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Isle of Barra

Isle of Barra

Hebridean Odyssey

This ever popular tour is the ultimate island-hopping experience in the Outer Hebrides. This area of unspoilt natural beauty offers spectacular scenery, impressive mountain ranges and miles of golden beaches. We have worked closely with the hotels on the islands for several years and receive consistently good feedback from our clients.

Isle of Barra • Eriskay • Benbecula • Harris • Beautiful Beaches • Uist • Isle of Lewis • Callanish

Day 1 Head north with an overnight stop near Glasgow.

Day 2 Continue via the banks of Loch Lomond and Loch Awe to the coastal resort town of Oban. Arrive in Oban in time for the early afternoon Caledonian MacBrayne crossing to the Isle of Barra. Our dates of travel allow guests to arrive at the hotel in time for dinner.

Day 3 The Isle of Barra is considered by many to be the most beautiful little island in Britain. Its tranquil beaches, distinctive culture, where Gaelic is widely spoken, and an ancient history make any visit to Barra a memorable one. Today is at leisure to relax and enjoy this peaceful island. Coastal walks are available from the hotel.

Day 4 Today's island hopping will see you visit 7 islands in one day! Start with a morning crossing from Barra to Eriskay. Eriskay is famous for the Eriskay Ponies and is also the real ‘Whisky Galore' island. It was just off Eriskay, between Great Todday and Little Todday, that the S.S. Politician ran aground in 1941 with 50,000 cases of whisky aboard. The locals managed to save several hundred cases before the ship sank, providing them with a good supply of their ‘Water of Life'. Take the causeway across to South Uist, where the west coast is a continuous sandy beach while the east is dominated by mountainous peaks. Another causeway connects with Benbecula, where we have included a light lunch. The Benbecula causeway links to North Uist which is a relatively flat island covered with peat bogs, low hills and lochans. More than half the land is covered by water, making North Uist a birdwatchers' paradise. Board the late afternoon ferry for the 1 hour crossing to Harris. Travel up the west coast past numerous unspoilt, white sandy beaches and some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery in the Western Isles. The final leg of today's journey is to Lewis and the hotel in Stornoway.

Day 5 Lewis is the most northerly island of the Hebrides and the largest island of the Outer Hebrides. Lewis has a history that goes back thousands of years and ancient stone circles and standing stones can be found everywhere. On the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, at Callanish, stands the awesome collection of stone circles and rows of standing stones called the ‘Hebrides' Stonehenge'. Other sights to see on your excursion around Lewis include the moorland interior, where peat is still cut for fuel, traditional croft dwellings and Carloway Broch, one of Scotland's best preserved defensive structures dating back 2,000 years. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 6 Enjoy the morning free in Stornoway before an afternoon crossing to Ullapool on the mainland, which takes just under 3 hours. Continue to your overnight hotel, which will be detailed in your quotation letter.

Day 7 Homeward journey south today. Alternatively we can arrange for a further night near Glasgow, or the Scottish borders if required.

All tours are tailored to your requirements

Isle of Barra Beach Hotel, Barra

If ever there was a place to relax and unwind, this is it! A quiet location with lovely views and friendly atmosphere.

• 3 star standard • 40 bedrooms

• No lift (few steps down to 'ground floor' rooms)

• Car hire possible (license required)

• Coach parking

Cabarfeidh Hotel, Isle of Lewis

The highest graded full size hotel on the Isle of Lewis, offering modern facilities and accommodation.

• 4 star • 46 bedrooms • Lift

• Coach parking

Your tour includes:

• Ferry crossings as detailed in itinerary

• 1 night half board on the outbound journey

• 2 nights half board on Barra with:
Full Scottish breakfast
3 course dinner with choice and tea/coffee

• Light lunch on Benbecula

• 2 nights half board on Lewis with:
Porter service
Full Scottish breakfast
3 course dinner with choice and tea/coffee

• 1 night half board on the inbound journey

For a quotation, or to enquire about this tour, fill in our online form, send us an email or call us on 01432 277666.

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