Best 5-Day Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
- Breakfast included
- Multi-Day Trip
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
- Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops and attractions
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Small group ensures personal service
- Loch Lomond
- Inveraray, home to the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll
- Overnight in Oban, gateway to the islands
- Ferry crossings to Mull and Iona
- Iona's historic abbey
- Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692
- Views over Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain
- Overnight in the picturesque harbor town of Portree on the Isle of Skye
- Monster-spotting on Loch Ness
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5-Day Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
- Breakfast daily
- Professional driver/guide
- All ferry crossings, except optional trip to Staffa
- Discount Card offering discounts off local restaurants, shopping and attractions
- Modern Mercedes minivan with forced air ventilation (maximum 16 people)
- 4 nights accommodation with private facilities in either a Bed and Breakfast or 3/4 star hotel
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Entrance fees (discount card offers reductions)
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Minimum age is 6 years
- Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
- There are opportunities to take nature walks, it is recommended to bring suitable clothing and footwear. Scotland can be a wet place!
- The First Edinburgh tour operator to be awarded 5 star status by the Scottish Tourist Board.
- Please indicate preference for twin or double room in special requirement box at time of booking
Today takes you west to Scotland's first National Park around Loch Lomond, stopping at the charming conservation village of Luss set on the loch's "bonny, bonny banks". 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 and the standing stones of Kilmartin before arriving in the beautiful fishing harbor town of Oban, gateway to the islands, for the next two nights accommodation.
Day 2: Oban
Today 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 are at leisure to 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 and view the dramatic basalt columns immortalized by Mendelssohn in his Hebridean Overture "Fingal's Cave". Return on the ferry to Oban for your second night.
Day 3: Oban - Portree
Today takes you 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. Pass through Fort William and travel on to the small town of Mallaig to catch the ferry to Skye. Crossing over the sea, travel up to the picturesque harbor town of Portree. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening where you are free to go out and explore the town.
Day 4: Portree
Today is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and the dynamics of the group. Your driver with his extensive knowledge will choose the best plan for the day. For example: travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery, visit Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with it's waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. Or a walk out at the most westerly point on the island at Neist. Or go over to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod. Talisker Distillery is also located on the isle, as are the famous Cuillin Hills. Return to your accommodation in Portree in the early evening for you to enjoy your second night in Portree.
Day 5: Portree - Edinburgh
You will be collected from your accommodation and travel south passing by part of the magnificent Cuillin Hills, leaving the island via the Skye bridge. The tour then takes the "Road to the Isles" through the splendor of the 5 sisters of Kintail, the mountains guarding the pass. Stop to visit the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander", set at the junction of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. From here, will continue east through GlenSheil and Glen Moriston to Loch Ness, where you will stop in the small Highland village of Fort Augustus at the south end for your chance to try and spot the monster. There is a boat trip (summer only) available here that will get you that little bit closer! Continuing south now through the Grampian Mountains along Loch Laggan, made famous now as "Monarch of the Glen Country" before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky Distillery, and onwards into Highland Perthshire for a final walk and coffee break in the fresh air of the north. Continue south past Blair Castle, returning back to Edinburgh passing Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge. Arrive into Edinburgh in the early evening where the tour will conclude.
If you cancel within 21 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Robert D, December 2013
Awesome trip. Our tour guide had a great way of telling us about the history of Scotland and her attention to detail was of extremely high standard. The tour was relaxing to have time to yourself but also busy enough to see and do plenty of activities. Would recommend to anyone of any age.
Reviewed by: Terence F, December 2013
The bus was very comfortable. Our guide, Sara, was excellent,very clear in her information, quite a competent driver and her charming personality enhanced the whole tour.Our B and B accommodation was outstanding. The points visited on the tour were well chosen. We would certainly recommend this to others.