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Day One – Fly away to Stornoway
It’s just over an hour’s flight from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Stornoway, with your hire car conveniently available at the airport.
Lewis is positively bursting with archaeological treasures, notably the eerie Standing Stones of Callanish, the Pictish Carloway Broch and several blackhouse villages. The bustling town of Stornoway boasts a vibrant social scene, where traditional music and crafts thrive in lively pubs, clubs, markets and shops.
Your accommodation in Stornoway
This recently opened B&B on the outskirts of Stornoway has already gained an enviable reputation for hospitality and comfort, and swiftly made its way on to our list of favourites. With just two en-suite rooms, a private garden and bright dining room, we’re sure you’ll love it here. The warmth of the welcome is unrivalled, the breakfast is to be savoured and your Stornoway born-and-bred host is only too happy giving unique, local advice on anything you might need to know about the Outer Hebrides.
Day Two – Fall in love with Lewis
Aside from the attractions already mentioned, there’s a wealth of further discovery to be made on Lewis; the beautiful outstretched beaches at Uig, for example, in the shadow of the abandoned relics of 50 years’ military use and where the “Uig Chessmen” were discovered in mysterious circumstances. The south-east of the island is home to a vast abundance of wildlife including red deer and an array of birdlife such as waders and other shoreline feeding birds, as well as redshank, greenshank, oystercatcher, curlew, ringed plover and dunlin. And as the day draws to an end, drive to the island’s northernmost point at the Butt of Lewis to experience sunset at the dramatic lighthouse, one of our favourite things to do in the Hebrides.
Day Three – Over the sea to Skye
After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to make your way south across Lewis and on to the Isle of Harris (actually the same land-mass as Lewis) towards the ferry port at Tarbert, taking in some of Scotland’s best driving-roads on the way. Cross the sea to Skye and you’ll feel the immediate difference in atmosphere and pace as you drive on to this largest of Scotland’s islands.
Your accommodation on Skye
A scenic drive from the ferry-port at Uig, your B&B in the settlement of Stein is a fabulously comfortable property featuring genuinely breath-taking views across Loch Bay. The husband-and-wife hosts have created a relaxed, convivial home that you’re sure to find difficult to leave. The village features a bustling bar/restaurant popular with locals and ramblers alike, as well as a more up-market and acclaimed eatery if you happen to be in the mood to treat yourself.
Day Four – All eyes on Skye
Skye is a large island, with many contrasts of its own, with areas of hills, moorland, woodland and seashore offering endless opportunities for walking and taking in the magnificent sea views. As you’re staying in the north of the island, you’ll find historic Dunvegan Castle, the dramatic and intimidating Quiraing, and Portree, the bustling island capital, an easy drive from your B&B.
Day Five – Making your way to Scalpay
Wave goodbye to Skye and make the return ferry-crossing to Tarbert on Harris, then it’s an easy 10-minute drive across the bridge to the Isle of Scalpay. Home to just 200 souls, Scalpay is, nonetheless, a relative hotbed of activity, with many of the population working to support the fishing industry. The island is home to a tiny bistro serving a quite fabulous menu and there’s some superb walking to be had, especially through the machair and moorland past Eilean Glas lighthouse at the island’s eastern tip, where you could be lucky enough to spot wildlife such as seals, otters and even eagles along the way.
Your accommodation on Scalpay
One of our more recent discoveries, your accommodation on Scalpay is a locally owned B&B just beyond the Scalpay bridge. Your hosts are Scalpay natives, and you’re assured the very warmest of welcomes to their beautifully presented home right on the North harbour. With just two cosy rooms, as well as a comfortable guest lounge featuring a large picture window from which to admire the ever-changing view, this is the perfect spot from which to discover this enigmatic island.
Day Six – Scalpay and Harris
No-one would blame you for opting to spend the day amidst the tranquillity of Scalpay, but a 40-minute drive will take you to some of the world’s finest beaches, at Huisinis, Luskintyre, Seilebost, Borve and Northton-Scarista on Harris, and we think these are not to be missed. There’s every chance you’ll have them all to yourself.
Day Seven – Heading home
A final epic drive across Harris and on to Lewis on your return to Stornoway airport, drop off your hire-car and take the thrilling flight back to Edinburgh or Glasgow.
A fly-drive holiday, with flight options from Glasgow or Edinburgh, then stays on three islands, Lewis, Skye and the tiny island of Scalpay, which is connected by bridge from the Isle of Harris.
£895 per person for April & October, £925 per person for May to September.
All are based on 2 people sharing, for 6 nights on a bed & breakfast basis, in our hand-picked selection of small guest houses and hotels, and also included return flights from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Stornoway, ferry travel from Tarbert to Skye return for car and passengers, and 7 days’ hire of a small manual car. (Automatic transmission cars can be arranged given advance notice for a supplement of £10 per day.)
Please note that due to conditions imposed on our supplier by insurance companies, the maximum age for a driver on this holiday is 75.
Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.
All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
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This holiday can be arranged from the beginning of April to early October
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