6 Day tours from Glasgow

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

Escape everyday life on a six day tour with us and we guarantee you’ll be captivated by Scotland’s glorious natural beauty, wildlife and culture. New for 2019, our six day tour from Glasgow gives you Scotland’s gems. The stunning islands of Mull, Iona and Skye never disappoint. Famous Loch Lomond and Loch Ness are laid out in front of you, with the rugged Highlands as their backdrop. Your small group tour also includes the chance to ride the Jacobite Steam Train and pretend you’re on your way to Hogwarts School as it traverses the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Main Departure Point
266 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QX

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

Costs:
Adults 16-59: £369.00 – £419.00
Seniors 60+, Students: £349.00 – £399.00
Children 5-15: £349.00 – £399.00

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

Departing from Glasgow on Monday, we’re soon in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We call in at the idyllic village of Luss, a picture postcard destination where quaint 18th and 19th century cottages wynd down to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. The church is worth a visit and you can learn about the remarkable history of this 1500-year-old Christian settlement. Look for the Viking grave in the churchyard, a classic example of a ‘hogback’ lair.

Your luxury mini coach will make easy work of the mountain pass through the ‘Arrochar Alps’ which peaks at the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, a famous Scottish landmark. A band of soldiers etched the words in stone as they constructed the military road in 1750.

As the road loops round the northern tip of Loch Fyne you’ll catch site of the white Georgian buildings of Inveraray, Scotland’s first planned community. You can explore the town’s quaint streets during our lunch stop, or visit grand Inveraray Castle and its magnificent gardens.

Our Highland tour continues through Scotland’s untamed west coast and you won’t be short of photo opportunities of lochs, glens, mountains and castles.

The pretty fishing village of Oban, ‘The Gateway to the Isles’, is now a bustling tourist town and where we board the ferry to begin our island adventure. Arriving on spectacular Mull we head for Tobermory where we stay for three nights. You’ll recognise the town’s brightly-painted harbour buildings from many a postcard and painting.

Day 2

Our second day starts with a drive to the small ferry landing at Fionnphort. The sacred Isle of Iona has been a place of Christian pilgrimage for centuries and you’ll start to appreciate its unique atmosphere as our small passenger ferry glides over turquoise waters to land us there in 10 short minutes.

The Celtic Christian religion was founded here by St Columba and his companions when they arrived from Ireland in 563 AD. Enjoy the tranquillity of Iona Abbey and then stroll up Torr an Aba, a rocky outcrop where archaeologists believe St Columba’s writing hut stood. You can also discover the small stone building of St Oran’s Chapel and the graveyard Reilig Òdhrain, thought to be the burial place of 48 ancient kings of Scotland including Macbeth.

If you hike up to Iona’s highest point at Dun I you’ll enjoy wide views to other Hebridean islands such as Tiree, Coll and the Treshnish Islands. On a cloudless day you can glimpse the Small Isles of Rhum and Eigg as well as Skye and even the coast of Ireland.

If you’re an explorer, why not take the three hour boat ride to uninhabited Staffa to see the unique geological features of Fingal’s Cave. Mendelssohn was moved to write his Hebrides overture after a visit. You’ll have an hour to spend here and the chance to see lots of sea life such as puffins, razorbills, guillemots and gannets. You might be rewarded with a ringside seat to watch dolphins and porpoises playing, or even spot minke and fin whales or the elusive basking shark.

The evening is spent as you wish in Tobermory.

Day 3

A tour of the Isle of Mull wouldn’t be complete without encountering the Kilmore standing stones near Dervaig. There are remains of a Highland clearance village and signs of an ancient fort close by. Calgary Bay is one of Scotland’s most spectacular beaches and we’ll have a break here so you can appreciate its sparkling white sands. Look out for the white-tailed eagle.

The tiny Isle of Ulva is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts who love to glimpse sea eagles, golden eagles and otters. We’ll take the short ferry ride over so you can see the standing stones that date back to around 1500 BC and appreciate the untouched shell beaches and lush woodland. This wee island even has a café where you can try local oysters and a museum and heritage centre under the thatched roof of ‘Sheila’s Cottage’.

Back in Tobermory there’s a dram of single malt whisky to be savoured at its distillery and restaurants and traditional Scottish pubs to spend an evening in.

Day 4

Enjoy a lovely view of the Sound of Mull as our ferry departs Fishnish to reach the mainland and the Morvern peninsula. After a short drive and ferry ride across Loch Linnhe, we’re soon delivered into dramatic Glencoe where jagged mountains trail down to the narrow road. It’s easy to picture the bleak February night of 1692 when the MacDonalds were massacred by the Campbells after days of sharing hospitality.

In Glencoe your small group joins our Skye tour so you can continue on the second half of your Highlands and islands adventure.

Arriving in the Highland resort of Fort William, you can choose to journey on to Mallaig via the Jacobite Steam Train, one of the globe’s best train journeys. For Harry Potter fans, it’s a thrilling ride over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, famous as the bridge on the way to Hogwarts.

Be ready for stunning panoramic views of Glenfinnan where Loch Shiel extends 17 miles away. This is one of Scotland’s most romantic and legendary spots, the point where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his army to help him claim the throne for the exiled Stuarts. Eight months later his claim ended in failure at the Battle of Culloden. His fallen clansmen are remembered by the poignant Glenfinnan Monument with its lonely piper on top.

As you pass the Harry Potter location of Loch Eilt admire the little island that becomes Dumbledore’s final resting place.

Your friendly driver-guide will be waiting for you in Mallaig where we all meet up to board our ferry ‘over the sea to Skye’ and we spend the next two nights in 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

A full day on the romantic Isle of Skye will leave you in wonder at its unique natural beauty and wildlife. Whatever the conditions, your driver-guide will make sure you experience its best.

The island’s famous mountains, the Cuillins, dominate the landscape as they rise either side of Glen Sligachan. Much of Skye has an other-worldly quality to it, like the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle with their glinting blue waters where you can dip your toe in or even swim around.

After lunch in the main town of Portree the Trotternish Peninsula will amaze you. Curious rocky pinnacles and crags punctuate the landscape, like the ancient landslide of the Quiraing and Kilt Rock, which descends in columns like the Scottish national dress. The Mealt waterfalls crash off a cliff face into the sea below. If reachable we’ll visit the bizarre grassy mounds and small pools of Fairy Glen.

We’ll stop for photos at another geological creation, the Old Man of Storr, before returning to Kyleakin for an evening at your leisure.

Day 6

We drive over the Skye Bridge which opened in 1995 to much disquiet, and journey to one of Scotland’s most iconic castles Eilean Donan. The fortress rises proudly out of its small island and has been immortalised in movies such as Highlander, Loch Ness and James Bond epic The World is Not Enough.

Another mountain range, the Five Sisters of Kintail, can best be seen from Glenelg viewpoint and your driver-guide will lead the way off the beaten track.

Then our Highland tour continues to mysterious Loch Ness for lunch and a wander beside the intriguing locks of the Caledonian Canal, a great waterway of the world. For dedicated Loch Ness monster hunters, there’s an optional boat trip.

Traversing through the Cairngorms National Park, we’re in ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country with the chance to spot the red deer stag, osprey or even golden eagle. We stop at Dalwhinnie Distillery for a dram of single malt whisky and a chocolate tasting session.

Heading south into Perthshire, your driver-guide will point out regal Blair Castle, ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl and location of Europe’s last remaining private army the Atholl Highlanders. The Victorian resort of Pitlochry provides our final refreshment break.

Returning to Glasgow via Edinburgh, there are feats of engineering to behold as we drive over the Queensferry Crossing, which opened in August 2017, and look left to the Forth Bridge. Its iconic red cantilevers have UNESCO world heritage site status 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
266 George Street (outside Parish Halls)
Glasgow G1 1QX
At the end of this tour you can return to Glasgow or Edinburgh. 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
 09.15
Departs  09.30
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
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 our 3 nights on the Isle of Mull and in the village of Kyleakin for both nights on 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 your tour is on the Isle of Mull and in the village of Kyleakin for the nights you are on 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 on Skye?

Yes while on 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 6-day tour visit a Whisky Distillery?

Yes, our 6 day tour visits Dalwhinnie Distillery for a tasting. There is not a distillery tour scheduled on this itinerary.

Check in 09.15: Departs 09.30 - Returns 20.00

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