Harris & Lewis

Island Hopping

Code: ZBLDW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • History
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Medium
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Difficulty indicator

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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £1,049.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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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. 

Accommodation

You will stay at two different hotels that offer a warm welcome in lovely locations and close to the walks. 

Doune Braes hotel

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

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.

Itinerary

Planned Itinerary

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.

Callanish stone circleDay 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. 7.5 miles (12 km) with 525 ft (160m) of ascent.

 

Lighthouse at the Butt of LewisDay 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 360 ft (110m) of ascent.

 

Carloway brochDay 4: Blackhouses and clifftops

Starting with a visit to the restored blackhouse village of Na Gearrannan, we 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. 4.5 miles (7.5 km) with 700 ft (210m) of ascent.

 

Harris walkwayDay 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. 8.5 miles (14 km) with 1150 ft (350m) of ascent.

 

Croft overlooking the sea at sunsetDay 6: Huisinis

Out on the Huisinis peninsular to the NW of Tarbert, we 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. 7 miles (11 km) with 690 ft (210m) of ascent.

 

White sands and mountainsDay 7: 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. 9 miles (14.5 km) with 935 ft (285m) 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 with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Travel

This holiday starts in Stornoway. We'll collect you from either at Stornoway airport, or Stornoway ferry terminal.

 Travel by plane

By air:

Many guests opt to fly to Stornoway Airport, then join our transfer coach to the hotel. Flights are available from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen. See www.flybe.com.

Pick up from Stornoway Airport, based on current flight schedules, is at 3pm

At the end of holiday we'll return you to the airport by 11am.

 Flybe plane at the airport

Ferry

By ferry:

There are two ferry routes to Harris and Lewis. The most direct ferry is from Ullapool to Stornoway (crossing time 2hrs 30mins). Pick up from Stornoway ferry terminal, based on current ferry times, is at 3.30pm. 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

 Ferry on its way to Stornoway

Bus

By bus:

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. 

 

City Link coach

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 

Leaders

Leader to be announced

We don't have the information on the leader for this holiday at the moment. As soon as we do we will publish it here.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
17 Jul 2017 ZBLDW - Harris & Lewis lsland Hopping 7 £1,049.00 Book Now
31 Jul 2017 ZBLDW - Harris & Lewis lsland Hopping 7 £1,049.00 Book Now
14 Aug 2017 ZBLDW - Harris & Lewis lsland Hopping 7 £1,049.00 Book Now

Price includes:

  • 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

Information

  • Single room: £98 (complete holiday)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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