The Outer Hebrides: Scotland's Gaelic West CIE Tours International

The Outer Hebrides: Scotland's Gaelic West

Explore the rugged Hebrides with its untouched coastline, vibrant history, and unique culture. Visit the Isle of Harris Distillery, discover the Neolithic Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis and take the Jacobite steam locomotive over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Along the way visit castles and villages for great insights into Scotland.

The 11 day The Outer Hebrides: Scotland's Gaelic West from CIE Tours places the focus on locations in Scotland that are often overlooked in shorter or city-focused tours to the country. You'll get a feel for what Scotland is like outside of the major cities and the people and families that make and create much of what keeps the country running.


11 Daysfr. $3,699

  • Bosta Beach and the Iron Age House
  • Provands Lordship, oldest home in Glasgow
  • Oban Distillery tour and taste
  • Hebridean Smokehouse
  • Claddach Kirkibost Center
  • Taigh Chearsabagh Museum of Arts
  • Harris Tweed weaving demonstration
  • Inverness Walking Tour
  • Tour of Stornoway
  • Dun Carloway Broch
  • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Center
  • Edinburgh and Inveraray Castles
  • Isle of Harris Distillery
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Scone Palace
  • Marvel at the Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 3 and 10 departures
  • Handling of one piece of luggage per person is included in the cost of all coach tours. Size should not exceed 30 x 20 x 10 inches and weight should be under 50 lbs. Luggage is carried at owner's risk throughout the tour unless insured.
  • Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • Full daily breakfasts (except Day 1)
  • 8 dinners including a Scottish evening with live entertainment and traditional foods
  • The Westerwood Hotel in Glasgow (1 night)
  • Perle Oban Hotel in Oban (1 night)
  • Dark Island Hotel in Benbecula (2 nights)
  • Cabarfeidh Hotel in Stornoway (3 nights)
  • Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness (1 night)
  • The Principal Edinburgh in Edinburgh (2 nights)

Glasgow City Tour

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Tour begins at 2:00 pm at your Glasgow hotel. Tour the highlights of Glasgow and discover its unique history with a visit to the oldest house in the city, Provand's Lordship. In the evening join your group for a welcome drink before dinner.

Dinner

The Westerwood Hotel

Inveraray Castle & Oban

Loch Lomond, United Kingdom

Drive along the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty.

Inveraray, United Kingdom

Visit Inveraray Castle, home of the 12th Duke of Argyll. Tour the elaborately decorated castle containing an armory, many historic relics, and a portrait collection.

Oban, United Kingdom

Stop in Inveraray for lunch on your own then enjoy some free time to explore Oban.

Breakfast, Dinner

Perle Oban Hotel

Jacobite Steam Train & Isle of Benbecula

Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom

Drive along the scenic shores of Loch Linnhe to Fort William, the largest town in the Highlands. Board the Jacobite Steam Train and enjoy a spectacular railway journey across the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as featured in the Harry Potter movies, to the fishing port of Mallaig. Spend some free time exploring on your own, then embark on a scenic ferry ride to Lochboisdale on South Uist.

Benbecula, United Kingdom

Travel to your hotel on the Isle of Benbecula. Enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Breakfast, Dinner

Dark Island Hotel

Tour to the Isle of Barra

Barra Isle, United Kingdom

Drive through scenic South Uist and board the ferry to Ardmhòr on Barra to admire the beautiful white sand beaches. Stop in Castlebay, the main town of the isle and explore independently. Continue to Vatersay, an island just south of Castlebay. After a drive around, take the return ferry to Eriskay.

Benbecula, United Kingdom

Enjoy a drink with your group at the Politician Pub before returning to your hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

Dark Island Hotel

North Uist & Stornoway

North Uist, United Kingdom

Explore the island of North Uist, a stunning landscape with fresh and saltwater lochs. Visit the Hebridean Smokehouse to see how fish is smoked and enjoy a tasting. Stop at the museum and arts centre at Taigh Chearsabhagh. Continue north to Berneray and board the ferry to Leverburgh on Harris.

Stornoway, United Kingdom

Travel on to Stornoway, the largest town in the Outer Hebrides.

Breakfast, Dinner

Cabarfeidh Hotel

Harris Tweed & Isle of Harris Distillery

Harris Isle, United Kingdom

Enjoy a scenic tour of Harris, which boasts a wide variety of landscapes. Visit Horgabost and Luskentyre beaches, then head to Tarbert. Go behind the scenes at the Isle of Harris Distillery to witness the distilling operation and enjoy a sample. Then enjoy some free time for lunch.

Stornoway, United Kingdom

Travel on to Stornoway for a panoramic tour, followed by dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

Cabarfeidh Hotel

Isle of Lewis Sightseeing

Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom

Sightsee around the Isle of Lewis, a relatively flat island with many picturesque sandy beaches and rugged coastline. At Bosta Beach see the Iron Age House, a reconstructed Iron-Age dwelling. Continue exploring with a stop to marvel at the ancient Callanish Standing Stones, which date from 2000 BC. Located above Loch an Duin, visit Dun Carloway Broch, which dates back over 2000 years. Experience history and heritage at Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a former community converted to a museum and visitor center.

Stornoway, United Kingdom

Return to Stornoway for a free evening to dine and explore on your own.

Breakfast

Cabarfeidh Hotel

Ferry to Ullapool & Inverness

Stornoway, United Kingdom

Take a panoramic drive and short walking tour around Stornoway, then enjoy some free time to explore independently. You may choose to visit An Lanntair, an arts and exhibition center, or Lews Castle, which boasts an interactive museum including the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen. Or, visit the Lewis Loom Centre with demonstrations of spinning wheels, the hand loom, and a craft gift shop.

Inverness, United Kingdom

In the afternoon board the ferry to Ullapool on the mainland. Travel to Inverness for dinner then join a local guide for a walking tour around the city.

Breakfast, Dinner

Glen Mhor Hotel

Culloden Battlefield & Scone Palace

Inverness, United Kingdom

In the morning head to the Culloden Battlefield to tour the Visitor Centre, where on April 16, 1746, British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (known as Bonnie Prince Charlie).

Pitlochry, United Kingdom

Enjoy some free time for lunch and exploring in Pitlochry. Visit Scone Palace and see the fine collections of antiques before heading to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Enjoy a Scottish evening with dinner followed by traditional songs and dances. July 26 to August 16 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade instead of a group dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle & City Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, comparing the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour Edinburgh Castle’s historic buildings with splendid views of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free to explore, shop, and dine on your own. (The Scottish evening with dinner and traditional song and dances will be held tonight for departures from July 26 to August 16.)

Breakfast

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh

Tour Ends in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Your tour ends after breakfast.

Breakfast

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  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.

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  • 69 - 46 days prior to departure: 25% per person
  • 45 - 8 days prior to departure: 35% per person
  • 7 - 1 days prior to departure: 50% per person
  • On day of departure: 100% per person
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A non-refundable land deposit of $250 per person is required for coach tours. Deposits are required within 5 days of making the reservation. Early booking discounts require higher deposits.
  • The final payment must be made by credit card no later than 80 days prior to departure date. If payment is not received as scheduled, the reservation will automatically cancel and deposit payment become forfeit.
  • Once confirmed any revision to land tours will incur a $50 handling fee per booking. If clients cancel from one tour and rebook on another tour or another date, a cancellation fee may apply. Revisions are not permitted within 14 days of departure or once documents have been issued.
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