Harris & Lewis
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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.
You will stay at two different hotels that offer a warm welcome in lovely locations and close to the walks.
Doune Braes Hotel, Lewis - 3nts
The Doune Braes Hotel 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. It has 16 bedrooms, all en suite and equipped with TV and tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi in all rooms.
Harris Hotel - 4nts
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 23 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 and a small television lounge, and free WiFi internet connection in all the downstairs areas for those with their own devices. There is also the free use of an internet terminal.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
Day 1: Arrival day
We'll pick you up at either Stornoway Airport or Stornoway ferry terminal for the journey to the first hotel. Your leader will introduce you to the holiday.
Day 2: Callanish and Great Bernera
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 ft (250m) of ascent.
Day 3: The Butt of Lewis
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 ft (185m) of ascent.
Day 4: Blackhouses and clifftops
Starting with a visit to the restored blackhouse 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 ft (200m) of ascent.
Day 5: The Harris Walkway and Cleit Aird
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 ft (470m) of ascent.
Day 6: Luskentyre and the Coffin Road
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. 7.5 miles (12 km) with 1,035 ft (315m) of ascent.
Day 7: Huisinis
Out on the Huisinis peninsular to the NW 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 ft (425m) of ascent.
Day 8: Departure Day
Transfer back to Stornoway Airport and ferry terminal.
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader. Local mountain or sea conditions may cause changes to the published programme.
Your holiday includes an arrival transfer from Stornoway to the Doune Braes Hotel. As there are a number of different ways to arrive in Stornoway, we will arrange your transfer after you have told us your travel arrangements.
Many guests opt to fly to Stornoway Airport, then join our transfer to the hotel. Flights are available from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen. See www.flybe.com.
At the end of holiday we'll return you to the airport by 11am.
There are two ferry routes to Harris and Lewis. The most direct ferry is from Ullapool to Stornoway (crossing time 2hrs 30mins). We arrange a transfer from Stornoway ferry terminal to the first hotel.
At the end of the holiday we'll return you to Stornoway by 10.30am.
Alternatively there is a ferry from Uig on Skye to Tarbert (crossing time 1hr 50mins), which is particularly convenient for the end of the holiday.
Both routes are operated by Calmac - see www.calmac.co.uk
Citylink run buses from Inverness to Ullapool from where you can take the ferry to Stornoway.
Alternatively there is also a bus service from Glasgow to the ferry terminal at Uig on Skye, then a local service from Tarbert to Stornoway. See www.citylink.co.uk for the timetable.
Either take the ferry from Uig on Skye to Tarbert or from Ullapool to Stornoway. You can park at the Doune Braes Hotel for the first part of the holiday. We can then drop you off at the hotel at the end of the day that we transfer to the Harris Hotel. You can then drive the 45 minute journey to Tarbert yourself and park at the Harris Hotel for the rest of the holiday.
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Dates & Prices
|17 Sep 2018||ZBLDW - Harris & Lewis lsland Hopping||7||£1,149.00||Book Now|
- 7 nights' Full Board en-suite accommodation
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays' leader
- All transport and luggage transfers on walking days and return transfers from Stornoway to the hotels
- Prices are per person
- Single room: £98 (complete holiday)
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person