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

  • Sightseeing including Edinburgh, Ullapool, Stornoway, and Inverness.
  • Small groups up to 16 passengers.

Highland Explorer Tour Includes

  • Six (6) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in Edinburgh, one (1) night in Ullapool, two (2) 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.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

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 01: 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 02: Ullapool

Make your own way to the tour departure point by 8:45 am. This tour departs promptly at 9 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 at a Highland town in the Spey Valley (lunch not included). Perhaps it's time to try haggis. After lunch, head to Loch Ness. Our driver-guide helps you attempt to catch a glimpse of Scotland's most-famously mythical monster. Corrieshalloch Gorge is a lesser-known Scottish sight, but it's one that you will love. It's a short walk under forest canopies with a lovely view of a waterfall. In the early evening, arrive in the scenic fishing port of Ullapool for your overnight stay. (B)

Day 03: Stornoway

Wake up, enjoy breakfast, and look out over Loch Broom as it glistens under the morning sky. First on the agenda today is a ferry journey across the sea.
This two and a half-hour boat trip takes us through the Summer Isles to Stornoway, the main town of the Western Isles. See dolphins and perhaps spot some wales as we sail. Once we arrived on Lewis and Harris, we head to the North West coast. Our driver-guide will make the most of what weather we have been blessed with and take us through traditional crofting towns and seaside ports. Spend the evening in Stornoway; a bustling port town and the home of Scotland's most delicious black pudding. Overnight in Stornoway. (B)

Day 04: 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. 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. Back onto the Isle of Lewis, we visit the Callanish Stone Circle. This prehistoric sight still mystifies archeologists today. A little down the road, we visit the stone fort of Dun Carloway. This structure was built before 100 A.D. and has experienced more battles than we have had hot dinners. It's a wonderful location to ponder over the vast swathes of history that have come before us. We head back to Stornoway in the late afternoon. (B)

Day 05: Inverness

Today, we travel through a landscape littered with crofting villages to Arnol Blackhouse. Here, we can experience what traditional farming life was like in these remote reaches without getting our hands too dirty. Following lunch (on your own), we head back to Stornoway where we take the ferry back to the mainland. We head straight for Inverness, Capital of the Highlands, and our final overnight stop. Overnight in Inverness. (B)

Day 06: Edinburgh

This morning, we leave Inverness and 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. We pay a visit to the Royal Lochnagar Whiskey Distillery, where you can witness the craftsmanship of the distillers who make one of Scotland's finest 12-year-old single malts. Following our distillery visit, 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. Your tour ends at Rabbies Cafe at 6 Waterloo Place in Edinburgh, where you will make your own way back to your pre-booked hotel. Overnight in Edinburgh. (B)

Day 07: Edinburgh - Home

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

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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UK Hotel

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

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

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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
  • Visitor attractions

Airfare

Unfortunately, due to the 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.