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Outer Hebrides Tour

Outer Hebrides Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Best Traditional Hotels

Start Date: 4 Nights / 5 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

Within a few hours of the mainland are the spectacular and peaceful Outer Herbrides. As one the world's most remote areas they offer a sanctuary and escape from the hastle of modern life.

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This tour travels out from Oban across to the southern islands of the Outer Hebrides and then island hops north to end on the largest of the islands, Lewis. Weather and tides permitting, there would be the chance to visit the World Heritage Site of St Kilda.

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Itinerary

Oban to Barra

Oban to Barra

The ferry from Oban arrives in the far flung island of BARRA. This is a typical place of the outer Hebrides with a strong association with the MacNeil clan. At Castlebay the clan’s castle KISIMUL, sits majestically on a rock accessible by boat. Built in the C12th, the castle was rebuilt in the C20th and features a great hall, dungeon and tower. Barra is especially noted for wildlife and flowers owing due to the richness of the soil and the warm waters. The highest point is 1265 feet and the rugged mountains are subject to atmospheric sea mists and fog. Castlebay is the largest town.

Barra to Uists

Barra to Uists

A short ferry trip takes us the island group of the UISTS and BENBECULA. This set of islands are 50 miles long and have wonderful beaches open to the Atlantic waves. The wildlife and nature reserves provide havens for many rare species of both floura and fauna. In the far north of the islands, the Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum tells the social history of the Uists in over 2000 photographs. The ferry across to the biggest islands in the Hebrides takes about 40 minutes.

St Kilda

St Kilda

ST KILDA sites on the edge of the Atlantic shelf, 110 miles from the Scottish mainland and is the most remote part of Britain. It was occupied about 4000 years ago and existed in total isolation until the mid C19th when the island became a tourist attraction. The islander’s main food was seabirds and as a consequence the islanders were great rock climbers. The island was evacuated in 1930 and there are no permanent residents on the island today. The islands are a National Nature Reserve – it is one of Europe’s most important sea bird colonies, and a World Heritage Site. The ferry is nearly three hours – each way.

Harris and Lewis

Harris and Lewis

HARRIS and LEWIS form the main islands of the Hebrides. Harris means high ground in Norse and much of the terrain is rough and mountainous – the highest point is over 2500 feet. But the island is also has miles of wonderful sandy beaches on the Atlantic side. Lewis is home to the only large town in the whole island group, STORNOWAY with a population of 6000. This is a vibrant place with lively pubs and weekend ceilidhs. We will tour the town before our last stop of the day is LEWIS CASTLE. The grounds is an extensive mixed woodland planted in the mid C19th and now owned by the community.

Lewis

Lewis

You will see the true flavour of the island with outlying crofts and quiet beaches. Daily life in a croft can be experienced at the ARNOL BLACKHOUSE - a fully furnished house dating from the early C20th. Lewis has some of the finest pre-historic monuments. The CALLANISH Standing Stones date back 5000 years and consist of a central ring of 13 stones and a tall megalith in the centre surrounded by 35 smaller stones. The complex forms a criss-cross shape. Harris is famous for TWEED and our last stop is the Lewis Loon Centre, devoted to all the process involved in turning raw wool into the famous cloth.


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