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 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 26th – August 16th departures
- Bosta Beach and the Iron Age House
- Callanish Standing Stones
- Dun Carloway Broch
- Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
- Edinburgh Castle
- Gearannan Blackhouse Village
- Inveraray Castle
- Isle of Harris Distillery
- Scone Palace
- 10 breakfasts and 8 dinners including a Scottish evening with live entertainment and traditional foods.
- The Westerwood Hotel, near Glasgow (1 night)
- Perle Oban Hotel, Oban (1 night)
- Dark Island Hotel, Isle of Benbecula (2 nights)
- Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway (3 nights)
- Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness (1 night)
- Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, Edinburgh (2 nights)
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Spa & Golf Resort, Glasgow
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.
Perle Oban Hotel, Oban
Originally built around 1882, this landmark hotel will extend a warm Scottish welcome to guests. Guest rooms have views of ocean, town or the surrounding hills and are fully equipped with everything for a comfortable stay, including complimentary Wi-Fi access. Discover the elegant Restaurant Caledonian or pick the informal Café Caledonian. The Caledonian Hotel is situated in the center of Oban, right at the water’s edge. It is close to the ferry terminal for boats to the Isle of Mull.
Dark Island Hotel, Isle of Benbecula
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
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
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 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.
2019 Outer Hebrides Tour 11 Days / 10 Nights / 18 meals
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Please note: This itinerary is subject to last-minute changes due to ferry timetables.
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. (D)
Day 2Inveraray Castle & Oban
Drive along the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. 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 3Highlands Train & Isle of Benbecula
Drive along the scenic shores of Loch Linnhe to Fort William, the largest town in the Highlands. Board a local train and enjoy a spectacular railway journey across the Glenfinnan Viaduct, featured in the "Harry Potter" movies, to the fishing port of Mallaig. Spend some free time exploring on your own, 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 4Tour 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 just south of Castlebay. After a drive around, take the return ferry to Eriskay. Enjoy a drink with your group at the Politician Pub before returning to your hotel. (B, D)
Day 5North 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 centre at Taigh Chearsabhagh. Continue north to Berneray and board the ferry to Leverburgh on Harris. Travel on to Stornoway, the largest town in the Outer Hebrides. (B, D)
Day 6Harris Tweed & Isle of Harris Distillery
Enjoy a scenic 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. Then enjoy some free time for lunch. Travel on to Stornoway for a panoramic tour, followed by dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 7Isle of Lewis Sightseeing
Sightsee around the Isle of Lewis, a relatively flat island with many picturesque sandy beaches and rugged coastline. At Bosta Beach see the Iron Age House, a reconstructed Iron-Age dwelling. Continue exploring with a stop to marvel at the ancient Callanish Standing Stones, which date from 2000 BC. Located above Loch an Duin, visit Dun Carloway Broch, which dates back over 2000 years. Experience history and heritage at Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a former community converted to a museum and visitor center. Return to Stornoway for a free evening to dine and explore on your own. (B)
Day 8Ferry 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. In the afternoon 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 9Culloden 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 (known as Bonnie Prince Charlie). Enjoy some free time for lunch and exploring in Pitlochry. Visit Scone Palace and see the fine collections of antiques before heading to Edinburgh. Enjoy a Scottish evening with dinner followed by traditional songs and dances. July 26 to August 16 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade instead of a group dinner. (B, D)
Day 10 Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, comparing the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour Edinburgh Castle’s historic buildings with 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 26 to August 16.) (B)
Day 11Tour Ends in Edinburgh
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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