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Outer Hebrides guided walking holiday

Outer Hebrides walking holiday

Lewis, Harris, Uists, Eriskay, Berneray and Barra are some of the islands that make up the Outer Hebrides. The Outer Hebridean islands form a combination of sea, mountains and above all space, in a unique Gaelic setting.

The contrast, from the unexpectedly hilly Harris and eastern seaboard of South Uist, to the long sweeps of glistening white sand that form the western coast, is something to be seen to be believed.

Contrasting also, is the vibrant crofting community and a timeless history stretching back before the placing of the amazing Callanish Stones.

These are some of the aspects which make the Outer Hebrides unique. Our Outer Hebrides walking holiday aims to explore as much as is possible.

Our journey through the Outer Hebrides aims to collect as many islands as we can but walking is mainly confined to Lewis, Harris, Berneray, North Uist, Benbecula, Eriskay and Barra.

Due to the nature of accommodation used on this holiday, early booking (more than 8 weeks in advance) is strongly recommended.

What customers said about this holiday

“A fabulous holiday with the perfect mix of walking, culture, history and wildlife”

“My first trip to Scotland but definitely not my last - loved the landscapes and will be back for more!”

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Dates Price SRS Spaces  
24 June - 3 July 2017 £949 n/a Spaces available
19 - 28 Aug 2017 £949 n/a Spaces available

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Ferry Journeys

There is always a slight possibility on trips involving ferries, that severe weather conditions or other reasons will prevent a scheduled sailing. However unlikely this may be on this trip, it may not be possible to keep to the planned timings. Any additional expenses incurred through changes in the ferry schedule will not be met by C-N-Do Scotland.

map - Outer Hebrides walking holiday

Your walking holiday includes:

  • Qualified Walking Group or Mountain Leader
  • 8 guided walking days
  • 9 nights hostel accommodation with continental breakfasts
  • 4 Ferry journeys
  • Transport from and back to Stirling
  • Transport daily as required and for baggage
  • VAT at 20%

Outer Hebrides - Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Drive by minibus north through Perth, Pitlochry and Inverness to Ullapool in time to catch the evening sailing to Stornoway. Next 3 nights’ accommodation is in a converted blackhouse at Gearrannan on the west side of Lewis.

Days 2: Walk on the west side of Lewis from Gearrannan. We’ll include a visit to the Standing Stones at Callanish and Dun Carloway Broch at some point during the day.

Day 3: From our accommodation we may head up the coast from one spectacular beach to another, towards the Butt of Lewis.

Day 4: After packing up we head down to Harris today but not before stopping off to enjoy one of Scotland’s classic island walks, the outstanding Maaruig / Urgha / Rheinigidale triangle just north of Tarbet. Carry on to spend the first of 2 nights on Harris.

Day 5: Today we’ll possibly head for Northton Machair and a leisurely ascent of Chaipaval, which gains its name from the 16th century chapel at its foot. From the top there is one of the most outstanding views in the UK. Afterwards we head up to the north of Harris and over to the east side to complete the circumnavigation of the main island along the Golden Road. Hopefully we’ll also have time to visit the Harris Tweed weaver at some point.

Day 6: After packing up again, we head for an early sailing to Otternish on Berneray then across the causeway to North Uist. Here we’ll most likely we’ll walk in the Grenitote area at the north end of North Uist with time to visit some archaeological sites for those who are interested. Afterwards we complete the circuit of North Uist perhaps having time to visit Loch Maddy, the biggest settlement on this island. After an action packed day we travel to our next 2 accommodation on Benbecula.

Day 7: We will probably head to Rossinish on the east coast of Benbecula, from where Bonnie Prince Charlie headed off to pick up a boat to France in 1746. Benbecula’s miniature mountain Rueval is tantalisingly nearby our route and provides a great view around and sometimes out to St Kilda.

Day 8: Today we pack up and move south to explore the island of Eriskay for the day, reaching its highest point, paddling on Charlie’s Beach, spying out golden eagles, Eriskay ponies, etc. After all that we get our ferry over to the island of Barra and our last 2 nights’ accommodation.

Day 9: We can spend the day exploring the island, possibly popping up to its highest point and perhaps going over the causeway to claim our final island, Vatersay.

Day 10: Pack up for the last time. The ferry from Castlebay gets us back to Oban mid afternoon to allow a return to Stirling by about 18:00.


9 nights are in good quality independent hostel accommodation. These have small, shared, bunk-bed dormitories. Bed linen is provided but you need to bring your own towel, soap, etc. Hot showers and self-catering facilities are available. We will endeavour to provide separate male / female rooms that may sometimes be shared with other guests. Very occasionally accommodation may be mixed.

The June/July trip will have 7 nights hostels and 2 nights guest house accommodation (twin share)


Continental breakfasts are included throughout. No other meals are included. Packed lunches, snacks and evening meals are not included in the holiday price. Self catering facilities are available throughout and, on all but two of the nights, you can eat out. Meals may be obtained on the ferry on days 1 and 10.

Video from our Outer Hebrides Walking Holiday

To get the most from your walking holiday you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.


Books about the Outer Hebrides which you may find informative are:


Maps which you may find informative are:

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