Discover the archeology, historic churches, and pristine white beaches of the Hebrides from cosy hotel bases on Benbecula and Lewis

Loved for their wildlife, landscapes and delicious whiskies, the Scottish Hebrides are a delightful holiday destination, and this six-day tour will show you their many highlights.

Your adventure begins in Mallaig, a thriving port town loved for its smoked kippers, with fresh catches dished up in local restaurants.

You'll check into the Isle of Benbecula Hotel, ideally placed for bird watching, walking, cycling or simply relaxing with a glass of whisky.

Beautiful Barra is also on the itinerary, where you'll taste some Hebridean toffee and learn more about the history of the isles.

At your second lovely hotel, the Caladh Inn in Stornoway, local wildlife expert, Dr. Charlie Main, will join you to tell you all about the varied wildlife to be found on the Hebridean isles and the work that goes into protecting the local fauna.

Please note, a good level of fitness is required for the trip as there are a number of walks included in the itinerary and you will need to be able to get on and off the boats.

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Charlie Main
Dr. Charlie Main
Academic and conservationist

Dr Charlie Main is an academic with expertise in conservation, as well as practical experience protecting wildlife in Scotland. Dr. Main originally moved to the Hebrides in 2015 to run a seabird island restoration project and she is now a lecturer in sustainable development at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Price includes

  • Two nights' accommodation at the Isle of Benbecula Hotel, Benbecula
  • Three nights' accommodation at the Caladh Inn, Stornoway
  • Add on a two night pre tour stay at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in Edinburgh, please call for details
  • Dinner and breakfast daily
  • Comfortable coach transportation
  • Services of a tour manager throughout your trip
  • Wildlife talk from local expert, Dr Charlie Main at the hotel on Stornoway
  • Entrance to Barra Culture and Heritage Museum, St Barr's Church, Isle of Harris Distillery, Callanish Standing Stones, Garenin Blackhouses, Lews Castle, and Blair Castle and Garden

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Jun 2, 2024
To
Fri, Fri, Jun 7, 2024
Duration
6 Days
Price per person
£1,549*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £199. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Lochboisdale
    Lochboisdale (Loch Baghasdail), South Uist, United Kingdom

    This morning you'll arrive independently in central Edinburgh to meet your knowledgeable tour manager and board a coach to transfer to Mallaig. On arrival in Mallaig you'll have time to get lunch, perhaps in one of the many excellent seafood restaurants.

    In the afternoon you'll rejoin the group and board the boat from Mallaig to Lochboisdale, where you'll transfer to the Isle of Benbecula Hotel on arrival - your comfortable base for the next two nights.

    There'll be a group dinner tonight at the hotel, giving you a chance to get to know some of your fellow travellers.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Eriskay and Barra
    Isle of Eriska, United Kingdom

    Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel before travelling to Eriskay and boarding the ferry to Barra.

    You will begin your exploration of the Island in Castlebay with visits to the Barra Culture and Heritage Museum, followed by a visit to Búth Bharragh, a social enterprise providing the residents of Barra with a means of selling their artisan produce and arts and crafts.

    Next stop is the Hebridean Toffee shop, where there is also a café that overlooks the bay and Kisimul Castle - a great spot for a quick lunch.

    After lunch you'll drive around the west coast of the island, soaking in the stunning views. You'll pass the Borve Standing Stones - three stones believed to have once been part of a larger circle that stand beside the road - and Traigh Mhor Beach, the only beach where scheduled flights regularly land. Known locally as the Cockle Strip, it's a beautiful location, and you might just be lucky enough to see a plane land or take off.

    At the end of this visit you will return to the port for your return sailing to Eriskay, where you'll return to your hotel in time for dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Berneray, Leverburgh and Stornoway
    Stornoway, United Kingdom

    After breakfast you'll depart the hotel and head to Berneray where you'll board the ferry to Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris.

    You'll start your visit with a trip to St Clements Church, one of the few examples of a Roman Catholic chapel in Scotland that escaped defacement during the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.

    At the end of the visit you will drive on to Luskentyre beach, considered to be the most beautiful beach on the isles of Harris and Lewis, before heading to the Isle of Harris distillery for a tour and tastings.

    You will then drive on to your hotel, stopping briefly at the World War I memorial, erected to honour the dead from the Great War, before checking in at the Caladh Inn where you will be staying for the next three nights.

    A presentation and a wildlife talk from local Stornoway resident, Dr Charlie Main, will be given at the hotel this evening.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Lewis
    Lewis and Harris, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Today you will explore Lewis, starting with a visit to Callanish Standing Stones, one of the UK's best-preserved prehistoric sites.

    At the end of the visit, you will travel on to Garenin, to see the 'Blackhouses', traditional thatched stone-walled dwellings that served as home to both people and animals for hundreds of years. As you look inside and you will be able to imagine what life would have been like for the crofters and tradespeople that lived there

    After lunch at leisure you will transfer to one of the more unusual sights on the island, the Whale Bone Arch. The two bones that comprise the arch are the lower jaw bones of a Blue Whale and were removed from a beached Whale that came ashore in 1920. They now form a unique gateway to two houses

    You'll then continue to Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, a newly refurbished museum showcasing a past, rural, island community way of life. The artefacts on display have been donated by the community over many years.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Stornoway
    Stornoway, United Kingdom

    Today you will explore Lewis further with a guided tour in the morning, starting with a visit to Lews Castle, followed by a visit to the Na Eilean Museum, which houses interesting artefacts to help you understand the history and heritage of the island.

    After the museum visit you'll have free time to find lunch and to explore more of Stornoway at your own pace before returning to the hotel for dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Departure
    Ullapool, United Kingdom

    You'll depart the hotel this morning and meet your tour manager and the coach for the transfer to Stornoway Ferry Terminal, where you'll board the boat to Ullapool

    On your way from Ullapool to Edinburgh you'll make a stop at Blair Castle for a visit and your guide will make some suggestions for stops along the way for lunch before your trip comes to an end.

Accommodation

Isle of Benbecula Hotel, Benbecula

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Benbecula, United Kingdom

The Isle of Benbecula House Hotel has a range of quality facilities and services to make a stay on the Isle of Benbecula both comfortable and memorable. The hotel offers comfortable rooms, equipped to suit the requirements of any traveller and guests can savour local cuisine in the restaurant, followed by a relaxing drink in the bar. In the local area there are plenty of opportunities for activities such as bird watching, walking and cycling.

Caladh Inn, Stornoway

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Stornoway, United Kingdom

The Caladh Inn is conveniently located a short walk from Stornoway town centre and is an ideal location for exploring both Lewis and Harris. The hotel offers 68 recently refurbished en-suite bedrooms, all equipped with coffee and tea making facilities and TV. The hotel’s popular restaurant, Eleven, offers a variety of dishes to suit all tastes in a bright and contemporary space.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Jun 2, 2024
To
Fri, Fri, Jun 7, 2024
Duration
6 Days
Price per person
£1,549*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £199. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd.

Call now to book 03301 739 110
Quote ref: OUTERHEBRIDES