations. We board the ferry to the Isle of Harris, an incredibly diverse island with inhospitable rocky shores yet also golden sandy beaches. On arrival, we visit St Clement’s Church, Rodel, built in around 1500. We then drive to the Isle of Lewis and see some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the whole of the UK. Our final destination is Stornoway, the capital of Lewis, where we settle into our hotel.

Wednesday We remain on the Isle of Lewis today and enjoy a tour of the island’s fantastic scenery. Lewis is the largest and most populated of the western isles, although it remains refreshingly unspoilt and uncrowded. It is home to a host of wildlife and a rich heritage. During our circular tour of the island, we visit the Callanish Standing Stones megalithic site and Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a typical crafting township of the 19th century.

Thursday This morning we enjoy some free time to relax and explore the pretty celtic town of Stornoway before boarding the early afternoon ferry to Ullapool. We then travel on to the Ben Wyvis Hotel at Strathpeffer.

Friday Today we have a leisurely start to the day before an excursion to the highland town of Inverness, dominated by the pink crenellated castle above the river. After lunch we return to Strathpeffer where you will have time to enjoy the Victorian spa town.

Saturday We begin our journey home and enjoy an overnight stop at the Holiday Inn, Preston.

Sunday Today we leave Preston and travel home to Cornwall arriving in the evening.

Term

Limited number of single rooms available at a supplement of £66 per person

Home pick up £12 per person

£75 non-refundable deposit

Balance due 6 weeks prior to travel

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Total Price Includes:

Executive coach travel

Free optional travel insurance

Inter island ferry crossings

7 Nights dinner, bed & breakfast

1 Night bed & breakfast

1 Dinner on board ferry

Porterage

Excursions as detailed

Calanais Standing Stones Visitor Centre

Entrance to Gearannan Blackhouse Village

Free parking at depot

Pick up points throughout Cornwall

Saturday 2nd to

Sunday 10th September 2017

9 Day Tour

£899

For more details

please phone

01209 717152