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Outer Hebrides getting around

we are looking to venture to the outer Hebrides the week of July 24. We have read the importance of booking ahead. We are looking at accommodations but wondering if we book accommodations say in Stornoway for 4 nights will it be possible time wise to island hop as far as Oban, Skye, and get back to Stornoway by end of day. Or would it be more advisable to book separate accommodations. Thanks so much.


  • We are already seeing that most places are already booked. We're getting nervous. Any thoughts on Lews Castle?
  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    @Islanderabroad Getting to the mainland / non Outer-hebrides island from Stornoway takes 2.5 hours minimum one-way. Keeping that in mind, if a day trip for you (either to Skye via Tarbert or Ullapool) can have 5 hours of travel time (most of it in a ferry) then sure. Oban is impossible as a day trip, it is 7 hours away one way. I'd highly recommend spending 4 night in the Outer Hebrides just exploring the Outer Hebrides. You may want to break the 4 nights into 2 stays of 2 across 2 of the 4 Outer Hebridean islands. Another popular pattern is to fly / ferry into Stornoway, stay for a couple of days, move to Harris for another couple of days, and take a ferry to Skye to make your way back.
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