9 Day Trip
Edinburgh to North Uist
You will pick up your luxury motorhome rental at Roseisle in Edinburgh, Scotland and head north, through the lochs and mountains of the Cairngorms National Park and Highlands, island hop to Skye, then North Uist for two nights. You’ll cross over to Skye via the bridge, then catch the ferry from Uig to Lochmaddy. Feel your workaday worries melt away as you say goodbye to the mainland and head off into the wild blue yonder!
Linked by a string of causeways, the chain of islands known as the Uists are bound by nature, geology and history, imprinted with a lacework pattern of freshwater lochans and narrow sea lochs bordered with rocky coves and pristine white beaches. The diversity of the landscape ensures treats for nature lovers on land, shore and sea. Off-shore bird sightings include puffins, gannets and guillemots, while inland estuaries are home to waders, and moorlands provide prey for golden eagles and hen harriers. The long grass is a seasonal home for the elusive corncrake, particularly on the RSPB site at Balranald on North Uist.
Sightseeing in South Uist
South Uist has more than its fair share of history, scenery and wildlife. It boasts sandy beaches and crystal blue waters- a bit of the Caribbean in Scotland- along with a dramatic mountain range. Settled since Neolithic times, it is home to the largest the Viking settlement known in Scotland. Archaeology buffs are treated to many sites on the island, including chambered tombs, roundhouses, brochs and castles. Other attractions you can visit in your motorhome rental include the Kildonan Museum, which houses the 16th century Clanranald Stone, and the ruins of the birthplace of Flora McDonald, the Jacobite heroine who helped smuggle Bonnie Prince Charlie after his defeat at Culloden. Golfers looking for a challenge won’t want to miss a round at Askernish Golf Course, the oldest in the Western Isles.
Sightseeing in North Uist and Grimsay, then ferry to Harris via Berneray for 3 nights on Lewis and Harris.
History and natural beauty define North Uist. Water lovers can swim and snorkel at Traigh Lingeigh, while wildlife watchers will spot Arctic terns, gannets and corncrakes. Golfers, enjoy a round overlooking the shimmering Atlantic at Sollas Golf Course. And with half the island covered in fresh and salt-water lochs, it’s a fisherman’s paradise, so be sure to pack your gear in your motorhome rental! Once the home of vast Viking settlements, history comes alive with primeval stone circles, burial cairns and one of the oldest crannog sites in Scotland.
Also connected to North Uist via a causeway, Grimsay belongs to the sea. With a booming shellfish and traditional boatbuilding industry, this charming island is dotted by small crofts and fishing settlements.
Connected to Uist by a causeway, the isle of Berneray is renowned for its serene setting. Sacred stone circles and remnants of Viking occupation remind you of the wee isle’s ancient history. Beachcombing is a favourite pastime, with miles of unspoiled sand framed by lush green grass and vibrant wildflowers.
From Berneray, you’ll take your motorhome rental on the hour long ferry crossing to Leverburgh on Harris. Stay on Lewis and Harris for two nights. (It is one island, but the north half is Lewis and the south is Harris.) Visiting here is like stepping back in time with its stone circles and thatched cottages- but in the modern comfort of a luxury motorhome rental. South Lewis, along with Harris and North Uist, is a National Scenic Area- you may see golden eagles and seals, so be on the lookout!
Isle of Harris Sightseeing
Harris offers some of the most varied landscapes in the UK, from white sandy beaches to the highest peak in the Outer Hebrides- not to mention some of the oldest rocks in the world. Spend hours hill walking or watching wildlife, and take time to stroll the sugar sand beach at Luskentyre. Enjoy a drive in your motorhome rental along the “Golden Road,” past glistening lochs where seals bask, and through a stunning lunar-like landscape of shimmering rocks and black lochans. The main settlement, Rodel, is home of the St. Clement Kirk, of the finest surviving medieval church in the Hebrides.
Isle of Lewis sightseeing
Dubbed the “The Heather Isle” by ancient poets, Lewis makes visitors feel as if they have travelled back in time with stone circles, thatched cottages and farmers cutting peat in the fields. Archaeological sites dot the islands, including the Callanish stone circle and Dun Carloway broch, the best preserved of its type in the Outer Hebrides. South Lewis, along with Harris and North Uist, is designated as a National Scenic Area, where visitors can spot golden eagles, red deer, otters and seals. Foodies will find lots to love in Stornoway, home of the famous black pudding, the Hebridean Brewing Company, and traditional smoked kippers and salmon from Stornoway Fish Smoker.
Uig to Tarbert, Isle of Skye for three nights
The largest of the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye (an t-Eilean Sgiathanach) takes its name from the Norse ‘sky-a’, which means ‘cloud island.’ With the Cuillin Hills often shrouded in mist, it’s an appropriate name, but it could also be called simply magical. Verdant moors, rugged cliffs and mountains, glistening lochs and stunning coastline- Skye truly has it all in the nature department. Add to that enchanting castles, interesting museums, lively pubs and fine restaurants, no wonder it’s one of Scotland’s top holiday destinations! And the best way to experience it is in an amenity-packed motorhome hire from Roseisle.
Days 7 and 8
Skye is most famous for its natural scenery, with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife and get out in the pristine air. Sea eagles, whales, dolphins, otters, seals and red deer are just some of the species you may spot. Those eager to walk and climb will find Skye to be a world class destination- the Cuillin Range and Trotternish Ridge offers challenging scrambles. For those who prefer to enjoy a stroll, there are many great walks. The famous Fairy Pools are at the foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle.
Though there is plenty to do in the inhabited parts, you just might find the most profound rewards come from close encounters with the seascapes and landscapes, from little Talisker Bay – which shares its name with the island-produced Talisker whisky – to the Trotternish Ridge, guarded by the imposing rock tower of the Old Man of Stoor.
Those seeking culture will find lots to love in Skye. Charming Portree is the capital, but there are plenty of other quaint villages to explore in your motorhome rental, such as Dunvegan, Edinbane, Staffin and Armadale. History buffs can’t miss Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland- it’s been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. The magnificent 20,000 acre Clan Donald Skye estate offers a memorable experience, with historic gardens, woodland trails, a castle and museum. The brooding ruins of Knock Castle on the east coast of Sleat are a lovely spot for a picnic and photo op.
Talisker Distillery is a leading tourist attraction on the island, welcoming over 60,000 visitors a year. There is a fabulous new welcome area for visitors and an enhanced viewing gallery in one of the distillery warehouses. New tasting rooms have also been created in which visitors can savour the single malt Scotch in surroundings that reflect the heritage and provenance of the whisky.
From dynamic culture to bucolic tranquillity, the Isle of Skye promises the holiday of a lifetime in a motorhome rental from Roseisle!
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