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The Isles of Mull, Iona, Ulva & The Highlands 4 Day tour from Edinburgh

To book this tour call us on 0141 887 6777 or online Book Now

On this four day tour from Edinburgh, discover Mull and its idyllic offshore islands which provide an outstanding abundance of scenery, culture and wildlife. This is a tour for those who enjoy the great outdoors or if you simply just want to get away from it all. Enjoy a lifestyle for a few days that is far removed from your hectic day to day routine on the peaceful, tranquil and breathtaking islands of Mull, Iona, Staffa & Ulva.

Day 1
Departing Edinburgh we head west to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, and then make our way to the picturesque highland village of Luss, which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

From Luss we travel by Loch Long and the Arrochar Alps to the “Rest and be Thankful”. Named such by the soldiers who built the original military road here in 1753. The words were etched on a stone near the junction of the A83 and the B828. This road was so long and steep that at the end it was traditional for travellers to rest at the top and be thankful for having reached the highest point.

Our next stop is at Inveraray, built in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell. Scotland’s first planned town, with its distinctive white washed buildings is a magnificent example of Scottish Georgian architecture. Here we will have time for lunch and you can choose to either take a stroll around this quaint little town or visit the iconic Inveraray Castle before we continue to Oban.

Known as the gateway to the Isles – Oban, has grown from a small fishing village to a bustling port. This is where we board the ferry to Craignure on the island of Mull. Our home for the next three nights will be in Tobermory, a pretty little town with distinctive brightly coloured houses overlooking the sea.

Day 2
We will start the day by taking a scenic drive to Fionnphort where we take the passenger ferry to the tiny island of Iona. This special place, Iona, has for centuries been in the hearts of many people from all corners of the world. It became the gateway to Christianity in Scotland when St Columba and 12 companions arrived from Ireland in AD563. There is a little hill above the Abbey called Torr an Aba, said to be where St Columba had his writing hut. Explore St Oran’s Chapel and Reilig Odhrain, the graveyard where 48 ancient kings of Scotland, including Macbeth are said to be buried.

Some 3.0 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, discover Iona’s beautiful white sandy beaches and clear turquoise seas. There are excellent walking opportunities and a variety of wildlife to look out for. Don’t miss a hike up to Dun I and the Well of Eternal Youth. Standing around 101 meters above sea level it is the highest point on Iona. The stunning panoramic views from the top are just reward for the climb. On a good clear day you can make out some of the other Hebridean islands including the Treshnish Isles, Tiree, Coll, and on a really clear day, Rhum, Eigg and Skye with Ireland visible to the South.

There is an opportunity for you to take a 3 hour boat trip to the Isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave. You will be able to spend around an hour on Staffa. The best time to see the puffins is between the start of May and start of August when the birds have their distinctive colourful beaks. Other seabirds that either nest or feed from the island include gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Very often there are sightings of dolphins and porpoises, and in the summer months, minke and fin whales. The warmer months also see the return of the elusive basking shark whose massive fins are seen breaking the surface as it feeds.

See the famous hexagonal basalt rock columns, formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. Listen to the astonishing acoustics of Fingal’s Cave, which inspired Mendelssohn to compose his Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave), after he visited the island in 1829. One of Pink Floyd’s unreleased tracks from their 1970 Zabriskie Point soundtrack sessions is also called “Fingal’s Cave”.

After a full day in the outdoors we make our return to Tobermory where you can look forward to an evening at your leisure.

Day 3
A short drive from Tobermory will bring us to Dervaig. There are signs of an earlier settlement here with a number of standing stones above the village. There are also traces of an ancient fort and the remnants of an old clearance village.

Scotland has some fantastic beaches, but for many the beach at Calgary Bay is amongst the best of them all. White glistening sand against a stunning blue sea, you would think you were on a Caribbean Island. Keep an eye out as you might just be lucky enough to spot a white-tailed eagle or two around this area.

Our next visit will be to the island of Ulva which is a haven for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts. Enjoy one of the many walks around the island whilst keeping an eye out for sea eagles, golden eagles and otters. At its prime Ulva had around a population of 800 but today Ulva is home to just 5 residents. Surely, this is as near one gets to “off the beaten track”. With pristine blue waters rolling onto white shell sand beaches, and woods carpeted in billiard green moss the landscapes on the isle of Ulva almost sound too good to be true.

Around 800 Ad the Vikings arrived here and named it Ulfur, meaning Wolf Island. The Vikings were not the island’s first residents as there are standing stones that date back to around 1500BC, and artefacts found in a cave on the south side of the island have revealed traces of human occupation dating back 6,000 years.

A must stop is at the Boathouse where you can enjoy home baked bread and home made soup, it also specialises in fresh local seafood caught around the shores of the island. A visit to Sheila’s cottage should also be taken as this restored traditional thatched cottage serves as the island’s museum and heritage centre and will give you a fascinating insight into the island of Ulva.

After another day in the great outdoors, there’s no better way to end the day than having a wee dram or two at the Tobermory whisky distillery, or you may prefer to catch up with some souvenir shopping.

Day 4
We make the short journey to Fishnish to catch our first ferry of the day that will take us over the Sound of Mull to Lochaline. From here we will have around a one hour drive, where you can relax and soak up the stunning scenery as we make our way to Ardgour for the five minute ferry crossing that will take us across Loch Linnhe to Corran and the mainland.

Our route will bring us to Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous Glen and setting to one of the most shameful episodes in Scottish history – the Glencoe Massacre. We will stop here for some lunch allowing some time for you to explore and admire the breath-taking landscape.

Continuing on, our journey will take us over the desolate wilderness of Rannoch Moor to Killin. An attractive little village where there are a spectacular series of rapids that carry the river under the bridge. The famous white waters of the Falls of Dochart can be viewed from the village’s bridge. Our journey continues by Loch Lubnaig, through the Pass of Leny and Callander to Doune Castle where we will stop for some photos. Dating from around the 14th century, Doune Castle was used as Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Winterfell in Game of Thrones and more recently it was Castle Leoch (The MacKenzie Castle) in the Outlander TV series.

Our route to Edinburgh will take us via the Kelpies where we must stop for some photos. The Kelpies are a monument to Scotland’s horse powered industrial heritage and these stunning pieces of art standing at over 30 meters in height, are the largest equine sculptures in the world.

Images of Inveraray, Cal Mac Ferry, Buachaille Etive Mor, the Falls of Dochart and The Kelpies © Visit Scotland

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  18.30

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.

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

Tour Highlights

Day 1
Glasgow, 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, Rob Roys Grave, Callander, Doune Castle & Stirling Castle

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

All payable in cash on the day.

FAQs

Where does the tour stay overnight?

We stay in the village of Tobermory for all 3 nights of our tour.

The village has 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 a 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: £70.00 – £85.00 per room per night
Hostel: £17.50 – £24.00 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 the Tobermory and 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.

Will I get picked up/dropped off at my accommodation while on Mull?

Yes, while you are staying in Tobermory your Tour Leader will drop you off each evening and collect you again the next morning.

A pick up time will be arranged while you are on tour. Please ensure you are ready to depart on time each morning.

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.

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 Tour Leader 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.

Check in 07.45: Departs 08.00 – Returns 18.30

To book this tour call us on 0141 887 6777 or online Book Now
The Isles of Mull, Iona, Ulva & The Highlands 4 Day tour from Edinburgh

Operates
Every Monday from 6th May until 21st Oct 2019

Check in 07.45
Departs  08.00
Returns  18.30

Costs:
Adults 16-59
£219.00 – £249.00

Seniors 60+, Students, Children 5-15
£209.00 – £239.00

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

Please note we are unable to take children under 5 years of age.

 

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