The Isles of Mull, Iona & The Highlands 4 Day tour from Edinburgh & Glasgow

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Discover Scotland

Discover Scotland Tours are committed to delivering unrivalled Highland Tour experiences. We passionately believe in providing the highest quality, best value and exceptional service every time. Whether you are travelling independently, with family or friends, Discover Scotland Tours is the only way to see Scotland.

  • 4 Days
  • Small Group Tour
  • Scotland

Our four day tour from Edinburgh transports you to Scotland’s rugged west coast and the outstanding islands of Mull, sacred Iona and their tranquil sister isles. These are wild and yet tranquil places and ideal for spotting wildlife such as seabirds, eagles, dolphins and even whales. Stroll along Tobermory’s picture-postcard harbour front with its brightly painted houses, go off the beaten track to the geological wonder of Fingal’s Cave on Staffa and dip your toes in the azure waters of some of Scotland’s best beaches.

Departure Information

From Edinburgh
  • Departure LocationBus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
  • Check in 07.45
  • Departs 08.00
  • Returns 18.30

Departure Information

From Glasgow
  • Departure LocationBuchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW
  • Check in 09.15
  • Departs 09.30
  • Returns 19.30

Price Includes

  • Transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini-coach
  • An English speaking driver-guide
  • All ferry fares are included in the price, except the Staffa boat trip.

Price Excludes

  • Accommodation
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Entry fees to visitor attraction

Please Note

  • ImportantPlease note if you are late in arriving at your departure point and as a consequence miss your tour you will not be entitled to a refund
  • ChildrenWe regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours
  • Luggage LimitsLuggage is restricted to one medium sized suitcase/ bag (maximum weight 15 kg) and one small carry-on bag per person
  • Hotel DeparturesUnfortunately we do not offer a hotel pick up service on our multi-day tours.

Highlights

Day 1
Glasgow, Luss, Loch Lomond, Rest and be Thankful, Inveraray, Oban, Ferry to Mull & Tobermory.

Day 2
The Isle of Iona, Iona Abbey, Boat trip to Fingal’s Cave & Staffa.

Day 3
Dervaig, Calgary Bay, The Island of Ulva & Tobermory Distillery.

Day 4
Ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline, The Corran Ferry, Glencoe, Falls of Dochart, Callander, Doune Castle & the Kelpies.

Please note we may visit some attractions on a different day due to weather etc.

Optional Experiences

All payable in cash on the day

Inveraray Castle
Adults £12.50
Seniors £11.00
Students £11.00 (with valid ID)
Children £8.00

Iona Abbey
Summer 2020 Update: Following the COVID-19 outbreak Historic Environment Scotland who operate Iona Abbey have not yet been able to confirm a reopening date. The Abbey therefore remains closed until further notice. Passengers will still be able to take photographs from the outside and walk around the area. 
Adults £7.50
Seniors £6.00
Students £7.50
Children £4.50

Staffa Boat Trip (Boat trip lasts 3 hours)
Adults £35.00
Seniors £35.00
Students £35.00
Children (5- 15) £35.00

Tobermory Distillery
Includes a dram of Tobermory 10 year old at the end of your tour.
Adults £8.00
Seniors £8.00
Students £8.00
Children (5-17) £8.00

Itinerary

Day 1

Departing from Edinburgh we call in at Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow, before heading north into Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We drop into the quaint conservation village of Luss on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond before heading into the Highlands, alongside Loch Long, and into the ‘Arrochar Alps’. Our steep climb ends at the iconic viewpoint the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ where these words were etched on stone by weary soldiers who built the military road in 1750.

Our Highlands and islands road trip stops for lunch at Inveraray on Loch Fyne. Scotland’s first planned town, it was built in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell. Its white-washed buildings are a great example of Scottish Georgian architecture. You can stroll around the town or explore Inveraray Castle and its resplendent gardens, where the Duke of Argyll still lives today.

We’re soon adventuring on to Scotland’s rugged west coast, famous for sea lochs that stretch out for miles, towering mountains and pristine sandy beaches.

The busy port of Oban, ‘The Gateway to the Isles’, welcomes us and we board the ferry to the Isle of Mull. After disembarking there’s a picturesque drive to Tobermory, probably the most photographed town in Scotland with its brightly painted houses overlooking the harbour, where we’ll stay for three nights.

Day 2

Day two sees us drive to Fionnphort for the short passenger ferry to the tiny sacred island of Iona. It’s been a place of Christian worship and pilgrimage ever since St Columba and his companions came from Ireland to establish a monastery here in 563 AD.

You can visit Iona Abbey and take a walk up Torr an Aba, the little hill above where St Columba’s writing hut is thought to have stood. Explore St Oran’s Chapel and Reilig Òdhrain, the graveyard where 48 ancient kings of Scotland, including Macbeth, are said to be buried.

At just one and a half miles wide and three miles long, it’s easy to appreciate Iona’s charms. Why not ramble to the highest point at Dun I and sip from the Well of Eternal Youth, a little pool said to have been blessed by St Brigid of Ireland. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views to other Hebridean islands such as Tiree, Coll and the Treshnish Islands and on a really clear day you’ll see Rhum, Eigg and Skye and even the coast of Ireland.

Wildlife lovers might enjoy the option to take a three hour boat trip to Fingal’s Cave on uninhabited Staffa, which includes an hour spent on the island. The best time to see puffins is from early May to early August and you might also spot gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Dolphins and porpoises are often playing in the water and in summer look out for minke and fin whales or even the elusive basking shark whose fin breaks the water as it feeds.

Fingal’s Cave is a geological wonder with its hexagonal basalt rock columns formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. Its evocative acoustics inspired Mendelssohn to compose his Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave) after he visited in 1829. One of Pink Floyd’s unreleased tracks from their 1970 Zabriskie Point soundtrack sessions is also called Fingal’s Cave.

After a full day our small group heads back to Tobermory where you can spend the evening at your leisure.

Day 3

A short drive in your luxury mini coach takes you to the small village of Dervaig which was established, in its current form, in 1799 by the Laird of Coll. The Kilmore standing stones lie above the village and nearby there are signs of an ancient fort and a Highland clearance village. We can’t miss out a visit to one of Scotland’s finest sandy beaches at Calgary Bay, where glistening white sands rival any foreign destination.

A one-minute ferry takes us to Ulva, an island haven for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts that’s definitely off the beaten track. Around 800 AD the Vikings landed and named it Ulfur, meaning wolf island. But they weren’t the first residents as standing stones date to around 1500 BC and artefacts found in the area suggest human life dating back 6,000 years.

Once upon a time Ulva boasted around 800 residents but today there are just five. As a result it’s a truly unspoilt isle with pristine blue waters rolling onto white shell beaches and woods carpeted in billiard green moss. Keep an eye out for sea eagles, golden eagles and otters.

The isle’s Boathouse restaurant serves tasty home-baking and local oysters and there’s even a museum and heritage centre housed in the thatched ‘Sheila’s Cottage’.

Back in Tobermory there are traditional Scottish pubs, souvenir shops and Tobermory Distillery to enjoy where a dram of single malt awaits.

Day 4

After a short drive to Fishnish our first ferry of the day takes us over the Sound of Mull to Lochaline in Morvern on Scotland’s mainland. This spectacular peninsula was shaped thousands of years ago by volcanoes and ice. An hour later we’re lining up for the small Corran Ferry en route to our lunch stop in Glencoe where you can ask your friendly driver-guide about the infamous 1692 massacre.

Then we’ll emerge from the towering mountains into bleak but beautiful Rannoch Moor, one of Europe’s last great wildernesses, and head into picturesque Killin. You’ll want to pose for selfies at the village’s dramatic river rapids, the Falls of Dochart.

Our adventure continues passed Loch Lubnaig, through the Pass of Leny and Callander to another favourite photo stop at mysterious Doune Castle. Dating from around the 14th century you’ll see why it’s a film-makers favourite and starred in Outlander as Castle Leoch, Game of Thrones as Winterfell and in cult comedy Monty Python as Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot.

From ancient architecture to a feat of modern-day engineering at the Kelpies. Standing over 30 metres high, these two giant steel horse heads are the world’s largest equine sculptures and a monument to Scotland’s horse-powered industrial heritage. From there we deliver you back to Edinburgh.

FAQs

Where does the tour stay overnight?

We stay in the village of Tobermory for all 3 nights of our tour.

The village has some restaurants for evening dining and a shop should you require any necessities.

 
 

Can you reserve my accommodation?

Yes, we can reserve B&B or hostel accommodation for you. There is an option to request your preferred accommodation when booking. After that, you will receive a confirmation email containing details of your accommodation provider & the exact cost of your stay.

Payment can be made directly to the accommodation provider in Skye.

Summer 2020 Update: The hostel dorm rooms have not yet reopened following the COVID-19 outbreak. The shared nature of the hostel buildings makes social distancing more difficult to implement. Some hostels may opt to open for private rooms only whereas others many remain closed until the guidance changes. Therefore, please note that if you intend to travel prior to March 2021 that B&B or a private Hostel room may be the only option available.

What is the price for accommodation?

The guide price for accommodation is as follows:

B&B double/twin room: £90.00 – £125.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
B&B single occupancy: £85.00 – £95.00 per room per night
Hostel: £18.50 – £26.00 for a mixed dorm bed.

We provide a guide price as each establishment has their own pricing structure. Our accommodation is allocated on a first come first serve basis. An exact cost will therefore be confirmed once you have booked and we can confirm what is available.

Can I book my own accommodation?

You can certainly self-book your accommodation should you wish to. It must also be in the village of Broadford where the other passengers will be staying. Furthermore, we ask that you let the accommodation provider know that you are travelling with us.

If you choose to book your own accommodation, please inform us where you are staying as soon as possible.

How much luggage can we bring?

Our luggage allowance is medium suitcase weighing no more than 15kg per person. In addition passengers can bring  a small handbag/laptop bag which can be brought on to the coach. Above all, the overall weight limit of the coach dictates our luggage allowance and therefore can not be altered.

If you require to store luggage while on tour you may choose  to use luggage facilities. You’ll find these in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Train Stations and Edinburgh Bus Station.

Will we be dropped off and picked up at our accommodation in Skye?

Yes, while you are staying in Tobermory your Tour Leader will drop you off each evening and collect you again the next morning.

A pick up time will be arranged while you are on tour. Please ensure you are ready to depart on time each morning.

What can we do if we don't want to participate in an optional extra?

All attractions are optional. Should you wish not to visit an attraction then your Tour Leader will also provide you with information of any other options in the area. This may be local walks or the location of a nearby coffee shop.

Will I be able to pay by credit card while on tour?

In the Scottish Highlands many businesses do not accept card; particularly in rural areas where mobile signals are not very strong. Your driver will also take cash payment for any optional extras. Therefore, it is best to bring cash with you.

There are cash machines on route should you require to take out money while on tour.

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