- Explore the extraordinary Callanish standing stones on Lewis, more than 5,000 years old and rivalling Stonehenge in importance
- Visit the Harris Eagle Observatory and scan the skies for the rare and beautiful Golden Eagles which make the island their home
- Learn about the history of the Macdonald clan on Skye and visit the ruins of a castle where Flora Macdonald, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape to the island was married more than 250 years ago
- Enjoy an evening of traditional Scottish food and music and get some tips on the Gaelic language.
- Stay in a 17th century former hunting lodge, still owned by the high chief of the Macdonald clan
The procession of islands, islets and reefs that form the remote Western Isles, off Scotlands northwest coast boasts some of the most wild, beautiful and contrasting landscapes in Britain.
Turbulent seas boil around dramatic coastlines and here hardy islanders still pursue the age-old activities of crofting, fishing and weaving.
Each Hebridean island retains its own special character, from Lewis heather-blanketed rolling moorland with its scattering of small grey cottages to Harris, land of high mountains, with an interior moon-like landscape.
On Skye the stark rise of the jagged Cuillin ridge drops to a surprising soft sand beach. Here, it seems, time has stood still and the splendid isolation means that wildlife and nature have been able to flourish.
We discover mysterious ancient stones, learn some Gaelic, sample a dram or two of whisky, scour the skies for elusive Golden Eagles, and learn about the bloody history of this part of Scotland, which sent so many islanders to the New World to forge a new life.
Sunday Overnight: Borve House Hotel
Monday Overnight: Borve House Hotel
Tuesday Overnight: Harris Hotel
Wednesday Overnight: Harris Hotel
Thursday Overnight: Duisdale House Hotel
Friday Overnight: Duisdale House Hotel
(Single Supplement $565.00)
Departure: Mallaig (onward train travel from Mallaig to Glasgow Queen Street Rail Station also included)
Hotels - Where we stay
Borve House Hotel
Situated in an idyllic location on the stunning west coast of the Isle of Lewis, the Borve House offers elegant and modern accommodation, with a traditional island welcome. The nine comfortable bedrooms offer state-of-the-art TV's with national and international TV and radio stations, WiFi internet access and tea and coffee making facilities. The well-stocked bars offer a range of local and international beers, wines and a tempting selection of malt and blended whiskies from throughout Scotland. Award winning Head Chef Alan MacRitchie uses the finest local produce to deliver a range of classic and creative dishes in the restaurant.
A warm welcome awaits you at this well-established hotel, which has been family owned and run for more than 100 years. Harris Hotel was built in 1865 by the 7th Earl of Dunmore, and was originally called the Tarbert Hotel. At the time, he owned the North Harris Estate and built the hotel as a "sporting retreat" for anglers. The original visitor books, stretching back to the 1880s, are still kept on the premises, and show a number of famous guests have stayed here over the last three centuries. J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, signed the visitor book in 1912, then at the height of his fame as a playwright. He even took the time to etch his initials on the dining room window, which can still be seen today. All rooms have flat-screen televisions, hair dryers and hot drinks tray. The downstairs areas have free WiFi access for mobile devices. The menu offers an extensive choice of dishes using the freshest of local ingredients, including fresh fish, shellfish, lamb, beef and venison served with a modern and contemporary flair.
Duisdale House Hotel
Surrounded by extensive gardens and the historic Duisdale Forest, Duisdale House Hotel stands on a hillside on the beautiful Isle of Skye, with panoramic views across the Sound of Sleat at the islands southern tip.
Built in 1865 as a Hunting Lodge, Duisdale House provides a peaceful place to stay. The hotels period features have been lovingly refurbished to make the most of the buildings character while ensuring modern comforts. Most rooms have captivating views over the mature gardens and forest and some have mountain views. All are en-suite with elegant, contemporary dcor. Facilities include TV, wifi, hairdryer and a hospitality tray.
Guests are free to walk in the 30 acres of forest surrounding the hotel and can enjoy the outdoor hot tub, which is available exclusively for residents. This 4-star hotel was named Scotlands Independent Hotel of the Year (Catering in Scotland Awards, 2015) and the restaurant has been awarded two AA rosettes. ,
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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation
- Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
- A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
- Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
- Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
- Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
- All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
- Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
- First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
- All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
- Wine with dinner
- On-trail snacks and refreshments
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants