Motorhoming in the Scottish Isles – Part One

It was our first motorhome trip and we were very excited to see some of the Scottish Western Isles.  On this occasion we decided to visit the Outer Hebrides Islands including the Isle of Harris and Lewis. Embarking on our adventure with a Spaceship motorvan, which came highly recommended as an economical and highly efficient driving machine with on average 600 miles per tank.  The two berth Starship is ideal in size for negotiating the small roads and as classed as a car, making it more affordable for island hopping.

Outer Hebrides Islands by Motorhome Rental: Spaceships Motor home in Scotland.
Spaceships Motorhome Rental in Scotland. ©MDHarding

Outer Hebrides Islands by Motorhome Rental

Lewis and Harris Islands

The Lewis and Harris islands are situated on the North West coast of Scotland.  The isles are part of an archipelago of 15 inhabited islands and more than 50 uninhabited islands that form the Outer Hebrides Islands. With the Isle of Harris and Lewis being connected by a land border they are together the largest island in Scotland comprising of 841 square

Outer Hebrides Islands by Motorhome Rental: Lewis and Harris Islands
Outer Hebridean Islands. ©MDHarding

The best way to reach the Outer Hebrides Islands

Once we worked out where we would like to visit, next came the planning!  The easiest way to reach the Isle of Lewis is by the Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry (Calmac Ferries). The ferry departs from Uig on the Isle of Skye to Tarbert, Isle of Lewis with a journey time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Outer Hebrides Islands by Motorhome Rental: Everyone eagerly awaiting the Caledonian MacBayne Ferry.
Everyone eagerly awaiting the Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry. ©MDHarding

Upon arriving at Uig port, it is clearly signposted as to which lane you need to enter. We were very keen and arrived a bit too early.  So we took the opportunity to have a spot of breakfast at the port café.  With plenty of time to spare we collected the boarding passes from inside the terminal building and made our way back to the motorvan excitedly awaiting the arrival of the ferry.

The tickets were soon checked and boarding passes collected, then we were swiftly directed to board the ferry. After being kindly directed into place, we collected essentials and made our way up on deck.

The Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries are very comfortable with a range of seating areas.  Two of my favourite’s were the observatory lounge with its panoramic views out over the bow of the ferry and beyond.  With the increasing demand of technology the newly equipped office areas are great. After being on the road for a few days it was very convenient to charge the mobile and camera batteries while revisiting the map and scouring the latest edition of Go Explore for missed sightseeing opportunities.    There are also a range of snacks, hot meals and a number of drinks available on-board.

Outer Hebrides Islands by Motorhome Rental: Can be quite brisk out on deck but great location to spot wildlife. ©MDHarding
Can be quite brisk out on deck but great location to spot wildlife. ©MDHarding

Batteries re-charged, the announcement was made to return to our vehicles.  The car deck was a hive of activity,  soon we were given the green light to start our engines and promptly disembark.  We had arrived in port Tarbert, the Isle of Harris.   Stay tuned…next stop the finest white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters the Isle of Harris has to offer.

Hiring a Starships motorhome couldn’t be easier and its a great way to explore the Scottish Highlands and Islands with ample flexibility.

Next, in Motorhoming in the Scottish Isles – Part Two, I’ll tell you about seeing the Inner Hebrides by motorhome.

As always we would love to hear from you. Have you explored Lewis and Harris Islands?  Or taken a trip on-board Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries? Please comment below. Thanks!  Happy Travels x

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