Hopscotch cal-mac ferries

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  1. Flyingscotsman2

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    Has any on done the hopscotch cal- mac ferry. Thinking of doing the islands around gods country.
     
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    Yes, did it a few years ago and it was great fun. You will need to plan ahead for some crossings but, on the whole, it was relatively easy.
     
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    Hop

    Where did u go.
     
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    "Thinking of doing the islands around gods country."
    Didn't know CalMac operated in England:RollEyes:
     
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    Depends which God you are on about.........

    That might stir things up.

    This post is not meant to offend or upset but to stir things up ( for a bit of banter). If you feel offended I suggest you complain to your God and they will strike me down. :thumb:
     
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    He said God's Country

    Not

    God help us country:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    We did Hop09 -

    Ferry from Oban to South Uist
    Drive to North Uist via Benbecula
    Ferry from North Uist to Harris
    Drive to Lewis
    Ferry from Stornaway to Ullapool
     
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    we love the western isles and have been a few times, I keep looking at the hop scotch but find it too restrictive and no significant price incentive

    The Oban to South Uist crossing is quite long, no issues on a nice day!! so in the Stornoway to Ullapool return

    It depends a lot on where you are approaching from and then going to next, the run back from Ullapool to Inverness is nice and easy

    We last used Skye (Uig) to Harris (Tarbert) then down to Berneray the all road and causeway to South Uist, back up to Harris / Skye, we have not gone down on to Barra but that will be next I think, although we want to go to Islay

    It is a really good place to get to, we chose sites mainly but stopped a few nights (wild) layby / roadside. Sites are a bit pricey but have really come on over the last 10 years we have been going.

    Watch out for grounding your rear end boarding, we had a couple of scrapes, but were never rushed, expect to be held till last coming off, let cars and locals go first, suited me well
     
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    a few years back we done :

    oban - barra

    barra - eriskay

    berneray - leverburgh

    stornoway - ullapool

    can't remember how much it cost but it was a fantastic trip with stunning beaches and scenery.
     
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    We went Easter '12. Like David, we deliberately didn't buy a Hopscotch ticket - just singles as we went along. As he says, it costs very little more (in fact, in our case it saved us money) and gives you absolute flexibility to go as you please, depending on how you're feeling or the weather etc.

    We went Skye (Uig) to Harris (Tarbert) then Berneray, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay. We returned from Barra (Castle Bay) back to Oban.

    We used the (free) bridge rather than the ferry (which would have been included in the Hopscotch ticket), to get from the mainland on to Skye.

    Had a great time. And once you've bought your first ferry ticket, CalMac keep all your details on the system so you only need to give your name to buy each successive ticket - sometimes on board and sometimes at a booking office. All dead easy - found the company staff really friendly and helpful. :thumb:

    Have a great time

    Mike
     
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    We did it 4 years ago started with Oban to Barra then worked our way North before ending in Skye, I'd highly recommend it great place fore kids.
     
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    We went to the Western Isles last year. I wouldn't buy a Hopscotch. As others have said there isn't a great price advantage and we also saved money by choosing our own crossings. We just phoned up a few days in advance and booked the next crossing when we were ready.
    The outer hebrides are fantastic. Go for it!
     
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    We`re going to Outer Hebs in May, on an ad lib basis. ie. without the time restrictions of pre booked ferries. We don`t want to rush.
     
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    Even though we travelled at Easter, we didn't have to make any advance bookings - no problems.

    First crossing from the mainland, just turn up at the booking office on or near the quayside and buy a ticket. Many of the inter-island ferries don't have booking offices. So we'd just arrive at the ramp - there was an electronic timetable indicating when the next ferry was due. At that point we'd usually call CalMac from the van and ask if the ferry was on time and was there any space? The answer was always yes; we'd give our name and say can you book us on, and that was it. :thumb:

    There was no real need to telephone, but it worked for us.

    Mike
     
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    This thread is just so inspiring. I wanna go now!
     
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    Me too, we've got an un-arranged week in August but I have a feeling that it might be too busy then.
     
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    Come on then, there`s plenty of room up there.:thumb:
    Grey water disposal could be a bit of an issue though..........:Doh:
    May in the Western Isles, Almost beats Northumberland.
    I`ll let you all know.
     
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    one word…….

    MOZZIES :cry::cry::cry:
     
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    Last two weeks in August might be okay as Scottish schools will be back for the autumn term.

    You'll need citronella just in case but the breeze tends to keep the mozzies away on the west side of the islands.
     
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