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Holidays in the Outer Hebrides


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    Those who seek thrills and adventure fromresponsible exploitation of the powers of naturewill not be disappointed. Experience some ofthe most consistent surf in Europe; climb thesea-stacks; harness the power of the wind, forkite surfing and land-sailing; kayak throughsilent waters or cycle the islands tracks andquiet roads.

    Whether your interests are high energy, activesports, or gentler and more passive pursuits,Hebridean Hopscotch brings you a convenient,high quality and good value for moneyopportunity to experience the Hebrides at firsthand.

    All of our advisors live locally, know the islands,and are ready to share their expertise with you,to ensure you enjoy the holiday you deserve.

    Every hotel, inn and guesthouse in this brochure has beenselected because we believe youwill be well looked after by the ownersor managers and staff - in the true traditionof Hebridean hospitality.

    Our holiday itineraries are foundation stones onwhich we can build your own holidayprogramme - personal to you and designed tofit your wishes.

    Well book all your accommodation for you, yourferries, air travel if required, and even help youfind a programme of activities.

    Whats more, a made-to-measure holiday needcost no more than an ordinary trip. Our pricepromise guarantees it.

    Explore the brochure and our websitewww.hebrideanhopscotch.com, to see what wehave to offer you - then call us for a noobligation quote and itinerary - youre welcome.

    will you just relax in peaceful places, or... ...find adventures at the edge?

    ArtBirdwatchingBoat tripsCeilidhsCraftsCultureCyclingDining outFamily history

    FishingGolfGuided toursHistoryJust sitting, admiringthe viewMusicNature reservesPhotography

    Pony trekkingSwiss ballTennisTheatreTouringWalkingWhisky tastingWildlifeYoga

    Bike touringCanoeingGo kartsHill walkingKite buggiesKite surfingMountain biking

    MountaineeringPaint ball

    Rock climbingSailing

    Scuba divingSea kayaking


    where pleasures can be as simple as you choose2

    Touring holidays with your own car are greatvalue, thanks to the Scottish Governmentslower ferry fares trial, until spring 2011.

    The fares, generally referred to as RET (RoadEquivalent Tariff ) have been so successful thatCalMac have increased capacity at weekends.

    This means that were now able to offer youSunday arrival or departures between Ullapooland Stornoway (Lewis), as well as between Obanand Castlebay (Barra).

    While we hope the RET fares will remain beyond2011, theres no guarantee, so visit us this year, ifyou want to be certain of enjoying the savings.

    There is a wide range of Hopscotch routes toand from the Hebrides - your HebrideanHopscotch holiday advisor will be happy to helpyou select the most suitable, even if it is notshown in our lists of suggested itineraries.

    See page 4 for more information about ferriesand the itineraries on pages 18 to 20.


    FORGET THE STRESS OF MAINSTREAM, MAINLAND LIVING Discover the magical, mysterious Hebrideanislands, an area of great contrast, perched rightat the very edge of Europe,

    Find vast tracts of moorland, some virtuallyunvisited and occupied only by flora and fauna,thousands of freshwater lochs and lochans, andmile after mile of soft shell-sand beaches, wheretropical plants and seeds are often washedashore by the Gulf Stream.

    Wide open space is everywhere, so itshardly surprising that visitors come tofind peace and quiet. Some arrive in thehope of seeing rare and wonderfulcreatures at close hand - sea eagles, otters,corncrakes, whales, puffins or dolphins, whileothers are content to sit on a deserted beach,with a good book to read.

    So much space also means those seeking ahigher energy holiday will not disturb you.

    Many guests have asked us for more detailedexamples of island journeys, so weveresponded by rewriting our individual islandinformation in this brochure.

    Each page now tells the story of an itinerarythrough the area it describes, as part of acomplete Outer Hebrides and Skye holiday.

    Weve included more than you can comfortablycover in a leisurely five day visit, so you havethe option to stay a little longer, or pick outwhats most interesting to you.

    Other than Skye, our journeys are based on anorth to south direction, so if you use thepages as an itinerary, you may need to reversethe direction of travel.


    The extreme north-westerly location of theOuter Hebrides means that summer days arelong, with plenty of sunshine, while generallyfeeling a little cooler than the south.

    In the winter months, the effect of the GulfStream is to keep the islands warmer (andwetter), with few frosts and little snow fall.

    Islanders will tell you,There are three seasonsevery day, as if to say,If the suns not shining,its about to.

    Over recent years, the dryest, sunniest monthshave been from March to July, but August and

    September normally have a decent amount ofgood weather, too.

    Warmest month is July, but we have had verywarm days in other months, too.

    For nature lovers, wildflowers appear en massearound May and June, at around the same timeas many of the migrant birds. The heatherblooms from mid-August onwards and the lowlevel sunlight in Autumn and Spring iswonderful for photography.

    We suggest you travel prepared for occasionalshowers then sunny weather is a bonus.


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    If youre a Celtic music lover, Mid-July is a greattime to be in Stornoway, when thousands offans arrive to join islanders at the HebrideanCeltic Festival. The main performances includeacts, selected by the organisers, to suit all ages.

    In 2010, the Festival will take place from 14th to17th July - the main venue being a 5,500capacity marquee on the Castle Green. Thereare a fair number of other venues, as well asimpromptu musical interludes in the town andvarious bars.

    Should you decide that you want to stay inStornoway between 13th and 18th July, then itsimportant to book early. If you prefer to be herewhen the town is quieter, then these are datesto be avoided!

    More information is at www.hebceltfest.com.

    During 2009, we provided hospitality for severalcycling, golfing and classic car groups. The areais also ideal for other group activities, includingwalking, birdwatching, kayaking, photography,archeology and others.

    Hebridean Hopscotch advisors have thespecialist knowledge to build a suitablepackage of discounted travel andaccommodation and to put you in touch withany local expertise you may need. For moreinformation, just call us. Classic car club members prepare for a morning departure.

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    MV Loch Bhrusda links Eriskay and Barra

    Helpful, friendly Calmac staff.


    Flydrive visitors are welcomed on arrival

    Twin Otter at Barra Beach Airport

    Enjoying a picnic on the Isle of Lewis

    Flydrive HolidaysFlydrive Holidays- convenient, time saving and affordable

    Choose to cruiseChoose to cruise- take your time, relax and enjoy the scenery

    Enjoy the speed, comfort and convenienceof your Flybe flight, operated by Loganairdirect from Glasgow, Edinburgh or

    Inverness to Stornoways modern air terminal.Compared to a road and ferry journey, youllsave time getting here and youll be ready tostart exploring, as soon as you arrive.Flybe* also provides flights from Glasgow toBenbecula and Barra - a great experience foraviation lovers, landing or taking off from theworlds only airport operating scheduled flightson beach runways.Our Flydrive island hopping holidays start onThursdays and youll usually be met by one ofour staff, who will get you on the road in yourhire car, pointed towards your first nightsaccommodation.Our own small fleet of cars (Renault Scenics orsimilar size) is normally reserved for 5 to 7 nightIsland Hopper holidays, which are availablefrom 1st April to 30th September.A picnic hamper (with cutlery, crockery, linenand a flask) is provided in your car so youll haveall the equipment you need for en route snackswhile touring the islands. Weve evenremembered to include a rug to sit on,binoculars and a large umbrella (which we hopeyou wont need).Our Weekender air holidays normally include

    an economical car from a reputable local hirefleet, though you can upgrade for a modestcharge. In fact, because all our holidays aremade-to-measure we can offer anycombination of air or sea travel, accommodationand transport, from a single centre holiday to afull island hopping experience - just ask ouradvisor for your choice of options.Throughout your stay, our locally resident teamis just a phone call away, ready to offer anyadvice or assistance you may want.Connecting flights by Flybe are available atreasonable extra cost from Belfast, Birmingham,Cardiff, Exeter, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey,Manchester and Southampton, as well as severalEU airports. Simply call us for details.For connecting flights from other airports. wesuggest you see these websites:flybe.com easyjet.comryanair.com bmibaby.comYour Financial ProtectionThe air holiday packages in this brochure are ATOL protected by the CivilAviation Authority. Our ATOL number isATOL 6349. Please see our bookingconditions for more information.ATOL protection does not apply to all holidayand travel services in this brochure. Pleaseask us to confirm what protection may applyto your booking.

    The many improvements of recent years,has made the road to the isles a great