Guided Island Hopping
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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.
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
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.
Sligachan Hotel, Sligachan, Isle of Skye - 3nts
Nestled amongst the red and black Cuillins, with the sparkling waters of Loch Sligachan to its front, the Sligachan hotel has served mountaineers, walkers and lovers of the wild Highland scenery since 1830. Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, TV and hairdryer. WiFi is available in a designated room.
Borrodale 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.
Day 1: Arrival Day on the Isle of Skye
Your leader will welcome you at The Sligachan Hotel before dinner at 19.00pm and give you a full briefing for the holiday.
Day 2: 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), 1700 ft (525m) ascent.
Day 3: Skye - 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), 1350 ft (410m) ascent. An alternative walk will be taken if the weather is too poor for the boat from Elgol to run.
Day 4: Skye - 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 miles (5km), 1,250 ft (380m) ascent.
Day 5: South Uist - 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. 8 miles (12.5km), negligible ascent.
Day 6: 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), 460 ft (140m) ascent.
Day 7: Barra - 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), 750 ft (230m) ascent, plus for Heaval 2.5 miles (4.5 km), 900 ft (275m) ascent.
Day 8: 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
This holiday starts at Sligachan on the Isle of Skye. There are several options using public transport. Starting points are Inverness or Glasgow, both of which can be reached by air or by train.
By bus from Inverness and Glasgow:
Ciylink Bus run from Inverness Bus Station, Glasgow Airport, and Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station to Uig on Skye, stopping at Sligachan. It is advisable to book seats.
By train from Glasgow to Mallaig:
Train from Glasgow to Mallaig (a classic rail journey via Fort William on the West Highland Line), then Calmac ferry to Armadale. Buses from Armadale are infrequent and a taxi is recommended either to Sligachan (45 mins) or to Broadford (20 mins) where you can pick up the local Stagecoach bus or the Citylink Bus (see above).
By train from Inverness:
Train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh (another classic rail journey) then bus as above (NB the bus will not wait if the train is delayed).
If you wish to come by car and leave it on Skye there is a public car park at Sligachan, but note that it may not be possible to get back to Sligachan by public transport on the departure day (depends on Uist buses and timing of ferries from Lochmaddy to Uig).
The holiday ends on the island of Barra, from where there are two options to return to the mainland:Return Journey
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.
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.
Dates & Prices
|10 Sep 2018||XWLDW - Hebridean Hopscotch||7||£1,249.00||Book Now|
- 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
- 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