At 5 am our ferry departs Uig on the north-west tip of Skye, exactly on time. The wind has been blowing hard all night and we expect a rough crossing, but we don’t talk about it.
The Outer Hebrides or Western Isles take your pick. This 210 kilometres long chain of islands stand off the west coast Scotland, there are three substantial areas or groups of islands, Uist the most southern. Then Harris and Lewis to the north, they are the most habited and according to the Lonely Planet most interesting to visit. So for Pam and I, Harris and Lewis will be our adventure. For the Hymer and two passangers the fare is £43 (one-way), with a sailing time of 90 minutes from Uig in Skye. It will be more expensive for the return to mainland Scotland but that’s an issue for another day.
Once off the ferry we drive up the road to a layby overlooking the bay, have some breakfast and recover from the 4.30 start. Tarbert stands on a narrow isthmus linking north and south Harris. So we head south on the only road.