As an alternative and as a
way of slowing things down, seeing as you say that you tend to do too much, how
about heading up to somewhere like Lewis and booking a self catering there for
Here’s what I’d suggest:
3 days in Edinburgh
(including a side trip out to the Falkirk Wheel.
Day 4: Pick up a hire car early
morning and drive to Fort William via Glencoe. It’s a stunning drive and you’ll
see plenty of mountains, big landscapes and nature. Overnight in Fort William.
Day 5: Jacobite Steam train
to Mallaig and back.
Day 6: Drive to Skye via the
Skye Bridge or if you make a good early start go via the ferry at Glenelg – keep
your eyes peeled for Sea Eagle and Otters as you cross on the short trip.
Day 7: Explore Skye – the obvious
places like Trotternish, Kilt Rock, fairy glen and pools tend to be very busy
so go for really early starts or late finishes to get it at quieter times. In summer
the daylight hours are your friend and it doesn’t get dark till 10pm. Skye is
mega busy so book now!
Day 8: Ferry from Uig to
Tarbert Harris. Again keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, whales and plenty of
seabirds (gannets, skua, razorbills, shearwaters). Head to your accommodation in
Harris or Lewis. Lewis is flatter but has an impressive Atlantic Coast and is generally
better than Harris in every way imaginable. 😊 (I grew up on Lewis and there may be a little bit
of inter-island rivalry here!)
Day 9 – 13: Explore Lewis and
Harris, kick back and relax. Huge unspoilt beaches abound on the West Side
(Seilebost, Uig, Eoropie, Port Nis) and there’s plenty to go and look at if you
like Brochs and Standing Stones.
Day 14. If you can bear it,
return home via the Stornoway to Ullapool ferry and on to Inverness. If you hire with companies like Enterprise you should be able to
pick up in Edinburgh and drop off in Inverness which might make life easier for
flights? There are direct flights from Inverness to Heathrow, Gatwick and