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.
This trip involves travelling by Ferry. 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.
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Your walking holiday includes:
- Qualified walking guide
- 8 guided walking days
- 9 nights private hostel accommodation in small rooms; continental breakfasts
- 4 Ferry journeys
- Transport from and back to Stirling
- Transport daily as required and for baggage
- VAT at the current rate
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 on the west side of Lewis.
Days 2: Walk on the west side of Lewis from Gearrannan, including 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, 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 circum-navigation 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. Walking will be either on magical Berneray or on North Uist. There may be time to visit Loch Maddy, the biggest settlement on this island. After an action packed day, we travel to our next 2 nights' 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 for our last 2 nights’ accommodation.
Day 9: We'll explore Vatersay, circum-navigate Barra and walk round and learn how to say Eolaigearraidh!
Day 10: Pack up for the last time. The early 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 with small, shared, bunk-bed rooms. 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.
Continental breakfasts are included throughout. Self catering facilities are available and, on all but two of the nights, you can eat out. No other meals are included. Packed lunches, snacks and evening meals are not included in the holiday price. Meals may be obtained on the ferry on days 1 and 10.
Maps of the area & background reading
To get the most from your C-N-Do Scotland activity you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.
Books which you may find informative are:
- The Islands of Scotland incl. Skye - Derek John Fabian, Graham E. Little, D. Noel Williams
- Go Listen to the Crofters - Alex D Cameron
- From the Alleghenies to the Hebrides: An Autobiography - Margaret Fay Shaw
- Stories from South Uist - Angus MacLellan
- The Archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles - Ian Armit
- Hebridean Memories - Seton Gordon
Maps which you may find informative are:
- No. 8: Stornoway & North Lewis - OS Landranger 1:50000
- No. 13: West Lewis & North Harris - OS Landranger 1:50000
- No. 14: Tarbert & Loch Seaforth - OS Landranger 1:50000
- No. 18: Sound of Harris, North Uist, Taransay and St.Kilda - OS Landranger 1:50000
- No. 22: Benbecula and South Uist - OS Landranger 1:50000
- No. 31: Barra and South Uist, Vatersay and Eriskay - OS Landranger 1:50000
No Scheduled Dates Remaining
Looks like our scheduled dates for this activity are finished for this year. You can still book this activity privately for yourself or a small group, just use our enquiry form and provide us with your requirements.
- Duration: 10 days
- Accommodation: 9 nights
- Accom type: Hostels & continental breakfasts
- Walking/Exploring: 8 days
- Travel: 2 days
- Group min: 5
- Group max: 8
- Meet: Stirling Railway Station
- Finish: Stirling