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The Isles of Mull and Iona - Small Group

From £209 per adult

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May — September

Come join us on a three-day adventure to Mull and Iona, two of Scotland’s most stunning and unspoilt islands. You take four ferries on this tour and have loads of opportunities to wildlife spot and explore both islands — a nature lover’s dream.

Day 1

Journey west to Loch Lomond…

Departing from Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, we may head west to Glasgow to meet the rest of our group. (If everyone is departing from Edinburgh, we will miss this stop.) We’ll then be able to experience the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond – Scotland’s largest loch, dotted with 60 islands. One of the most intriguing islands is Inchconnachan, which is inhabited by a colony of wallabies! They have thrived on the island since the 1940s. We will stop at a small village called Luss, where you can walk the beach or visit the pretty village shops.


Stunning views and fairytale castles…

We’ll continue through the Trossachs and stop to enjoy stunning views at the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, a beautiful place to stop and look back upon your journey. We will then make a quick stop at Inveraray to see the impressive Clan Campbell castle. It is a beautiful example of Gothic Revival architecture.


The seafood capital Oban…

We’ll travel through the Scottish Highlands and watch the landscape begin to change as we drive comfortably north. Our journey continues through the glens and onwards along the shore of Scotland’s longest Loch to the west coast town of Oban. This is the place to enjoy some of the freshest seafood in Scotland. Opt for the seafood platter from the famous Oban Seafood Hut if you’re feeling adventurous. Oban Distillery* is perched right in the centre of town; if you’d like to enjoy a tasting, you can just pop in and be welcomed by the world-famous Oban 14-year-old in their upstairs bar. Or you can take a walk up to McCaig’s Tower for views over the town and islands further afield.


Cross the water to Mull…

We’ll jump aboard our ferry and take the short journey to Craignure, Mull. During the hour-long crossing, keep an eye out for whales, dolphins and even basking sharks. Once on Mull, we’ll head north to the colourful fishing port of Tobermory the capital of the island, where we’ll be staying for the next two nights. The delicious Cafe Fish is a great place for dinner, but it’s a good idea to book ahead as it can get very busy! Some of the fantastic accommodation we use in Tobermory is located up a steep hill, so please do let us know if you have any mobility issues when booking.


Overnight: Tobermory


Day 2

Tobermory to the beautiful Island of Iona…

Departing from Tobermory, we’ll take a stunning drive covering the length of the island to Fionnphort, enjoying some beautiful viewpoints along the way. We’ll catch the ferry from here as foot passengers to the tiny island of Iona. Just 3 miles from north to south, this sacred island is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peace and tranquillity.

You can visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery*, founded by St Columba in 563, and its museum of Celtic heritage and history. Or take one of many excellent walks, perhaps to St Columba’s Bay, where St Columba is said to have arrived with his monks in 563. Here, you can admire the array of richly coloured pebbles, especially the white and green Iona marble. Or walk up to Dun I, ‘The Hill of Iona’, to take in stunning views from the highest point on Iona. As Iona is entirely explored on foot (we leave the bus on Mull) we recommend suitable clothes and shoes for walking.


Wildlife spotting on the journey back to Tobermory…

We’ll return to Mull on the ferry and make our way back to Tobermory for the evening. On these drives, it’s important to keep an eye out for otters. Whenever you see seaweed and rocks, there’s a possibility you’ll spot one, as this is where they tend to find their prey. You’ll have to look carefully, however, as the seaweed acts as a good camouflage for them on the shoreline.


Overnight: Tobermory


Day 3

A day of short ferry rides and backroads…

On day three, we’ll take a ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline. It’s a short crossing and the perfect opportunity to look out for sea eagles. We’ll drive through the remote Glen Geal and make our way past the stunning lochs Sunart and Linnhe on our way to Ardgour. From here, we’ll take another short ferry over to Corran.


The beautiful and eerie Glen Coe…

We’ll pass Ballachulish, which is surrounded by some of the most strikingly beautiful scenery in Scotland, and have time in Glen Coe to take pictures and learn the brutal story of the massacre that took place here in 1692.

Heading further south, we’ll stop in Glasgow for anyone who wants to depart the tour here before returning to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.


Departure days:

Every Second Sunday (May - September)

Departs/Returns:

Edinburgh: Check-in 8:15am/ Departs 8:30am/ Returns 19:00pm
Glasgow: Check-in 9:30am/ Departs 9:45am/ Return 17:30pm


Meeting point:

1 Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RE
or
266 George Street, Glasgow

Contact details

Highland Experience Tours
1 Parliament Square
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1RE
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh - City Centre Glasgow Glasgow City Centre
Length
3
Days
Transport
Minibus
Type
Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
History Island Hopping Landscapes

COVID-19 facilities

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Temperature checks for visitors

Tour prices

From

  • £209 Per Adult
  • £199 Per child
  • £199 Concession

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Highland Experience Tours

Your Scotland experience starts here. From monsters and mountains, chapels and chieftains to castles and whisky, we want to give you the most authentic Scottish experience possible. From the comfort of our luxury bespoke vehicles to our legendary, fully qualified guides, we can’t wait to show you our country. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have a job doing something we really enjoy; everyone at Highland Experience shares a passion for travel and helping other people discover Scotland’s Highlands. Our love for real, sustainable and unique tour experiences makes us who we are.

Opening times

Monday - 7am - 10pm
Tuesday - 7am - 10pm
Wednesday - 7am -10pm
Thursday - 7am - 10pm
Friday - 7am - 10pm
Saturday - 7am - 10pm
Sunday - 7am - 8pm

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