- Enjoy hiking off path on wild hikes among the Hebridean hills, surrounded by sea and sky.
- Witness stunning vistas of the Hebridean Islands with their unique mix of green hills, white sand beaches and blue waters.
- Relax in comfort at our exclusive wilderness lodge, located on the shoreline.
- 7 nights accommodation in an exclusive wilderness lodge.
- All meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
- All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Inverness
- All private boat and ferry transfers
Blue Graded Walking Holidays
Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.
4th May - 11th May 2019
Keith MillerHugely experienced and passionate naturalist. Keith has been guiding for many years.
11th May - 18th May 2019
Lorraine McCallNot happy with just walking up all the Munros, Lorraine walked and kayaked to reach them.
1st Jun - 8th Jun 2019
Dave GreerDiscover why Dave sports a massive mountain beard…
8th Jun - 15th Jun 2019
Kirsty ChuchlaJoin the effervescent Kirsty as she leads groups to Scotland's beautiful wild places.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Our accommodation is a private wilderness lodge set on a hillside, with spectacular views across the water and of the hills on its own 500 acre farm above Loch Erisort. It is a wonderful base for our adventure. It comfortably sleeps 15 people across 7 rooms but we have exclusive use, so with our smaller group there will be plenty of space. The lodge is equipped with its own drying room.
The lodge team will keep us well fed with freshly prepared cooked breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals using local produce. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.
There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers but, depending on the group configuration, you may need to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you prefer a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. As we usually have some couples on our trips, it should be possible for solo travellers to have their own room (7 rooms for a group of 8), but this cannot be guaranteed.
On this adventure to Scotland’s wildest islands you will enjoy superb hiking to the peaks of Lewis and Harris, the most rugged of all the Outer Hebridean islands.
You will have the chance to experience the unique island environment, culture and wildlife that makes the Outer Hebrides so enchanting. Accompanied by an expert guide you will be lead on thrilling hikes up the local summits and along wild coastlines.
The hills of the Outer Hebrides punch well above the weight that their diminutive height would otherwise suggest. These remote and heather-clad hills are full of character. They offer the keen hill enthusiast wild and rocky vistas and plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife such as golden eagles and red deer roaming free.
Note on terrain:
*Please note that on this trip you will spend the majority of time in rough terrain and not on paths when hiking on the hills.
Day 1 – Meet Inverness, transfer to Hebrides and hike
After meeting in Inverness at 8am we drive west through the Highlands to the port of Ullapool. Here we board the ferry and transfer across the Minch to the Hebrides, keeping our eyes peeled for whales and other marine wildlife. After landing we go for a warm up hike on the coast. We then head to our wilderness lodge and settle in for the night. (L ,D)
Walk details: up to 11km/ 7 miles approx 3.5 hours, 250m/ 820 ft ascent
Day 2 – Harris Peaks
Today we set out to enjoy a dramatic ridge walk, taking in up to four Hebridean summits. We set off following a good track up one of the wildest glens to be found anywhere in Scotland before branching off and ascending to the summit of Muladal. We then traverse the next 3 peaks on the ridge, enjoying superb views of the wild and alien landscapes that make up Lewis and Harris. On a clear day your view will be peppered with hills and islands, you might even be able to see all the way to St Kilda in the West. We’ll celebrate our first day out in the hills tonight with a hearty meal in our waterside lodge. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 15km/ 9 miles, approx 6.5 hours, 900m/ 2950 ft ascent
Day 3 – RIB trip and coastal hike
This morning offers us an easier day as we embark on the estate’s private RIB to explore the nearby coast by both boat and foot. We split into two groups – one to walk first with the guide and the other to board the RIB and look out for wildlife with the local ghillie. We meet again and enjoy lunch with everybody on a small wild island before swapping over. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 9.5km/ 6 miles, approx 5 hours, 850m/ 2788 ft ascent
Day 4 – Ascent of Mealaisbhal
Today we set out for the highest point on the Isle of Lewis. The peak of Mealaisbhal may be low at 576m but it is a hill of great beauty, offering lots of bare rock and a tremendous viewpoint from which to view the island. We first ascend to the shoulder of Mula Mac Sgiathain which gives us great views across the Uig Sands before gaining the rocky upper slopes of the hill. We boulder hop a little to the summit and drink in the views before descending to the West. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 11.5km/ 7 miles, approx 5 hours, 580m/ 1900 ft ascent
Day 5 – Blackhouse village and Coastal Hike
Our hike today starts from the Gearrannan Blackhouse village on Lewis. The village will provide an insight into to the traditional dwellings of the islands and how island life used to be. From here we set out west onto the rugged headland to make a circuit enjoying the wild terrain of sea cliffs and rocky outcrops. After hiking out to the small lighthouse at the end of the peninsula we then return along the other side of the headland. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 8.5km/ 5 miles, approx. 3.5 hours
Day 6 – Ascent of Clisham
Today we hike on the Isle of Harris again, taking on the ascent of Clisham, the highest point in the Outer Hebrides. From the summit we enjoy unrivalled views across the wildest islands in Scotland. It will be a challenging yet rewarding day, offering superb hiking amongst varied and wild terrain. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 14km/ 9 miles, approx. 8 hours, 1050m/ 3444 ft ascent
Day 7 – Beinn Dubh and the Sands of Luskentyre
On our final day of hiking we enjoy one last peak and then take a relaxing stroll on the finest beach in Scotland. Beinn Dubh offers us a final adventure onto the rough slopes of the hills. The walking is steep initially but this soon eases and we enjoy the amazing views across the beach all the way to the summit. Here we drink in our final Hebridean High Point before descending to the incredible Luskentyre sands to walk barefoot along the Atlantic shore. (B,L,D)
Walk details: 11.5km/ 7 miles, approx. 5 hours
Day 8 – Return to Inverness
This morning we take the ferry from Tarbert and depart the Outer Hebrides. We travel back to Inverness via the Isle of Skye, returning in the evening for 6:00pm. (B, L)
Walk details: 2 – 4 km/ 1-2 miles, approx. 1-2 hours
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by Ruth Urben 24/07/2018
On-line booking procedure for 2 people was not very clear. I mentioned this to Colin White on the trip and he said he had already sorted it out. It needed it!
otherwise, very prompt and helpful responses to all specific queries and timely and relevant pre-trip information.
Excellent guide, excellent company (fellow walkers) and excellent accommodation.
Accommodation and Food
It was excellent but for us, it was unnecessarily luxurious. We would have been equally, or more, happy with lower grade accommodation. I appreciate that does not apply to all your clients, and that you take the best that is available. Practical details, it would have been good to have had a less thick duvet. I admit I did not ask, as I don't like to be demanding and awkward, but what was available in the room was winter weight and much too hot, even for a normal summer.
Drying room and boot room much appreciated
Can't imagine a better guide, enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable, skilful, and always willing to go the extra kilometre or 10, on the ground and metaphorically in tracking down eg flower species, word origins etc.
The Bottom Line
Re last score of 4/5. It could be 5/5 but a number of my friends have to watch their finances and others would prefer less comfort.
by Julia Gerber 23/07/2018
Great to have the possibility to actually talk to somebody. Nowadays a lot of companies can only be contacted by email and this is definitely not the same servicr. Thanks
Great guide (Kirsty) and great company.
Accommodation and Food
Hot water was very limited - sometimes hardly enough for a quick shower.
Kirsty made an excellent job
The Bottom Line
Enjoyed it very much. However already mentioned to Kirsty at end of trip that according to trip description/grade info, I thought that hikes would be partly on hiking paths. If I would have known that all hikes were on rough terrain - which I'm not used to - I might have chosen a different trip
by Richard Stowe 17/07/2018
I could not fault kirsty..excellent !
The Bottom Line
Very professional with excellent guides with good accommodation.
by Brian Condon 17/07/2018