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Your first Hebridean destination is the Isle of Lewis, reached by ferry from the port of Ullapool. Lewis boasts the famous Standing Stones of Callanish (or Calaneis in the local Gaelic). Whether the sun is splitting the skies, or a wild storm is brewing, the site is eerie and evocative, perhaps all the more so as the original purpose and meaning of this stone circle is lost in the mists of time. Within the same part of the island, experience the traditional way of life of just a hundred or so years ago by visiting the wonderfully-preserved Gearranan Blackhouse Village.
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.
Your second base in these outer isles is in the south of Harris, which is part of the same land-mass as Lewis, your route taking you past some of the most spectacularly beautiful beaches in the UK.
South Harris offers unrivalled opportunities for hillwalkers, anglers, divers, birdwatchers and wildlife-lovers. Marvel at the sight of golden eagles, cormorants and buzzards swooping down over the uninhabited offshore islands. And don’t miss Rodel’s exquisite 15th century church of St Clement’s with its wonderful medieval tombs and carvings.
Your accommodation on Harris is a converted and extended schoolhouse at Finsbay, one of the most atmospheric and evocative points on the island. The hosts – one of whose mother attended school in this very building – have spent many years adding their stamp to the place and in the process creating a unique three-bedroom property, with roaring fire in the living room, walls adorned with art and rooms filled with long-owned books and family pieces.
Your holiday includes a truly magical and adventurous experience – a day trip by specially designed fast boat to the remote archipelago of St Kilda. Spectacularly rugged, deserted, forbidding, yet teeming with rare species of plant and bird life, the remote archipelago of St Kilda has long-fascinated explorers, naturalists and adventurers keen to discover for themselves its unique history, landscape and wildlife. The awe-inspiring landscape, human history, and the sheer remoteness also intrigue many.
The islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Nature Reserve and Ancient Monument due to their environmental importance and scenic beauty. Trips are weather dependent, but will usually run from Leverburgh, Harris, departing at 8am and taking around 3 hours. You’ll have up to 6 hours in this remote and magical place where you’re free to explore the main island of Hirta at your leisure. Each passenger receives a map of Hirta detailing points of historical interest and a suggested route to take for a tour on foot. The church, schoolroom and museum are well worth a visit to discover more about the unique way of life of the islanders until abandonment. The boat will also tour the cliffs and coastline including the towering stacs around the islands, revealing the awe inspiring scale of the cliffs and the colonies of sea birds circling high above.
Notes on St Kilda
Please note that there is no catering available and passengers must bring food for the day; tea and coffee are provided free of charge on board. While teenage children are welcome, parents are reminded that St Kilda is one of the remotest locations in the country and are asked to exercise their own judgement. We do not recommend that children under 10 travel, but please contact us to discuss this if you’re unsure. Due to the fragile animal and plant life of the islands, strictly no pets allowed.
You will leave the Outer Hebrides by ferry to Skye where we can arrange for a further stopover if required.
This holiday is also available as a fly-drive, with flights from Edinburgh or Glasgow to and from Stornoway. A hire car would then be included, available for you to collect at the airport.
You will stay in Lewis and South Harris, and take a day trip to St Kilda.
£680 per person May to September, based on two people sharing a double or twin room for five nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
The holiday includes a day trip to St Kilda. As this is weather dependent; the exact day of departure may be subject to late change. If the trip does not run during your stay a refund of the excursion fare will be made.
Prices also include ferry crossings for two adults and a car to Lewis, and from Harris back to Skye.
This holiday is also available as a fly-drive, with return flights from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Stornoway, and car hire while on the islands. Add £220 per person for this (based on small manual hire 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.
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This holiday can be arranged from May to September.
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