Hebridean Hopscotch Holidays

Coach and Group Travel

Please note:  This page is intended for the information of coach and group travel operators who are organising holidays for their own clients and is not intended to provide guidance for individual travellers.  If you are are looking a coach holiday and have accidentally arrived at this page, please contact coach operators direct – you’ll find some names on our ‘links’ page. We’ve made it as simple as possible for you to offer the Outer Hebrides as a tour destination for coach and group travel guests.  Here, where Europe ends and the Atlantic begins, is a place where visitors may become travellers on an adventure into unique landscapes and cultures. These itineraries are provided for the benefit of coach and group travel operators planning holidays to the Western Isles of Scotland. They are facilitated by the co-operation of three independent hotel companies, offering a choice of accommodation in four hotels throughout the 160 mile long string of islands.  More information about the hotels is shown below the suggested itineraries. Please note that schedules may vary as timetables change. However, the ferry timings change only slightly over time, so it’s reasonable to use this document for initial planning but all times must be checked before publishing an invitation to travel.  Times provided here are for guidance only and do not constitute part of any contract with the hotels or any other businesses mentioned in this document. The Scottish Government’s Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) pilot scheme has made ferry fares significantly cheaper and is still in place for the foreseeable future, so there has never been a better time for you to try an Outer Hebridean programme. As you explore eight of these magical islands, your guests will be enchanted by shell-sand beaches, mysterious ancient monuments, dramatic mountains and wonderful wildlife. You’ll find that our experience in the needs of group travel operators means we can provide a real welcome, good food and comfortable rooms for your guests, while meeting your own, specific operating objectives. Why not take a few moments to browse the itineraries below?  Then call us to discuss how we could help you use them to provide something different in the programmes you offer to your clients. For more information or tour planning advice, please call the Cala Hotels’ groups department on 01851 706600, or email groups@calahotels.com. This page may be viewed (in a new window), printed or downloaded as a brochure format, by clicking here. Islands Galore – A four nights, eight island hopping tour. Ferry times vary a little, according to season, but those shown will give a flavour of what you can plan.  The itinerary shown here is from north to south and may be reversed, in which case timings and stopping points will change. We invite you to provide us with suggested dates and direction of travel, so that we can tailor the itinerary to provide interesting en-route stops to fit in with ferry timings

From To Check in Depart Arrival
Day One
Ferry Ullapool Stornoway 16:50 17:35 20:20
By road to Caladh Inn or Cabarfeidh Hotel 20:30
Day Two Full day circular tour of Lewis west side and Uig district.
Visiting:
The dramatic road, known as ‘Europes’s longest cul-de-sac’ – passing numerous sea-lochs, rock strewn hillsides (the possibility of seeing eagles), the vast shell sand beach at Ardroil.  Callanish stone circle. Carloway Broch, Garenin Blackhouse village. Dalmor beach.    Total 79.3 miles. A further night in Stornoway.
Day Three 
By road/ferries: Stornoway Castlebay (Barra) 7:20
By road to:  Leverburgh ferry slipway (public toilets at slipway). 56 miles, non-stop travel time less than 2 hours.Hot drinks/confectionery machines on ferry. Toilets.
Ferry Leverburgh Berneray 09:25 09:35 10:35
By road to: Eriskay ferry slipway. 66 miles, non-stop travel time about 2 hoursRouted via western coast of N. Uist for coastal views. Stop: RSPB reserve visitor centre at Balranald (toilets). Lunch: Isle of Benbecula House Hotel. Stop: The ancient, ruined chapels and gravestones, thatched cottages and beach of Howmore (Tobha Mor).Arrive: Eriskay ferry slipway.  Toilets.
Ferry Eriskay Barra 16:25 16:35 17:15
By road to: Isle Of Barra Beach Hotel, 7.5 miles 17:35
Day Four Half day scenic tour of Barra and Vatersay.
Visiting:The restored ancient Chapel of  Cille Barra and the Runic Stone. Traigh Mor beach and view a landing or take-off at the world’s only beach airport that takes scheduled flights. Machair, Catalina memorial and beach at Vatersay. Castlebay for Kisimul Castle and attractions.
Day Five
By road to: Castlebay ferry slipway,  3 miles    08:30 departure.
Ferry Castlebay Oban 08:50 09:20 14.10

In Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Footsteps – A two-centre excursion, which adds value to Skye and Higlands tours. This leisurely four night holiday gives your guests plenty of time to experience the sights and culture of the Outer Hebrides’ more northerly islands. An added benefit is the departure (or arrival) via the short sea crossing between Uig and Tarbert or Lochmaddy, which allows your guests to also enjoy the magnificent Skye scenery en-route. Ferry times vary a little, according to day of the week and season, so those given are just a guide.. The itinerary shown here follows a roughly clockwise direction and may be reversed, in which case timings and stopping points will change. We invite you to provide us with suggested dates and direction of travel, so that we can tailor the itinerary to provide interesting en-route stops to fit in with ferry timings.

From To Check in Depart Arrival
Day One
Ferry Ullapool Stornoway 16:50 17:35 20:20
By road to Caladh Inn or Cabarfeidh Hotel 20:30
Day Two Full day circular tour of Lewis west side and Uig district.
Visiting:
The dramatic road, known as ‘Europes’s longest cul-de-sac’ – passing numerous sea-lochs, rock strewn hillsides (the possibility of seeing eagles), the vast shell sand beach at Ardroil.  Callanish stone circle. Carloway Broch, Garenin Blackhouse village. Dalmor beach.    Total 79.3 miles. A further night in Stornoway.
Day Three 
By road/ferries: Stornoway Lionacleit (Benbecula) 09:00
By road to: Leverburgh ferry slipway (public toilets at slipway). 56 miles,  non-stop travel time less than 2 hours.Stop:    Tarbert town-ship centre, for Harris Tweed Shop and exploration. Toilets. Stop:    Horgabost beach for picnic lunches.Hot drinks/confectionery machines on ferry. Toilets.
Ferry Leverburgh Berneray 14:30 14:40 15:40
By road to: Dark Island Hotel – arrrive around 16:40. 30 miles, non-stop travel time about 1 hour.Routed via western coast of N. Uist for coastal views.
Day Four Full day scenic tour via South Uist and Eriskay with almost 5 hours on Barra and Vatersay. 08:45 departure.
Visiting:The restored ancient Chapel of  Cille Barra and the Runic Stone.  Traigh Mor beach and possibly view a landing or take-off on the beach.  Machair,  Catalina memorial  and beach at Vatersay.  Castlebay township with its visitor attractions.Arrive: Eriskay ferry slipway. Toilets. 09:45There are also toilets on the ferry.Lunch:Isle of Barra Beach Hotel..Explore Tangasdale beach.
Ferry Eriskay Barra 10:05 10:15 10:55
Ferry Barra Eriskay 15:35 15:45 16:25
Day Five
By road to: Lochmaddy ferry terminal,  22 miles    09:45 departure.
Ferry Lochmaddy Uig (Skye) 10:45 11:15 13:00

Our hotels for coach parties

Coach holidays in Stornoway Coah Holiday Isle of Lewis

Isle of Barra Coach HolidayBenbecula Coach Holiday Cala Hotels Group James Street Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2QN Telephone 01851 706600 www.calahotels.com, groups@calahotels.com Isles Hotels Group Liniclate, Isle of Benbecula HS7 5PJ Telephone 01870 603030 www.isleshotelgroup.co.uk ,chrisella@isleshotelgroup.co.uk, The Isle of Barra Beach Hotel Tangasdale Beach Isle of Barra HS9 5XW Telephone 01871 810383 www.isleofbarrahotel.co.uk, barrahotel@aol.com