Mull, Iona & Skye - Small Group


Sligachan on the Isle of Skye
Boats on Mull
Stunning beach on Iona
Driver-guide Mark having a great time on tour

Inner Hebridean Experience

Tour Only Price from £285

Tour with Accommodation Price from £525

Tour Description

Small Group Tour *16 Passengers Maximum*

Day 1 

West to Oban, then on to Mull...

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. 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 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.

Overnight: Tobermory

Day 2

A day of exploring Iona...

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

Overnight: Tobermory

Day 3 

Glen Coe and Eilean Donan Castle...

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.

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 take photographs and explore the castle that featured in the film Highlander. Then it's time to cross the bridge to Skye.

Overnight: Isle of Skye

Day 4 

Experience the Splendours of the 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 Cuillin Mountains, the outstanding beautiful Trotternish Peninsula, The Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Iron Age Dun Beag Broch. Portree is your lunch time stop, where you can enjoy delicious fish and chips next to the harbour – just watch out for the seagulls! Before heading back to your accommodation for a second restful evening you will be able to try an array of different whiskies-yum!

Overnight: Isle of Skye

Day 5 

Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and the journey home...

You'll visit the most famous Loch in the entire world, Loch Ness. You can tour Urquhart Castle* then hop on a Jacobite Cruise* to Nessie spot on the loch itself. Our next stop is at 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.


Please note, optional extras*:
- Jacobite Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle: £20 per person
- Culloden Visitors Centre: £7.00 per person
- Eilean Donan Castle: £6.50 per person
- Oban Distillery, Sensory & Flavour Finding Tour: Adult (over 18):£10.00 / Child (8-17 years):£5.00
- Iona Abbey and Nunnery: Adult:£7.50 / Concession:£6.00 / Child:£4.50
£ Exclusive discount with Highland Experience

* If you are continuing to Glasgow, your guide will take you to Edinburgh Waverley railway station for the 50-minute journey by ScotRail trains, courtesy of Highland Experience

** Please see our terms and conditions for details on the Tour Only option

*** Please note, optional extras are subject to seasonal availability

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

Mull, Iona & Skye - Small Group Route Map

Tour Highlights

Loch AweMull & Iona

Wildlife spot & Iona Abbey*

Loch AweGlen Coe

Dramatic & wild landscape with history to match

Loch AweEilean Donan Castle*

stunning 13th-century castle

Loch Awe Isle of Skye

Kilt Rock, Mealt Falls, Old Man of Storr & Portree

Loch AweLoch Ness & Urquhart Castle*

Tour the ruin & monster spot from a Jacobite cruise

Tour Details

Departure Days:
Sundays 5th May to 29th Sep.
Reference: Tour No 1054

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


Tour Reviews

Once aboard we had a great time with our guide Tommy and our fellow travellers, Denise, Jenna, Christine, Corrin and Glenn. Tommy got us all to introduce ourselves and by the time we got to Oban we were chatting away like old friends. It helped that Tommy's taste in Scottish music reflects my own so I was enjoying the tunes as we headed north in the rain. We had a great day (sunny too) on Iona and Mull but I was sorry when it came to day three when we had to part with Tommy and four of the other five on board as they were continuing on to different destinations. Glencoe was very spectacular and again the weather was kind and we all had lunch together before going our separate ways. I can highly recommend this tour company.

(Lisa M – Trip Advisor – September 2018)

Our bus driver, Tommy, was truly outstanding. A great storyteller, he shared interesting historical tid-bits mixed with hilarious comments on driving etiquette. He played music that artfully highlighted the unfolding events and scenery. And as the Scottish would say, his sense of humour was "massive". The only thing sharper than Tommy's quick wit was his incredible driving skills. It was comforting being on the bus enjoying the scenery instead of trying to navigate those tiny island roads. We really enjoyed all the ferry boat rides, and many were just very short hops. And they were worth it, because the scenery in the remote highland locations was breathtaking. The Isle of Skye is more famous, but Mull and Iona were simply mesmerizing! We would highly recommend the Highland Experience tour to anyone.

(Lorna L – Trip Advisor – June 2018)

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