Hebridean Hopscotch Holidays

CalMac ferries island hopping in Scotland

CalMac ferries tickets are included with your Hebridean Hopscotch holiday, as well as accommodation and any chosen air travel.

CalMac ferries to the Outer Hebrides with Hebridean Hopscotch

Take your time, relax and enjoy the scenery passing by during your CalMac ferry crossing.  As well as being leisurely, this is a great value way to travel, thanks to Scottish Government subsidies.  RET (Road Equivalent Tariff) ferry fares are designed to keep ferry travel prices down for tourists and local residents alike.  There’s never been a better time to take a holiday to the Scottish islands with Hebridean Hopscotch, together with Calmac ferries, makes it easy for you.

CalMac ferries staff offer a warm welcome to the Outer Hebrides

Aboard your CalMac ferry, you’ll find friendly staff who will help you find your way around and enjoy your cruise to the Outer Hebrides

Staff at CalMac Ferries play an important part in providing hospitality to our visitors. You’ll find them friendly, helpful and accommodating.  This attitude has resulted in the company winning many awards including Guardian/Observer Best Ferry Company and the  Scottish Transport Award.

A new vessel for CalMac Ferries

If you’re planning to include the Ullapool/Stornoway route in your 2015 holiday (in either direction) you’ll be travelling on CalMac’s fabulous new ferry. The MV Loch Seaforth, delivered brand new during the last quarter of 2014.

The Loch Seaforth, the largest ship in the CalMac fleet, will be capable of operating 24 hours a day and has capacity for up to 700 passengers and 143 cars or 20 articulated trucks.  Passengers using the Stornoway-Ullapool route will enjoy a faster, quieter and more comfortable service than the current vessel provides.

You can catch up on Loch Seaforth news at her Facebook page via this link.

On the holidays pages you’ll see some of the Hopscotch routes and Calmac ferries to and from the Hebrides – your Hebridean Hopscotch holiday advisor will be happy to help you select the most suitable for your holiday, even if it is not shown in our lists of suggested Calmac itineraries.

Driving to board your Hebrides ferry

Although it takes longer than travelling here by air, the journey by road and sea really is part of your holiday, giving you opportunities to explore other Scottish highlights on the way, perhaps the mountains and glens of the Highlands, or the west coast. With the many improvements of recent years, the main road to the isles of the Outer Hebrides is now an easy drive.

From the motorway near Perth, follow wide, smooth trunk roads past Inverness to Ullapool, then take a short voyage on Caledonian MacBrayne’s flagship, the Loch Seaforth with observation lounge, restaurant, bar, children’s play area – and some of the finest views in Scotland.

Or take the scenic route to Oban or the Isle of Skye and cross with another of CalMac’s modern ships – these ships are surprisingly large – roughly the length of a football pitch.

Calmac ferries MV Isle of Lewis

Calmac ferry crosses to the Outer Hebrides from Ullapool to Stornoway

The ferries are all drive-on / drive-off and offer a relaxed, stress free journey – and normally punctual to the Calmac timetables.

The ferry journeys are a truly important aspects of your holiday visit to Scottish islands, with amazing scenery slipping past the ship, plus an opportunity to observe the every day comings and goings of islanders.

Of course, travelling in your own car, you’ll enjoy familiar comforts, and you can bring as much baggage as you like – even your mountain bikes!   We include all your inter-island Caledonian MacBrayne ferry crossings, too.

Whether you choose to cruise or prefer to arrive by air, our resident holiday advisors will look after every aspect of your booking, tailoring your accommodation choices to your interests and favoured touring route.

A car is the ideal way to visit Scotland and see the islands but it’s not essential – whether you travel here by train, coach or bike, we can provide just the holiday to suit you – all you need do is ask us.