The unspoilt Western Isles of Scotland have a unique distinct appeal and many say it is the most relaxing holiday you can have. The islands are like a cluster of jewels strung together; although each island in the chain is different, they share splendid scenery, remarkable wildlife and a proud history.
We visit the mainly Gaelic speaking Island of Barra, which is small and romantic. Barra's past brings you Norse legend, fierce fighting and Celtic mystery, while the present holds all the promise of a wonderful break with beautiful beaches, soaring hills, deserted roads and the warmest of welcomes. We also visit Lewis the most North Westerly tip of Britain; it has some great historical monuments such as the standing stones of Callanish.
A popular touring holiday not to be missed...
The 3 star Columbia Hotel sits on Oban's North Pier overlooking the scenic islands and Oban Bay, offering fantastic accommodation and views. Dine in the Victorian splendour of the Alba Restaurant whilst watching the boats sail by. All bedrooms are en suite with TV, telephone, tea making facilities, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and W-Fi. There is a lift.
The 3 star Isle of Barra Beach Hotel is in a quiet location with lovely views and a friendly atmosphere. If ever there was a place to relax and unwind, this is it! All bedrooms are en suite with TV, tea making facilities, hairdryer and Wi-Fi. There is no lift and there are a few steps down to ground floor rooms.
The 3 star Caberfeidh Hotel is a pleasant modern hotel with a 'laid back' atmosphere. It is set on the outskirts of Stornoway in its own 8 acres of attractive gardens, overlooking Lewis Castle grounds and the town's 18 hole golf course. The manor restaurant has an excellent reputation for first class food. All bedrooms are en suite with TV, telephone, tea making facilities, hairdryer, trouser press and Wi-Fi. There is a lift.
The 3 star Royal Hotel occupies a prestigious position on the main route into Ullapool, enjoying views across Loch Broom and the mountains beyond. All bedrooms are en suite with TV, telephone, tea making facilities, hairdryer and Wi-Fi. There is no lift, but some ground floor rooms are available.
We journey north via the main roads and motorways to Oban for overnight half board accommodation at the Columba Hotel.
We enjoy a free morning in Oban before boarding our 13.40 sailing to Castle Bay on the Isle of Barra. Enjoy your cruise through the Sound of Mull as we continue to Isle of Barra and the Beach Hotel for 2 nights half board accommodation.
A day of relaxation on the tiny and peaceful Island of Barra. You can visit the heritage centre that holds many fascinating exhibits and photographs documenting the history of the island. Keen walkers may like to walk the 12-mile circuit of the island or this can be done by local mini coach.
More stunning scenery today as we board the morning ferry from Barra to the Isle of Eriskay, linked to South Uist by a causeway. We continue north, passing Flora Macdonald's cottage where she hid Bonnie Prince Charlie, then from South Uist to the Isle of Benbecula, where we will have an included soup & sandwich lunch. Onward via North Uist, we then board the afternoon ferry from Berneray to Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris. The final leg is to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis staying for 2 nights half board accommodation at the Caberfeidh Hotel.
A full day guided tour that will bring to life the 'Celtic Culture' and heritage of the Isle of Lewis. We include visits to the lighthouse, the trushal stone and the standing stones of Callanish.
Morning free in Stornoway, the largest town in the Western Isles, then we board our ferry for an afternoon cruise to Ullapool. We disembark and travel to The Royal Hotel for our overnight half board accommodation.
We travel home via the main roads and motorways. Arrive home early evening.
6 nights dinner, bed & breakfast plus one included lunch, Luxury coach with onboard toilet & facilities, Service of experienced tour driver, Ferry travel, Guided tour of Isle of Lewis.
Excursions - excluding any admission fees.
Please Note: This is quite a demanding touring holiday, with several hotels and ferries being used. Two of the hotels have no lift; please decide if this holiday will be suitable for you before booking.
DEPOSIT: £60.00 per person
Single supplement: £140.00