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The Isles of Mull and Iona - Small Group


Highland Coos
Inveraray Castle
Iona Abbey and Nunnery

The Wilderness Experience

Tour Only Price from £150

Tour with Accommodation Price from £265

The Isles of Mull and Iona - Small Group Route Map

Tour Highlights

Scotland Highlight 1Oban

Explore Oban, Climb McCaig’s Tower and enjoy fresh seafood*

Scotland Highlight 2Mull

Two nights in the colourful harbourside town of Tobermory

Scotland Highlight 3Iona

Visit the Abbey* and explore the untouched wilderness.

Scotland Highlight 4Wildlife Spotting

Look out for sea eagles on the way to the Corran ferry.

Scotland Highlight 5Glen Coe

Dramatic and wild landscape with history to match.

Tour Details

Departure Days:
Sundays only
3rd May to 27th September

9:45pm / 5:45pm
Reference: Tour No 17
Please note: * Indicates an Optional extra:
£ Exclusive discount with Highland Experience
Optional extras may be subject to seasonal availability
See our terms and conditions for details on the Tour Only option
Some tours may operate in reverse at certain times of the year.

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

Come join us on a three-day adventure to Mull and Iona, two of Scotland’s most stunning and unspoilt islands. You’ll take four ferries on this tour, and have loads of opportunities to wildlife spot and explore both islands; a nature lover’s dream.

Tour Description

Small Group Mull & Iona Tour *16 Passengers Maximum*

Day 1

Journey west to Loch Lomond...
Departing from Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, we may head west to Glasgow to meet the rest of our group, if everyone is departing from Edinburgh we will miss this stop. We’ll then be able to experience the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond – Scotland’s largest loch, dotted with 60 islands. One of the most intriguing islands is Inchconnachan, which is inhabited by a colony of Wallabies! They have thrived on the island since the 1940s. We will stop at a small village called Luss - you can walk the beach or pretty village shops.
Stunning views and fairytale castles...
We'll continue through the Trossachs and stop to enjoy stunning views at the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, a beautiful place to stop and look back upon your journey. We will then make a quick stop at Inveraray to see the impressive Clan Campbell castle. It is a beautiful example of Gothic Revival architecture.
The Seafood Capital Oban...

We'll travel through the Scottish Highlands and watch the landscape begin to change as we drive comfortably north. Our journey continues 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 enjoy a tasting you can just pop in and be welcomed by the world-famous Oban 14-year-old in their upstairs bar. Or, you can take a walk up to McCaig’s Tower for views over the town and islands further afield.

Cross the water to Mull...

We’ll jump aboard our ferry and take the short journey to Craignure, Mull. During the hour-long crossing 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 the capital of the island, where we’ll be staying for the next two nights. The delicious Cafe Fish is a great place for dinner but it's a good idea to book ahead as it can get very busy! Some of the fantastic accommodation we use in Tobermory is located up a steep hill, so please do let us know if you have any mobility issues when booking.

Overnight: Tobermory


Day 2


Tobermory to beautiful Island of 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, 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 "The Hill of Iona" to take in stunning views from the highest point on Iona. As Iona is entirely explored on foot (we leave the bus on Mull) we recommend suitable clothes and shoes for walking.

Wildlife spotting on the journey back to Tobermory...

We’ll return to Mull on the ferry and make our way back to Tobermory for the evening. On these drives, it's important to keep an eye out for otters. Whenever you see seaweed and rocks, there's a possibility you'll spot one, as this is where they tend to find their prey. You'll have to look carefully, however, as the seaweed acts as a good camouflage for them on the shoreline.

Overnight: Tobermory


Day 3

A day of short ferry rides and backroads...
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 Linnhe on our way to Ardgour, from here we’ll take another short ferry over to Corran.
The beautiful and eerie Glen Coe...

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 in Glasgow for anyone who wants to depart the tour here before returning to Scotland's capital, Edinburgh.


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

Tour Reviews


The trip was very fun and everything was beautiful! Tommy, our guide, broke the ice very quickly and made this trip family-like with the rest of the group. This trip is good for any age and I will definitely reccomend everyone to go on this amazing experience!

(alonas345 – Trip Advisor – September 2019)

I loved this 3 day trip. Paul the driver/guide was very friendly. He told us stories of the places we visited and drove by and sometimes we listened to music often related to his stories.
The islands were amazing. We stayed 2 nights in a cute little town called Tobermory and drove and sailed on a ferry on the second day to the small island of Iona. I visited the abbey and all I can say is WOW, this is a must see. I cant recommend it enough. Now go on and book this trip!

(Linda – Trip Advisor – August 2019)




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