Sat 13th - Fri 19th July
Sat 24th - Fri 30th August
This holiday offers the best of both islands to more adventurous walkers, and allows us to explore the remotest corners of Lewis and Harris.
An example itinerary is given below, though this may be changed if bad weather makes any of the walks impractical, or if the group expresses a particular wish to visit other locations.
DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN STORNOWAY
The ferry from Ullapool will arrive at approximately 8.30pm. You will be met from the ferry terminal, if wished, and taken to the comfortable guest house where we will be based for the holiday.
Those arriving on the evening ferry from Uig in Skye will arrive at 7.40pm. If you choose this option you will need to drive or take the bus to Stornoway, which takes about an hour.
DAY 2 - HUISEABHAL MHOR.
We start off in style with a fabulous walk in the Harris Hills. Although modest in height, Huiseabhal Mhor is a great little hill, providing unsurpassed views of the western Hebridean seaboard and its many off-shore islands.
DAY 3 - TOLSTA HEAD & TRAIGH MHOR
Today we visit one of the best beaches in the Hebrides, and follow this with a walk around a spectacular headland. We will encounter huge sea cliffs, natural rock arches and abundant seabirds. If the day is clear, we will also be rewarded with excellent views across the Minch to the entire north western seaboard of Scotland.
DAY 4 - NESS
Today we travel to the northern most tip of the Hebrides, to the township of Ness and the dramatic Butt of Lewis lighthouse. We will visit the old fishing harbour at Port of Ness, admire the machair flowers at Suainebost, and take a walk along the coast to see the ruins of a wonderful cliff top chapel at Filiscleitir. All the time we will be surrounded by wildlife. This is a hotspot for corncrakes, and their characteristic croaks can often be heard amongst the township's croft fields. Look out too for the very rare Great Yellow Bumblebee on the machair, young golden eagles exploring the great expanse of peatlands, and the dramatic Bonxies - the pirate birds who can scare the wits out of other birds......and unsuspecting walkers!
DAY 5 - THE TARANS
Another trip to the Harris hills, this to visit small but beautifully formed, juniper clad hills in one of the remotest parts of the island - including a visit to the atmospheric abandoned township of Garry Lotisgair.
DAY 6 - UIG, MANGERSTA & MEALAISBHAL
We finish with a day exploring the incomparable Uig area on the far west coast of Lewis. With a truly magnificent beach - even by Western Isles standards - wild headlands, atmospheric old burial grounds....and the islands' only distillery, Uig is a memorable place to visit. The day will culminate with a hike up Mealaisbhal, the largest of the Uig hills. This rocky peak provides stunning views. The whole of the west side of Lewis can be seen, right out to the remote Flannan Islands and even - if we're lucky - to the famous islands and sea stacks of the St. Kilda archipelago, some 56 miles out into the Atlantic.
DAY 7 - DEPART
Grade: Moderate. Whilst we will walk a little further and climb a bit higher, these are not strenuous holidays, and will be well suited to anyone who has ever done the odd spot of hillwalking. The only requirement is to be comfortable walking off paths at times, as they can be few and far between in the remoter corners of the islands.
What's Included: 6 nights accommodation, 5 days walking. Full board at local quality guest houses, with full Scottish Breakfast, packed lunches and home cooked evening meals.
All transport during the holiday, and the services of a qualified and experienced Mountain Leader.
What's Not Included: Transport to and from Stornoway, including ferry fares. These can be arranged for you and will be charged at cost price. (We prefer to let people choose their own way to get to the islands, to maximise people's choice of how to travel. However, whether you prefer to bring your own car, to catch the bus or take a flight, we can help arrange your travel for you).
Harris & Lewis Wild Walks
For those liking a bit more adventure, this week of walking will take you further into the hidden corners of Lewis and Harris. Venturing well off the beaten track you will discover secret beaches, stunning cliff top walks, rocky summits and fantastic remote archaeology - as well as the diverse wildlife for which the islands are famous.