Harris & Lewis Guided Island Hopping Holiday

Callanish standing stone circle, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, UK.
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Island Hopping
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,249pp £1,224pp

Step into history on Lewis then discover stunning white beaches, turquoise waters and remote wild rugged mountains as you walk on Harris. Some of the many highlights include the majestic Callanish Stones, the awesome cliffs of the Butt of Lewis, and pristine white sands of Luskentyre Beach.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the famous Callanish Stones and the Island of Bernera
  • Walk the coastline of Lewis and the spectacular cliffs at The Butt of Lewis
  • Visit The blackhouse village of Na Gearrannan
  • Walk the wild and remote Harris Walkway to Tarbert
  • Take in the views and the beaches on Harris including Luskentyre with its white sands and turquoise sea

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation 
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader 
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Luggage transfer between accommodation
  • Transfer from Stornoway ferry terminal or airport on arrival day and group transfer from Tarbert on departure day
  • Admission fees to Na Gearrannan Blackhouse Village and reconstructed Iron Age House

Trip Notes

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We'll pick you up at either Stornoway Airport or Stornoway ferry terminal for the journey to the first hotel. Your leader will meet you at the hotel for dinner and introduce you to the holiday.

Doune Braes Hotel, Lewis - Harris & Lewis

The Doune Braes Hotel in Carloway, just over 30 minutes drive from Stornoway, offers comfortable accommodation and spectacular surroundings. Part of the hotel’s charm and tranquil feeling is accentuated by the beautiful lochan that fronts the hotel. All rooms have TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi. Drying facilities are available.


After visiting the famous Callanish Stones, we cross the Bridge Over the Atlantic to the island of Great Bernera in Loch Roag 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, before returning along the quiet road to Breascleit.

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

Doune Braes Hotel, Lewis - Harris & Lewis

The Doune Braes Hotel in Carloway, just over 30 minutes drive from Stornoway, offers comfortable accommodation and spectacular surroundings. Part of the hotel’s charm and tranquil feeling is accentuated by the beautiful lochan that fronts the hotel. All rooms have TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi. Drying facilities are available.


Follow the spectacular coastline around the Butt of Lewis from Dail to Port Nis, with magnificent cliffs and the stunning Europie 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.

Doune Braes Hotel, Lewis - Harris & Lewis

The Doune Braes Hotel in Carloway, just over 30 minutes drive from Stornoway, offers comfortable accommodation and spectacular surroundings. Part of the hotel’s charm and tranquil feeling is accentuated by the beautiful lochan that fronts the hotel. All rooms have TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi. Drying facilities are available.


Starting with a visit to the restored blackhouse crofting village of Na Gearrannan, we take the short but challenging walk around the pathless and rugged, rocky headland of Aird Laimisiadair, contrasting the wild Atlantic coastline with tranquil inland lochs, and enjoying the myriad of wild flowers. We visit the deserted township of Laimishader, one of the first on Lewis to be cleared in 1796, before making our way back to Carlabhagh (Carloway) for our transfer to Tarbert.

4 miles (6.5 km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.

Harris Hotel - Harris & Lewis

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.

Harris Hotel - Harris & Lewis

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.

Harris Hotel - Harris & Lewis

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.

Harris Hotel - Harris & Lewis

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. 


Transfer back to Stornoway Airport and ferry terminal.


What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters. Trekking/approach shoes are not recommended for this trek
  • Sturdy sandals for any river and stream crossings. This is most relevant to the June departure
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • 35-40 litre rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Water bottle (at least 1.5-2 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents and for crossing streams and snow patches
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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Holiday Prices

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2020
20 Apr - 27 Apr 2019 Itinerary £1,249 £1,224 Save £25 Per Person Book Now
18 May - 25 May 2019 Itinerary £1,249 £1,224 Save £25 Per Person Book Now
22 Jun - 29 Jun 2019 Itinerary £1,249 £1,224 Save £25 Per Person Book Now
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28 Sep - 05 Oct 2019 Itinerary £1,249 £1,224 Save £25 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Island Hopping
Walking Grade:
3

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