Cuillin Mountains | Isle of Skye | Scotland | United Kingdom
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Outer Hebrides & Skye Explorer - 6 days map

This extensive 6-day tour of the Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye allows you to experience the best of what this picturesque chain of islands has to offer. Take in the peaks of the Grampian Mountains, search for 'Nessie' at Loch Ness, explore the island of Lewis and Harris with its pristine beaches and dramatic landscapes, all before discovering the Isle of Skye with it's breathtaking mountains and cascading waterfalls.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Glencoe - Soak up the stunning mountain views and learn about the tragic and famous massacre that took place here in 1692
Loch Ness - Hunt for 'Nessie', the mythical beast believed to dwell in the dark waters of Scotland's most famous loch
Ullapool - Stay in this pretty whitewashed fishing village, on the shore of Loch Broom
Isle of Skye - Take in the highlights of this beautiful island, with plenty of hiking and sightseeing to enjoy
Scottish Highlands - Uncover some of the UK's best scenery as you traverse coastal roads, pass mountains and native pine forests
Lewis and Harris - Discover traditional farming life, the fort of Dun Carloway, and the prehistoric site of the Calanais Stone Circle

Included

5 breakfasts
Escorted by a local driver-guide
Transportation in 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach with air-conditioning
All road tolls
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.
5 nights simple guesthouse
Admission to Arnol Blackhouse
All necessary ferry journeys between Scottish Islands and the mainland
20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details

Not Included

International flights & visas
Meals not specified in itinerary
Entry fees unless specified
Airport transfers (pick up and drop off information can be found in the Trip Notes)
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!

Itinerary

Day 1

Edinburgh to Ullapool

Edinburgh - Loch Ness - Ullapool. Departing from Edinburgh we journey past the iconic Forth Rail Bridge and into the Highlands. Our first stop is in Dunkeld, where we can stretch our legs and admire the unique architecture of the cathedral.

Following this we travel through the majestic Grampian Mountains, stopping for lunch at a Highland town in the Spey Valley. Next, we venture to Loch Ness, hoping to catch a glimpse of the legendary monster. Moving on we explore the lesser-known gem of Corrieshalloch Gorge with its stunning waterfall, before reaching the picturesque fishing port of Ullapool for our overnight stay.

Please note: Check-in closes at 08:15 (tour departs at 08:30) - Edinburgh Bus Station Pick Up, Gate J and Gate K, inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.

Accommodation: Foinaven, Ullaviews, The Sheiling Guest House or similar
Overnight: Ullapool

Day 2

The Summer Isles to Stornoway

Ullapool - Stornoway. Today we wake up to breakfast overlooking Loch Broom's sparkling waters. We start with a ferry journey across the sea, a 2.5-hour trip through the Summer Isles to Stornoway, the main town of the Western Isles.

Keep your eyes peeled during the crossing; dolphins and whales may grace our journey. Upon arrival on Lewis and Harris, we head to the North West coast. Our driver-guide will showcase traditional crofting towns and seaside ports, including the iconic Butt of Lewis with its sweeping views towards America.

We cap off the day in bustling Stornoway, known for Scotland's tastiest black puddings.

Accommodation: Dunroamin, Hebridean Guest House, Twenty Seven or similar
Overnight: Stornoway  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Discovering Lewis and Harris

Today we discover the history and beauty of Lewis and Harris Island. Starting in Arnol Blackhouse we experience traditional farming life on this island without having to get our hands too dirty. Following this we head to the fort of Dun Carloway. Built in 100AD it has a rich history for us to discover. We then travel to the Calanais Stone Circle, one of the most famous sites on the island. Late in the afternoon we head back to Stornoway to spend the night.

*Please note the Calanais Standing stone site will be closed between 1st September 2024 and 31st March 2025 and we will be unable to visit the site during these dates. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Accommodation: Dunroamin, Hebridean Guest House, Twenty Seven or similar
Overnight: Stornoway  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Mountains, Beaches and the Isle of Skye

Stornoway - Luskentyre - Portree. Prepare for the dramatic as we venture into the realm of Harris. With its towering peaks and stunning white-sand beaches such as Luskentyre, Harris showcases nature's grandeur at its finest. The region is steeped in history, from the renowned Harris Tweed to its captivating myths and legends.

After a morning of exploring these dramatic landscapes, we pause for lunch. If weather permits, a beach picnic awaits, so sunglasses are a must-pack item. Our journey continues with a ferry ride over the sea to Portree, the largest town in Skye, where we'll be based for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Caledonian, Duirinish, Dunborrodale or similar
Overnight: Skye  |  Breakfast

Day 5

The Isle of Skye

Having arrived on the Isle of Skye our driver-guide maximizes our time amidst this marvel-filled landscape.

We can trek to the Quiraing mountain pass for a breathtaking walk, witness the majestic Kilt Rock and its towering waterfall, or embark on a boat excursion to the hidden gem of Loch Coruisk.

Having soaked in the sights of Skye, we conclude our day with a final evening in Portree. We can indulge in the fabulous seafood restaurants, celebrating a day well spent exploring.

Accommodation: Caledonian, Duirinish, Dunborrodale or similar
Overnight: Skye  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Return to Edinburgh

Portree - Ben Nevis - Glencoe - Edinburgh. As our journey comes to an end, take heart in the remarkable sights awaiting us on the return trip to Edinburgh. After crossing the Skye Bridge, we're greeted by the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a quintessentially Scottish sight perched atop a loch. Don't forget to capture this classic view with your camera.

Following this we pass beneath the cloud-shrouded peak of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain. On to the valley of Glencoe which carries profound historical weight, marked by a tragic massacre and framed by awe-inspiring mountains—a landscape etched with both beauty and sorrow.

As we journey onward through the Lowlands, the rolling hills give way to flatter terrain, leading us back to Edinburgh by early evening.

Please note: This tour ends at 19:00 - Edinburgh Bus Station Drop Off, Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
06 Aug - 11 Aug 19% off
€1,935
€1,567
€2,435
€1,972
01 Sep - 06 Sep 19% off
€1,935
€1,567
€2,435
€1,972
03 Sep - 08 Sep 19% off
€1,935
€1,567
€2,435
€1,972
29 Sep - 04 Oct 19% off
€1,935
€1,567
€2,435
€1,972
06 Oct - 11 Oct 19% off
€1,845
€1,494
€2,355
€1,908
08 Oct - 13 Oct 19% off
€1,845
€1,494
€2,355
€1,908
13 Oct - 18 Oct 19% off
€1,845
€1,494
€2,355
€1,908
15 Oct - 20 Oct 19% off
€1,845
€1,494
€2,355
€1,908
20 Oct - 25 Oct 19% off
€1,845
€1,494
€2,355
€1,908
22 Oct - 27 Oct 19% off
€1,845
€1,494
€2,355
€1,908
27 Oct - 01 Nov 19% off
€1,845
€1,494
€2,355
€1,908

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Edinburgh
Ends
Edinburgh
Departs
Tuesdays and Sundays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Simple guesthouses
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 5
Countries
Minimum Age
5 years, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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