Drive & Hike: Outer Hebrides & Highlands

11 Days & 10 Nights
  • Exploring the Outer Hebrides, on the edge of Europe.
  • Enjoying freshly caught seafood on the pier in Ullapool.
  • Miles of empty white beaches to walk.
  • Ancient standing stones, blackhouses and brochs.
  • Choose from a variety of great walks each day.
The Outer Hebrides, lying on the edge of Europe, are a unique destination. Ancient standing stones, waves crashing onto miles of white sandy beaches, white cottages scattered across the windswept moors and tiny islands begging to be explored. This drive and hike tour takes you on a journey connecting the highlights of the Outer Hebrides with the very best walks on the islands. Each is different and may feature wildlife, solitude, crashing waves, history, ancient cultures or something completely different. Do something special and visit the Outer Hebrides!

What To Expect

Mysterious ancient standing stones emerging from the peat, deserted beaches, crashing waves, juicy fresh-caught langoustines, island hopping ferries, dolphins leaping from the sea, and bracing walks on deserted Scottish Islands. Get away from it all and discover the Hebrides.

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, Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wildlife
  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island

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Activity Level & Terrain

This holiday is graded easy to moderate overall. We offer a choice of walks each day so can choose to do as much or little as you wish.

We offer a choice of walks so you can choose to do as much or little as you wish. The suggested walks are not way marked and certain sections may follow indistinct trails across boggy, rough and remote ground.

Navigation

We supply a detailed road book including walk descriptions, driving directions, maps, places to see and personal recommendations.

The route comprises of hill and mountain tracks, riverside trails, minor roads and highland paths. A Road Atlas is provided with your booking so that you can easily find your way on Scotland’s roads and highways.

Accommodations

You will stay in carefully chosen small 3 star hotels and inns and 3 and 4 star guest houses and B&B’s. We regularly use the following properties but may accommodate you elsewhere if these are unavailable. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early, especially in high season.

Single Rooms

This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as all our tours are priced per person based on two sharing there is a single supplement payable to cover the additional costs we incur. If you require single rooms within your party we will, of course, try to accommodate your request subject to availability.

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 be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival, 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.

Additional Nights

Many of our clients choose to add extra nights on the tour and these can be added at the time of booking.

You will find descriptions, photos and weblinks to a selection of the accommodation below.

Included
  • 10 Nights in 3 & 4* B&B's and guesthouses
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • Ferries listed in the itinerary
  • Information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Glasgow / Scotland
  • Car hire
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks & drinks
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Car hire
  • Additional nights

When To Go

Summer Season (end of March to end Oct)

For the summer season the sailings to Lochboisedale on South Uist are from Mallaig, and you can arrive any day of the week as ferries operate every day.

Winter Season (end Oct to end of March)

For the winter season the sailings to Lochboisedale on South Uist are from Oban, and arrival days are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as the ferry only runs four times a week. 

Time of Year

The best time of year to visit Scotland is from early-April to mid-October when the weather is best, most attractions are open and the days are long. Ferries operate less frequently in winter and arrival days may be different. The weather is very unpredictable all year, so it is imperative to be prepared for wind, rain, cold, warmth and sunshine! Conditions (and forecasts) can vary substantially from one day to the next, so do anticipate a variety of weathers, and embrace them as the Scots do (with a good waterproof and windproof jacket on).

Getting to the Start

Getting to Oban

By Air: Inverness and Glasgow Airports are the most convenient. Edinburgh or Aberdeen are also an option.

Traveline Scotland has a fantastic website for looking up public transportation and timetables.

Car Hire: Car hire is available as an optional extra. Collection and drop-off available in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen.

Getting from the End

Returning from Ullapool, distances by road are as follows: Glasgow (230 miles), Inverness (57 miles), Edinburgh (235 miles), Aberdeen (158 miles).

General Information

The distances 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.

Equipment

Car hire is not included as standard in your arrangements. You can either bring your own vehicle, or we can provide you with arrangements at an additional supplement.

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 Glasgow to Mallaig/Oban Day 2 Ferry to South Uist Day 3 South Uist Day 4 Benbecula and North Uist Day 5 Isle of Harris Day 6 Isle of Harris Day 7 Isle of Lewis Day 8 Isle of Lewis Day 9 Ullapool Day 10 Ullapool Day 11 Onward Travel

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