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Escape to the Edge - Outer Hebrides Adventure 5 Day Tour
 
 
  The tour price does not include accommodation, but this gives you the freedom to choose your budget and the type of accommodation you wish to stay in.

Choose Hostel, B&B or Hotel and we will book it for you.

Typical prices per person per night:
Hostel £15-£20, Guest House B&B £30-£45, Hotels - more.
Based on 2 people sharing (except hostel). Single occupancy will be higher.

Accommodation on the tours is dispersed around various villages and towns. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings may limit the choice of accommodation available.

For more information on accommodation and prices click here...

Escape to the Edge - Outer Hebrides Adventure 5 Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Cairngorms & Loch Ness
~ Ullapool
~ Lewis & Harris
~ Callanish standing stone circle
~ White sands of Luskentyre
~ Portree, Isle of Skye
~ Eilean Donan Castle

Get away from it all with this magnificent adventure to the Outer Hebridean Islands of Lewis and Harris, home to pre-historic stone circles of Callanish and the famous white sandy beaches of Harris. Your tour will also include magical Ullapool and Skye.

Stay 2 nights in Stornoway, capital of the Western Isles with a night in Ullapool and Portree before and after.

Please phone us if date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 09.00       Returns: 19.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £
Discount Prices:  £
Departing: Tuesdays (May to September)
Accommodation Info Accommodation Options
 
 
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Day 1 Highlights include Dunkeld for a short forest walk to the Hermitage waterfalls, lunch in the Spey Valley overlooked by the Cairngorm Mountains, Loch Ness, Inverness and the Corrieshalloch Gorge. Your overnight stop is the west coast fishing port of Ullapool.

Day 2 Your ferry will take you past the Summer Isles to the Isle of Lewis with opportunities to see dolphins, whales and seabirds. You are on the north west edge of Europe now and your afternoon is spent exploring historic blackhouses, crofting townships and the Butt of Lewis. 2 nights in Stornoway, capital of the Western Isles.

Day 3 Highlights include the pre-historic stone broch at Dun Carloway, Gearrannan blackhouse village, the famous Callanish stone circles and the remote beaches and communities of Great Bernera or Uig. This is the wilderness of the Western Isles at its finest.

Day 4 Today you explore the Isle of Harris, famous for its locally produced Harris Tweed, and home to the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and the stunning white sands of Luskentyre. Following a visit to the historic 16th century church at Rodel and lunch in nearby Leverburgh you travel over the sea to Skye, for your overnight stay in the picturesque town of Portree.

Day 5 Your return to Edinburgh has many highlights – the Cuillin Mountains of Skye, a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, Fort William, the dramatic scenery and dark history of Glencoe and the Falls of Dochart at Killin. An adventure to remember forever.

Departure Point
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions: 
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. 
Air Conditioning as standard. 
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
All ferry and bridge crossings. 

Exclusions:
All meals and refreshments.
Entrance fees to all visitor attractions.

Accommodation
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here

*NB On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary. 

Discount Price 
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information  
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!!

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Liam Ross, a statistical outlier! Liam provided a most excellent tour! A gentleman and a scholar. Liam provided a fascinating introduction to Scottish legend, history and culture; wrapped in hospitality and safe driving. The tour was simply fantastic and the best. Liam is a great ambassador for Scotland! (P.S, we took the June 2, 2013 Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour).
Posted by Dennis Stanfield on 19/06/2013


We loved the tour. Doug was knowledgeable, funny, entertaining, kind and a safe driver too! The other passengers were all lovely. Even the weather co-operated mostly. We did stop at a bead with sea stacks - we managed to be there on a perfect day at low tide - that was amazing!
Posted by Amy Waldman-Smith on 18/09/2012


Greetings from Sweden. Just returned from the 5 day tour to the Outer Hebrides. Just like to say that we're really, really pleased with the tour. Beautiful scenery and Doug, our guide, was absolutely brilliant!! Love the cd with the soundtrack of our trip. Enjoy it on a daily basis : ) This is the fifth time we've chosen Rabbies for our holiday and we've been equally satisfied and happy every single time. Very high standard on their service, acommomdations as well as on all their guides. Can certaily recommend Rabbies to all our friends and everyone else thinking about going to Scotland. Thanks alot! We'll be back! /Hans & Inger Ejdung, Sweden
Posted by Hans&Inger Ejdung on 11/09/2012


Although I've been back in the US for 24 hrs, in my mind I'm still out on the Hebrides.... This was my first trip to Scotland, and my parents' first trip outside of North America. We chose Rabbies as a compromise to our travel preferences, and it could not have been a better decision. I could write paragraph upon paragraph describing sun breaks slanting off Highland crags, waves rolling onto empty stretches of sand, and ruins with walls crumbling back into the rock from which they rose...but it still wouldn't capture the experience of those 5 days. Instead, I just want to say thank you to Rabbies. You deserve every award that you receive! Thank you to everyone in our group...we enjoyed sharing the experience with you all, and our only regret is that we hopped into a cab so quickly back in Edinburgh that we felt like we didn't really get to say goodbye. And finally, a note about our guide, Doug. The trip would not have been the same without him. Professional, yet fun, knowledgeable, yet always entertaining....I can't say enough. Rabbies is very lucky to have him on the team, and we were very lucky to have our introduction to Scotland through his eyes. He has a passion for his country that is infectious! If I had one complaint, it would be that the tour is just not long enough!! (Maybe extend the trip another day??) Hmmm...well, I guess I can just start planning on another tour next year! And in the meantime, at least I can enjoy Doug's playlist....I wonder if the Peatbog Faeries ever tour the US?! Ps. Doug....I hope that Scotland clobbers Macedonia tomorrow! I'll be checking the Internet for results! :)
Posted by Carissa on 11/09/2012


Stunning scenery, knowledgable and humorous delivery by guide.
Posted by Mandy Heiser on 20/08/2012


Because the weather was perfect, the beaches became very idyllic, but the entertainment in de bus (stories, legends, general info, music) was a bonus.
Posted by Wendy Vanden Driesch on 10/07/2012


This is but a very small selection of the pictures taken on the "Outer Hebrides tour" during the first week of July... Enjoy!
Posted by Wendy on 09/07/2012


Back in Belgium, listening to the music we heared in the bus and just wanted to thank the entire group and of course our guide Doug for this exceptional tour! See you next year!
Posted by Wendy on 08/07/2012


My sister Catriona and I enjoyed a fabulous tour recently with Liam as our tour guide/driver. He gave an amazing amount of info about all the places we visited and went 'above and beyond the call of duty' in assisting us to find our old family croft in Upper Barvas. Thanks too, to the rest of our group for being so encouraging and excited for us when we found it it, even though it was sadly neglected. We had a really enjoyable five days.
Posted by Fiona Stabana on 04/10/2011


I must compliment Rabbies on running an excellent tour to the Outer Hebrides. The whole process was done efficiently from the booking by affable personnel to the actual tour. It was an interesting itinerary but more importantly the driver/courier, Doug, added an extra dimension with good humour and guiding that included comments on history, legends and general regional knowledge. Highly recommended.
Posted by Ian Richardson on 07/09/2011


Doug was an outstanding driver/guide. His breadth of knowledge was amazing, and he was always interesting. One of our main interests was my husband's Isle of Lewis ancestors, and Doug made sure to get us to all the right places and people. We travel a lot, and I would rate Doug as one of the very best guides we have ever had.
Posted by Lilla Wise on 07/07/2011


My second tour sent me to Seamus, who I would highly recommend to anyone liking a mix of music, broad storytelling, and a wicked sense of humor. I was sincerely sorry to leave this tour to come home! He was sincerely interested in everyone on the tour bus and made sure that we each got the things out of the tour we wanted - for me, it was making sure that we stopped to take photos along the way. THANK YOU!
Posted by Susan Goodfellow on 25/06/2011


If anyone has the opportunity to take a ferry crossing with Cal-Mac, be sure to pick up one of the free promotional CD's from their terminals called " The Gaelic Rings ". You will enjoy this photo op of six different venues, or circles. You will see pictures of most all major tour sights in the Western Isles and Western Highlands, as well as listen to native Gaelic speakers present their stories. It is subtitled in English where Gaelic is spoken.
Posted by Robert W. Goodrich on 19/10/2010


Now that I have had the time to readjust to life back here in the States since the late September tour, I want to personally thank you once again for the professionalism you displayed during the entire trip as both driver and guide. The ferry crossings went smooth for everyone because of this and being able to tend to each particular passenger's needs and quirks is quite a feat. Hope to see you again in the future on another Rabbie's tour. That bloody Gaelic speaking Yank with the Ordnance Survey map, Bob
Posted by Robert W. Goodrich on 16/10/2010


Best tour I have ever been on. Karen is a fantastic driver / guide. She made the whole experience just wonderful. Also we had a lot of time of the bus and lots of photo stops. The hotels and b& b were good and my fellow travellers were brilliant company.
Posted by heike wietasch on 31/08/2010


fabulous sights landscapes,out stnding Tour guide and very safe driver.Very personable,professional,knowlegeable,Very demonstrative of Scotish Hosptality--in all a 'Sterling Person"
Posted by Paul Perry on 20/08/2010


Karen's enthusiasm and knowledge about Scotland. She made every stop the best. She also cares about her passengers and treats them like they are her first and only customers.
Posted by COMBO Mark Minor on 19/08/2010


Thanks Rabbies and especially our tour guides Andrew and then Karen. I told my friends I was on a bus tour..first ever..and senior rate no less. It was truly amazing. Our guides couldn't have been more helpful or fun or informative. Rabbies..driver guides Karen and Andrew deserve raises. Thanks again. I will post a photo as soon as I figure out how.
Posted by Judy Langdon on 17/07/2010


The most enjoyable part was definitely the black houses on the Isle of Lewis, but our guide Karen was phenomenal... her knowledge & humour made every part of the tour enjoyable. I only wished I had booked another tour on my trip to Scotland... just fantastic
Posted by Kim Champion on 31/08/2009


Andew the courier gave us not only the history of where we were or stopping but gave it with enthusiasm. A wide knowledge not only of the history but from birds plants etc which made it more enjoyable and interesting. He was an excellent courier. We stopped at so many places he thought would be interesting and never hurried us on. We had plenty of time for everything whilst keeping to the schedule. Choice of hotels/guest houses were good and we liked the idea of this.
Posted by Monica Mitchell on 24/06/2009


Stunning countryside where small coaches could venture where larger ones could not.
Posted by Sandra Thexton on 17/06/2009


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Day 1 Depart Edinburgh and travel north into the Highlands. First stop will be the historic village of Dunkeld where you will take a short walk through the forest to some waterfalls. Continuing north the route passes through the Grampian Mountains to the Spey Valley where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the world famous Loch Ness then make a short stop in Inverness itself. There will be time for a visit to the impressive waterfalls at Corrieshalloch Gorge before you arrive in the West Coast fishing port of Ullapool for your overnight stay.

Day 2 Catch the morning ferry from Ullapool for the 2 hour sail along Loch Broom, past the Summer Isles then out across the Minch to Stornoway – the main town on Lewis and capital of the Outer Hebrides. Look out for dolphins, whales and seabirds during the crossing. In the afternoon explore the North West coast from Arnol with its historic old “blackhouse”, through traditional crofting townships to Port of Ness and the very north tip of the island – the Butt of Lewis. From the lighthouse here there is nothing between you and the Americas! Overnight in Stornoway.

Day 3 Today will be spent exploring some of the prehistoric remains on the island as well as its finest beaches. The fascinating circular stone fort, or Broch, at Carloway will be your first stop followed by more traditional crofting communities such as Gearrannan and Shawbost. Then it’s on to Callanish with its mysterious ancient stone circle. In the afternoon you will head for the remote district of Uig with its fine, sandy beaches at Bhaltos, dramatic sea cliffs and rugged hills. This is the wilderness of the Western Isles at its finest. Overnight again in Stornoway.

Day 4 Travelling south today from the wild moorlands of Lewis to the more mountainous Harris – almost but not quite an island on its own. Famous for the locally produced cloth, Harris Tweed, it is also home to the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and the stunning white sands of Luskentyre. After a morning of exploring South Harris you will stop for lunch in the small port of Tarbet from where you will catch the late afternoon ferry to Skye. Once on Skye it is less than hour to Portree, the island’s main town, and your overnight stay.

Day 5 Departing from Portree the return journey to Edinburgh has many highlights – the Cuillin Mountains, a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, Fort William and the dramatic scenery and dark history of Glencoe. Travelling back south through the Central Highland the last stop of the day will be in Killin beside the Falls of Dochart before returning to Edinburgh.

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts