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 £1,024.00 - 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.

Holiday highlights:

  • Visit the Callanish Stones and walk the Great Bernera Trail
  • Walk around the Butt of Lewis with its awesome cliffs and stormy seas
  • Walk to the white sands of Luskentyre coast to coast on the Coffin route

Price includes:

  • 7 nights' Full Board en-suite accommodation 
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays' leader, offering one guided walk per day 
  • All transport and luggage transfers on walking days and return transfers from Stornoway to the hotels

Accommodation

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

The Doune Braes Hotel on Lewis 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.

A warm welcome awaits you at the Harris Hotel on Harris, 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

Arrival day

Transfer from Stornoway Airport and Ferry Terminal, leader introduction and evening meal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Travel by car:

Either take the ferry from Uig on Skye to Tarbert or from Ullapool direct to Stornoway. Both crossings take around two hours.

Travel by bus:

Citylink run buses from Inverness to Ullapool from where you can take the ferry to Stornoway. There is also a bus service from Glasgow to Uig on Skye, and a local service from Tarbert to Stornoway.

Travel air:

There are flights to Stornoway from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

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 Buy today for Book
23 May 2017 ZBLDW - Harris & Lewis lsland Hopping 7 £1,049.00 £1,024.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 off pp - ends 3 October Book Now
17 Jul 2017 ZBLDW - Harris & Lewis lsland Hopping 7 £1,049.00 £1,024.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 off pp - ends 3 October Book Now
31 Jul 2017 ZBLDW - Harris & Lewis lsland Hopping 7 £1,049.00 £1,024.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 off pp - ends 3 October Book Now
14 Aug 2017 ZBLDW - Harris & Lewis lsland Hopping 7 £1,049.00 £1,024.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 off pp - ends 3 October Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £98 (complete holiday)
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person