Iona, Mull & Skye + Orkney

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    Iona, Mull & Skye + Orkney

Tour length

9 days

From

3089.00$3089.00

Departs Monday, Wednesday & Friday from Edinburgh

April  to October 


The tour of dreams - 9 days to enjoy 5 fantastic west coast islands and the prehistoric beauty and history of the northern Orkney islands. 
Tour highlights include the rolling splendour of the Island of Mull, the peace and spirituality of Columba’s Iona – with an optional visit to the breathtaking and musical Island of Staffa – followed by the dramatic beauty of our most famous of Islands, Skye. Let the ‘misty isle’ enchant you with her incredible bounty before heading to the Orkney archipelago, rich in its archaeological treasures. Highlights also include infamous Glencoe, the national park and bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Eilean Donan Castle, and no trip would be complete without a visit to the eerie shores of Loch Ness

DEPARTURE FROM EDINBURGH: Gate J & Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ
The tour departs at 9:00am and returns at approx. 7:00pm on Day 9.

This is a combination tour, made up of individual tours which are scheduled to link up on route without having to come back to their starting point. Clients will be able to enjoy the individual styles and stories of the different driver/guides as well as a different group of travelling companions on each part of their trip.

Itinerary


Day

1

Loch Lomond & Oban

Travel north past Stirling Castle and to the region of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

You venture through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands and the magnificent whitewashed 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 before arriving in the bustling town of Oban for your two-night stay.

Overnight - Oban


Day

2

Mull & Iona

Today you have an early start, beginning the day crossing on the ferry to Mull for a chance to explore dramatic coastlines and wild beauty. You take the small ferry to Iona, the birthplace of Celtic Christianity, and ancient burial ground of Scottish Kings. Here you can visit the historic abbey with its intricately carved crosses in the churchyard, or explore rocky headlands and sandy coves.

There’s an opportunity to take a small boat for an optional trip 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


Day

3

Glencoe & Fort William

You ramble north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker. Next, you head to the gorgeous Glencoe, one of the most famous natural landmarks in all of Scotland. This beautiful area boasts steep slopes and photogenic peaks. Your driver-guide may reveal to you the tragic tale that’s haunted this valley for over 300 years.

You then venture through Fort William and under 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. From here, you travel to the fishing village of Plockton or Balmacara. You’re dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening.

Overnight - Plockton or Balmacara


Day

4

Isle of Skye

Today is a very flexible day on Skye; and your driver-guide ensures you take a unique route that suits the weather, the local events, and your group's interests. You may ascend the Quiraing along Trotternish Ridge and be rewarded with spectacular views. Alternatively, you could drink in the scenery at Loch Corruisk or drive through the dramatic Red Cuillin to the little hamlet of Elgol.

We return you to your accommodation in Plockton or Balmacara in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village.

Overnight - Plockton or Balmacara


Day

5

Loch Ness & Perthshire

You’re collected from your accommodation for the short drive to the famous stronghold of Eilean Donan Castle.

Then, you travel east taking in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. You continue to Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting "Nessie". Half an hour south of Loch Ness you will stop in the village of Spean Bridge and join a new bus for the continuation of your tour to Orkney. Your guides will help you transfer your luggage and introduce you to your new travelling companions.

With your new crew you continue north following the Great Glen travelling along the famous loch and passing by Urquhart Castle.

You arrive in Inverness, the Highland Capital, in the early evening.

Overnight - Inverness


Day

6

Orkney

It’s an early start, leaving behind the 'Capital of the Highlands', crossing over the Black Isle, and continuing past Dunrobin Castle.

From here, you drive along the northeast Highland coastline, travelling into some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery. Onwards through Scotland's most northerly mainland village, John o' Groats, and then to Gills Bay, where you board the ferry, and cross the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago.

It’s a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel where you stop for a visit before continuing to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, Capital of Orkney. Here you can visit Kirkwall's magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets.

Overnight - Kirkwall


Day

7

Skara Brae & Maeshowe

Today is your chance to explore this archipelago’s fertile green pastures fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. You visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar and the Druidic standing stones of Stenness.

You then travel onto Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions.

Then it’s back to Kirkwall for your second night after what is sure to be a memorable day.

Overnight - Kirkwall


Day

8

Ullapool

After a relaxed start, you leave Orkney and sail the Viking waters back to the mainland. From here, you travel the old road right across the very top of Scotland, driving past the stunning Ben Loyal and Ben Hope mountains, following the rocky cliffs and stunning golden sand beaches.

You then visit the far northwest Highlands and the wilderness of the mountains of Assynt before stopping to view the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle.

From here, you travel to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village where you spend your last night's stay on tour.

Overnight - Ullapool


Day

9

Culloden & Perthshire

Leaving Ullapool behind, you take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into Corrieshalloch Gorge. You then admire the beautiful Loch Glascarnoch, on the way past the 'Capital of the Highlands', Inverness. You can visit Culloden Moor, the site of The Battle of Culloden in 1746, one of the bloodiest events in our history and the last battle to have been fought on the British mainland. Next, you take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns, made famous by Diana Gabaldon in the ‘Outlander’ books.

From here, you travel through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest, hugging the Cairngorm mountain range. You enjoy lunch in these beautiful surroundings before travelling through The Big Tree country of Perthshire, the Kingdom of Fife, and back to Edinburgh.  Return to Edinburgh at approximately 19:00


2024 Dates and Prices

Room Type Single/ HotelTwin/ HotelSingle/ B&BTwin/ B&B
Apr 1-May 31$5359.00$5359.00$3839.00$3839.00$3699.00$3699.00$3089.00$3089.00
Jul 22-Sep 30$5439.00$5439.00$3929.00$3929.00$3779.00$3779.00$3169.00$3169.00
Oct 1-Oct 25$5359.00$5359.00$3839.00$3839.00$3699.00$3699.00$3089.00$3089.00

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars.
Exclusions: Lunch, dinner and refreshments. Entrance fees to visitor attractions (Admission to Maeshowe, Skara Brae & Culloden VC, Museum and Battlefield included).
Please inquire for child rates (5-11 years sharing with 2 adults).
Children under 5 years of age are not accepted.

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg (44lbs.) and one small hand/day bag to go on the coach with you. Unfortunately, Rabbie’s are unable to store excess luggage.

2025 Dates and Prices

Room Type Single/ HotelTwin/ HotelSingle/ B&BTwin/ B&B
Mar 31-May 30$6409.00$6409.00$4419.00$4419.00$4229.00$4229.00$3419.00$3419.00
Jun 6-Sep 29$6589.00$6589.00$4599.00$4599.00$4409.00$4409.00$3589.00$3589.00
Oct 1-Oct 20$6409.00$6409.00$4419.00$4419.00$4229.00$4229.00$3419.00$3419.00

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars.
Exclusions: Lunch, dinner and refreshments. Entrance fees to visitor attractions (Admission to Maeshowe, Skara Brae & Culloden VC, Museum and Battlefield included).
Please inquire for child rates (5-11 years sharing with 2 adults).
Children under 5 years of age are not accepted.

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg (44lbs.) and one small hand/day bag to go on the coach with you. Unfortunately, Rabbie’s are unable to store excess luggage.

Tour Highlights

  • Oban
  • Iona
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Isle of Skye
  • Loch Ness
  • Glencoe & Rannoch Moor
  • Skara Brae & Ring of Brodgar
  • Fingal's Cave
  • Orkney Isles
  • North Coast 500
  • Loch Lomond National Park

Tour Inclusions

  • Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. Air Conditioning as standard. Services of a professional local driver/guide.
  • All ferry and bridge crossings
  • 8 nights ensuite accommodation
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • Admission to: Maeshowe, Skara Brae & Culloden VC, Museum and Battlefield

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