4-Day Magical Mull, Iona & West Highlands Small-Group Tour From Edinburgh

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, UK
  • Return Details :
    Approximately 19:00.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 22 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 21 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Spend four amazing days exploring the natural beauty and historic treasures of the island of Mull and surrounding areas. Youll visit Calgary Bay, the islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa (optional), and see Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and the National Park of Loch Lomond. With stops at historic sites such as Stirling castle, Inveraray Castle, the Abbey in Iona, and Kilmartin Glen, you'll have plenty of ways to take in the rich history and culture of these ancient isles on this 3-night tour from Edinburgh.

Highlights

Breakfast included

Multi-Day Trip

Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

Small-group tour

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Tobermory

Pass By: bus station
Check-in 15 mins prior to departure and meet with your driver guide for this tour.

Stop At: Glencoe Visitor Centre, Glencoe, Scottish highlands, Scotland
Famous for a bloody ancient massacre, this beautiful spot offers peaceful waterside views from the site of ancient ruins.
(Lunch Stop)
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: You stay three nights in the colourful harbour town of Tobermory, the capital of the island.

Day 2: Flexible day touring around the Isle of Mull

Stop At: Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull, The Hebrides, Scotland
Bright white sands front crystalline water in this famously beautiful spot for pictures.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Tobermory Distillery, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, The Hebrides, Scotland
An early afternoon return to Tobermory, allows you to soak up the atmosphere of this pretty town. You have a chance to peruse the small shops, and the local Tobermory whisky distillery.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kilmore Standing Stones AKA Cnoc Fada, Isle of Mull, The Hebrides, Scotland
Photo stop and short walk to the standing stones with lovely views over Dervaig (walking/waterproof boots recommended).
Duration: 20 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: You stay three nights in the colourful harbour town of Tobermory, the capital of the island.

Day 3: Tobermory - Fionnphort - Iona - Staffa/Fingal's Cave

Pass By: Fionnphort Beach
You leave Tobermory and head south to Fionnphort, where you take a passenger ferry to the small island of Iona.

Stop At: Iona Abbey and Nunnery, Isle of Iona, The Hebrides, Scotland
Beauty and spirituality mingle here, with the near 1500 year old Christian settlement complementing Ionas ancient majesty.
Iona is an island of quiet charm, and is the cradle of Celtic Christianity.
You have time to explore the islands Abbey, and museum of history and Celtic heritage. There are magnificent Celtic crosses and headstones to see, or, alternatively, you can enjoy a stroll along the peaceful sandy beaches.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Fingal's Cave, The Hebrides, Scotland
In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to take a small boat to the island of Staffa, where nature enthusiasts can seek out the abundant marine life.
Staffa is home to Fingals cave, which is one of the most amazing geological sites, and is known as Natures cathedral.
*** If Staffa boat is running - takes 3 hours for the whole journey so you will get about 1.5 hours on Iona.
Duration: 3 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: You stay three nights in the colourful harbour town of Tobermory, the capital of the island.

Day 4: Craignure - Oban - Kilmartin Glen - Edinburgh

Stop At: Kilmartin Glen, Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Return to the past at one of the richest areas in the UK for Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland. A real prehistoric feast!
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Rest and be Thankful, Arrochar, Loch lomond and the trossachs national park, Scotland
After leaving the town, you arrive in the National Park of Loch Lomond and climb up more than 800 feet to the Rest and be Thankful.
Duration: 10 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Edinburgh - Tobermory
After meeting your small group and guide in central Edinburgh, you’ll travel by comfortable minicoach about five hours northwest to the coast. Along the journey through the stunning West Highlands, you'll hear stories about the history of the area from your expert guide.

You’ll pass Stirling castle and the bustling town of Callander, sometimes called the Gateway to the Highlands. Continue through the picturesque Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and the Trossachs, before reaching the remote expanse of Rannoch Moor, one of the largest wildernesses left in Europe. You’ll then board a ferry for a short ride across Loch Linnhe, traverse the mountains of Morven, and take the day’s last ferry to the Hebridean island of Mull.

You'll arrive in Tobermory, the island’s capital and your base for three nights. You’ll have the evening to settle into this harbor town and enjoy the sight of the colorful houses that overlook the sea.

Overnight: Tobermory

Day 2: Tobermory - Dervaig - Calgary Bay - Tobermory (B)
After breakfast, you’ll start a leisurely day with a 20 minute drive to the pretty settlement of Dervaig, named ‘good inlet’ by the Vikings who arrived around 800AD. Check out the renovated Kilmore church with its pencil tower, then continue to the Village Hall where the community holds ceilidhs (Gaelic dances), weddings and classes.

After taking in Dervaig, you’ll return to your coach and head to Calgary Bay. Have time to stroll along the shore with your guide and look for white-tailed eagles, puffins, whales, dolphins and other wildlife that thrive in the area.

In the early afternoon you’ll return to Tobermory and have free time to peruse the shops, tour the Tobermory Whisky Distillery, or simply soak up the atmosphere of this pretty town.

Overnight: Tobermory

Day 3: Tobermory - Iona - Staffa - Tobermory (B)
After breakfast, you’ll drive to Fionnphort to take a ferry to the small island of Iona, considered the cradle of Celtic Christianity since the arrival of St Columba in 563AD. You’ll explore the beautiful island, visiting the Abbey and its museum of history and Celtic heritage. Be sure to check out the magnificent Celtic crosses and headstones, or enjoy a stroll along beaches lapped by turquoise water.

In the afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to take a small boat to the lovely island of Staffa (own expense). Look for whales, dolphins, and porpoises on the journey over, while on the island you may find nesting puffins and other seabirds. Staffa is remarkable for six-sided basalt rock columns that form much of the island, and Fingal’s cave – also known as ‘Nature’s Cathedral.’

You’ll return to Tobermory for the night after your day's journey.

Overnight: Tobermory

Day 4: Tobermory - Oban - Kilmartin Glen - Edinburgh (B)
In the morning, bid farewell to Tobermory and take a ferry to Oban then continue to Kilmartin Glen. Here you’ll find Neolithic and Bronze age remains, with more than 350 ancient monuments in the area. You’ll have time to check out some of the standing stones and Neolithic burial chambers in this area, also known as The Valley of Ghosts.

Next you’ll travel to the 18th-century town of Inveraray where you’ll visit Inveraray Castle, situated in a forest on the shores of Loch Fyne. After leaving Inveraray, you’ll pass through the National Park of Loch Lomond, your vehicle climbing more than 800 feet along a road where the top is called ‘Rest and Be Thankful.’ Your coach will then hug the shores of Loch Long and Loch Lomond, the largest body of freshwater in the British Isles. You’ll reach Stirling after about an hour and stop for photos of Stirling Castle before returning to Edinburgh, arriving in the early evening to conclude your tour.

Inclusions

Accommodation included: 3 nights

Driver/guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Ferry transfers to the Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona

3 nights en-suite accommodation in a B&B or 3-star Hotel (breakfast included)

Breakfast

Entry/Admission - Fionnphort Beach

Exclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meals and refreshments

Optional Staffa boat trip

Gratuities

Admission fees

Entry/Admission - Tobermory Distillery

Entry/Admission - Iona Abbey and Nunnery

Entry/Admission - Fingal's Cave

Entry/Admission - Kilmartin Glen

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 14 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years

Please note: you will be required to choose between either a 3-star bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel at time of booking

Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately

When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section

Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available

Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 09-Jun-2014

    Murray was great! Good knowledge and sense of humor; able to accommodate a group ranging in age from 7 to 71. Amazing scenery!