Lewis & Harris Guided Island Hopping Holiday

Callanish standing stone circle, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, UK.
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Island hopping
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,749pp

Located off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Lewis and Isle of Harris form the main island in the Outer Hebrides. Technically one landmass divided into two islands, there’s plenty here to impress: lunar-like landscapes, wild mountains, white beaches, turquoise waters, and a unique Gaelic culture. This holiday highlights some of the sightseeing greats such as the mystical Callanish Standing Stones, the dramatic Butt of Lewis, and the stunning Luskentyre Beach.

What you’ll love

  • Admiring the Neolithic standing stones at Callanish 
  • Visiting the beautiful island of Great Bernera 
  • Walking the wild and remote Harris Walkway to Tarbert 
  • Relaxing on sparkling white sands at Luskentyre Beach 
  • Marvelling at the 18th century Eilean Glas Lighthouse 
  • Soaking up views down to lochs and coastal inlets 

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite rooms in our partner accommodation(s) 
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning 
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee  
  • Guided walks with an experienced HF Holidays Leader 
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary 
  • Luggage transfers
  • Return flights from Southampton or Glasgow to Stornoway, including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

If booked on our ‘with flight’ package, we'll transfer you from Stornoway Airport to the Doune Braes Hotel. For those arriving independently, our HF walks leader will be at reception at 6:30pm, when we'll gather to give you a warm welcome and explain the plan of action before dinner.

A single track road leading to Luskentyre beach on the Isle of Harris

Doune Braes Hotel, Carloway, Lewis - Days 1-3

The Doune Braes Hotel in Carloway, just over 30 minutes drive from Stornoway, offers basic but comfortable accommodation in spectacular surroundings. All rooms have TV, hairdryer, and tea/coffee making facilities. Rooms are tight on space, but the superb location of the hotel more than makes up for this. Drying facilities and Wi-Fi are available at the hotel too. This hotel is dog-friendly so you may meet four legged friends in some of the communal areas.


After visiting the famous Callanish Stones, we cross the Bridge Over the Atlantic to the island of Great Bernera on the west coast of Lewis, and follow the Great Bernera trail up the west side of the island to the magnificent beach of Bostadh and its iron age village. We are then transferred to Dun Carloway Broch for a short walk back to the hotel on old paths past inland lochs. 

7 miles (11.5 km) with 820 feet (250m) of ascent.

callanish standing stones on the isle of lewis

Doune Braes Hotel, Carloway, Lewis - Days 1-3

The Doune Braes Hotel in Carloway, just over 30 minutes drive from Stornoway, offers basic but comfortable accommodation in spectacular surroundings. All rooms have TV, hairdryer, and tea/coffee making facilities. Rooms are tight on space, but the superb location of the hotel more than makes up for this. Drying facilities and Wi-Fi are available at the hotel too. This hotel is dog-friendly so you may meet four legged friends in some of the communal areas.


Follow the spectacular coastline around the Butt of Lewis from Dail to Port Nis, with magnificent cliffs and the stunning Eoropie beach. Cross the foot bridge to the historic sea stack of Dun Eistean, and visit Port Nis, home of the guga hunters.

9 miles (14.5 km) with 600 feet (185m) of ascent.

Lewis Harris - Butt of Lewis, Lewis Island, Scotland (( visit my website at http://www.shoot-to-catch.de ))

Doune Braes Hotel, Carloway, Lewis - Days 1-3

The Doune Braes Hotel in Carloway, just over 30 minutes drive from Stornoway, offers basic but comfortable accommodation in spectacular surroundings. All rooms have TV, hairdryer, and tea/coffee making facilities. Rooms are tight on space, but the superb location of the hotel more than makes up for this. Drying facilities and Wi-Fi are available at the hotel too. This hotel is dog-friendly so you may meet four legged friends in some of the communal areas.


We start with a visit to the restored blackhouse crofing village of Na Gearrannan, then after transferring our luggage to the Harris Hotel in Tarbert, we explore the island of Scalpay, now joined to Harris by a bridge. We pass tranquil lochs and climb to the highest point on the island with excellent views on a clear day, before visiting the impressive Eilean Glas lighthouse.

4.5 miles (7 km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.

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Harris Hotel, Tarbert - Harris - Days 4-7

A warm welcome awaits you at the Harris Hotel, which has been family owned and run for over 100 years. It offers traditional island hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere. The 22 en-suite bedrooms are a mix of modern style and a more traditional feel. All rooms have flat-screen televisions, hair dryers and hot drinks tray.  There are two lounges over-looking the front garden, a television lounge and a small library for guests to use. The cosy residents bar has the largest selection of malts in the Outer Hebrides, stocking over 100 varieties! Free WiFi connection is available throughout the hotel. 


The Harris Walkway was opened in 2001 and links a series of old paths to make a route of 20 miles across Harris. We walk the wild northern section from Scaladal to Tarbert, alongside several lochs, and with excellent views of the Clisham Horseshoe. At the highest point of the pass we detour to climb the small hill of Cleit Aird with stunning views down Loch Seaforth.

9 miles (14.5 km) with 1,540 feet (470m) of ascent.

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Harris Hotel, Tarbert - Harris - Days 4-7

A warm welcome awaits you at the Harris Hotel, which has been family owned and run for over 100 years. It offers traditional island hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere. The 22 en-suite bedrooms are a mix of modern style and a more traditional feel. All rooms have flat-screen televisions, hair dryers and hot drinks tray.  There are two lounges over-looking the front garden, a television lounge and a small library for guests to use. The cosy residents bar has the largest selection of malts in the Outer Hebrides, stocking over 100 varieties! Free WiFi connection is available throughout the hotel. 


Starting from the road end, we re-join the Harris Walkway at Greosabhagh and follow old paths across the rocky undulating landscape of the Bays district before joining an old coffin route which crosses a low pass to reach the machair at Seilebost, overlooking the famous Luskentyre sands.

7½ miles (12 km) with 1,035 feet (315m) of ascent.

Looking down at the idyllic Seilebost Beach on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides

Harris Hotel, Tarbert - Harris - Days 4-7

A warm welcome awaits you at the Harris Hotel, which has been family owned and run for over 100 years. It offers traditional island hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere. The 22 en-suite bedrooms are a mix of modern style and a more traditional feel. All rooms have flat-screen televisions, hair dryers and hot drinks tray.  There are two lounges over-looking the front garden, a television lounge and a small library for guests to use. The cosy residents bar has the largest selection of malts in the Outer Hebrides, stocking over 100 varieties! Free WiFi connection is available throughout the hotel. 


Out on the Huisinis Peninsula to the north-west of Tarbert, we take a mountain path to cross a high hill pass and walk past inland lochs to reach the stunning beach at Loch Crabhadail. We pass another inland loch, then follow a spectacular path along the sea cliffs to the remote hamlet of Huisinis and another lovely beach.

8 miles (12.5 km) with 1,400 feet (425m) of ascent.

Huisinis beach on Isle of Harris, Scotland, UK

Harris Hotel, Tarbert - Harris - Days 4-7

A warm welcome awaits you at the Harris Hotel, which has been family owned and run for over 100 years. It offers traditional island hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere. The 22 en-suite bedrooms are a mix of modern style and a more traditional feel. All rooms have flat-screen televisions, hair dryers and hot drinks tray.  There are two lounges over-looking the front garden, a television lounge and a small library for guests to use. The cosy residents bar has the largest selection of malts in the Outer Hebrides, stocking over 100 varieties! Free WiFi connection is available throughout the hotel. 


We will transfer those booked on our ‘with flight’ package back to Stornoway airport.


Itinerary map for Harris and Lewis

Doune Braes Hotel, Carloway, Lewis - Days 1-3

The Doune Braes Hotel in Carloway, just over 30 minutes drive from Stornoway, offers basic but comfortable accommodation in spectacular surroundings. All rooms have TV, hairdryer, and tea/coffee making facilities. Rooms are tight on space, but the superb location of the hotel more than makes up for this. Drying facilities and Wi-Fi are available at the hotel too. This hotel is dog-friendly so you may meet four legged friends in some of the communal areas.

Harris Hotel, Tarbert - Harris - Days 4-7

A warm welcome awaits you at the Harris Hotel, which has been family owned and run for over 100 years. It offers traditional island hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere. The 22 en-suite bedrooms are a mix of modern style and a more traditional feel. All rooms have flat-screen televisions, hair dryers and hot drinks tray.  There are two lounges over-looking the front garden, a television lounge and a small library for guests to use. The cosy residents bar has the largest selection of malts in the Outer Hebrides, stocking over 100 varieties! Free WiFi connection is available throughout the hotel. 

Essential information

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

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Important information

  • With flights holidays: Price includes return flights from Southampton or Glasgow to Stornoway Airport, hold baggage and airport transfers
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Island hopping
Walking Grade:
3

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