Hebridean Hopscotch

Guided Island Hopping

Code: XWLDW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Medium
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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 £1,239.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Enjoy a Hebridean Hopscotch, visiting the Isles of Skye, Raasay, South Uist, Barra and Vatersay. On Skye wander amidst the eerie pinnacles of the Quiraing, and along the shores of Loch Coruisk with stunning views of the Cuillin mountains. Soak up scenes from Whisky Galore on Barra’s and Vatersay’s white sandy beaches

 

Accommodation

Our accommodation is at comfortable partner hotels and guesthouses, on or near the route. Each has been selected for their character, quality and their warm welcome and friendly service.

 

Viewfield House, Portree, Isle of Skye - 3nts

Viewfield House has been the home of the Macdonald family for over 200 years. The house stands in extensive wooded grounds on the outskirts of Portree, overlooking Portree Bay. Built over 200 years ago, Viewfield House retains all its original charm and the splendid victorian interior is wonderfully intact. Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. WiFi is available and a TV in a downstairs lounge. There are no TV’s in the bedrooms. Drying and laundry facilities are available.

 

Borrowdale Hotel, Daliburgh, South Uist - 2nts

The Borrodale Hotel is set in the peaceful crofting community of Daliburgh on the Isle of South Uist. Less than a mile beyond the hotel, the Atlantic Ocean laps lengths of white sand strewn beaches. The Borrodale Hotel has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and true Island hospitality. Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, TV and radio, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, iron and WiFi. Drying facilities are available.

 

Castlebay Hotel, Isle of Barra - 2nts

Built in 1880 and overlooking Kisimul Castle and Vatersay, the Castlebay Hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Castlebay Barra Ferry Terminal. Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, TV and WiFi. An iron and both drying and laundry facilities are also available.

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 at Portree, Isle of Skye

Your leader will welcome you in the main lounge at Viewfield House before dinner at 19.00pm and give you a full briefing for the holiday.

Dun Caan, Isle of Raasay

We take a short ferry crossing to the Isle of Raasay where we follow a sometimes boggy path up to the distinctive summit of Dun Caan, at 443m (1450 ft) the highest point on Raasay. From here 360º panoramas give us views to the Cuillin, and to the Applecross and Torridon hills on the mainland. 9 miles (14.5 km), 1450 ft (450m) ascent.

Loch Coruisk to Sligachan

We join a short cruise from Elgol to Loch Coruisk where we are almost certain to see seals. Leaving the boat we cross the river on stepping stones and ascend to the saddle below Sgurr Hain for fantastic views across to the Cuillins. From here we descend Glen Sligachan for a well-deserved  wee dram. 7.5 miles (12km), 1150 ft (350m) ascent. An alternative walk will be taken if the weather is too poor for the boat from Elgol to run.

The Quiraing

Our final walk on Skye is amidst the eerie pinnacles of the Quiraing. This supernatural landscape is often used in films, and we make the classic circuit through the geological giants of "The Needle", "The Table" and "The Prison". In the afternoon the ferry takes us to North Uist. 3.5 miles (6km), 660 ft (200m) ascent.

Daliburgh to Pollachar

We walk from the hotel out to the beach, and then follow the coast southwards, sometimes by the beach, sometimes on the machair, the fertile grassland so distinctive of these islands. Our walk ends at the Pollachar Inn where we can enjoy a dram and savour the scent of a peat fire. 7.5 miles (12km), negligible ascent.

Vatersay

Island hopping again, to Eriskay and on to Barra, recently voted 'Britain's most beautiful isle'. From here we visit Vatersay, the southernmost of the inhabited Western Isles, with its fascinating history. 4.5 miles (7km), 140 ft (140m) ascent.

Eoligarry and Heaval

We start our walk from Barra's tiny airport and explore the north of the island, taking in cockle shell beaches, fine views, and the medieval church of Cille Bharra. In the afternoon there is an option to climb Heaval, at 383m  the highest point on Barra. 8 miles (13km), 670 ft (195m) ascent, plus for Heaval 2.5 miles (4.5 km), 1050 ft (320m) ascent.

Departure Day from Barra

Choose a scenic ferry journey to Oban or a dramatic flight from Barra airport’s unique runway on the beach to start your journey home.

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Local area

Aros (Portree)

Learn about the local history and Gaelic culture, enjoy a coffee, browse the bookshop, watch an excellent video about the island, or check out the nest cams with live pictures of sea-eagles, herons, owls and sparrow hawks. The Aros is also home to the only cinema on the island.

An Tuireann Arts Centre (Portree)

This is the main cultural centre on the island. It hosts a range of exhibitions, plays, shows and musical events.

The Old Man of Storr

Also part of the Trotternish Ridge, like the Quiraing, this is the focal point of many a postcard of the Isle of Skye. To visit the Storr there are public buses that travel from Portree, up to Flodigarry, and can drop you at The Storr car park.

Kisimul Castle (Castlebay)

Boats make the short journey to the castle daily in the summer months (April – September). Built in the 12th century, in the centre of the bay, the castle was the home of the Clan McNeil, and is now leased from them by Historic Scotland.

Travel

Outward Journey

This holiday starts at Portree on the island of Skye. There are few options using public transport:

How to get to us by train

By train to Kyle of Lochalsh, then by bus

The nearest station to Portree is at Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland - a classic rail journey through stunning Highland scenery. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

From Kyle of Lochalsh station you can catch a local bus for the 1 hour journey to Portree - see www.traveline.info

Train at Kyle of Lochalsh station

Travel by plane

By air to Inverness, then by bus and coach

The nearest airport is at Inverness. See www.easyjet.com, www.ba.com, or www.flybe.com.

From Inverness airport you can complete the journey to Portree by taking a local bus to the centre of Inverness, then on by coach - see www.traveline.info

 easyJet flight

How to get to us by train

By train to Glasgow, then by coach:

There are trains to Glasgow from around the UK.

From Glasgow catch the 915 or 916 coach for the onward journey to Skye. See www.citylink.co.uk for the timetable. 

 Pendolino train at speed

 Travel by plane

By air to Glasgow, then by coach

Glasgow Airport is well served by domestic and international flights. See www.easyjet.com, www.ba.com, or www.flybe.com.

From Glasgow Airport catch the 915 or 916 coach for the  onward journey to Skye. See www.citylink.co.uk for the timetable. 

 British Airways plane

Return Journey

The holiday ends on the island of Barra, from where there are two options to return to the mainland:

 Travel by plane

By air from Barra:

Barra Airport is Britain’s only airport with scheduled flights that land on a beach - a spectacular end to the holiday. There are daily flights from Barra to Glasgow Airport (and then onward to other airports).

See www.flybe.com for timetables and booking.

 Plane landing on the beach at Barra

Ferry

By ferry from Barra:

There are daily CalMac ferries from Barra to Oban. From Oban you can continue your journey to Glasgow and beyond by train or citylink bus.

See www.calmac.co.uk for timetables and tickets.

 

Calmac ferry passing lighthouse at entranceto Oban harbour

Reviews

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1 Jul 2016, 3:55 p.m.

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It was a very good experience. Well organized and great walking
27 Jun 2016, 9:13 a.m.

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The leader was excellent at leading the walks and was extremely good at being aware and looking after all the group especially those who were not so fit.

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The final hotel, although located in the most delightful position possible was lacking in service, food was a disappointment (fish dish identical on both nights) appeared not to use local products, and minimal choice for a 4* hotel. I had recently been on The Orkneys where the food everywhere was outstanding, reasonably priced and they used local products where available. The cafe at the small airport on Barra offered a fantastic choice of food so it is possible!
25 Jun 2016, 3:43 p.m.

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a lovely trip, great walks, hotels varied, but we were off the beaten track.
30 May 2016, 8:30 a.m.

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This was my first HF holiday. I thought it was very well run and all the accommodation was excellent,particularly the ones in Portree and Barra.The only thing I wasn't so keen on was the size of the party,there were 15 of us and although all the people were great I was expecting around 10. Absolute maximum 12

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The itinerary for this holiday was excellent,giving a taste of these beautiful isles .i would have liked an extra day in Skye and less time in North and South Uist
26 May 2016, 9:27 a.m.

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no problems

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good itenarary
9 Oct 2015, 4:10 a.m.

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Very well organised.

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Great leadership, great accommodation, great hiking.
29 Sep 2015, 10:38 a.m.

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A couple of the hotels were not as good as expected.
26 Sep 2015, 3:29 p.m.

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Overall an excellent holiday. The quality of the hotels and their service varied but the leadership on the holiday and the walks was outstanding.

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This was a memorable holiday in a stunning part of Scotland...you take risks with the weather but it's well worth it! We were amazingly fortunate in September 2015.
24 Sep 2015, 2:04 p.m.

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well organised hotels in general okay but would suggest you try an alternative to the Barra hotel if possible
12 Aug 2015, 8:43 a.m.

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I really enjoyed my first expereince with HF (recommended by a friend who had been on 2 previous holidays). The accommodation was not geared to walkers, i.e. no drying rooms which meant that wet clothing boots had to be kept in the bedroom.

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The walks were well organised i.e transport etc, I felt very safe with the group leaders and he adjusted the walks to fit with the weather conditions.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
15 May 2017 XWLDW - Hebridean Hopscotch 7 £1,239.00 Book Now
12 Jun 2017 XWLDW - Hebridean Hopscotch 7 £1,239.00 Book Now
10 Jul 2017 XWLDW - Hebridean Hopscotch 7 £1,239.00 Book Now
14 Aug 2017 XWLDW - Hebridean Hopscotch 7 £1,239.00 Book Now
11 Sep 2017 XWLDW - Hebridean Hopscotch 7 £1,239.00 Book Now

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 (including ferry journeys between the islands)

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £238 (complete holiday)

If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead. 

  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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