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The Wild Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides in Scotland are a place apart - on the very edge of Europe, where the Atlantic surges across white sandy beaches. Our holiday to the Western Isles has been designed by Stuart Housden, who spent 23 years as Director of RSPB Scotland. His extensive knowledge of these islands and understanding of the wildlife conservation stories here, is exceptional. The trip includes the Uists, Benbecula, Harris and Lewis with minibus transport and easy walking.

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21 May - 31 May 2023
10 Spaces

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LeadersStuart Housden OBE and Julian Sykes

Day 1Meet up in Inverness for overnight stay. - 1 night Premier Inn
Day 2Travel down the Great Glen and across Skye, before catching ferry to Lochmaddy and making the short journey to our hotel.
5 nights at Templeview Hotel
Days 3-6Birdwatching, botany and wildlife exploration of North and South Uist and Benbecula in search of Corncrake, waders, seabirds and raptors.
Days 7-9Take ferry to Harris and Lewis birding these two very different islands. We shall also take a half day boat trip to the Shiant Isles and visit Callanish Standing Stones and Dun Carloway Broch.
3 nights Hotel Hebrides in Tarbert
Day 10Travel back to Inverness.
1 night Premier Inn
Day 11Depart after breakfast.

WeatherThough usually quite dry, these islands can experience all the seasons during one trip and can be windy (5°-20°C).
WalkingCoastal walks on uneven terrain of up to three miles - walking boots recommended, but trainers or even sandals suitable on some occasions. Collapsible/telescopic walking poles could be useful for this trip.
Boat TripOur boat trip to the Shiant Isles lasts around 4 hours.
MealsAll included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 11.
InsectsBiting insects unlikely to be a problem.
AccomDouble, twin and single rooms all ensuite.

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