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Outer Hebrides Island Hopscotch

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.6 Read 17 reviews
  • Wander the white sand beaches and wild flower strewn dunes of Barra
  • Discover the "sea of land and land of lochs" that are the Uists
  • Look out for soaring sea eagles and otters by the shore
  • Drive quiet roads through the rugged landscape of Harris
  • Walk between the ancient standing stones of Callanish on Lewis
Explore the stunning and remote 130 mile chain of Islands that stretch along the North Western Coast of Scotland on this fantastic drive-hike 'Hebridean Hopscotch' adventure. Follow the route by car and ferry with daily walks through a mosaic of differing landscapes. The trip comprises 6 full days and 7 nights travelling from rugged compact Barra in the far South through to the exposed ’Butt of Lewis’ jutting out into the North Atlantic. There is no set itinerary, you may choose where and when you walk, but we provide you with suggested options for each day. This trip is suitable for those with use of a car as there is little public transport and many of the walks are remote. Pass through changing scenery as you move between the islands, and enjoy the indigenous flora and fauna, perfectly adapted to this wildly beautiful region of Scotland. Glorious white sand beaches border the dramatic hills and moorlands cover the land providing an atmosphere of solitude and tranquility for the discerning walker. The natural splendour is in perfect harmony with the ancient historical wonders adorning the islands. The trip includes your ferry crossings from Oban, on the Scottish mainland, to the Isle of Barra, the ferries as per the itinerary through the islands up to Lewis, and finally from Stornoway to Ullapool on the mainland. Each night you will be accommodated in B&Bs and guest houses on a bed and breakfast basis. Car hire is not included but if you wish we can book this as an additional option.
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What To Expect

This trip allows you to travel throughout the Western Isles, staying in the comfortable accommodation on offer. Each day we make suggestions or you can choose your own walks and undertake them your own pace. This allows you to enjoy the wildlife and spectacular landscapes that make this area so special.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Drive & Hike | Enjoy the best of a large region by car and on foot. Day hikes in the best places. Itinerary usually inn to inn, with mapping provided. No bag transfer. Car hire offered as an option or included.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wildlife
  • Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

  • Most Popular
  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded easy to moderate. The trails follows footpaths, bridleways, coastal trails, open fields and some minor roads. The walks may involve some relatively steep ascent and descents and days of up to 7 miles / 11 km walking. Paths in the Outer Hebrides are often not well-sgnposted so some navigation skills are needed. We have choosen popular walks in the regions to most routes will be easy to follow.

Navigation

Most of the route and walks are not way marked so you should be able to read a map and follow route descriptions closely. We supply a walking guidebook with route descriptions so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way. 

Accommodation Information

We specifically choose the guesthouses to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and a hearty breakfast.

Single Rooms

This self-guided drive and hike holiday is available to solo walkers. If you require single rooms in your party we will, of course, try to accommodate your request, subject to availability and at a supplement.

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Your info pack and route notes include details of local shops and convenient lunch stops along the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants. The Hebrides are still a remote place to travel to and some towns, in particular, observe the Sabbath - this means that many shops and restaurants can be closed on a Sunday.  We recommend buying picnic lunches/snacks and checking your dinner options ahead of time to avoid disappointment. On Sundays booking dinner is usually essential. 

Included
  • 7 Nights in hand-picked B&B's, guest houses & small hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Information pack, guidebook, route notes and road map
  • Ferry crossings as per itinerary (1 car per booking included as standard)
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Oban and back from Ullapool
  • Fuel costs
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks & drinks
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Personal equipment
  • Car hire - we can arrange this for you if required
Extras
  • Additional nights at each location on the itinerary
  • Car hire - we can arrange this for you if required
  • Pre-tour accommodation in Oban
  • Post-tour accommodation in Ullapool

When To Go

We offer this trip between the March and October. In our opinion there is no bad time for walking on the Outer Hebrides but would especially recommend the spring and autumn when the roads are slightl quieter.

A note on departure dates in the shoulder season: Limited ferry timetables for the Oban to Castlebay route in March and from mid-October mean that it's not possible to begin the trip on Thursdays or Saturdays. 

Getting to the Start

Your trip includes ferry crossings from Oban on the mainland to Barra, crossings to South Uist, Harris and from Stornoway in Lewis to Ullapool on the Scottish mainland. Times may be seen on the Calmac ferry website  http://www.calmac.co.uk/.

Getting from the End

Your ferry to Ullapool is included in your trip.

General Information

The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Phone Reception

Mobile phone signal varies depending on network provider and you'll frequestly be without internet signal. However, if making an emergency call your phone will connect through any available network provider.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Ferry from Oban to Barra Day 2 Walking on Barra 4 miles / 6 km Day 3 Depart Barra by ferry for South Uist and overnight 3 miles / 5 km Day 4 Walking on the Uists and overnight North Uist 4 miles / 6 km Day 5 Depart North Uist by ferry for Harris and overnight 3 miles / 5 km Day 6 Walking on Harris and Lewis and overnight Lewis 2.5 miles / 4 km Day 7 Walking on Lewis and overnight 7 miles / 11 km Day 8 Depart Lewis by ferry for Ullapool and onward travel

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