Island History & Mystery
Delve into Scotland's legends and history as you explore some of our incredible islands!
Tour Only from £285
Tour with accommodation from £525
Sundays 3rd May to 27th Sep.
This five-day tour of Scotland will take you to the Isles of Mull, Iona and Skye. These isles are the essence of Scotland. Castles, Lochs and Whisky.
Wildlife spot & Iona Abbey*
Dramatic & wild landscape with history to match
Stunning 13th-century castle
Kilt Rock, Mealt Falls, Old Man of Storr & Portree
Tour the ruin & monster spot from a Jacobite cruise
Departing from Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, we may 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. 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 north to Oban. This is the place to enjoy some of the freshest seafood in Scotland. Oban Distillery* is perched right in the 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. If you love seafood, Cafe Fish is a fab option for dinner, but be sure to book ahead as this restaurant can get very busy!
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 to some of the incredible white sandy beaches on the island. A personal favourite of ours is Port Bàn, you'll pass a couple of hidden coves before reaching this sheltered bay - on sunny days it becomes a sun trap and a perfect spot for a packed lunch or a swim if you're feeling brave. We’ll return to Mull on the ferry and we'll make our way back to Tobermory for the evening.
On day three we’ll say farewell to Tobermory and 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.
Please note at this point you will join a new group of travelling companions and meet your new driver-guide.
As our road nears the coast, it passes Eilean Donan Castle*. Here you have the chance to see the castle that featured in the film Highlander. It is probably the most recognisable castle in Scotland. It's perched on a tiny tidal island and this scenic location is why it's often found in calendars and on shortbread tins. After a stop here it's time to cross the bridge to Skye.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Enjoy a full day exploring the Isle of Skye. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will ensure you get the most out of your day and enjoy sights such as the craggy red and black Cuillin Mountains. These two mountain ranges dominate the landscape on Skye. Another area we visit is the outstanding and beautiful Trotternish Peninsula, the most northerly of Skye's peninsulas. It includes highlights such as The Kilt Rock and The Old Man of Storr. Portree will most likely be your lunchtime stop, where you can enjoy delicious fish and chips next to the harbour – just watch out for the seagulls!
Overnight: Isle of Skye
On our final day, we'll say goodbye to Skye and travel to the most famous Loch in the entire world, Loch Ness. The loch has very dark waters due to peat from the hills that surround it - a perfect hiding place for Nessie the famous Loch Ness Monster. You will have the opportunity to tour Urquhart Castle* a ruined castle perched on the side of the loch then hop on a Jacobite Cruise* to Nessie spot on the loch itself. We will also visit Culloden Battlefield, site of the last stand of the Jacobites against the British government forces on 16 April 1746. You can experience everything about the events leading up to, during and after the battle in the impressive visitor centre* and interactive exhibition. We’ll then continue south to a pretty town perched next to the river Tummel before returning to Edinburgh.