We are so excited to share our trip to the Outer Hebrides with you, we had such a magical week away and came back feeling rejuvenated and very very full!!
It really was the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation.
Catching the ferry from Oban we sailed across the Minch to the Isle of Barra. What a lovely little island with a great youth hostel to stay in. L took the opportunity to head out on a long run, 13 miles around the main road on Barra- sadly it was a little misty and rainy to see much but would imagine the Barra half marathon being a great experience!
The next day we headed up the Heaval hill the highest peak in Barra before jumping back into the car to explore the beaches and to check out Barra’s beach airport! A trip on that flight could defiantly be a bucket list item….
We then headed off to catch the ferry over to South Uist, where L’s mum had kindly booked a cottage further up on North Uist. Talk about a cottage with the perfect location, we were directly opposite the Westford Inn. We sampled some amazing seafood, gin from Colonsay, Barra and Harris and some whiskey from Skye! Asking for a friend, but how many whiskeys does L have to try before it stops burning ?!?!
Our week was spent island hopping between Berneray, Benbecula, South and North Uist – walking, swimming and eating. Pure perfection!
Our walking recommendations would definitely be to head up North Lee, South Lee or Eavel for 360 views around North Uist and across the Outer Hebrides. Also award for the best signed walk ever goes to North Lee, 10/10!
There is also another fantastic walk on Berneray, along some incredible beaches which we would definitely rate a solid 9/10, before heading up to the highest point of the Island. There is apparently an 8 ft standing stone but spotting it proved to be easier said than done…..
Later in the week we jumped back onto our favourite mode of transport, calmac ferry, and headed over to Harris. Wow, wow, wow, what an island . The landscape on the east coast of the Island is unlike anything I have ever seen before (family likened it to Iceland). It was very dramatic.
Small shout out to the Bay View Cafe – small, homemade, no – nonsense cafe. They had us laughing away and well fed. We then headed off to Tarbet, to stock up on some Harris Gin, also FYI they serve the best chocolate brownie there! Grabbing some snacky food for dinner we headed down to Luskentyre where we set up camp.
Two days spent playing around on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, practising our swimming and gymnastics because we are 24 going on 4! You couldn’t find happier people!
Food recommendations on Harris would have to include the Temple Cafe for amazing cake and coffee (the lunch menu also sounded amazing) and croft 36 for takeaway homemade pies. It’s such a cute concept!
We only managed to explore the South of Harris but, classic us, we are already keen to head back there to see the north of Harris and Lewis, having reread Peter May’s Books!
Heading home we managed a flying visit through Skye, we love Skye especially the mountains! A quick pit stop at Eilean Donan before the end of a fabulous holiday. 7 islands in 7 days, we would say that’s a pretty great holiday!
(Sorry for the lack of photos we were too busy having fun!)