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The Outer Hebrides: Scotland’s Gaelic West

  • 2020 The Outer Hebrides: Scotland’s Gaelic West – 11 Days/10 Nights
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Starts Glasgow
Ends Edinburgh
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Learn about local gin and whisky production at the Isle of Harris Distillery.
  • Visit Luskentyre Beach, voted one of the best in Britain, with its white sands and clear blue water.
  • Marvel at the Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis
  • Reserved seats for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 31 to August 21 departures

Trip Highlights:

  • Bosta Beach and the Iron Age House
  • Callanish Standing Stones
  • Dun Carloway Broch
  • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Isle of Harris Distillery
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Scone Palace

Dining Experiences:

  • 10 breakfasts (B) and 8 dinners (D) including a Scottish evening with live entertainment and traditional foods.


  • DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Spa & Golf Resort | near Glasgow (1 night)
  • Muthu Alexandra Hotel | Oban (1 night)
  • Dark Island Hotel | Isle of Benbecula (2 nights)
  • Cabrafeidh Hotel | Stornoway (3 nights)
  • Glen Mhor Hotel | Inverness (1 night)
  • Hotel Indigo Edinburgh | Edinburgh (2 nights)


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DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Spa & Golf Resort, Glasgow

DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Spa & Golf Resort, Glasgow Description:

This hotel is a jewel in the Scottish countryside, located just 12 miles from Glasgow. Situated in acres of spectacular grounds, you will never tire of the stunning views over the 18 hole golf course towards the magnificent Campsie Hills. 148 spacious bedrooms, a large health club with a magnificent swimming pool and gym, a relaxing spa, fantastic bars and restaurants, free internet access plus an 18-hole golf course ensure a great stay.

Muthu Alexandra Hotel, Oban

Muthu Alexandra Hotel, Oban Description:

Nestled between the lodgings of the Bishop of Argyll & the Isles and the Old Oban Baptist church at Corran Esplanade, Oban, Argyll, Scotland PA34 5AA, the Muthu Alexandra Hotel enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in Scotland. The views across Oban Bay to the island of Kerrera and beyond are an instant joy. Colorful sunsets, seabirds of all kinds and seals can be spotted most evenings. The interior of this impressive Victorian building has been completely renovated, while still retaining many of its magnificent original features. CIE Tours’ guests will discover spacious and carefully considered bedrooms with equally beautiful interiors and all the comforts you need to make your stay with as relaxing as possible.

Dark Island Hotel, Isle of Benbecula

Dark Island Hotel, Isle of Benbecula Description:

The Dark Island Hotel is located in the heart of the Hebrides, with easy access for day trips to Harris and Lewis in the north and Eriskay and Barra to the south. A secluded beach sits just 300 meters away. Indulge in cuisine consisting of the finest and freshest local produce, seafood and meats. All rooms feature color TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, and hair dryers. The lounge and public bar feature a fine selection of malt and deluxe whisky, a well-balanced wine list and a choice of Hebridean ales.

Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway

Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway Description:

This modern hotel and conference facility is less than a mile from Stornoway’s town centre and 3.7 miles from Stornoway Airport. Casual rooms include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making equipment, and flat-screen TVs with premium channels.

Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness

Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness Description:

This hotel is located on the banks of the River Ness, a 3-minute walk from Inverness city centre. Accommodation is divided between four charming Victorian townhouses, with many rooms offering wonderful views across the river to the cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. Nico’s Seafood & Grill House offers a variety of local, fresh and seasonal dishes. Drinks, including an extensive whisky collection, are served in the bar. Free Wi-Fi is provided.

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Description:

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh is a stylish boutique hotel with 60 individually designed guest rooms. With supremely comfortable beds, rainfall showers and stocked mini-bars, the spacious rooms are the perfect haven after a busy day shopping and sight-seeing. The Turquoise Thistle Restaurant, Bar & Lounge features contemporary thistle prints and a striking modern artwork of the local landmark Arthur’s Seat, which was commissioned specially for the hotel.


2020 The Outer Hebrides: Scotland’s Gaelic West – 11 Days / 10 Nights / 18 Meals

Day 1: Glasgow City Tour
Tour begins at 2:00 pm at your Glasgow hotel. Tour the highlights of Glasgow and discover its unique history with a visit to the oldest house in the city, Provand’s Lordship. In the evening, join your group for a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel.

Day 2: Inveraray Castle & Oban
Drive along the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Enjoy a photo opportunity at ‘Rest and Be Thankful,’ a scenic old road with a stunning view of mountains. Visit Inveraray Castle, home of the 12th Duke of Argyll. Tour the elaborately decorated castle containing an armory, many historic relics, and a portrait collection. Stop in Inveraray for lunch on your own then enjoy some free time to explore Oban.
(B, D)

Day 3: Train Ride in the Highlands & Isle of Benbecula
Drive along the scenic shores of Loch Linnhe to Fort William, the largest town in the Highlands. Board a train and enjoy a spectacular railway journey to the fishing port of Mallaig. Have lunch independently, then embark on a scenic ferry ride to Lochboisdale on South Uist. Travel to your hotel on the Isle of Benbecula. Enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.
(B, D)

Day 4: Tour to the Isle of Barra
Drive through scenic South Uist and board the ferry to Ardmhòr on Barra to admire the beautiful white sand beaches. Stop in Castlebay, the main town of the isle, and browse independently before continuing to Vatersay, an island south of Castlebay. Take the return ferry to Eriskay. Enjoy a drink with your group at the Am Politician pub, named after the SS Politician, which sank off the island in 1941, losing its cargo of whisky – and later inspiring the film “Whisky Galore”.  Return to your hotel for dinner.
(B, D)

Day 5: North Uist & Stornoway
Explore the island of North Uist, a stunning landscape with fresh and saltwater lochs. Visit the Hebridean Smokehouse to see how fish is smoked and enjoy a tasting. Stop at the museum and arts center at Taigh Chearsabhagh. Enjoy some free time for lunch before continuing north to Berneray to board the ferry for Leverburgh on Harris. Travel on to Stornoway, the largest town in the Outer Hebrides.
(B, D)

Day 6: Harris Tweed & Isle of Harris Distillery
Enjoy a tour of Harris, which boasts a wide variety of landscapes. Visit Horgabost and Luskentyre beaches, then head to Tarbert. Go behind the scenes at the Isle of Harris Distillery to witness the distilling operation and enjoy a sample. Enjoy free time for lunch. Travel to Stornoway for a panoramic tour, followed by dinner at your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 7: Isle of Lewis Sightseeing
Sightsee around the Isle of Lewis, a relatively at island with many picturesque sandy beaches and rugged coastline. Experience history and heritage at Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a former community converted to a museum and visitor center. Located above Loch an Duin, visit Dun Carloway Broch, which dates back over 2000 years. Continue exploring with a stop to marvel at the ancient Callanish Standing Stones, which date from 2000 BC. Enjoy some free time for lunch. At Bosta Beach see the Iron Age House, a reconstructed Iron Age dwelling. Return to Stornoway for a free evening to dine and explore on your own.

Day 8: Ferry to Ullapool & Inverness
Take a panoramic drive and short walking tour around Stornoway, then enjoy some free time to explore independently. You may choose to visit An Lanntair, an arts and exhibition center, or Lews Castle, which boasts an interactive museum including the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen. Or, visit the Lewis Loom Centre with demonstrations of spinning wheels, the hand loom, and a craft gift shop. Board the ferry to Ullapool on the mainland. Travel to Inverness for dinner, then join a local guide for a walking tour around the city.

(B, D)

Day 9: Culloden Battlefield & Scone Palace
Head to the Culloden Battlefield to tour the Visitor Centre, where on April 16, 1746, British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. Enjoy some free time for lunch and exploring in Pitlochry. Visit Scone Palace and see the collections of antiques before heading to Edinburgh. Enjoy a Scottish evening with dinner followed by traditional songs and dances. July 31 to August 21 departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade instead of a group dinner.
(B, D)

Day 10: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Take a guided sightseeing tour of Edinburgh and notice the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” compared with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle’s historic buildings and enjoy the splendid views of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free to explore, shop, and dine on your own. (The Scottish evening with dinner and traditional song and dances will be held tonight for departures from July 31 – August 21.)

Day 11: Tour Ends in Edinburgh
Your tour ends after breakfast.

Please note: This itinerary is subject to last-minute changes due to ferry timetables.

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner



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All prices listed below are per person, double-occupancy.
If you would prefer a single room, there is a single-room supplement of US $845.

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Friday Jun 12, 2020 from Glasgow Monday Jun 22, 2020 to Edinburgh 11 Days $3949 Small Group Book Now
Friday Jul 17, 2020 from Glasgow Monday Jul 27, 2020 to Edinburgh 11 Days $3829 Small Group Book Now
Friday Jul 31, 2020 from Glasgow Monday Aug 10, 2020 to Edinburgh 11 Days $4149 Tattoo/Guaranteed Small Group Book Now
Friday Sep 25, 2020 from Glasgow Monday Oct 5, 2020 to Edinburgh 11 Days $3589 Small Group Book Now

7 Reviews

Customer: Austin Gary Angleberger

Date: 11/07/2018

There were no problems with communication or in the arrangements for the tour. The tour itself was very much enjoyed by us. We chose this tour because it took us to places in the country we had not seen before.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/09/2019

Everything was great except the meals. CIE needs to do better as far as getting the hotels to provide better quality meals. There is so much repetition also among the hotels-they all tend to offer the same meals. Personally I would rather pay more and get better quality meals.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/07/2019

I liked the on-line service that made booking easy.

Customer: Mrs. Sandra Myers

Date: 05/30/2019

Good administrative support, clear communication, conduct of tour beyond reproach. knowledgeable guide

Customer: Ms. Colleen Mary Kennealy

Date: 11/11/2018

Booking was easy and reliable.

Customer: Mr. Richard Gardner Bryan Jr

Date: 11/06/2018

Very easy to book online. Customer service representative who handled the flight arrangements was helpful and professional.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

This is my second tour with CIE, and will purchase from them again. I have recommended them to others.

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