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West Coast Islands Tour: Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye - 5 Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Highlights

  • Enjoy the 4 islands of Scotland West coast - Mull, Iona and Staffa and the Isle of Skye on this 5 day tour from Edinburgh
  • Visit some of the most beautiful places in the highlands such as Glencoe, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and the Five Sisters of Kintail
  • Chose between B&B guest house or hotel accommodation
  • Award winning service and tour provider
  • Travel in a luxury, top of the range, 16 seater Mercedes minibus
  • Book in confidence – our local partners are highly rated by users of Trip Advisor

Overview

The five day tour of the Scottish Highlands gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the West coast islands-Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye. Soak in the tranquillity of the islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa and the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye. Admire the spectacular landscapes of the Scottish countryside as you drive through some of the most scenic roads of the highlands.

Visit some of the best of Scotland’s natural attractions and historic monuments such as Loch Lomond National Park, Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Ness on this tour.

Itinerary

You will be picked up at 0900h (09:00am)and taken to the tour destinations in an air conditioned Mercedes minibus.

Proceed north past Stirling castle, and then west to Scotland's first National Park around Loch Lomond and the bonny banks. Travel through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands and the magnificent white-washed 18th century town of Inveraray.

Spend the afternoon in the heart of Argyll exploring the area close to the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada before arriving in the bustling town of Oban, the gateway to the islands.

Spend the night in bed and breakfast accommodation in Oban. You will stay in either a superior guest house with private facilities or a 3/4 star hotel.

Make an early start and cross on the ferry to Mull. Explore the dramatic coastlines and the wild beauty of the island.

Travel to Iona and soak in the peace and tranquillity of the region, which is the birthplace of Celtic Christianity and an ancient burial ground of Scottish Kings. Here, you can visit the historic abbey famous for its intricate carved crosses in the churchyard. You can also explore the rocky headlands and sandy coves of this island gem. You can also take a small boat out to the island of Staffa (except Saturdays in September) and view the dramatic basalt columns immortalised by Mendelssohn in his Hebridean Overture Fingal's Cave.

Return on a ferry to Oban. Spend the night in bed and breakfast accommodation in Oban. You will stay in a superior guest house with private facilities or 3/4 star hotel.

Head north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, and Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. You will then travel through Fort William and up to the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. Admire the great views over Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.

Next, proceed along the Road to the Isles through the spectacular Five Sisters of Kintail, the mountains guarding the pass on the way to the Isle of Skye. Stop to visit the famous stronghold, Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film Highlander, set at the junction of 3 lochs, it was built as protection against Viking raiders.

Cross over the sea to Skye and travel up to the picturesque harbour town of Portree. Spend the night in bed and breakfast accommodation in Portree. You will stay in a superior guest house with private facilities or a 3/4 star hotel.

Explore Skye at leisure. You can travel north to the stunning Quiraing Mountain Pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery. You can also see the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below.

After lunch, you can travel to Neist Point and take a walk to the lighthouse that is the furthest point west on Skye. Alternatively, visit the Dunvegan Castle, the ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod. You could also visit the Talisker Distillery, or the famousCuillin Hills. Spend the night in bed and breakfast accommodation in Portree. You will stay in a superior guest house with private facilities or a 3/4 star hotel.

Travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back over to the mainland and admire the stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail.

Proceed to Loch Ness for lunch and if you are lucky enough, you might spot the Nessie. There is a boat trip (summer only) available here that will get you that bit closer.

Head south through the Grampian Mountains along Loch Laggan, made famous as the Monarch of the Glen Country before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky Distillery.

On reaching Perthshire, stop for refreshments and then head back to Edinburgh past Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge.

You will reach Edinburgh at around 1900h (7:00pm). The drop off point of the tour is Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh.

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Reviews

Great experience, even of the weather was so-so. Well balanced. Excellent driver/guide.... Francois Coallier

Our guide, Angela, was very knowledgeable and helpful. The tour was well organized, interesting, and lots of fun. The B&Bs were very comfortable.... Richard Haskell

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 Apr - 20 Oct: Monday

Duration

5 Days / 4 Nights

Start time

Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Meeting point

The tour departs from 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at Waverley Bridge in Edinburgh

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Inclusions

  • Breakfast
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • All bridge crossings
  • All ferry crossings except Staffa
  • Discount card for money off restaurants, attractions and shopping
  • Transportation by top-of the range, 16-seat Mercedes minibus with air ventilation
  • 4 nights accommodation in Oban and Portree staying in either superior guest houses with private facilities or 3/4 star hotels.

Exclusions

  • Staffa Ferry Crossing
  • Lunch, dinner and refreshments
  • Entrances to all visitor attractions

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

Discount rate applies to children aged 5-16, based on 2 children sharing a room with parents in a twin room.

Rooms are available on Single or Twin Sharing basis for 1 or 2 people. Bookings for 2 people (or multiples of 2) will be allocated double/twin rooms. Should you have 1, 3 or 5 people in your party you will also be allocated a single room. Should you wish for a different room combination please call us for help with the booking.

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Additional info

  • As much time as possible is spent off the coach. Please bring suitable footwear and clothing.
  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Please provide a number where you can be contacted in Edinburgh when booking.
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  • "Very good tour" Great experience, even of the weather was so-so. Well balanced. Excellent driver/guide....
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