Skye, Outer Hebrides & NW Highlands

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  • Journey from Loch Ness to the wild and remote NW
  • Look out for whales and dolphins en route to the Outer Hebrides
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Skye's Cuillin Ridge
  • Wander the white-sand beaches of Harris
  • Marvel at the ingenuity of Stone Age man at Callanish on Lewis
Discover Scotland’s remote North West on this drive & hike tour. From the shores of Loch Ness travel across to Skye and the Outer Hebrides and explore the rugged landscape of the North West Highlands. Follow the roads and trails less travelled on this voyage into the far reaches of Scotland. Drive from the thriving city of Inverness along the banks of Loch Ness, passing Castle Urquhart en route to Skye. Stop and admire Eilean Donan Castle and cross the Skye Bridge to overnight in the pretty harbour town of Portree. Walk the Fairy Pools circuit in the Cuillin mountains and explore the iconic Old Man of Storr as you head to Uig for the ferry to the Outer Hebrides. Watch out for dolphins and whales as you sail across the Minch to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. Perhaps visit the famed Harris Tweed factory or head straight out to explore the Isle of Scalpay. Drive north to explore the iconic 5000 year old Callanish Stone Circle on the Isle of Lewis. Overnight in Borve near wide white sand beaches and then journey to the Butt of Lewis and its bird-filled cliffs at the Hebrides’ most northerly point. Take the afternoon ferry across to the mainland to overnight in the port of Ullapool. Suitably rested, drive north into the wild north west Sutherland region. Head to the top of Scotland across the flow country to Durness and Bettyhill on the north coast with an optional visit and walk en route to the island wildlife reserve of Handa. Moving onward perhaps tick off John O’Groats and head south via the moors and peaks to arrive in Inverness for the final night. If time permits explore the battle field of Culloden or take a boat trip out in the Moray Firth to spot dolphins. Our Skye, Outer Hebrides & North West Highlands drive & hike tour includes 7 nights hand-picked accommodation in high quality B&B’s, country inns, and guesthouses with breakfast included, ferry crossings between Uig and Tarbert and from Stornoway to Ullapool (car and passengers), route notes, detailed maps, a pre-departure information pack and 24-7 emergency support are all part of the package.
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What To Expect

If you want to get out and about on foot and explore the remote Scottish Highlands and Islands, and also enjoy scenic driving with stops en route, then this tour will tick all the boxes. Visit wild and remote areas with the freedom of your own car, with plenty of suggestions for daily walks.

Tour Style:

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

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 Travelers, Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Spiritual Journeys
  • Wildlife
  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

This trip is graded easy to moderate. The trails follows footpaths, coastal trails, bridleways, open fields and some minor roads. The walks may involve some relatively steep ascent and descents and days of up to 8 miles walking. 

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 guidebook, and route notes with detailed maps so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way.

Accommodations

Included in your trip are 7 nights in rooms with private facilities, in carefully selected accommodation in 3 star B&B’s, guesthouses and small hotels. We book en suite rooms as standard. If there are no en suite rooms available in an overnight location, we may book a room with shared facilities, but we would always inform you in advance if this was the case.

Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This holiday is available to solo walkers, although a solo walker supplement is payable (due to the fact that you are not splitting the cost of the room with another person). If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate your request, although it is not generallypossible to secure more than three single rooms in a party. A single supplement is payable.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning while lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Your accommodation will often be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival and paid for locally, alternatively your guidebook also includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your info pack will of course have suggestions.

Included
  • 7 Nights in country hotels, inns and B&B’s
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Ferry crossings as listed in the itinerary
  • Information pack and route notes with maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Inverness
  • Car hire (we can arrange car rental if required)
  • Ferry crossing to the Island of Handa (payable locally)
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks & drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Car hire (we can arrange car rental if required)

When To Go

Please note that Skye is exceptionally popular throughout the Summer months.  As a result it may be necessary to book upgraded accommodations to accommodate your dates.  Your specialist will inform you of this prior to confirming your booking and advise of any supplement payable.

We offer this trip between the beginning of April and the beginning of October. In our opinion there is no bad time for walking in Scotland but would especially recommend the spring and autumn.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Inverness Airport is served by flights from throughout Scotland and the UK as well as several European destinations. For international travellers Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports are are the most convenient.

By Train: Inverness is easily accessible by rail from Glasgow (3hr 20mins) or Edinburgh (3hr 30mins) and from connecting destinations throughout the UK. Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for timetables and tickets.

By Coach: Scottish Citylink operates several services daily from Edinburgh and Glasgow to Inverness. Visit www.citylink.co.uk for details.

By Car: Inverness is 170miles (3 hours) north of Glasgow on the A9. Parking (not secure) is available in Inverness. You can leave your car at some accommodation we use in Inverness but please request this at the time of booking.

Journey Planning: If travelling by public transport the website www.travelinescotland.com has an excellent journey planner.

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.

Ferry Timetable Limitations

Please note that if you opt to begin the trip on a Mon, Wed, Fri or Sat the Uig to Tarbert ferry on Day 3 has no morning departures. Depending on the daylight hours available when you are travelling this may affect whether you are able to do the recommended Scalpay Walk on arriving in Harris after the ferry journey.

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 Arrive Inverness Day 2 Drive to Portree, Fairy Pools Walk 5 miles / 8 km Day 3 Explore Skye and sail to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris 6 miles / 10 km Day 4 Drive to Borve, Isle of Lewis. Callanish Stones Walk 2.5 miles / 4 km Day 5 Butt of Lewis Walk. Drive to Stornoway for ferry to Ullapool 4 miles / 6.5 km Day 6 Drive to Durness. Handa Island Walk 4 miles / 6.5 km Day 7 Travel to Inverness via Lairg or John O’Groats 3.5 miles / 5 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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