Iona, Mull & Isle of Skye
Departures on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday from Edinburgh
Mondays: April 2 to October 29, 2018
Wednesdays: April 4 to October 10, 2018
Saturdays: May 5 to September 29, 2018
5 days to enjoy 4 fantastic West Coast Islands including the islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa and the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye. Highlights also include Loch Lomond National Park, Eilean Donan Castle, Glencoe and Loch Ness for a great sample of the best of Scotland.
Stay 2 nights in Oban, seafood capital of Scotland and 2 nights in the picturesque fishing village of Plockton*, on the shores of Loch Carron.
*please note this tour may stop in Portree for 2 nights instead of Plockton.
DEPARTURE FROM EDINBURGH: Gate J & Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh EH1 3DX
The tour departs at 9:00am and returns at approx. 7:00pm on Day 5.
Loch Lomond & Oban
Head north past Stirling Castle, and then west to Scotland’s first National Park around Loch Lomond, and “the bonnie 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 area close to the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada before arriving in bustling town of Oban, the gateway to the islands, for your two night stay.
Overnight - Oban
Mull & Iona
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 tranquillity 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 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.
Overnight - Oban
Glencoe & Fort William
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. You then pass through Fort William nestling in the shadow of Ben Nevis which at 1,344 meters is the highest mountain in the British Isles. We continue through the Great Glen a natural fault in the earth’s crust that runs through Scotland and on through Ireland. From here you travel north to the picturesque fishing village of Plockton. You are then dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening.
Overnight - Plockton
Isle of Skye
Is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver/ guide will use his/her local knowledge to decide on the best day out for the group. For example: heading west towards the 13th century home of the Clan MacLeod - Dunvegan Castle, the emerald green valley of Glendale or the dramatic sea-cliffs and lonely lighthouse at Neist Point. In the afternoon the tour may concentrate on the south of the island. Spend time heading down to Elgol for seascapes and views of the Cuillin, or Talisker and its beautiful bay or indeed Glenbrittle and its famed waterfalls. We return you to your accommodation in Plockton in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village.
Overnight - Plockton
Loch Ness & Perthshire
You will be collected from your accommodation and travel east where you will take in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Continue on to Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting “Nessie”. Heading 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 before heading back to Edinburgh over the Forth Road Bridge.
- Iona & Staffa
- Isle of Skye
- Fingal's Cave
- Cuillin Mountains
- Loch Ness
- Loch Lomond National Park
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
- Services of a professional local driver/guide
- 4 nights ensuite accommodations
- Full Scottish breakfast daily