Hebridean Island Hopping

Itinerary

This is our suggested itinerary for our Hebridean Island Hopping self-drive tour. All of our itineraries are fully flexible and we would be delighted to add additional nights, or tailor the route to match your interests. Please request this when making an enquiry

Day 1 - Oban to the Isle of Barra
Depart Oban bound for the Isle of Barra - your first Hebridean destination, and the most southerly of the inhabited islands. Spend two magical nights in Castlebay, the island's capital, which is famed for its white sandy beaches, gentle hills, machair and moorland. These combine to make Barra is a very special place indeed.
Overnight - Isle of Barra

Day 2 - Isle of Barra Sightseeing
Visit the airport - one of the most unusual in the world - with flights landing on the beach at Cockle Strand between tides. Walk along glorious beaches, cycle around the island, and visit Kisimul Castle, ancestral home of Clan MacNeil standing guard over Castlebay harbour. Barra can take your breath away with its colour, tranquility and beauty.
Overnight - Isle of Barra

Day 3 - Isle of Barra to North Uist
Hop on the ferry to Eriskay and discover the story of 'Whisky Galore', when the islanders retrieved a cargo of 250,000 bottles of whisky from a nearby shipwreck. Travel north by road over spectacular causeways through the stunning scenery of the Uists and Benbecula to your second destination in these beautiful islands.
Overnight - North Uist

Day 4 - North Uist Sightseeing
North Uist is a remarkable island - partially covered by a mixture of sea and freshwater lochs which sparkle into brilliance when the sun shines. From here visit Benbecula, Berneray and South Uist - ideal for walking, kayaking and wildlife-watching.
Overnight - North Uist

Day 5 - North Uist to Harris
Your next destination is the Isle of Harris - an island ready to exceed all expectations. Explore the lunar landscape of the Harris Hills & discover castles standing guard over deserted bays. Take a tranquil journey through time, surrounded by the most beautiful beaches imaginable, backed by the shell-sand pasture of the machair and its vivid display of spring and summer flowers.
Overnight - Isle of Harris

Day 6 - Isle of Harris Sightseeing
The mountains of North Harris contrast with the rolling moors and lochans of Lewis and offer unrivalled opportunities for hillwalkers, birdwatchers and wildlife-lovers. Explore the shimmering strands of Luskentyre beach and take a drive along the “Golden Road”, a bizarre moonscape of eroded crags and black lochans.
Overnight - Isle of Harris

Day 7 - Harris to the Isle of Lewis
Lewis is the largest and northernmost island in the Outer Hebrides. The main hub is bustling Stornoway which is by far the largest settlement in the Hebrides. The landscape and history of Lewis combine together with the hospitality of its people to provide a wonderful escape from the pressures of modern life.
Overnight - Isle of Lewis

Day 8 - Isle of Lewis Sightseeing
Crafting and fishing villages are dotted along the north-west coast of Lewis, from where archaeology buffs will make a beeline to the famous Standing Stones at Callanish, a fascinating group of nearly 50 megaliths dating from around 3,000 BC.

The west coast has brilliant beaches while much of the island is made up of peat bog, the favoured habitat of a variety of rare breeding birds. The Butt of Lewis, the northerly tip of the island, is home to many seabirds and an excellent spot for watching whales and dolphins.
Overnight - Isle of Lewis

Day 9 - Isle of Lewis to Ullapool
Depart the Hebridean Islands by ferry bound for the fishing village of Ullapool.