6 Day tours from Edinburgh

6 Day Island Hopping Tour to the Isles Mull, Iona & Skye from Edinburgh

Feast your imagination and fill up your senses on our six day tour of the Scottish Highlands and islands from Edinburgh. Your friendly driver-guide will share their passion for Scotland, presenting our country’s most iconic locations and revealing its hidden gems on a road trip like no other. Lonely glens, supernatural landscapes and steep-sided mountains are around every corner and there’s even the chance to follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter and James Bond.

Main Departure Point
Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

Operates
Every Monday from 20th May - 21st Oct 2019

Costs:
Adults 16-59: £379.00 – £419.00
Seniors 60+, Students: £369.00 – £409.00
Children 5-15: £369.00 – £409.00

Please note we are unable to take children under 5.

See the Details & FAQ tab for optional extra costs and further information.

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Day 1

After leaving Edinburgh on Monday morning, we call in at Glasgow and then head deep into Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

The lochside village of Luss is our first destination, where tidy cottages decked in rambling roses lead to the water’s edge and a wander along the pier. For a tranquil moment why not visit the 19th century church, beautifully restored with a Scots pine ceiling and Victorian stained-glass windows. Go back in time to the Viking raids of the 13th century with a stroll around the ancient churchyard where a Viking ‘hogback’ grave still stands.

From the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond your luxury mini coach climbs the ‘Arrochar Alps’ to iconic viewpoint the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’. These words, etched in stone, reveal the relief of soldiers who laboured on the original road in 1750.

As your small group weaves along the banks of Loch Fyne, the white outline of Inveraray springs into view. Established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, head of the powerful Clan Campbell, the town remains as a perfect example of Scottish Georgian architecture. As we stop for lunch you can enjoy its tourist attractions like Inveraray Castle and gardens.

Our next port of call is the vibrant tourist town of Oban, known as ‘The Gateway to the Isles’, where we catch our ferry to the Isle of Mull. We spend the next three nights in Tobermory which is reknowned for the multi-coloured buildings that garland its harbour.

Day 2

Our first full day on Mull begins with a tranquil 10-minute ferry ride to Iona, where St Columba founded the Celtic Christian religion in 563 AD. You can visit Iona Abbey, the small stone building of St Oran’s Chapel and the graveyard Reilig Òdhrain, reputed to be the resting place of 48 ancient Scottish kings including the 11th century king Macbeth.

This small island is easy to navigate by foot. It’s worth a stroll up Torr an Aba, a rocky knoll where St Columba’s writing hut is said to have stood. From Iona’s highest point at Dun I, turquoise waters stretch out to Tiree, Coll and the Treshnish Islands. On a clear day look for the Small Isles of Rhum and Eigg as well as Skye and even the coast of Ireland.

Fingal’s Cave is famous the world over for its bizarre geological shapes and its fantastic acoustics which even inspired Mendelssohn. Its hexagonal rock columns are home to puffins, razorbills, guillemots and gannets. From your perch on top of the island you might spot playful dolphins and porpoises, minke and fin whales or even the rare basking shark.

There’s time to explore Tobermory’s restaurants and traditional Scottish pubs in the evening.

Day 3

The quaint village of Dervaig was laid out in 1799 but nearby standing stones at Kilmore suggest a prehistoric settlement and the remains of a Highland village recall the 18th and 19th century clearances. We’ll stop to admire the wide, white sands of Calgary Bay, one of Scotland’s top beaches.

A landing on the tiny Isle of Ulva offers the chance to walk on untouched shell beaches and breath in the scents of lush woodland. This is a nature-lover’s paradise and you may spot sea eagles, golden eagles and otters. The thatched ‘Sheila’s Cottage’ houses a museum and heritage centre and refreshments are served at the Boathouse café.

Back in Tobermory you might enjoy a trip to the distillery for a dram of single malt whisky.

Day 4

Day four sees us take two short ferry journeys onto the Morvern peninsula and the mainland where your luxury mini coach enters unspoilt Glencoe. Scotland’s most famous glen bore witness to the Glencoe Massacre of 1692 and as you experience its splendid isolation you can almost hear the screams of the MacDonalds as they were slaughtered by the Campbells.

Your small group now meets up with our Skye tour to continue our adventure to Scotland’s most romantic island.

From Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe you can choose a one-way trip on the Jacobite Steam Train for the journey to Mallaig. One of the best train journeys on earth, it’s an exciting trip for Harry Potter fans over the Glenfinnan Viaduct which appears in the epic films.

From your carriage be prepared for spectacular views of Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel. This legendary location is where Bonnie Prince Charlie claimed the throne of Great Britain and Ireland for the Stuart kings. Having raised his clansmen to arms, they were decisively defeated at the Battle of Culloden and the Glenfinnan Monument stands proud in their memory today.

As you pass Loch Eilt, Harry Potter fans will recognise its little island as Dumbledore’s final resting place.

We all meet up in Mallaig and catch the ferry ‘over the sea to Skye’ where we spend the next two nights at Kyleakin.

Please note: Subject to it operating, we take the ferry to the Isle of Skye from Easter to the end of October. Outwith these dates we drive to Glenfinnan to see the viaduct and then drive north to Skye via the Skye Bridge.

Day 5

Day four sees us take two short ferry journeys onto the Morvern peninsula and the mainland where your luxury mini coach enters unspoilt Glencoe. Scotland’s most famous glen bore witness to the Glencoe Massacre of 1692 and as you experience its splendid isolation you can almost hear the screams of the MacDonalds as they were slaughtered by the Campbells.

Your small group now meets up with our Skye tour to continue our adventure to Scotland’s most romantic island.

From Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe you can choose a one-way trip on the Jacobite Steam Train for the journey to Mallaig. One of the best train journeys on earth, it’s an exciting trip for Harry Potter fans over the Glenfinnan Viaduct which appears in the epic films.

From your carriage be prepared for spectacular views of Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel. This legendary location is where Bonnie Prince Charlie claimed the throne of Great Britain and Ireland for the Stuart kings. Having raised his clansmen to arms, they were decisively defeated at the Battle of Culloden and the Glenfinnan Monument stands proud in their memory today.

As you pass Loch Eilt, Harry Potter fans will recognise its little island as Dumbledore’s final resting place.

We all meet up in Mallaig and catch the ferry ‘over the sea to Skye’ where we spend the next two nights at Kyleakin.

Please note: Subject to it operating, we take the ferry to the Isle of Skye from Easter to the end of October. Outwith these dates we drive to Glenfinnan to see the viaduct and then drive north to Skye via the Skye Bridge.

Day 6

Bidding farewell to Skye, we continue our travels by road over the controversial Skye Bridge to one of Scotland’s most filmed and photographed castles Eilean Donan. The fortress stars in films such as James Bond epic The World is Not Enough, Highlander and Loch Ness.

We’ll take a route less travelled to reach Glenelg viewpoint for panoramic views of the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range and Loch Duich. Our next body of water is Scotland’s most inexplicable, Loch Ness, home to Nessie our rarely-sighted Loch Ness monster. We stop for lunch in Fort Augustus, by the side of the Caledonian Canal and its intriguing locks. For Nessie-hunters there’s an optional loch cruise.

Firmly on dry land again, we drive through the Cairngorms National Park and the rolling green countryside made famous in TV show ‘Monarch of the Glen’. There’s a dram of whisky and some chocolate tasting waiting for us at Dalwhinnie Distillery before we head to Pitlochry for our final stop of the tour.

On the way, the white turrets of Blair Castle to your left are the ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl and home to the last remaining private army of Europe, the Atholl Highlanders.

Returning to Glasgow via Edinburgh, there are engineering wonders of the last 130 years to behold. As we drive over the Queensferry Crossing, opened in August 2017, the gigantic red cantilevers of the Forth Bridge can be seen rising out of the Firth of Forth. This UNESCO world heritage site is listed alongside the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

Image of view over Loch Duich and the 5 sisters of Kintail © Visit Scotland

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Departure & Return Information
Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel)
Edinburgh
At the end of this tour you can return to Edinburgh or Glasgow. All you need to do is email us (include your booking reference number) at tours@discoverscotlandtours.com and we will arrange this with your tour driver-guide.

Operates
Every Monday from May 6th – 21st Oct 2019
Check in
 07.45
Departs  08.00
Returns  19.30

Important
Please note if you are late in arriving at your departure point and as a consequence miss your tour you will not be entitled to a refund.

Tour Inclusions
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini-coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.
All ferry fares are included in the price, except the Staffa boat trip.

Tour Exclusions
Accommodation, lunch, refreshments and entry fees to visitor attractions.

Children
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

Luggage Limits
Luggage is restricted to one medium sized suitcase/ bag (maximum weight 15 kg) and one small carry-on bag per person.

Jacobite Steam Train
Jacobite Steam Train tickets are available for this tour departing from 13th May - 9th Sept.
Unfortunately we are unable to upgrade standard tickets to first class.

Hotel Departures
Unfortunately we do not offer a hotel pick up service on our multi-day tours.

Tour Highlights

Day 1
Luss, Loch Lomond, Rest and be Thankful, Inveraray, Oban, Ferry to Mull & Tobermory.

Day 2
Ferry to Iona, The Isle of Iona, Iona Abbey, Boat trip to Fingals Cave & Staffa.

Day 3
Dervaig, Calgary Bay, The Island of Ulva & Tobermory Distillery.

Day 4
Ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline, The Corran Ferry, Glencoe, Jacobite Steam Train (applicable dates only), Mallaig to Isle of Skye Ferry & Kyleakin.

Day 5 
The Fairy Pools (if accessible), The Faerie Glen, The Cuillin Mountains, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock, The Old Man of Storr, Portree.

Day 6 
Five Sisters of Kintail, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains, Blair Castle & Pitlochry.

Please note we may visit some attractions on a different days due to weather etc.

Optional Extras

Inveraray Castle
Adults £11.00
Seniors £10.00
Students £10.00 (with valid ID)
Children £8.00

Iona Abbey
Adults £7.50
Seniors £6.00
Students £7.50
Children £4.50

Staffa Boat Trip (Boat trip lasts 3 hours)
Adults £35.00
Seniors £35.00
Students £35.00
Children (5- 15) £35.00

Tobermory Distillery
Includes a dram of Tobermory 10 year old at the end of your distillery tour.
Adults £8.00
Seniors £8.00
Students £8.00
Children (5-17) £8.00

Jacobite Steam Train
Adults £31.75
Seniors £31.75
Students £31.75
Children £18.75 (5-15)

Eilean Donan Castle
Adults £6.50
Senior £6.50
Children £4.00

Loch Ness Boat Cruise
Adults £14.50
Seniors £13.50
Students £14.50
Children £8.50

Dalwhinnie Distillery (this is a tasting option and not a full distillery tour)
From £6.00 per adult depending on tasting option chosen. Your Tour Leader will inform you of options available on the day.

All payable in cash on the day.

FAQs

Where does the tour stay overnight?

We stay in Tobermory for 3 nights while on the Isle of Mull and then in the village of Kyleakin for 2 nights while on the Isle of Skye (please note during peak season some of our passengers may be allocated accommodation in the villages nearby to Kyleakin).Both locations have some restaurants for evening dining and a shop should you require any necessities.

Can you reserve my accommodation?

Yes, we can reserve both B&B & hostel accommodation for you. There is an option to request your preferred accommodation when booking. You will then receive a confirmation email containing details of your accommodation provider & the exact cost of your stay.

Payment is made directly to the accommodation provider on arrival

What is the price for accommodation?

The guide price for accommodation is as follows:

B&B double/twin room: £90.00 - £110.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
B&B single occupancy: £80.00 - £90.00 per room per night
Hostel: £18.50 - £26.00 for a mixed dorm bed.
We provide a guide price as each establishment has their own pricing structure. Our accommodation is allocated on a first come first serve basis so an exact cost will not be known until you have booked and we can confirm what is available.

Can I book my own accommodation?

You can self-book your accommodation should you wish to. The accommodation must be in Tobermory for the nights you are staying on Mull and in the village of Kyleakin for the nights you are in Skye. We ask that you let the accommodation provider know that you are travelling with us.

If you choose to book your own accommodation, please inform us where you are staying as soon as possible.

How much luggage can we bring?

Our luggage allowance is medium suitcase weighing no more than 15kg per person plus a small handbag/laptop bag which can be brought on to the coach. This allowance is set based on the overall weight limit of the coach and therefore can not be altered.

There are left luggage facilities in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Train Stations and Edinburgh Bus Station if you require to store luggage while you are on tour.

Will we be dropped off and picked up at our accommodation while on tour?

Yes while on both Mull & Skye, your Tour Leader will drop you off each evening and collect you at a designated time each morning.

Please ensure you are ready in plenty of time each morning.

What can we do if we don’t want to participate in an optional extra?

All attractions are optional. Should you wish not to visit an attraction then your driver-guide will provide you with information of any alternative options in the area, this may be local walks or the location of a nearby coffee shop.

Will I be able to pay by credit card while on tour?

In the Scottish Highlands many businesses do not accept card, particularly in rural areas where mobile signals are not very strong. Optional extras are also paid in cash to your driver. Therefore, it is best to bring cash with you.

There are cash machines on route should you require to take out money while on tour.

Are we guaranteed a seat on the Jacobite Steam Train?

Jacobite Steam Train tickets are available for tours departing on Monday's from 13th May - 9th Sept. Unfortunately we are unable to upgrade standard tickets to First Class as the Jacobite Steam Train does not offer one way First Class tickets.

Does the 4-day tour visit a Whisky Distillery?

Yes, on our 4 day tour your driver-guide will arrange a whisky distillery tour.

Does the 6-day tour visit a Whisky Distillery?

Yes, on our 6 day tour we visit Dalwhinnie Distillery for a tasting on the last day of the tour. A distillery tour is not a scheduled part of this itinerary.

Check in 07.45: Departs 08.00 - Returns 19.30

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