Whisky, tweed and nature what more could you want from a trip to Scotland?
Harris Tweed is probably the most traditional gift you could purchase in Scotland. Especially if your family has some genetic link to Scotland in which case you can even have your own tartan made. Lady Dunmore did just this in 1846 which proved to be the first step to a thriving industry including the well know trademark.
In recent years the islands of Harris, Lewis and Skye have become famous for their whisky too. Skye has a long tradition of whisky distilling with being the home Talisker since 1830. Now owned by Diageo Talisker has built a formidable visitor centre and their “Made by the Sea” tour is a wonderfully modern take to visiting a distillery.
Still on Skye you have Torabhaig, a new distillery already making a name for itself due to its fabulous taste. Equally delicious but an island along you should also pay a visit to Raasay whisky distillery.
Taking the ferry from Uig, Skye one hour and forty minutes later you will arrive in Tarbet, Harris. From here Lewis can be reached by car whereas Beneray requires another ferry, but would enable you to add North Uist Distillery to the itineray:
The Isle of Harris whisky distillery was founded in 2015 and is located in Tarbert. The populations on many of these beautiful, remote Islands have been declining throughout the 20th and 21st century so this social whisky distillery is aiming to counteract this. The whisky is pretty devine and if whisky is not your preference they also produce rather fabulous gin.
A little more than an hour’s drive away you find Abhainn Dhearg (Gaelic for the red river) whisky distillery on the west coast of Lewis.
From here we will make our way to Stornoway, on the way emerging ourselves in some nature, beaches, walks, standing stones and take then the ferry back to Ullapool
You can adapt this itinerary exactly to your liking. I would sugest to have a minimum of two nights on Lewis and Harris and allow a day on either side to travel to and from which ever location on the mainland.
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Please note that getting to and from the Outer Hebrideas you will bypass site such as Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Plockton and Loch Ness, so plenty to fill extra days with on the mainland alone….
Glencoe & Glenfinannan
Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle