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Hebridean Hopper

This Hebridean tour of the remote Western Isles off the north west coast of Scotland are world-renowned for their isolation and rugged beauty. We explore the famous sites of the Scottish mainland like Loch Ness and Glencoe while also taking you to the breath-taking islands of Lewis & Harris, where mountainous peaks, cliffs and long sandy beaches are drenched in ancient Gaelic traditions and culture.


Duration: 5 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Active/Adrenaline Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 159612
Starts: Stornoway, Scotland Finishes: Stornoway, Scotland
You will visit
  • Stornoway
  • Portree
  • Fort Augustus
  • Edinburgh

Itinerary

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DAY 1: EDINBURGH TO STORNOWAY

Tour starts 8.15am. From Edinburgh, we pass the famous Forth Bridge and into Perthshire, surrounded by mountains, forests and salmon packed rivers. We stop in Dunkeld, heart of Macbeth country and visit its mighty cathedral. Then it’s through the Cairngorms National park, past Inverness and onwards to the far north-west coast of Scotland for our ferry over the sea to the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Lewis.

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DAY 2: LEWIS & HARRIS

We visit Scotland's most westerly distillery, Abhainn Dearg, for a unique insight into the way the islands approach life. Then onto the stunning Callanish Standing Stones, Neolithic in age and dating back more than 4,000 years. Their meaning remain a mystery, perhaps an ancient calendar but these are considered to be some of the most impressive and inspiring of any of the ancient stones in Britain. We visit the Butt of Lewis with its isolated lighthouse and stunning ocean views, then to a traditional blackhouse and the home of tweed makers, a fabric exclusive to the islands but now considered very trendy!

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DAY 3: LEWIS & HARRIS TO ISLE OF SKYE

In the morning we explore the amazing beaches of Harris, famous for its clear blue waters, magnificent mountain backdrop and traditional crofting culture. These islands are home to the Clan MacLeod who have lived here for centuries. After exploring the wonders of Harris, we leave their homeland and cross by ferry to the magical Isle of Skye where we spend the night.

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DAY 4: ISLE OF SKYE TO LOCH NESS

Today we explore the magical Isle of Skye. Mountainous, rugged and stunning beautiful, you won't want to leave. Back on the mainland we pass Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic views in Scotland then it’s truly off the beaten track and into the wilds! We drive through the stunning north west Highlands, some of the most remote and most isolated mountain terrain in Europe.

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DAY 5: LOCH NESS TO EDINBURGH

We head south to mysterious and haunting Glencoe also known as the ‘Weeping Glen’. Stunningly beautiful, it has been the backdrop for movies including ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Braveheart’, ‘Rob Roy’ and more recently ‘Skyfall’. We cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor towards the Lowlands and on past Doune Castle (as seen in Outlander and Games of Thrones) and historic Stirling, arriving back in Edinburgh approximately 5.30pm.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide
    • All ferry crossings
    • Callanish Standing Stones
    • Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
    • Dun Carloway, Iron Age fort
    Accommodation
    • 4 nights hostel multi-share ('Pre-Pay Bundle' or 'Pay as you go')
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Tour Highlights:
  • Be amazed at the sheer beauty of the Isolated Outer Hebrides
  • Discover the myths, legends and stunning scenery of the Isle of Skye
  • Go Nessie hunting on Loch Ness
  • Wander the Callanish Standing Stones
  • Explore the traditional Hebridean blackhouse
  • Find out how whisky is made on an Island whisky distillery visit
  • Take in the majestic beauty of Eilean Donan Castle
  • Be awe struck by stunning Glencoe