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Packed with Outer Hebrides holiday ideas. Expert local travel advisors will help you to enjoy a fab holiday by air or sea in these beautiful Scottish islands.

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  • HOPSCOTCH2016 HOLIDAYS

    Hebridean

    More than 12 islands to explore

    Choose from over 30 hotels, inns, guest-houses and B&Bs

    Explore with your own car or arrive by air on a flydrive option

    Made-to-measure island hopping adventures in the Outer Hebrides

    www.HebrideanHopscotch.com 01851 706611

  • 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.

    Discover the magical, mysteriousHebridean islands, an area of greatcontrast, perched right at the very

    edge of Europe - next stop, America!

    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 its hardlysurprising that most visitors come to find peaceand quiet. Some arrive in the hope of seeingrare and wonderful creatures at close hand - sea

    eagles, otters, corncrakes, whales, puffins ordolphins, while others are content to sit on adeserted beach, with a good book to read.

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

    They will not be disappointed, either, withkayaking through silent waters or cycling theislands tracks and quiet roads. Or, perhaps,experiencing some of the most consistent surfin Europe; climbing sea-stacks or kite surfingand land-sailing.

    Whatever your interests, we bring you aconvenient, high quality and good value formoney opportunity to experience the Hebrides

    at first hand.

    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 guest house in thisbrochure has been selected because we believeyou will be well looked after by the owners ormanagers and staff - in the true tradition ofHebridean 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 from Glasgow, Edinburgh orInverness, if required, and even help you find aprogramme of activities.

    If you want your holiday to include a hire-car ora rental bicycle (even electric-assisted) we canhelp; well even point you in the right directionfor the public bus network, if you wish.

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

    See what we offer by exploring the brochure,visiting our website at hebrideanhopscotch.com- then feel welcome to call us for a no obligationquote and itinerary suggestion.

    2 INTRODUCTION

    No hurry.

    Bayble, Isle of LewisThe Shiants in Winter.

    Sheer relaxation

    We had a truly wonderful holidayfrom the time we left Glasgow until weflew home. The travel arrangements,accommodation and food weretremendous, the people were friendlyand helpful, and the scenerystunningly beautiful. We are alreadythinking of returning.Mr and Mrs L. - Glasgow

    Find out more at www.hebrideanhopscotch.com

    Scan code on tablet or phone to visit our website

  • INTRODUCTION 3

    ENJOY THE FRESH AIRON A BICYCLETOURING HOLIDAY Our leisurely end-to-end island cycling holidays,include fully equipped hybrid touring bikes, andeco-friendly electrically assisted models.

    Collect your bikes in Stornoway or Barra for aleisurely 8 night holiday, meandering around140 miles - then leave them when you go home.

    When you travel gently by bicycle you becomepart of the natural environment. Youre notisolated behind car or coach windows, so youmay be much more aware of birds and birdsong,the colours and scents of moorland and theshore.

    With long daylight hours in summer, theres noneed to hurry.

    If you prefer to bring your own bikes, wellhappily offer a similar holiday itinerary, withoutincluding cycle hire.

    See pages 11, 21 and the complete details thatare on our web site.

    FOLLOW A TRAIL To help you find your way around parts of the

    Hebrides that appeal to special interests, we

    have created holidays based on themed trails,

    such as food and whisky; birds of prey; films, TV

    and books; historic locations and architecture.

    The trails are detailed on our website at

    hebrideanhopscotch.com and we have printed

    maps and/or leaflets for most of them that can

    be supplied on request when you book.

    For a perfectly planned holiday, just choose your

    trail, tell us the kind of accommodation that you

    like and well suggest an itinerary tailored

    exactly to your preferences.Norse Mill, Isle of Lewis.

    01851 706611

    2016 - SCOTLANDSYEAR OFINNOVATION,ARCHITECTUREAND DESIGN

    As you journey through the Outer Hebrides,

    youll see examples of this years theme, with

    aspects including contemporary buildings.

    There are also many historically important

    architectural features, too, including castles,

    lighthouses, traditional dwelling houses and

    churches.

    Unmissable sites such as the Callanish Stones,

    Gearrannan Black Houses and Kisimul Castle

    The new distillery, at Tarbert on the Isle of Harris,

    and the An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway are

    fabulous combinations of external and internal

    architecture, housing superbly designed

    products that showcase Hebridean talents at

    their very best.

    STAY IN A REAL CASTLEIf youve ever wondered what it would be like to

    live in a Scottish stately home, surrounded by

    fabulous antique furniture and original works of

    art, now you can try it for yourself.

    Our accommodation listing for 2016 includes

    historic Amhuinnsuidhe Castle.

    It is sensitively conserved and has good quality

    bedrooms with modern en-suite facilities, in a

    spectacular location in the Isle of Harris.

    A couple of nights at the castle is an excellent

    way to add additional interest to your holiday at

    surprisingly reasonable cost.

    YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION:All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays in thisbrochure are financiallyprotected by the ATOL scheme.When you pay you will be supplied with anATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check toensure that everything you booked (flights,hotels and other services) is listed on it. Pleasesee booking conditions on page 23 for furtherinformation or for more information aboutfinancial protection and the ATOL Certificate goto: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

    Holidays using car/ferrytravel only are protected byTotal Payment Protection(topp) Policy cover.Please see our booking conditions on page 23for more information.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE:ATOL and Topps protection does not replacepersonal holiday travel insurance, which werecommend to cover losses due to missedconnections, weather interruptions or inability totake your holiday because of illness, etc.

    Some bank and credit cards include travelinsurance so it may be worth checking beforebuying elsewhere.

    Check in your policy small print that weatherdelays are covered.

    Bring your own bike

    or hire one of ours.

    OUR ADVISORS KNOWWHAT HOLIDAYS HEREARE REALLY LIKE All our staff actually live in the Outer Hebrides, so

    our intimate knowledge of the islands means

    were well placed to suggest places to go, things

    to do and sights to see.

    Our advisors continually increase their local

    knowledge, to have the information you ask for.

    Whether you want to know about fitting

    accommodation around a trip to St. Kilda or

    where to find the Outer Hebrides whisky

    distilleries, we can help.

    ADD ON A SELF-CATERING BREAKWeve arranged with a number of self-catering

    property owners to provide weekly and short

    period lets that we can mix with hotels and guest

    house stays.

    So you can extend your touring itinerary at a

    sensible price, especially during low season.

    See our website or call us for more information..

    Isle of Harris Distillery.

    Amhuinnsuidhe Castle.

    Aurora Borealis - April 2015.

  • In recent years, Scottish Government ferrysubsidies have kept fares low, making ajourney here great value.

    In 2015, the introduction of CalMacs brand newflagship vessel, the MV Loch Seaforth made thejourney between Ullapool and Stornoway aneven more special pleasure with newly designedinteriors, comfortable aircraft style seating,restaurant, snack bar, childrens play area - andsome of the finest views in Scotland.

    You could make the road journey part of yourholiday, taking time to explore other Scottishhighlights on the way - the mountains and glensof the Highlands and sea lochs of the west coastare well worth a stop or two on the way.

    Leave the motorway near Perth and follow wide,smooth trunk roads past Inverness to Ullapooland the Loch Seaforth.

    Or take the scenic route to Oban or Skye andcross with another of CalMacs large, modernships.

    Typically carrying more than 100 cars and 600passengers, these large, drive-on/drive-off shipsoffer a relaxed, stress free journey. Winners ofmany awards, CalMac have staff who really careabout making your journey easy.

    Onboard, visit the restaurant, take a snooze orstroll on deck while amazing scenery slips pastthe ship. Keep an eye out for dolphins thatoccasionally appear quite close to the ferry.

    Of course, travelling in your own car, youll enjoyfamiliar comforts and you can bring as muchbaggage as you like - even your mountain bikes!

    Your inter-island ferry crossings are