Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights From £450
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The Isle of Harris, located in the Outer Hebrides archipelago on Scotland’s west coast, is one of our favourite places in Scotland. The north of the island is hilly and rugged, and all around the coastline are a string of pristine white sand beaches just waiting to be discovered. The wild landscapes and rich seas of Harris make ideal homes for birds and marine wildlife. This blend of scenery, combined with the turquoise waters and ever-changing light makes Harris the perfect island getaway for adventurous families and groups to explore.
From exhilarating days walking amongst the peaks to picture-perfect coastal walks and historic treks on the ancient ‘coffin roads’, you will be captivated by the Island’s charms. For cyclists, Harris also offers fantastic road riding if you wish to explore by bike.
There is plenty of free time to explore as well and the neighbouring islands also make for great day trips. To the north, and connected to Harris by a land-bridge, Lewis is home to the truly magnificent Callanish Standing Stones, as well as many other fascinating sites and beautiful walks. Head south and take a ferry to North Uist, which is a haven for wildlife, boasts unique landscapes and intriguing prehistoric sites.
The combination of activities led by a local guide, along with free time on your own to explore the islands, makes for a fantastic and memorable holiday – perfect for families and groups of friends.
Please note that this trip is based in self-catering lodge accommodation that sleeps up to 8 people. The per-person price is based on a group of 8, prices will vary depending on group size and any extra activities booked.
Departing from Ullapool, a scenic ferry crossing takes you to Stornoway, the largest town in the Hebrides. Driving south for about an hour and a half gives you the opportunity to get a feel for Lewis before arriving at your island cottage in Harris. If time allows, you might like to add a short detour to visit the magnificent Dun Carloway Broch and the impressive Callanish Stones, erected 5,000 years ago during the Neolithic Era. Continue your journey through history by visiting Gearrannan Black House village, a collection of beautifully restored traditional thatched cottages. On arrival at your cottage, settle in and perhaps head out for a short walk on the beach.
Enjoy an easy morning as you settle into your stunning surroundings. A stone’s throw from a white sand beach, you might want to spend the morning exploring the dunes and rock pools. In the afternoon, your local guide will meet you at the cottage. Unless you’ve requested another activity in advance, your guide will take you to some favourite spots for hiking and wildlife watching on Harris. With the day tailored to your group, your guide will share stories of the islands, its people and rich history allowing you to really get to know this special place. By the end of the day, you’ll have come up with a plan for spending the rest of your time together.
Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time then set off to discover the beauty of Harris. There are lots of fantastic options such as hiking in the north Harris hills, searching for elusive golden eagles and red deer. Or, if you’d like to explore by bike, cycle the Golden road which twists and turns through spectacular scenery steeped in history. Your guide will recommend the best options for your group tailored to your experience to make sure you get the most out of your time on these beautiful islands.
Meet your guide this morning to fit in one more adventure. Exploring by foot or bike, together you’ll seek out another hidden gem in the area. With a free afternoon, you can be sure your guide will have left you with lots of suggestions for how to spend the rest of your time in the Outer Hebrides.
For the next few days, you’ll explore these unique islands at your own pace. The friendly Wilderness Scotland team are happy to work with you prior to your trip to create a fantastic adventure with additional options including boat trips, extra guided days or ferry tickets to the other islands in the Outer Hebrides chain. Alternatively, you may just want to wait and see what the day brings. There is so much to do on these islands, from beachcombing and gentle walks on the island’s coasts to trips to some of the small galleries and craft shops. You may want to check out the eagle hides during walks through the rugged hills or enjoy a tour and tasting at the Harris Gin distillery. Whatever you decide, relaxing with a good book in your cosy cottage as the sun sets, is a lovely way to end the day.
Check out of the cottage mid-morning and make your way back to Stornoway. The ferry leaves in the early afternoon so you’ll have just enough time for a final walk, a trip to the beach or a visit to a local gallery or shops before arriving at the terminal. Back on the mainland, begin the drive home. Not quite ready to head home yet? We offer customised extensions, just get in touch.
You will be staying in a self-catered house on the Isle of Harris. The house is graded 4-star by VisitScotland. With enviable views of the golden sands of Seilebost beach towards Luskentyre, this well appointed house sleeps up to 8 guests in 4 bedrooms.
With a huge amount of well thought-out space, the house offers extremely comfortable living. A very large open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge with wood burning stove offer all the social space that family and friends will need. You can also retire to the quiet snug room with its own wood burner to read a book or just relax. There are four bedrooms as follows:.
There is one double bedroom on the ground floor with fitted wardrobes and ensuite shower room. Two further double bedrooms can be found on the first floor along with a twin bedroom. These three bedrooms share the first floor bathroom.
Other features: 2 wood burning stoves; Audio system and docking station; Fully centrally heated with radiators in all rooms; Fully maintained as a self-catering residence; Large heated utility and drying room; Limited satellite broadband with wifi; Television with Sky TV; Washing machine and tumble dryer.
Please note – Pets are not allowed. No catering is provided. The house is in a rural location with no shops or restaurants within walking distance. The nearest town of note is Tarbert, which is about 20 minutes drive north of the cottage. The smaller village of Leverburgh is 15 minutes south of the cottage.
Due to the quickly changing availability of the accommodation we require a deposit payment before confirming the house is available. This cottage is let Monday to Monday. If you would like us to arrange hotel stays before or after your time at the cottage, we are happy to do so – just ask our sales team. If you choose to arrive late or depart early, there is no change to the price.
This trip starts and finishes at Ullapool, where you catch the ferry over to the Outer Hebrides
This is a self drive holiday – you can bring your own car or hire ahead of time. Please get in touch for recommendations.
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