THE PRIVATE TOUR TO THE HEBRIDES
(Skye, Lewis and Harris)
Come and be transported to another world – one full of majesty, enchantment and unbelievable beauty. Let me show you the wildness and drama of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Discover what is often referred to as the last true wilderness in Europe.
During this privately guided tour, we will travel to the Western Isles of Skye, Harris and Lewis. I can truly promise you a holiday that you will never forget. Wonder at amazing land and seascapes, pristine white sandy beaches, surrounded by sand dunes bedecked with wild flowers. Be entranced and fascinated by tales of the Clans, Vikings and Scottish Folklore.
Enjoy the breath - taking scenery of the Scottish Highlands as we travel through the hauntingly beautiful Rannoch Moor to the dramatic mountain valley of Glencoe. Glimpse Ben Nevis and take photos of Eilean Donan. Travel across the Skye Bridge.
Explore the beautiful Isle of Skye. Wonder at the ragged peaks of the Cuillin Mountains, have a wee dram at Sligachan, visit Dunvegan Castle and then be overawed by a tour around the Trotternish Peninsula.
Sail on a ferry across the water to the Isle of Lewis and Harris. Visit an amazing Harris Tweed Factory, the incredible beach of Luskentyre, St Clements’s Church, Calanais Standing Stones, Dun Carloway Broch and Arnol Black Houses.
Our adventure begins. We travel northwards towards the Highlands, via the beautiful wild landscape of Rannoch Moor, onwards towards the hauntingly beautiful and mystical valley of Glencoe. Often used as a film set (Harry Potter, Skyfall, Rob Roy), this stunning area of the northwest highlands cannot fail to inspire you.
We will drive along loch Linnhe until we reach Fort William, travelling though the Great Glen until we head off westwards towards the Isle of Skye. We will stop at the magnificent Eilean Donan Castle, before driving over the bridge to Skye – the only bridge spanning the Atlantic. We will overnight here.
Today we will explore this beautiful island at leisure.: the mountainous landscape, the thundering waterfalls, the Black and Red Cuillins, the magnificent Dunvegan Castle, home to the MacLeods of MacLeod, the hauntingly beautiful landscape of the Quirang and Totternish Peninsula, the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock. Bring your walking boots with you!!!
This morning we head up towards the northernmost peninsula on Skye towards Uig. During the ferry crossing to Tarbert on Harris, you will enjoy spectacular scenery and hopefully spot some of the wildlife for which the Hebrides is renowned – dolphins, seals and many species of sharks.
We will make a retail therapy stop at the famous Harris Tweed shop, before heading southwards to discover and walk along one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – Luskentyre. Later our journey will take along a single track road towards Rodel and St Clement’s Church. The Isle of Harris has been transformed in recent years, since their private buyout initiative, and is now one of the most beautiful islands in the world! Late afternoon, we will head once again up north, through the rugged moonscape of Lewis, towards Stornaway, where we will spend two nights.
This morning we will travel back in time, discovering a prehistoric landscape. You need to travel with me back in time, use your imagination and let yourself imagine that you are living during Neolithic Era, when people’s lives were determined by the lunar year, by the planets and stars. What wonders they achieved! Visit what is possibly the most impressive stone circle in the United Kingdom – the Calanais (Calanish) Standing Stones. Over 4,500 years old, these 33 standing stones form a passage, leading to a ceremonial circle. Their purpose? Their history? Let me take you back in time.
Our tour of Lewis will include a visit to Dun Carloway Broch, a 9 metre tall Iron Age, double walled, circular tower structure, frequently found in Scotland. Thereafter we will visit the Arnol Black Houses and you can experience the lifestyle of islanders in the 18th and 19thC. The Vikings introduced this house form to the western isles in the 9th century.
Early this morning, we will once again take a ferry back to the mainland, this time arriving at the wee port of Ullapool. We will then drive through dramatic scenery, bypassing Inverness, until we head southwards towards the Cairngorm (green mountains) National Park. En route, we can either stop at the impressive and seductive House of Bruar, or else in the former Victorian town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon ladder. This will be a long day, since we will then make our way back to Edinburgh (or Glasgow), when our journey will end.
Qualified and accredited driver guide
Comprehensive Hire and Reward Insurance
Live commentary on board
Hotel/airport/port pick-up and drop off
Food and drink
Accommodation, although I would be delighted to offer you recommendations
All entrance fees
From £585.00 per day for up to 4 passengers