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Outer Hebrides and the Scottish Highlands

Journey to the edges of Scotland to experience the epic landscapes, wonderful traditions, and ancient relics of the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

Outer Hebrides and the Scottish Highlands

Journey to the edges of Scotland to experience the epic landscapes, wonderful traditions, and ancient relics of the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

Tour Highlights

  • Cathedrals, UNESCO Heritage Sites, Waterfalls, mountains, Lochs, beaches, pre-historic sites, and ferry crossings
  • Sightseeing including Dunkeld, Rogie Falls, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Ullapool, Stornoway, the Butt of Lewis, Arnol Blackhouse,  Isle of Harris, Callanish Stone Circle, Dun Carloway Broch and Loch Ness, Royal Deeside, Braemar and Scone Palace.
  • Small groups up to 16 passengers.
    (*maximum of 8 participants can be booked on any one departure with Celtic Tours. If more than 8, the tour must be private and the price will be affected)

Highland Explorer Tour Includes**

  • Six (6) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in Edinburgh, three (3) nights in Stornoway, and one (1) night in Inverness. 
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Six (6) days of custom touring.
  • New for 2023: Admission to Arnol Blackhouse.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

    **Please note: Itinerary subject to changes based on weather conditions and other external factors, including specific interests of group.

Additional Notes

Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to size of coach there is a luggage restriction of 14kg (31 Ibs) of luggage per person on this tour. This includes one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small personal bag.

A maximum of 8 passengers per departure date can be booked on this tour due to limitations of the coach size. If you have a larger party and/or wish to have a group booked on this tour, please contact us directly, as it will have to be quoted as a private group and rates here do not apply.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Edinburgh

Arrive Edinburgh. Transfer to your hotel is included. You are free to enjoy this beautiful city on your own. (Please note: hotel check-in is generally between 2 pm and 4 pm. If you are arriving into Edinburgh early - the hotel will be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 2 | Dunkeld to Ullapool to Stornoway

Make your own way to the tour departure point by 8:15 am. This tour departs promptly at 8:30 am. (If you had purchased a departure point transfer, your driver will collect you at the time noted on your transfer voucher.) Depart the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh and journey past the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Forth Rail Bridge, and travel into the Highlands. Our first stop of the day is in the village of Dunkeld. There's time here to stretch our legs and admire the cathedral's unusual mixture of architectural styles. We venture through the shadows of the great and gorgeous Grampian Mountains, and stop for lunch in the charming town of Aviemore (lunch not included).  After lunch, we drive out to Rogie Falls and take a short walk out to see this lovely sight. Then it is on to Corrieshalloch Gorge, a lesser-known Scottish sight, but one that you will love. It's a short walk under forest canopies with a lovely view of a waterfall. Then you’re off to Ullapool for a short visit before you jump on the ferry. This two and a half-hour boat trip takes you through the Summer Isles to Stornoway, the main town of the Western Isles, where you will be spending the night.  (B)

Day 3 | Stornoway

 After your breakfast, head off to the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Hold onto your beanies, as this headland spot is known as one of the windiest locations in the United Kingdom. You’ll continue to explore the island as your driver-guide makes the most of what weather you’ve been blessed with, taking you through traditional crofting towns and seaside ports. Beach fans will love walking the beach at Port of Ness, and history buffs will adore Arnol Blackhouse. Here, you can experience what traditional farming life was like in these remote reaches without getting your hands too dirty. After lunch in Stornoway, you’ll explore the west side of Lewis out to Uig Bay, before returning to Stornoway for the night. Don’t forget this port town is home to Scotland’s most delicious black pudding – so why not give it a try?  Overnight in Stornoway. (B)

Day 4 | Stornoway

A dramatically beautiful day in the region of Harris. Harris boasts the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and one of the most beautiful white-sandy beaches in Britain, Luskentyre. The area is also famous for Harris Tweed and myths that are as strange as they are poignant. Sate your appetite for shopping with a visit to the Clo Mor Harris Tweed Centre. After a morning of exploring the dramatic landscapes, we stop for lunch (not included). Depending on the weather, we may even enjoy our lunch on the beach, so don't forget to pack your sunglasses. We head back to Stornoway in the late afternoon. (B)

Day 5 | Inverness

First up today is a visit to the Callanish Stone Circle, so prepare yourselves for the possibility of time travel. This prehistoric sight still mystifies archeologists today.  We continue our exploration with Dun Carloway Broch – these unique ruins sit atop a mound of rock on the Isle of Lewis. Following lunch in Stornoway, we’ll jump back on the ferry to the mainland. We head straight for Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands and our final overnight stop.  Overnight in Inverness. (B)

Day 6 | Edinburgh

This morning, we leave Inverness and head along the shores of Loch Ness. Get your cameras ready just in case Nessie decides to make an appearance. Next we  head for Tominoul, the highest village in the Highlands. Sitting on north side of the Cairngorm National Park, with its central square and 18th century buildings, Tomintoul is a fine example of a planned village. Next, we head into Royal Deeside, the great valley of the River Dee that runs all the way from the sweeping mountains to the Aberdeenshire coast. Next, it's time to relax over a leisurely lunch in the charming village of Braemar in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. This beautiful and remote village feels like the Highlands of a bygone era. Set amongst majestic mountains, peat colored rivers, and cool dark forests, it's easy to see why the British Royal Family have made this area their favorite summer retreat. From here, the route south passes over Scotland's highest mountain pass, through Highland Perthshire before stopping at Scone Palace, the home of Scotland's legendary Coronation Stone, better known as the Stone of Destiny. It's a short journey back to Edinburgh from here, arriving at approximately 6:30 pm, where you will make your own way back to your pre-booked hotel. Overnight in Edinburgh. (B)

Day 7 | Edinburgh - Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your return flight to the US.


**Please note: Itinerary subject to changes based on weather conditions and other external factors.

Rates & Hotels

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Outer Hebrides & the Scottish Highlands 5-days of touring - Based on B&B, plus 2 nights Edinburgh (pre/post)
Outer Hebrides & the Scottish Highlands 5-days of touring - Based on Hotels, plus 2 nights Edinburgh (pre/post)

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

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    Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

UK Hotel

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Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

Edinburgh -

Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

Discount rate applies to children aged 5-15 years. Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 5.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Additional visitor attractions not noted on itinerary 

    **Please note: Itinerary subject to changes based on weather conditions and other external factors.

Airfare

Airfare can be booked in conjunction with this tour. Airfare is instant purchase and non-refundable
 

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in Edinburgh. Please book your air one day before to accommodate overnight flights.

Tour Guarantee

Although our UK tours are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers, it does not mean a date is guaranteed until we check with the Edinburgh office. Although we get regular updates, a tour can sell out and we may not yet have it noted above. We must first advise of a guarantee before airfare is booked and ticketed. Thank you.