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Island hopping on Calmac ferries in Scotland

Your Hebridean Hopscotch holiday includes all your holiday ferry tickets, ferry timetables and Hopscotch reservations.

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Take your time, relax and enjoy the scenery.

In  2008 the Scottish Government  committed funding for lower Caledonian MacBrayne ferry fares, on a trial basis, which has been extended year by year.  With lower RET (Road Equivalent Tariff) ferry fares, there's never been a better time for Scottish islands holidays and Hebridean Hopscotch, together with Calmac ferries, makes it easy for for you

On the prices by sea page you can 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..

Calmac ferry MV Isle of Lewis

With the many improvements of recent years, the road to the isles of the Outer Hebrides is a great deal less arduous than it once was.

Although it takes longer than travelling here by air, the journey 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.

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 Isle of Lewis 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.

The ferries are all drive-on / drive-off and offer a relaxed, stress free journey - and normally punctual to the Calmac timetables. No customs, no immigration, no fuss.

The ferry journeys are 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.

Calmac from the  mainland of Scotland

Calmac Ferries Barra to EriskayFull size Calmac ferries accommodate around 90 to 115 cars and 600 to almost 1000 passengers.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Lewis) (MV Isle of Lewis - see above photo)

Mallaig - Armadale (Skye)

Uig (Skye) - Tarbert (Harris) or Lochmaddy (North Uist)

Oban - Castlebay (Barra) or Lochboisdale (South Uist)

Inter islands

These Caledonian MacBrayne ferries are smaller, enabling them to navigate the shallow channels that separate the islands.

Barra - Eriskay (pictured right)
Usually MV Loch Bhrusda, accommodating around 18 cars and up to 150 passengers.

Berneray (for the Uists) - Leverburgh (Harris)
Usually MV Loch Portain, accommodating around 31 cars and up to 195 passengers.

Relaxing holidays for stress relief, convalescence, inspiration in Western Isles of Scotland

Holiday insurance

topp insuranceYour financial protection

Holidays using car and or ferry travel only are protected by Total Payment Protection (topp) Policy cover.
Please see our booking conditions for more information.

ATOL and Topps protection does not replace personal holiday travel insurance, which we recommend to cover losses due to missed connections,  weather interruptions or inability to take your holiday because of illness, etc. 
We suggest you call your local insurance broker, see the internet and also check if your bank account includes travel insurance.

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