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Activity holidays in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland

From extreme sports  to more gentle pastimes, the Outer Hebrides has something for everyone.

Hebridean Hopscotch holiday is an ideal way to take part in some of the activities available, with travel through the islands and a chance to experience the hospitality for which the Hebrides is famous.

If you're travelling with a partner or family who does not share your sporting passions, there's plenty for them  to do while you indulge yourself - including cultural experiences, sightseeing, wildlife and more.

We show here a few of the most requested excursions and activities that work well  together with your Hebridean Hopscotch Holiday in the Western Isles. There are lots more ideas that you can find via a web search for your favourite pastime or check links on our individual island pages.

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St Kilda full day tour by boat:

50 miles to the west of Harris, the spectacular cliffs and sea stacs of the archipelago are home to the world’s largest gannet colony, plus puffins, fulmars and guillemots. You’ll also land on Hirta, with around 3 to 4 hours to explore explore the village (evacuated in 1930) and the hills around it.

St Kilda enjoys double World Heritage status and you are sure to remember and appreciate the excursion forever.

3 nights accommodation is required near the start point, with the second day reserved in case weather prevents travel on the chosen date.  Our travel advisors are happy to ensure you have the right accommodation in the right place at the right time and can assist you with your excursion booking.

Your day out lasts around 12 hours with an early morning start from Leverburgh, Harris or from Meavaig, Lewis. Travel is with Seatrek (illustrated here), Kilda Cruises or Sea Harris, price £180 to £190 per person.

Seatrek - Book direct by calling 01851 672469 or visit website www.seatrek.co.uk/
Kilda Cruises - Book direct by calling 01859 502060 or visit website http://www.kildacruises.co.uk/
Sea Harris - Book direct by calling 01859 502007  or visit website http://www.seaharris.co.uk/


St Kilda full day tour by boat
Fly-fishing (trout) for beginners or improvers:

Stewart, your instructor, is based at Ardnastruban House B&B, in the central area of the Uists.

He is a local estate ghillie (immigrated from Lancashire), who has a wealth of expertise in fly-fishing.He’s also extremely knowledgeable on the local wildlife, including the bird species that live in and pass through the islands.  

Complete beginners will learn the basics of fly casting for trout, while improvers will be assessed and helped to improve technique, to build confidence and chances of better catches.  

If you are interested, he will also teach some flytying and observational skills for the naturalist.  

£150/day for a party of 2 people. Half day £100.  Book direct by calling Stewart on 01870 602452.
Fly-fishing (trout) for beginners or improvers: Hebrides Uist
4WD Archeological full day adventure:

Dave Godwin, a member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists, will drive you by Land Rover to significant sites to enjoy history that took place from around 50 to over 8,000 years ago.  

The sites can include Callanish and other standing stones, a Pictish House, ancient rockart, medieval settlements, a black house, WWII defences - even the site where mysterious bodies were found buried in a peat bog.  

There will also be plenty of opportunities to observe wildlife along the way especially during walks to and from the vehicle. If you choose to make this a two day adventure, there’s time to make a fairly detailed tour of both Lewis and Harris.

Price per day, £300 for a party of up to 5.  Book by phone on 01851 830777  - website http://www.hebrideanarchaeologicaltours.com
4WD Archeological full day adventure Hebrides Lewis
Flora, Fauna and Local Culture:

Your driver is Chris Ryan, a qualified STGA regional guide who uses his tour guide training, knowledge and previous experience as a countryside ranger to interpret the living landscape, its wild inhabitants and social history to small groups.

There’s a choice of itineraries, from which you can choose according to your main interest.  these can include sites of the crofters’ land struggles, Leverhulme’s island interests, bird colonies and sea creatures, clan history, the life of ancient peoples, Harris Tweed and more.  

Some short walks on footpaths around the islands often lead to sites of historical interest but, if you prefer not to walk, you’re welcome to relax in the comfortable MPV and enjoy the view for a few minutes.

Price per day, £250 for a party of up to 5 people. Harris and Lewis. Book by phone on 01851 612288  - website http://tourguide-hebrides.co.uk/
Chris Ryan guided tours Stronoway Hebrides Lewis
Fish n’trips half day cruise:

Your own boat charter for up to 5 people, on a 2012 built, fully MCA certificated RIB vessel suited to coastal cruising and inshore sea angling.

There’s tuition for first time sea anglers, but you don’t have to fish - you’re welcome to sit back and enjoy the ride - perhaps to the Shiant islands or wherever you prefer.  

White-tailed sea eagles, golden eagles, puffins, gannets, skuas, basking sharks, porpoise, dolphins, seals and otters, are regularly encountered.

You won’t see everything but you will see or experience something that will make a lasting impression.

Price per 4 hours, £250 for a party of up to 5 people. From Keose, Lewis.

Book by phone on 01851 871165  - website http://www.hebridesfishntrips.co.uk/
Fishing trips Outer Hebrides
Steve Duffield’s wildlife day tours in North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist:

The only wildlife tour company to be based in the Uists throughout the year and are in a unique position to provide excellent tours with up-to-date knowledge.

On a typical day tour Steve aims to see a variety of raptors including Hen Harrier, Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Merlin with all eight resident species seen occasionally on a good day.

Black-throated, Red-throated and Great Northern Divers can be found year round whilst both Corncrake and Red-necked Phalarope are regularly seen during the spring and early summer. Otters are usually seen along with Red Deer, Grey and Common Seals.  

Start point usually Benbecula.
Prices, per person: full day £50, tours operate with a minimum of 2 people, maximum 8 - so you may make some new friends as well.  

Book by phone on 01876 580619  - website http://www.western-isles-wildlife.com/
Steve Duffields wildlife tours in Uist
The Art of Light - 1 day photography course (optionally 2 days):

Master your digital SLR technique and an optional introduction to digital image processing.  

Aimed towards intermediate level SLR users, the first day explores technical and creative practice, with emphasis on landscape photography, plus some outdoor portraiture. Studio still-life and portraiture as a fall back for bad weather.  

The optional second day may develop further on the first day’s activity or you may choose to concentrate on computer processing, including RAW images, colour, exposure and contrast control, composition, and output for printing.  

Mike Shailes is an established freelance photographer, with many years experience in both technical and creative photography. He has provided several popular adult education courses locally.

Price per day, £200 for a party of up to 6 people - courses based at Stornoway and on location around Lewis.

Book by phone on 07780 758 063  - website http://www.mikeshailes.co.uk/
Photography holidays Hebrides

You'll find a few other suggestions at the foot of each of our five island pages - linked on the left - and our travel advisors will be happy to use their local knowledge to give you details of faclities for specific  sports and destinations, though you'll need to book these direct with the providers.

Sea kayaking, Clearwater Paddling, Isle of BarraHere are just a few examples - note that prices may have changed since placing this information. Links to other persons' websites are provided in good faith, but they depend on remaining availability of thewebsites:

While sea kayaking is available throughout the islands, Barra is a particularly attractive location .

From Castlebay there are many different options for a day out with Clearwater Paddling.  Paddle over to Vatersay or Sandray and discover your very own beautiful white sandy beach. Or head up the east coast to explore the hundreds of islands and wonderful sheltered bays. Paddle amongst colonies of seals, drift up close to an otter eating its catch, see eagles soaring overhead, and paddle past birds of all description. You may see porpoise, dolphins and basking sharks. They run day trips throughout spring, summer and autumn depending on the weather and out trips.

Surfing, Isle of LewisSurfing is especially good on the north and west coasts of Lewis, at Tolsta, Europie, Dalmor, and beaches in the Uig area.   Please be aware that, like any other location, you should acquaint yourself with local hazards and safety requirements.  Surfing instruction is available at Surf Lewis, run by Rodney Jamieson, an accomplished, qualified BSA instructor. He offers a £35 (per person, 2012 price) 2.5 hour beginners session (minimum of two people).  All equipment is  provided  - 07920 427 194 - http://www.surflewis.co.uk/.

There are many opportunities for mountain biking, whether using your own cycles, or hired from  the various bike hirers (more info on the Bike holidays page) .  For example, the mountain regions of Harris and Skye offer paths and tracks of a more extreme nature; there's a gentler route along the machair of South Uist's Atlantic coast (please stick to the marked route to avoid damage to the machair) and a great ride on the old track from Tolsta towards Ness, in the Isle of Lewis..

Hillwalking, Mike Briggs, Isle of HarrisThe hills and mountains of Harris are also excelllent for hillwalking - if you're new to the activity, or would like a guide, contact Mike Briggs.

Barra Power Kiting offers a complete range of kite lessons from basic beginner through to intermediate level in all aspects of land based kite sports.  Nick and Kay are fully qualified instructors and keep group sizes small, on average 2 clients per instructor, so they can pace the lesson to suit individual needs and ability levels..

For more ideas, including rock climbing, abseiling, sailing and more, see www.adventurehebrides.com.


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