Designed for those who choose not to explore the Western Isles by car, the Hebridean “Your Way” holiday provides your ferry fares and accommodation, while you decide the transport to visit all the islands between Barra and Lewis travelling from one end to the other.
Catch a bus, bring your bike or use any other transport for this 7 night ‘end-to-end’ Scottish island hopping holiday.
Starting and finishing in Ullapool and Oban, you can choose the travel direction according to your preference. This is designed as a 7 night holiday (but you can add more nights if you wish), with a route that is only 134 miles directly from start to finish.
Free bus and coach travel for Scottish residents over 60*
*If you live in Scotland and have a Scottish National Entitlement Card (the over 60s bus pass), you can use it for free bus or coach to and from the mainland ferry ports, then travel right through the Hebrides for free on our excellent local bus services (link to info, timetables, fares, etc.)
The Western Isles Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) supports an integrated bus and ferry transport route from our most northerly point at Ness, Lewis, via Stornoway, to Castlebay, Barra. About two thirds of our accommodation providers are situated right on the bus route, or no more than about five minutes walk of it.
This makes it easy for you to arrive in the islands by whatever public transport you wish, then experience both the scenic beauty of the Outer Hebrides and get plenty of chances to mix and chat with the friendly folk who live here and you’ll met on the bus.
Alternatively, you could bring a folding bike with you and provide your own power for some of the journey. Or bring a full size bike and ride the entire journey. If you’re really energetic, you could ask us to book some accommodations within ‘enthusiastic’ walking distance of each other.
At the end of each day, there will be a comfortable bed waiting for you at each accommodation of your choice – whether you have selected B&B’s, four-star hotels or a mix of properties, we’re certain you’ll enjoy wonderful hospitality.
A typical 7 night itinerary
The schedule below is just an illustration of what you might choose to do – bear in mind that there are no buses on Sundays, so you might choose to book your arrival and departure on Sundays. You can pick and choose your accommodation and we’ll happily discuss your plans with you, to help you create your own unique Hebridean experience, adding or removing nights and mixing accommodation between groups.
|Day 1||Departure from Ullapool for your crossing to Stornoway (Lewis).||Lewis|
|Day 2||In the morning, take a bus to visit the west side of Lewis, then stay the night within sight of the ancient Callanish.||Lewis|
|Day 3||A morning bus to Tarbert, where you can drop off your luggage before joining another bus for a scenic circular journey around South Harris to view beaches, coves, villages and historic sites.||Harris|
|Day 4||Bus to Leverburgh, where you can drop off your luggage at your accommodation before joining another bus to explore the most southerly of South Harris’s villages and historic sites.||Harris|
|Day 5||A morning ferry to Berneray, where you re-join the bus on its scenic journey south through North Uist. When you reach your accommodation, enjoy a walk around the locality.||North Uist|
|Day 6||Rejoin the bus to Lochboisdale, a pleasant little township with a busy harbour and plenty of interesting walks in the area.||South Uist|
|Day 7||Catch the first bus to the Eriskay ferry. The 45 minute scenic ferry ride affords views of islands, seabirds, often seals and sometimes dolphins. The bus that meets you from the ferry is on a route that goes right around the island so you can enjoy all the views. Perhaps enjoy the craic in a Castlebay bar, as you’ll be away early in the morning.||Barra|
|Day 8||Depart Castlebay for the scenic ferry crossing to Oban|
You can choose to begin your holiday in Oban or Ullapool. We have included ferry tickets (which can include a bicycle), but not bus tickets. While you can take a small folding bike on most buses, there will not be room for a full size bike, other than on some buses between Tarbert and Stornoway (possibly also on a few buses between Leverburgh and Tarbert) – see our cycling advice page for more information. One of our holiday advisors will be happy to work out the direction that fits best for your chosen dates and mainland journey needs. Don’t forget that you can mix and match between price groups, so you may prefer to consider these prices as a guide.
|Example Prices||Main Season
01/01/16 – 30/04/16
01/10/16 – 30/04/17
|Itinerary option 1: Mostly Group 1||395||379|
|Itinerary option 2: Mixed G2, G3 and G4 accommodation.||559||459|
|Extra Nights: The extra night prices shown are for additional B&B only. Our holiday adviser will provide more information for you. Prices shown in this panel are per person, based on two adults travelling together and sharing a twin or double room. Per person prices will generally be higher for single occupancy of room/s. Please ask our advisors for more information.|