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Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye - 5 Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    As per Calendar

  • Duration

    5 Days / 4 Nights

  • Start time

    9am

  • Meeting Point

    Make your way to Inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.

    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

  • Ending Point

    Same as starting point.

Key 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

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

Day 1:

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

Traveling north past Stirling Castle, you reach the stunning Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. As you journey through the awe-inspiring mountains of the West Highlands, you arrive at the charming, whitewashed 18th-century town of Inveraray, the historic home of the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll. Spend the afternoon exploring the heart of Argyll before heading to the lively town of Oban, where you'll stay for the next two nights.

Day 2:

Today begins with an early start as you catch a ferry to Mull, offering a chance to explore its dramatic coastlines and wild beauty. Afterward, you'll take a small ferry to Iona, renowned as the birthplace of Celtic Christianity and the ancient burial ground of Scottish kings. On Iona, you can visit the historic abbey, which features intricately carved crosses in its churchyard, or take the time to explore the island’s rocky headlands and sandy coves.

For those seeking an extra adventure, there’s an opportunity to take a small boat for an optional trip to the island of Staffa, where you can view the dramatic basalt columns that inspired Mendelssohn's Hebridean Overture "Fingal's Cave".

After a day filled with exploration, you will return to Oban by ferry for your second night, ready to relax and reflect on the day's discoveries.

Day 3:

You journey north along the west coast, passing through the picturesque region of Appin and the impregnable Castle Stalker. Your next stop is the breathtaking Glencoe, one of Scotland's most famous natural landmarks, renowned for its steep slopes and photogenic peaks. Here, your driver-guide may share the tragic tale that has haunted this valley for over 300 years.

Continuing your adventure, you travel through Fort William and under the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, standing at 1,344 meters. The journey then takes you through the Great Glen, a natural fault in the earth’s crust that runs through Scotland.

From the Great Glen, you travel to the charming fishing village of Plockton or Balmacara, where you'll be dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening, ready to unwind after a day of stunning scenery and rich history.

Day 4:

Today offers a very flexible schedule on Skye, with a variety of possibilities depending on the weather. Your driver-guide will use their local knowledge to craft the best day out for the group.

You might ascend the Quiraing along the Trotternish Ridge, where you'll be rewarded with spectacular views. Alternatively, you could soak in the stunning scenery at Loch Coruisk or drive through the dramatic Red Cuillin to the quaint hamlet of Elgol.

In the late afternoon, you'll be returned to your accommodation in Plockton or Balmacara. The evening is free for you to explore the village at your leisure.

Day 5:

You'll be picked up from your accommodation for a short drive to the famous stronghold of Eilean Donan Castle.

After exploring the castle, you’ll travel east, enjoying the stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Continuing on, you reach Loch Ness, where you can have lunch and perhaps even spot the legendary 'Nessie.'

Your tour then moves through the Grampian Mountains, along Loch Laggan, and past Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky distillery.

In Perthshire, you'll stop for refreshments before heading back to Edinburgh, passing through Perth and crossing over the Firth of Forth.

You will reach Edinburgh at around 7:00pm. The drop off point of the tour is Edinburgh Bus Station Drop Off, George St / St. Andrews Square area, (Within 5 mins of Edinburgh Bus Station), Edinburgh.

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

Exclusions

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

Please note

Voucher information: You can show your voucher on your smartphone (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

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

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 in addition to a Double/ Twin room. Should you wish for a different room combination please call us for help with the booking. 

Travel light: You are only allowed to carry 20 kgs of luggage on this tour. A carry on bag plus a small bag is preferable as advised by the local authorities.

Customer Reviews

  • Susan K Troeger
    Soeasy, so wonderful!

    Llved every minute of the tour. Let Rabbies do all the planning and driving. Our guide/driver, Peter, was the best. His knowledge of history, folklore, and geography was...

    United States 07/14/2015
  • Francois Coallier
    Very good tour

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

    Canada 08/27/2013
  • Richard Haskell
    Excellent, well-planned trip

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

    USA 12/02/2010

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