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I am planning to visit Edinburgh in late September but would like to take a few days to visit the Hebrides. I've looked and looked and I am just overwhelmed at the choices. I would really prefer not to drive. I don't like crowds and I like wildlife and wilderness but would not want to be too far out. Any suggestions?

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  • LochNessPhotographyLochNessPhotography Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @CricketMe You can fly from Edinburgh to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Or if you wanted a more scenic but longer route, it's easy enough to get a train/bus to Inverness and then the bus to Ullapool for the ferry crossing to Stornoway. Obviously that eats into your time so I guess it's a balance between budget and the time you have available. 

    The ferry crossing between Ullapool and Stornoway is one of my favourites and the views on a clear day are very rewarding. The journey is good for sea-watching too and I've seen Minke Whales, Dolphins, Manx Shearwater, Gannets and loads more from the deck of the MV Loch Seaforth in recent years. 


    Down side is that your beholden to public transport but it's not too bad with a bit of planning once you're on the island. There's a good breakdown of timetables here. 

    If you want to feel like you're getting away from it all head up to Ness on Lewis. There are a few self-catering and b&b options in the area and a walk along Eoropie Beach is hard to beat. There are regular-ish buses to Ness so getting there shouldn't be too much of hassle.  


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