Windswept Islands Scottish Adventure  £5375 pp 

12 Nights | 12 Breakfasts | 12 Lunches | 12 Dinners |Fully Guided & Private Vehicle |Included Excursions and Inter-Island Ferries

Dates 2023 - May 5th to 17th & June 2nd to 14th

 

Our windswept islands adventures will take you on a journey to the outer edges of the west coast of Scotland. Far from the madding crowds and into a world of tranquillity, beauty and mystery. We will take you from the Inner Hebrides to the Outer Hebrides and through some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. We visit the peaceful, sacred isle of Iona, Mull's picturesque and rugged landscapes, the enchanting, alluring Isle of Skye, and the spectacular Outer Hebrides.

If you are fascinated with history, nature, archaeology, geology, culture, and incredible local produce, this adventure is for you. Along the way, we will experience the fantastic wildlife, get close to seals and seabirds, and walk on machairs ablaze with summer flowers.

Discover the History

Join our adventures and get close and personal with ancient history and visit some timeless places where man has strived to survive on the edge of the Atlantic ocean. Follow in the footsteps of saints and ancient settlers and raiders from Viking times that made these islands their home. Discover that the past is always present across these windswept islands.

Experience the Tranquility

Islands have their own unique feeling and sense of tranquillity. When the day draws to a close and nature winds down sit and embrace the silence and relax under endless Hebridean skies. Take a moment and savour the taste of salt on your lips and the changing colours of a sunset before your very eyes.

Take in the View

Our unique adventures take you to the heart of nature and imagine standing under huge skies looking out onto mesmerizing turquoise seas, walking powder white beaches with endless horizons. This is the magic of these windswept islands. Nature truly reveals her best from an island shore.

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Day 1 - Inverary & Oban

Leaving Glasgow, we make our way towards Oban, the gateway to the Isles. Today we will visit the charming town of Inverary and see the Duke of Argyle Inverary Castle home, built between 1745 and 1790. We will then spend some free time exploring the lovely little town of Inverary before making our way towards Oban. On our way to Oban, we will stop in Kilmartin glen and learn about ancient archaeology. Within six miles of Kilmartin, there are over eight hundred ancient monuments of various types. They include burial cairns, rock carvings, standing stones, and the Scotts fortress's remains at Dunadd. Arriving in Oban, we check into our overnight accommodation and then explore this beautiful little harbour town on settling in.

 1 night, Breakfast,Included Dinner

Day 2 - Mull & Iona

Following a leisurely breakfast, we then make our way to the ferry terminal and board the Isle of Mull ferry to sail over to the Isle of Mull. This beautiful crossing takes about 45 minutes and is one of the most scenic journeys.

On reaching Mull, we begin the beautiful drive through the island as we head to Fionnport and the ferry crossing to Iona. We continue our adventure to Iona as we leave the vehicle behind and board a small sailing boat to be taken to the sacred Isle.

As we touchdown in Iona, we check into our accommodation for two nights and relax in this tranquil place.

2 nights, 2 breakfasts, lunch, 2 dinners

 

Day 3 - Iona

Waking up on this tranquil island is something special, and after a leisurely breakfast, we then make our way to the harbour for a special treat and a boat trip out to the Atlantic and some incredible islands including Staffa.

Today's journey allows you to follow in Queen Victoria's footsteps and J M W Turner, Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth. Pause and listen to Fingal's Cave's astonishing acoustics, which inspired Mendelssohn to compose his Hebrides Overture.

Returning mid-afternoon, we have free time to continue your exploration of this incredible island and a chance to follow in the footsteps of the Scottish Colourists or head to the back of the island and try your hand at a game of golf on the west coast or simply walk the powder sands of the north and west coast.

Picnic lunch, Included Dinner

Day 4 - Mull, Sea eagles

We take the mid-morning ferry back to Mull as we then make our way across the island to our next port of call. Today we will retrace our steps part of the course before joining a naturalist for an adventure searching for the incredible sea eagle and other Mull wildlife. After a local lunch, we make our way to the small harbour town of Tobermory for a visit to a local distillery and some free time before we head out to our accommodation for one night on another beautiful island.

1 night accommodation, 1 breakfast, lunch, 1 dinner

Day 5 - Isle of Skye

Leaving Mull we take another small ferry and make our way through some beautiful scenery before we reach Fort William and the Caledonian Canal. From here we head towards Mallaig and stop off in Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the Jacobite flag in 1745. We follow the coast onwards to Mallaig where we explore this beautiful fishing port before boarding a short ferry trip to the Isle of Skye.

2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfast, lunches, 2 dinner

Day 6 - Isle of Skye

Waking up on the beautiful island of Skye with its majestic mountains is a truly beautiful moment and today we head out to explore this beautiful island and take a boat trip to a special place called Coruisk. Here we will step into the incredible landscape behind the Cullin Hills. Returning to the Island of Skye we make our way to Talisker distillery and a taste of Island whisky before heading along the west coast to the charming castle of Dunvegan. In late afternoon we make our way back to our accommodation and have a wonderful island dinner.

Picnic lunch, dinner

Day 7 - Sky & the Outer Hebrides

An early departure sees us head to the charming town of Portree and get a chance to explore this charming little harbour town. We then head out toward the Old Man of Storr, Quirang and the beautiful crofting village of Staffin before we finally board a ferry to the Outer Hebrides and the next phase of our windswept island adventure.

3 nights accommodation, 3 lunches,3 dinners

Day 8 - Eriskay & South Uist

Today we head up South to the beautiful island of Benbecula, South Uists and Eriskay and discover a unique world of  4 islands. We reach the tip of the southern Isles and the small island of Eriskay famous for its native ponies, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the famous sinking of the SS Politician. We visit ancient archaeology, stunning beaches and a gentle stroll out into the moorlands to take in some stunning island views.

lunch, dinner

Day 9 - North Uist

Today we head out into the beauty of North Uist and its close-linked islands. just 44 miles round it may seem small yet it is an island filled with wonders of nature and incredible wildlife. We visit ancient burial chambers, and the world-famous Balranald Nature Reserve to discover some of the crofting world, machair flowers and glorious powder beaches. Along the way, we stop off at a farm to meet the beautiful Highland cows before heading out to watch some common seals as they bask peacefully on the inshore reefs. We take the moorland road back to our accommodation before getting ready for our night's dinner in a local home.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 - Isle of Harris & Lewis

Our journey continues as we set sail for a short ferry trip to the stunning Isle of Harris where we visit a Harris Tweed weaver before getting a true flavour of the Hebrides with a wonderful Gin tasting. We lunch overlooking the Atlantic before making our way to a remote island for a lazy afternoon in majestic surroundings. We then head back to the Island of Harris and make our way north through the high mountains to the largest island in the Outer Hebrides of Lewis. We make our way to the stunning westside for two nights.

3 nights, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts

Day 11 - Isle of Lewis

Today we make our way to the dramatic west coast and take a small boat trip out in search of wildlife and to remote islands and learn about the ancient history of these islands before heading into a secret cove and the beautiful Blue Lagoon. After our boat trip, we head for lunch before heading out along the coast to view some great sea stacks and fantastic wildlife. Early afternoon we continue on our journey to the famous Callanish Standing stones and a restored Hebridean Thatch Village, and some local culture. In the late afternoon, we return to our accommodation before heading out for a sumptuous meal of island produce.

Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Isle of Lewis

This morning we head to the most northerly point of the Isle of Lewis and along the way we visit an incredible local museum, and small harbours and learn the incredible story of the islanders and crofters in this unique part of the Hebrides. Reaching the Butt of Lewis we take a short stroll out along this incredible coastline and look out for Killer whales and other wildlife. Early afternoon sees us return to the small town of Stornoway and some free time to explore. 

Lunch, dinner

Day 13 - Tour Ends

This morning we head to the most northerly point of the Isle of Lewis and along the way we visit an incredible local museum, and small harbours and learn the incredible story of the islanders and crofters in this unique part of the Hebrides. Reaching the Butt of Lewis we take a short stroll out along this incredible coastline and look out for Killer whales and other wildlife. Early afternoon sees us return to the small town of Stornoway and some free time to explore. 

Lunch, dinner

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Windswept Islands Tour

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£5,375 per person 

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