COST: £1,131 per person based on two sharing a room and subject to availability. Price includes all transport, ferrries and B&B accommodation but excludes food (other than breakfasts) and drink.
Single supplements: £1,258 for the whole package.
A day of travel to this distant region, but a leisurely one for a large part, as we cruise across the Hebridean Sea, past many islands, including the Isle of Mull and the jutting peninsula of Ardnamurchan.
Pickup in Glasgow, drive to Oban along Loch Lomond, passing the dramatic hills of Ben Lui and Ben Cruachan to the picturesque port of Oban.
Afternoon sea voyage up the splendid Sound of Mull, past Ardnamurchan point and onto Castlebay on Barra. Take up accommodation and meal out.
Evening walk from town out along a headland to overlook an island – chance to see seals and other wildlife. Grading: Easy along roads and paths. Distance: 3kms. Height gained: 15m.
Drive across the causeway to Vatersay and walk the tombolo - an isthmus with a double sided sandy beach to view the end of the uninhabited island chain including Mingulay. Grading: Moderate walking cross country over short grass and bog, then finally on the sand. Distance: 4kms. Height: 105m.
Drive north around the NW coast of Barra. View the ‘low-tide’ landing strip on the sands before completing the island tour.
Either climb to the island’s highest summit or walk a coastal section, both near Castlebay.
Take the ferry to Eriskay. Walk along the sands. Grading: Easy along roads, tracks, paths and across a sandy beach Distance: 2kms. Height: 20m
Visit the pub overlooking the scene of the sinking of a merchant vessel full of a cargo of Whisky – the inspiration of the film ‘Whisky Galore’.
Visit the Celtic chapel sites superimposed by the atmospheric, crumbling medieval ruins at Tobha Mor with a fine backdrop of the hills of Southern Uist and take a walk up the machair and back round along the white sands of the shore. Grading: Easy walk along short grassy machair and along sandy beach. Distance: 3.75kms Height: 10m
Walk to a Neolithic burial cairn and a stone circle. Grading: Easy but wet under foot. Distance: 3.25km. Height gained: 90m.
Take up accommodation for a further two nights.
A day of less road travel as we take more to foot.
Option to ascend Eaval, North Uist’s highest peak at 347m, but in a class of its own for the views. Distance: 10.5kms Height: 375m Grade: difficult over pathless and rocky and boggy terrain. The walk is tide and weather dependent.
Walk around the northern part of Berneray Island. Grading: Moderate mostly on sandy beach, paths, tracks and roads but an ascent of a steep peak without a path. Distance: 5.5kms. Height: 123m
Board the ferry for circuitous passage around the many skerries of the shallows of the Sound of Harris. Visit the medieval church at Rodel with some Celtic cross slabs.
Drive up to Luksentyre for a lengthy saunter on these delectable white sands with the backdrop of the often dark brooding hills of Harris. Grading: Easy over sand dunes and along a sandy shoreline. Distance: 1km. Height gained: 20m
Travel the long single track route to Hushinish for a good walk along the rugged coast to a pristine beach beside a turquoise bay. Fantastic photo opportunities of the utter wildness and dramatic scenery of Harris. Grading: Moderate to difficult, along paths for half of the way, but these are very rough in parts with big rock steps at times and some significant drops. Walk over rough and bouldery ground and along a sandy shoreline. Distance: 4.5kms. Height: 200m
Returning along the long coastal road to take the pass over the Hills of Harris under the shadow of its largest peak, Clisham.
Take up a 2 night accommodation in the Callanish area, visiting the famous Neolithic standing stones in a cruciform shape.
Visit the Island of Great Bernera and walk over the rugged landscapes overlooking the Atlantic to a reconstructed Pictish house at Bostadh and down on to the impressive beach. Grading: Moderate along slippery and boggy paths and over some rock slabs and along a sandy shoreline. Distance: 4kms. Height gained: 140m
Detour south to take in more of the exquisite beaches along this coast including the extensive sands of Uig. Grading: Easy on level sands. Distance: 1 km. Height gained: 0
Head for Callanish to see the ancient stones arranged in a cruciform shape.
Visit Carloway to see a well preserved ruined broch. Grading: Easy. Distance 0.5km. Height: 10m
Travel to Stornoway over the expansive moors of Lewis for the afternoon ferry.
Voyage across The Minch to Ullapool.
Then its Glasgow bound stopping to stretch our legs at the Rogie Falls Grading: Easy along paths, steep in places. Distance: 2kms. Height: 80m
Late evening arrival in Glasgow.