callanish standing stones outer hebrides scotland

Mid-Trip Extension to the Outer Hebrides

Hiking the Outer Hebrides

Overview

Cap your Scotland Private Journey with day hikes in the mountain-ringed glens and on island paths amid the wild seascapes of the Outer Hebrides.

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1-8
Scotland Private Journey Itinerary

Days 1-8 follow the Scotland Private Journey itinerary.

Day 9 (Extension Day 1)
Outer Hebrides / Harris

We head to Uig on the Isle of Skye and take the ferry across to the Outer Hebrides. These beautiful islands are one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets for walking and hiking, and are a joy to explore. We visit a Harris Tweed weaver to learn about the production of this famous island fabric, woven by hand in homes in the Outer Hebrides for centuries and made from wool dyed and spun there. Later we enjoy a walk on one of the stunning beaches. Overnight at the Harris Hotel in the harbor village of Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. Built in 1865, the hotel has been run by four generations of the same family, so you’re assured of a traditionally warm Hebridean welcome. The visitor’s books date back to 1880 and among the famous names in it is that of J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, who also took the time to etch his initials into a window pane in the dining room, which can still be seen today…BL

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Day 10 (Extension Day 2)
Hiking North Harris

North Harris is a wild and beautiful region with the highest peaks in the islands, deep glens, and wonderful wildlife including red deer and golden eagles. We’ll enjoy a hike here, easy or more challenging—your choice—and enjoy the amazing mountain and sea views. Overnight at the Harris Hotel…BL

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Day 11 (Extension Day 3)
Exploring Harris

We explore the east coast of Harris, with its many inlets and coves. Excursions include a short hike up the “wee” peak of Toe Head (1,198’), with its fantastic 360-degree summit view—if the weather cooperates, we can see all the way out to the Isle of St. Kilda. Or, walk on one of Harris’s historic “coffin roads,” dating back to medieval times. Due to the lack of deep soil on the east side of the island, people carried the coffins of the deceased to the west to be buried on the machair (grassy plain). Overnight at the Harris Hotel…BL

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Day 12 (Modified Day 9 of Scotland Private Journey itinerary)
Lewis / Inverness

Journeying north across the causeway to the Isle of Lewis, the largest of the Outer Hebrides, we visit the ethereal Callanish Standing Stones, a site that dates back to 2900 BC. There are many theories as to the origins of the stones. Some archaeologists speculate they may be the center of a much larger cross, consisting of several sites across the island group. There are no fences or barriers here, so we can get right up to the stones and feel the history in our hands. From Stornoway, the main town on Lewis, we take the ferry to Ullapool, on the mainland. From here, it’s just over an hour to Inverness. Overnight at the Kingsmills Hotel, or upgrade to the Rocpool Reserve Hotel…BL

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Day 13 (Day 10 of Scotland Private Journey itinerary)
Travel to Glasgow / Depart

After breakfast, transfer to the Glasgow Airport (three hours) for departure on homeward-bound flight. Depending on your flight times, we can stop to explore many places of interest along the way. Or, join our Edinburgh post-trip extension…B

Details

Length: 3 days
Cost From: $1795  
Arrive: Portree, Scotland
Depart: Glasgow, Scotland
Lodging: 4 nights hotels
Meals: All breakfasts included
Activity: Walking, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Day hikes, walking tours, and cultural explorations