The Outer Hebrides is a land apart - an island archipelago stretching for over 120 miles down the north west coast of Scotland. Here on the fringes of Europe lies the heartland of Gaelic language and culture, once the native tongue of all Highland Scotland. This is a land of dramatic mountains, huge deserted beaches, turquoise seas, countless freshwater lochs and abundant wildlife. The wild island interiors are virtually uninhabited, whilst small crofting communities farm the fertile machair grasslands that can be found along many coastlines.
This memorable self guided holiday takes you on a relaxed meander up or down the island chain, from Lewis in the north to Barra in the south, sampling the best walks on each island along the way. You can travel in either direction - the choice is yours. Staying in comfortable guest houses, over the course of this trip you will visit at least 10 separate islands, walk on some of Britain's most beautiful beaches and experience the incredible variety of landscapes that the Outer Hebrides has to offer. From the dramatic seacliffs of Lewis to the world famous beaches of South Harris, the unique flower rich meadows of the Uists and the wonderfully relaxed atmosphere of Barra, this is surely one of the finest touring holidays in Britain.
We provide everything you need for a wonderful holiday. We arrange all accommodation and ferry crossings and provide you with a comprehensive information pack to help you get the most out of your visit to the islands. We include a recommended walking route for each day, along with lots of suggestions for alternative routes we think you might enjoy. Three walking guide books and a complete set of Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger maps for the Outer Hebrides will make sure you don't get lost! We also provide details of a wide range of other outdoor activities available on the islands, as well as ideas for things to do if the weather is not great.
Dates: This self guided holiday can run at any time during the year.
How long: 7 days / 6 nights (longer or shorter trips are also available).
Base: 2 nights on Lewis, 2 nights on Harris, 2 nights on North or South Uist or Benbecula, 2 nights on Barra, staying at comfortable guest houses / B&Bs.
Price: From £793 per person, based on two people sharing a twin / double room. Includes all ferry fares (based on car + 2 passengers).
Additional days: £50 per person.
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