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This carefully designed holiday allows you to explore the spectacular landscapes of the Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Harris. It takes in some stunning drives, allowing you to appreciate the contrasts of these magical islands. This holiday features two of our carefully handpicked guest houses, which offer space, comfort, and a very warm welcome.
Its just over an hour’s flight from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Stornoway, with your hire car conveniently available at the airport.
Belying its two names, the northerly land-mass of Lewis and Harris is, in fact, a single island – although with starkly differing characters.
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.
Further south, Harris’s strange lunar landscape gives way to vast sea lochs, which retreat at low tide to reveal huge expanses of pristine white sand fringed with machair and sprinkled with vivid pink and yellow wildflowers. On the east coast, the undulating ‘Golden Road’ cuts through dramatic rock formations to take the visitor on an enchanting tour of lochans, coves, crofts and cottages selling the world-famous Harris tweed. The sunsets at Luskentyre sands are worth crossing the island for, and from here you can also gaze across to the magical isle of Taransay, made famous in the BBC’s ‘Castaway 2000’ series.
Your accommodation in Stornoway is a newly refurbished, family owned bungalow with just two very comfortable and cosy en-suite bedrooms. The Stornoway born-and-bred host is here to ensure your complete relaxation and satisfaction, serving authentic, locally sourced breakfasts and giving unique, local advice on anything you might need to know about the Outer Hebrides.
This modern 4 star guest house exudes a warm, traditional Hebridean welcome and offers a quiet retreat from which to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding area. Overlooking a peaceful loch, you’ll feel a million miles from anywhere, although in reality you are just a few minutes drive, or a 20 minute walk from Tarbert. The splendid breakfast, prepared from locally sourced produce, will set you up for the day. All of the comfortable rooms and the residents lounge enjoy impressive watery views from this aptly named house meaning ‘Music of the Sea’.
The holiday normally includes two nights on Harris and one night in Lewis, but can be tailormade to suit.
A two centre holiday in Lewis & Harris, with flights from Glasgow or Edinburgh. Connections from Inverness & Aberdeen also available.
£549 per person for April & October, £595 per person for May to September
All prices are based on 2 people sharing, for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis, including return flights from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Stornoway and 4 days’ hire of a small manual car.
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.
All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.
We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.
The holiday was perfectly organised. A bunch of heartfelt thanks.Francesca & Robert, Hamilton, Scotland
Well organized, good information, staff were helpful and courteous.Helen & George, Ontario, Canada
Excellent accommodation and food. Lovely locations of guest houses. We appreciated the holiday pack more than we thought we would.Jane & Geoffrey, Cambridgeshire, England
This holiday is available from the beginning of April to the end of October. The holiday can start or finish on any day of the week.
To check the latest availability for this holiday complete the form below or call us. We will respond to your availability check within one working day if at all possible. Please bear with us on this - we work with a hand-picked selection of smaller hotels, guest houses, and other independent businesses, ensuring that you have the chance to explore off the beaten track and really get under the skin of the destination.
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