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The Isles of Mull and Iona - Small Group

3 DAY TOUR

Iona Abbey Iona Abbey
On The Road
Oban to the isles Oban to the isles
Wildlife spotting on board the Corran ferry Wildlife spotting on board the Corran ferry
Sea Views
Iona Abbey Ruins Iona Abbey Ruins
Driving on Mull
Glen Coe - stunning scenery and rich history Glen Coe - stunning scenery and rich history

The Wilderness Experience

Tour Only Price from £150

Tour with Accomodation Price from £275

Tour Description

Small Group Mull & Iona Tour *16 Passengers Maximum*

Day 1

Departing from Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, we’ll head west to Glasgow to meet the rest of our group. You’ll then be able to experience the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond – Scotland’s largest loch, dotted with 60 islands. Next, we'll be able to enjoy stunning views at the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, before we make a quick stop at Inveraray to see the impressive Clan Campbell castle. 

Enjoy the grand entrance to the Highlands and watch the landscape begin to change as we drive comfortably north. Continue 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 join a tour and tasting. Or, you can take a walk up to McCaig’s Tower for views over the town and islands further afield.

Following a few hours in Oban, we’ll jump aboard our ferry and take the short journey to Craignure, Mull. 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, where we’ll be staying for the next two nights.

 

Day 2

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 to take in stunning views from the highest point on Iona.

We’ll return to Mull on the ferry and make our way back to Tobermory for the evening.

 

Day 3

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 Linhe on our way to Ardgour, from here we’ll take another short ferry over to Corran.

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 of that took place here in 1692. Heading further south we’ll stop at Tyndrum before returning to your departure city.

 

Things to note: We would recommend bringing suitable shoes and clothes for walking, as there will be opportunities for short walks throughout the tour. Some accommodation in the village of Tobermory is located up a steep hill - please let us know if you have any mobility issues when you book.

Optional Extras, subject to availability:

Oban Distillery: Sensory & Flavour Finding Tour 2017 £10.00 adult (over 18) / £5.00 child (8-17 years old)

Iona Abbey and Nunnery: £7.10 adult / £4.30 child / concession £5.70

Luggage limit 15KGMAX 15kg 55 x 40 x 20cm

The Isles of Mull and Iona - Small Group Route Map

Tour Highlights

Scotland Highlight 1Oban

A few hours to explore Oban, Climb McCaig’s Tower or tour Oban Distillery*

Scotland Highlight 2Mull

Two nights in the colourful harbour side town of Tobermory

Scotland Highlight 3Iona

Visit the Abbey* and explore the untouched wilderness.

Scotland Highlight 4Wildlife

Wildlife spotting on board the Corran ferry.

Scotland Highlight 5Glen Coe

Wonderful scenery and fascinating history.


Tour Details

Availability:
Summer
Departure Days:
Tuesday only
4th April to 10th October

Departs/Returns:
9.45 / 19.00
Reference: Tour No 17

   Check-in Closes 15 mins prior to departure at pick-up point



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Tour Reviews

After visiting Iona and Mull, I was ready to pack my belongings and move to Scotland. The islands were hauntingly beautiful. We were lucky to have Andrew as our guide for both tours. His knowledge and expertise made for a delightful and entertaining trip, in spite of moments of torrential rain and other unpredictable setbacks. We look forward to another visit in the future, and will definitely use Highland Experience tours.
(Laurie M - Trip Advisor - October 2017)
 
Just back from a wonderful trip to Mull and Iona with Highland Experience. Our tour guide Mark, was super enthusiastic about Mull in particular and had plenty of personal anecdotes on exactly why this place is so worth seeing...Mark got the balance perfect between pointing out areas of historical importance, sharing cheeky anecdotes, playing Scottish music themed to the area and periods of quiet for people to chat and wonder at the views...I had such a great time on this trip, it re-acquainted me with the beauty and history in my home country.
(GL Scott - Trip Advisor - September 2017)
 
I highly recommend this 3 day tour of Oban, Mull and Iona! The tour was a real highlight of my trip to Scotland. Our tour leader Mark was fantastic! I greatly enjoyed his friendly and easy going nature, his thorough and entertaining stories of Scottish history plus the music he played for us on the minicoach. He also made driving on those narrow single lane roads look easy! The scenery along the drive is beautiful and it is a real wonder to be able to visit Iona. On this tour you stay 2 nights at Mull and you can choose to stay at a guest house or hotel. I stayed at the Tobermory Hotel which had great accommodation and breakfasts. The size of the tour group was about 10 people. I much prefer this relatively smaller sized group and being able to be driven around in a minicoach. You can start and finish this tour in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
(Jasmin T - Trip Advisor - August 2017)

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