hebridean hopscotch holidays brochure
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DESCRIPTIONPacked 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.
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.
Bayble, Isle of LewisThe Shiants in Winter.
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
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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.
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
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
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.
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