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Lewis, Harris, and Outer Hebrides Tour from Inverness

1. Lewis, Harris, and Outer Hebrides Tour from Inverness

Day one: Depart early from Inverness and head north-west to Ullapool to catch the ferry. This stunning sea-trip takes you along Loch Broom, past the Summer Isles, and out to Stornoway, which is the capital of the Outer Hebrides. Once you have arrived on Lewis, your first stop is the ancient past. Travel to the North West of the island to visit the blackhouse at Arnol. Dive into this traditional abode and discover how the Highland crofting families lived their day-to-day lives. After this, go through more crofting communities and venture to the northernmost tip of the island, the Butt of Lewis. The lighthouse here boasts epic views of waves crashing against sea cliffs. Head back to Stornoway for your overnight stay.  Day two: Head south to Harris, where the first thing that you notice are the mountains. As you weave through the towering marvels, your guide will tell you about the traditions and tales from this part of Scotland. After you have had your fill of unspoilt beaches and landscapes, make stop in one of the very few towns, the small port of Leverburgh, for lunch. Now it is time for one of the great Hebridean highlights, Luskentyre beach. On a good day, the sea turns turquoise and the sands look pristine white. After enjoying all these natural wonders, it is time to head back to Stornoway and perhaps try the famous black pudding for dinner.  Day three: Today, you’re delving back to the ancient past and come face to face with the Callanish standing stones. These 5,000-year-old megaliths are said to be petrified giants who wouldn’t convert to Christianity. You may not believe this myth, but that doesn’t mean this site isn’t magnificent. You leave the echoes of the past and explore the far west of Lewis; this part boasts some areas of outstanding natural beauty. Your driver-guide ensures you take a unique route that suits the weather and your group's interests. After an eventful morning, you travel to Stornoway and get a ferry to the mainland. Cast your last glance at the island, and ponder over its rich Gaelic heritage as you make your way across the Minch. Once on the mainland, you continue to Inverness, where you arrive in the evening.

Callanish: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

2. Callanish: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis on a 2-hour group walking tour of the Calanais Standing Stones and the village. Meet your local guide directly at the Calanais Standing Stones and dive straight into the historical importance of this extraordinary cross-shaped setting of stones erected 5,000 years ago. Learn about the mysterious long-standing stones from your expert guide, hearing stories and legends of its inception. Many believe it was most likely an astronomical observatory and a place of ritual activity for over 2,000 years, but its true beginnings are still unknown. Continue your journey with a visit to the nearby village of Callanish, a typical and charming Outer Hebrides township.

Callanish: Romantic Guided Walking Tour

3. Callanish: Romantic Guided Walking Tour

Get a love-struck insider's view of Callanish's most romantic spots on a 2-hour guided walking tour of the village and the iconic Calanais Standing Stones. Meet your local guide directly at the Calanais Standing Stones and start your tour by watching the vibrant colors of the sun setting behind the upright stones. Listen to romantic tales and myths about the 5,000-year-old stones, and which love stories are linked to its history. Make sure to stop and snap memorable pictures along your way. Then, make your way to Callanish, a charming village typical of the Outer Hebrides. Your guide will share the most ideal date night locations in the township so you and your loved one can enjoy a romantic tête-à-tête.

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4.8 / 5

based on 24 reviews

This three-day tour of Lewis & Harris Island was just the greatest time. Emily, I don’t know her last name, was the most friendly, enthusiastic and engaging tour guide I’ve ever seen. She answered any and all questions thoroughly, and while she gave us a lot of information throughout the tour, things never felt academic or like she was giving a lecture. Really, I couldn’t recommend this trip any more highly, and I know I’d want Emily as my tour guide. The only thing to consider for this tour is that if the weather is overcast or rainy, you don’t get nearly as nice of photo ops at the various beaches you visit.

Helen was such a knowledgeable tour guide and so friendly and engaging with all the travelers on board. This tour was my highlight of Scotland some of the most beautiful beaches I've seen and the landscape between Lewis and Harris is just scenery that can't be missed. The last stop the Callanish Stones and even in the wet and wind was awesome to be able to touch the 5000 year old stones and to be there in the moment. I can't recommend Helen and Rabbies enough to go do this tour! My definite highlight of Scotland.

Our guide Mathew was fantastic! Such a lovely guy and extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. He took excellent care of us! The Callanish Stones were amazing, a definite must see,just wished the weather would have been better! It’s unbelievable how beautiful the water and beaches are on Harris. Just make sure you dress warm as it can be really windy and wet.

I did several tours in Scotland, and this one was my favourite...and my favourite tour I’ve ever been on! Emily, my guide, was excellent, giving interesting information. The scenery was quite varied between Lewis and Harris. There were peat bogs, mountains, lochs and beaches. I had an absolute fabulous trip.

The trip from start to finish was amazing. Our friendly tour guide Kev was brilliant and couldn’t have done any more to make it a better experience. Would recommend Rabbie’s tours to anybody thinking of taking a tour.