Drive the full length of Loch Ness, see Cairngorms National park and the stunning Glen Coe, and pass Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.
- Adult ages 16-59
- Child aged 3 to 15 inclusive
- Senior Seniors(s) 60yrs+ / Students
Visit the Isle of Lewis & Harris
Spectacular highland scenery is followed by a visit to the Isle of Lewis and Harris. Features visits to the ancient Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch, an exceptionally well-preserved Iron Age structure.
- Dunrobin Castle: The jewel in the crown of the Highlands
- Butt of Lewis Lighthouse: The windiest place in the UK
- Callanish Standing Stones: & Carloway Broch Pre-historic Sites
- Corrieshalloch Gorge: Spectacular viewing platform
The journey north begins…
The first day of the tour takes you north to Dunrobin Castle*, the jewel in the crown of the Highlands and the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses. This castle is the largest of the castles in the Northern Highlands with over 150 rooms; it’s also the home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. Spend some time exploring and learning the history, or you can also enjoy a falconry display* and a walk through its beautiful gardens.
Marvel at one of the world’s greatest geological mysteries…
Leaving Dunrobin Castle behind, we’ll head to the Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve and learn about one of the oldest landscapes in Europe. The Knockan Crag was formed by Moine Thrust, the force of two continents crashing together, an amazing story in history and step in science to have been discovered. Our journey through the Sutherland area will then take us to the beautiful seaside town of Ullapool, perched on the shores of Lochbroom. Known to be one of the gateways to the Northern Highlands, Ullapool is one of the least spoilt natural environments in the UK, making it a perfect base to explore from and also the perfect location to catch the ferry over to Stornoway. Stornoway is the largest settlement in the Western Isles and your base for exploring the Isle of Lewis and Harris.
Ancient history and traditional tweed…
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we head out exploring the island. Our first stop of the day will be a visit to Arnol Black Houses, a traditional tweed weaver to find out more about Harris Tweed cloth. The cloth was manufactured entirely by hand for domestic and local use in the Western Isle of Scotland many years before the industrial revolution reached Scotland. Harris Tweed was one of the fabrics that were handcrafted by those who lived on the island, created with their own wool.
A visit to the Iron Age Broch…
Leaving this craft behind, we’ll then head to Carloway Broch, the exceptionally well-preserved Iron Age structure located above Loch an Duin. This broch is one of the most well preserved in the Hebrides and is thought to be over 2000 years old. At nearly 9 metres high and 15 metres wide, a broch is a resilient structure often used as a method of defense and we definitely understand why!
The ancient standing stones and a bite to eat…
Our next historic stop of the day is the ancient Callanish Standing Stones, one of the most iconic places on the island. Here you’ll have time to explore the stones and find out their full history in the visitor centre. The site of these impressive stones will also be our lunch stop for the day.
An afternoon of beauty and history…
Our afternoon will take us for a stroll along what is arguably Harris’ most beautiful beach, Luskentyre, the perfect setting of the BBC’s Castaway. From here, we’ll head to the most southerly point of the island and take a visit to the Rodel Church, the ancient burial ground of the MacLeod family. The Stunning St Clements Church has been praised as the grandest medieval building in the Western Isles, and it is very easy to see why. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the church and its grounds before we head around the Golden Road on our return to Stornoway.
Castaways and coastal splendour…
To begin our final day, we’ll head to the far north of the island to visit the Butt of Lewis lighthouse, the windiest place in the UK. Built in 1862 by the Stevenson brothers, the tower rises to an impressive 121 feet (37 metres). Built in red brick, this lighthouse is very different from most other lighthouses. We’ll head back to Stornoway for a bite to eat, boarding the ferry and making our way back to the mainland. Safely back onto the mainland, we’ll make our way back to Inverness.
Q. How does our accommodation booking service work?
We can book your accommodation for you, or you can choose to book your own, as long as it is centrally located at the overnight stop location. Your driver-guide will drop you off and pick you up from the accommodation and you will pay direct to your hosts.
Q. How much will the accommodation cost?
Accommodation is not included in the tour price, below is an estimate of the costs per bed or room night.
- Hostel: Shared rooms from £18 to £28 per single bed per night
- Bed & Breakfast: From £80 – £110 per room per night
- Bed & Breakfast Ensuite: From £110 – £150 per room per night
- Hotel: From £150+ per room per night
- Ensuite: This means you will have your own private bathroom/toilet/shower
All accommodation costs depend on availability and season – so it may be more or less than estimated above. Also, please be advised that many smaller accommodation providers only accept cash payments, and do not accept debit/credit cards as method of payment.
Q. If I wish to book my own accommodation is there anything I need to know?
Once you’ve booked your accommodation, you’ll need to contact us at [email protected]
highlandexperience.com and let us know where you have booked to stay. Please, only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. If you’re unsure, please check with us first.
- No matter when you visit, the weather in Scotland can be “changeable”, to say the least. We suggest that you bring suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket (it has been known to rain in Scotland), sunglasses and plenty of layers.
- Ensure you bring shoes suitable for short walks, on rough or uneven terrain.
- Although most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, we would also recommend bringing cash with you.
- Don’t forget a camera to snap the fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!
- Please limit your luggage to 1 x small/medium piece per person (no more than 15kg), along with 1 x small handbag or daypack.