Rabbie's - Iona, Mull & the Isle of Skye Tour (5 day)

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6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 3EG

    Iona, Mull & the Isle of Skye (5 day) Scotland at its best! Enjoy the magic, ancient history and undisturbed tranquility of the islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa and the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye on this five day tour.

    To book call 0131 226 3133 or email tours@rabbies.com

    Highlights:

    Loch Lomond National Park Eilean Donan Castle
    Loch Ness Mull
    Staffa Isle of Skye

     

    Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!!

    Tour Includes:
    *  Total of four nights accommodation (2 nights in Oban and 2 nights in Portree, Isle of Skye)
    *  Choose from 3* Guest House/B&B/Hotel accommodation
    *  Transportation by top of the range 16 seater Mercedes minicoach
    *  Guaranteed Departure – no minimum numbers. You book, you go!
    *  All ferry and bridge crossings
    *  Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
    *  Rabbie's Discount Card - money off restaurants, shopping and attractions

    Tour Excludes:
    * Lunch, dinner and refreshments
    * Entrances to all visitor attractions
    * All items of a personal nature: telephone calls etc

    Tour Itineray:
    Day 1
    Takes you north past Stirling castle, and then west to Scotland's first National Park around Loch Lomond and the bonny banks. You will travel through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands through the magnificent white-washed 18th Century town of Inveraray, home to the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll. The afternoon will be spent in the heart of Argyll exploring the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada before arriving in the bustling town of Oban, gateway to the islands, for your 2 night stay..

    Day 2
    Is an early start crossing on the ferry to Mull and enjoying an island adventure exploring her dramatic coastlines and wild beauty, before taking the small ferry to the peace and tranquility of Iona - birthplace of Celtic Christianity and ancient burial ground of Scottish Kings. Here you can visit the historic abbey with its intricate carved crosses in the churchyard or explore the rocky headlands and sandy coves of this island gem. There is also an opportunity to take a small boat out to the island of Staffa (except Saturday departures in September) and view the dramatic basalt columns immortalised by Mendelssohn in his Hebridean Overture "Fingal's Cave". You then return on the ferry to Oban for your second night.

    Day 3
    You are taken 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 then pass through Fort William and take the historic road to the Isles to catch the ferry to Skye. You will travel through Glenfinnan, at the head of Loch Sheil, where the standard was raised to start the Jacobite rebellion. Glenfinnan is also home to a 100year old viaduct, which was made famous when the Hogwarts Express steamed across it on the way to school in the Harry Potter films.  From Glenfinnan the road crosses mountains and glens before reaching Arisaig and on through a spectacularly scenic stretch of coast with fantastic views of the islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Skye. This beautiful coastline is formed by a series of bays where the turquoise sea is backed by the white sands of Morar.The road ends at Mallaig where you take the short ferry crossing “over the sea to Skye” where you arrive on the Sleat Peninsula, commonly referred to the “Garden of Skye” with great views of the Cuillin mountains. From here you travel north to the picturesque harbour town of Portree where you will be dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening.

    Day 4
    Is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver/guide will use his/her knowledge to decide on the best day out for the group.  For example: travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery or visit Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below.
    After lunch you may travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse that is the most  westerly point on Skye. Alternatively a visit  to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod, may be possible. We return you to your accommodation in Portree in the late afternoon  for you to enjoy a free evening in the village.

    Day 5
    You will be collected from your accommodation and travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back over to the mainland . You stop to visit the famous stronghold  Eilean Donan Catle, used in the film “Highlander”, set at the junction of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders, before travelling east where you will take in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Onto Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting "Nessie.  Heading south through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, made famous as “Monarch of the Glen Country” before passing Dawhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky Distillery, and onwards into Perthshire where we stop for refreshments before heading back to Edinburgh past Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge. Arriving at 19.00 approx.

    Additional Information :
    Edinburgh Departure: 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG - 9.00am
    Please arrive at least 15 minutes before scheduled departure time to check in for tour

    Rabbie's Tours Terms & Conditions

    Please refer to Rabbie's booking terms & conditions

    Opening Times
    Departs from Edinburgh at 9.00am on Mondays from 31st March - 20th October 2014
    31 Mar 2014 - 20 Oct 2014

    Edinburgh Departure : 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

    Ticket Information
    Type
    Tariff
    Adult B&B £509.00 per ticket
    Adult Hotel £599.00 per ticket

    Edinburgh Departure
    *Prices displayed are based on two people sharing a Twin/Double Room
    **Single occupancy and child rates available on request. Child rate applies to children aged 5-15. No children under 5

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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