Isles of Mull, Iona & Skye 6 Day Island Hopping Tour from Edinburgh
Feast your imagination and fill up your senses on our six day island hopping tour of Mull, Iona & Skye from Edinburgh. Discover Scotland’s rugged west coast and the outstanding islands of Mull, sacred Iona and their tranquil sister isles. These wild, yet tranquil islands are ideal for spotting wildlife such as seabirds, eagles, dolphins and even whales.
Immortalised in words and pictures the world over, the Isle of Skye was voted the globe’s 4th best island destination according to National Geographic. Stunning scenery with the jagged Cuillin mountains at its heart, the azure blue crystal clear waters of the fairy pools, rich in history with a vast array of wildlife it’s little wonder the Isle of Skye is one of most popular tourist destinations in Scotland.
Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
Every Monday from 20th May - 21st Oct 2020
Prices From: £379.00 per person
Please note we are unable to take children under 5.
See the Tour Details tab for optional extra costs and further information.
Small Group Tours
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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 we travel to the ‘Arrochar Alps’ to an 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 renowned for the multi-coloured buildings that garland its harbour.
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.
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 four sees us take two short ferry journeys onto the Morvern peninsula and the mainland where we enter 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. You'll travel through Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe. Be prepared for spectacular views of Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel as you arrive at our next photo stop. 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.
We will then continue north through Glens Garry, Clunie & Shiel to Eilean Donan Castle. This is Scotland’s most photographed castle, which defiantly occupies a little island at the point where three great sea lochs join. It’s easy to see why film-makers chose it as a scenic backdrop in movies such as Highlander, The World is Not Enough and the Bollywood blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. It's a short drive to the small village of Kyleakin where we’ll spend the next two nights.
Whatever the outdoor conditions the Isle of Skye never disappoints and your knowledgeable driver-guide has the flexibility to make sure you witness its gems. From the jagged Cuillin mountain range to the strange natural formations of the Trotternish Peninsula, there are plenty of awesome sights to fill up your camera. At Glenbrittle the glistening blue waters of the Fairy Pools entice visitors from all over the world and even make for delightful wild swimming. The busy town of Portree offers lots of lunch options before we sojourn on to the Trotternish Peninsula.
Bizarre geological shapes and formations define the landscape, such as the basalt columns of Kilt Rock that remind us of our national dress. The spectacular Quiraing has been created by a massive landslip and the Mealt waterfalls seem to tumble down the very edge of the world into the ocean below. If reachable we’ll visit the supernatural grassy mounds and ponds of Fairy Glen. The iconic geological creation, the Old Man of Storr, is another photo stop on our return to Kyleakin and an evening to yourselves
Bidding farewell to Skye, we’ll take a route less travelled by taking the Kylerhea ferry ‘over the sea from Skye’. You'll have the unique opportunity to cross over on the last manual turntable ferry in Scotland. It's a short drive to Glenelg viewpoint where you can enjoy 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
Departure & Return Information
Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange this with your tour driver-guide.
Check in 07.45
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.
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.
Accommodation, lunch, refreshments and entry fees to visitor attractions.
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.
Luggage is restricted to one medium sized suitcase/ bag (maximum weight 15 kg) and one small carry-on bag per person.
Unfortunately we do not offer a hotel pick up service on our multi-day tours.
Luss, Loch Lomond, Rest and be Thankful, Inveraray, Oban, Ferry to Mull & Tobermory.
Ferry to Iona, The Isle of Iona, Iona Abbey, Boat trip to Fingals Cave & Staffa.
Dervaig, Calgary Bay, The Island of Ulva & Tobermory Distillery.
Ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline, The Corran Ferry, Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Isle of Skye Ferry & Kyleakin.
The Fairy Pools (if accessible), The Faerie Glen, The Cuillin Mountains, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock, The Old Man of Storr, Portree.
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 Visitor Attraction Costs
Students £10.00 (with valid ID)
Visiting Inveraray Castle
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, Inveraray Castle will not be reopening full time for the summer 2021 season. Their opening schedule varies across the summer months. If you wish to visit the castle, please check if they are open on the Inveraray Castle website before reserving your tour. When the castle is closed passengers will be able to access an area nearby to the castle on foot for photos.
Staffa Boat Trip (Boat trip lasts 3 hours)
Children (5-15) £35.00
Includes a dram of Tobermory 10 year old at the end of your
Children (5-17) £8.00
Eilean Donan Castle
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to visit Eilean Donan Castle at the moment. Instead a photo stop will be taken at a viewpoint nearby to the castle.
Loch Ness Boat Cruise
The cost varies slightly from distillery to distillery but as a rough guide it is around £10.00 per person to participate in a tour of the distillery which includes a wee dram.
All attractions are payable in cash on the day.
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. After that, you will 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
Summer 2020 Update: The hostels have not yet reopened following the COVID-19 outbreak. The shared nature of the hostel buildings makes social distancing more difficult to implement. Some hostels may opt to open for private rooms only whereas others many remain closed until the guidance changes. Therefore, please note that if you intend to travel prior to October 2020 that B&B may be the only option available.
What is the price for accommodation?
The guide price for accommodation is as follows:
B&B double/twin room: £90.00 - £125.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
B&B single occupancy: £85.00 - £95.00 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. An exact cost will therefore be confirmed once you have booked and we can confirm what is available.
what is available.
Can I book my own accommodation?
You can certainly self-book your accommodation should you wish to. It must also be in the villages of Tobermory and Kyleakin where the other passengers will be staying. Furthermore, 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. In addition passengers can bring a small handbag/laptop bag which can be brought on to the coach. Above all, the overall weight limit of the coach dictates our luggage allowance and therefore can not be altered.
If you require to store luggage while on tour you may choose to use luggage facilities. You'll find these in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Train Stations and Edinburgh Bus Station.
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 an agreed time each morning.
Above all, 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. Your driver will also take cash payment for any optional extras. 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.
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.
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