01 May - 29 Sep : Alternative Sunday
This exciting 3-day tour of the Mull and Iona from Edinburgh has in store some of the most spectacular sights of the Scottish Highlands. Onboard a comfortable Mercedes coach, drive towards Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest loch dotted with 60 islands! Head further to Inveraray and behold the majestic castle of Clan Campbell. Enter Oban and indulge in the best seafood platter in town!
Take a tour of Oban Distillery and treat yourself to some fine single malt whisky. Visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery and learn about the Celtic heritage with your expert driver-guide. Take in the most beautiful and striking sights of Scotland as you pass Ballachulish and admire Glen Coe’s arresting views. Spend two nights at your base camp in the colourful fishing port of Tobermory and enjoy full breakfast as included in this package.
01 May - 29 Sep : Alternative Sunday
3 days and 2 nights
Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre-departure briefing.
1 Parliament Square - Royal Mile, (Caffe Nero next to St Giles Cathedral), EH1 1RE, Edinburgh.
Same as starting point
Begin your tour from 1 Parliament Square - Royal Mile (Caffe Nero next to St Giles Cathedral) and be sure to reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre-departure briefing. Board your air conditioned Mercedes coach and get set for an exciting journey to the Highlands! Day 1 Heading west towards the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, make your way to Scotland’s largest loch sprinkled with dozens of islands. You will then be able to experience the stunning views from the Rest and Be Thankful Pass. Heading further, make a quick stop at Inveraray and behold the majestic castle of Clan Campbell. With this grand entrance to the Highlands, watch as the landscape begins to change as you capture its beauty behind your camera lens. As the drive heads comfortably north, the glens open up to the town of Oban. Enjoy some of the freshest seafood in Scotland here at the famous Oban Seafood Hut. Check out the seafood platter for fantastic options and generous portions! Thereafter take an optional tour of the Oban Distillery in the centre of the town and indulge in some fine malts, or you may take a nice walk up to the McCaig’s Tower for a view of the town and surrounding islands. After spending a few hours in Oban, jump aboard the ferry which is included in your ticket and take the short journey to Craignure, Mull. Keep your eyes peeled for whale sighting, and perhaps even dolphins and basking sharks! Thereafter, the drive takes you to your base camp in Tobermory, a colourful fishing port where you’ll be staying for the next two nights. B&B, Superior Guest House and Hotel accommodation packages include a full Scottish breakfast! Day 2 Begin the second day by taking a stunning drive covering Tobermory and heading to the island of Fionnphort where beautiful viewpoints crop up along the way. From here, jump aboard the ferry to the beautiful little island of Iona. The length of Iona only extends about 3 miles from north to sound and makes for a wonderfully quaint place to spend a peaceful and tranquil afternoon. You can visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery and its museum of Celtic heritage and history. Feel free to explore the island at your own pace and take one of many excellent walks. Walk to St Columba’s Bay, where St Columba is said to have arrived with his monks in the year 563! Admire an endless collection of richly coloured pebbles, especially the white and green Iona marble at St Columba’s Bay. After taking in stunning views from the highest point on Iona, return to Mull on the ferry and head back to Tobermory for the evening. Day 3 The final leg of the 3-day tour takes you on a ferry ride from Fishnish to Lochaline, a short crossing that gives you the perfect opportunity to sight sea eagles! Then begin the drive through the remote Glen Geal. Armed with your trusty camera, capture stunning shots of the lochs Sunart and Linhe on your way to Ardgour. From Ardgour, take another short ferry over to Corran. Take in the most beautiful and striking sights of Scotland as you pass Ballachulish which is surrounded by some amazing scenery. Spend some time in Glen Coe to take pictures and learn about the brutal history of the Clan MacDonald Massacre that took place here in 1692. Heading further south, take a brief moment at Tyndrum for sights and photo opportunities, before heading back to Edinburgh where the tour comes to a close at the starting point.
Bring suitable shoes and clothes for walking, as there will be opportunities for short walks throughout the tour.
Some accommodation in the village of Tobermory is located up a steep hill - please let us know if you have any mobility issues when you book.
You can carry a suitcase weighing no more than 15kg (55 x 40 x 20cm).
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
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