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  Important Information about your Accommodation on Tour

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.

The accommodation prices above are for your guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, or for the variation between providers. We will always do our very best however to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependant on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available**

**There is no cash point facility in the village of Plockton**

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

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

Outer Hebrides & Skye Adventure 6 Day Tour

~ Cairngorms & Loch Ness
~ Ullapool
~ Lewis & Harris
~ Callanish standing stones
~ White sands of Luskentyre
~ 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 the Isle of Skye.

Stay 1 night in Ullapool, 2 nights in Stornoway, capital of the Western Isles, and 2 nights in Portree.

** Departures from 21/4/15 to 19/5/15 - please see important note below**

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

Departs: 09.00       Returns: 19.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £349 - £379
Discount Prices:  £329 - £359
Departing: Tuesdays (April to September) and Sundays (May to September)

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26.01.15  Important note affecting departures from the 21st April to 19th May 2015.

We have been informed that due to essential upgrading work at the port in Ullapool during the time period above, we will be unable to use the ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on day 2 of this tour. Instead we will travel through the West Highlands to Uig on Skye to catch the ferry from there. This will alter the itineraries on days 2 and 3 but all the main sites will still be visited.

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 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 and on to your overnight stay in the picturesque village of Portree.

Day 5 A day venturing around parts of Skye.Your guide will use their skill and knowledge of the back roads of Skye to show the best that this island has to offer, including the wild north of the island, the Old Man of Storr, the mountain pass of the Quiraing and Skye’s most westerly point at Neist

Day 6 Your return to Edinburgh has many highlights –  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


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.

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

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!! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

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I have been remiss in sending a message to say how much my daughter and I enjoyed our bus tour in August, 2014. Despite the damp weather we had a great time visiting the Highlands, Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye. Bruce was an amusing and informed guide. We enjoyed getting to know the other people on the bus. If we are ever able to return to Scotland, we will certainly take another tour with Rabbie's.
Posted by Catherine West on 09/02/2015

The second photo is Quiraing. The fourth photo is Plockton Harbour, Evening. The Fifth photo is Ullapool Harbour
Posted by Tom & Betsy Fletcher on 19/01/2015

Four of us went on the Highlands and Orkney tour, followed by the Outer Hebrides and Skye tour. Therefore we were led by 2 different guides. Paul, who led our tour of the Orkneys, was excellent in every way. He had a true love of history, and it showed: he was very knowledgeable about all the sites we visited, as well as about Scottish history in general. He invited questions, so there was a great deal of interaction between the tour members and Paul, all handled very well. Doug led our tour of the Outer Hebrides and Skye. Doug's major problem was that we had experienced Paul first, and Paul had been superb. Doug started off the tour by telling us a series of "stupid tourist" stories, and new editions of these stories were part of each day's itinerary. So naturally there was very little interaction between the tour participants and Doug, because no one wanted to show up in a future version of his Stupid Tourist stories. Doug had one major historical story to tell, the story of Mary Queen of Scots. This story extended over several days. It was indeed interesting. We wondered, however, how much true local history was being omitted while we heard this one major story. Altogether, these tours were very interesting, and I will be recommending them to our friends and business associates.
Posted by DKelley500 on 01/09/2014

What a great group we were. Strangers at the start, friends by the end. We left Edinburgh on 'Marathon Monsoon Sunday', the day of the Edinburgh Marathon and it could not have rained harder. At our first stop by the Forth Bridge the rain was lessening, and the weather got better and better as we traveled north. After that it was mainly sunshine all the way. The guide, Audrey, was superb, a born story teller and really knew her stuff. I've heard all my life about the fantastic Hebridean beaches but the reality is much more amazing than I could ever have imagined. Altogether a great experience.
Posted by Jean Thompson on 23/06/2014

Great tour in a magic country at the beginning of September! Doug, his storie and musics are unforgettable. Second experience with Rabbies and not the last!
Posted by Joëlle Chamarie on 12/10/2013

Andrew was an excellent guide. His knowledge of the history of the region and his practical knowledge was invaluable. A good mix of sightseeing and free time which responded well to the age profile of the group.
Posted by Lyn on 06/08/2013

There was so much that I enjoyed. The beautiful landscape, the new cities to explore, the natural attractions, and/or the people I met. Plus the tour guides did a really great job of telling facts and stories. Overall just a really fabulous time.
Posted by Rhiannon on 06/08/2013

A really good leader/driver who knew his stuff. Endlessly patient and good humoured he influenced how well the group worked. And, of course, magnificent scenery etc.
Posted by Christine on 06/08/2013

stunning scenery, driver was friendly, attentive to all passengers needs and narrated information and stories related to locations with passion and enthusiasm. Lots of stops and time off bus.
Posted by Fiona on 21/07/2013

The whole journey. I feel very fortunate indeed to have had Audrey as the tour guide, as she is probably the most delightful, vivacious, charming, witty and knowledgeable person I have ever met!
Posted by Murray on 15/07/2013

Karen, our guide, brought so much energy, fun, humour, and enthusiasm and had a great mix of stops for a diverse crowds. Loved the beaches with the crazy wind and the faerie glen! The castles were great. The standing stones. I also really liked trying all the different foods. All of it really!
Posted by Michelle on 09/07/2013

The whole tour was wonderful, but especially the prehistoric sites on Lewis.
Posted by Martin on 25/06/2013

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. 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. Here you will catch the late afternoon ferry to Skye and continue on to the harbour town of Portree, your base for the next two nights. 

Day 5 is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver/guide's knowledge will come to the fore in developing the best day out for you. For example you might travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery or visit the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. Or, after lunch you could travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively a visit to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod, may be possible. 

Day 6 Departing from Portree the return journey to Edinburgh has many highlights – 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 about 19.00

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