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

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

From Glasgow on this four day tour, discover Mull and its idyllic offshore islands which provide an outstanding abundance of wildlife, scenery and culture. If you enjoy the great outdoors or you simply just want to get away from it all, then this is the tour for you. Live a style of life that is far removed from your hectic day to day routine and enjoy the breathtakingly peaceful and tranquil islands of Mull, Iona, Staffa & Ulva. 

Day 1
Departing from Glasgow we travel the short journey to Scotland’s prettiest highland village – Luss, which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

From Luss we make our way by Loch Long and the Arrochar Alps to the “Rest and be Thankful”. These words were etched on a stone near the junction of the A83 and the B828, placed there by soldiers who built the original military road in 1753. The 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.

Founded in 1745, Inveraray was Scotland’s first planned town, built by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell. With its distinctive white washed buildings, the town is a magnificent piece of Scottish Georgian architecture. This will be our lunch stop where we will have time to visit the iconic Inveraray Castle or enjoy a stroll around this lovely little town before travelling to Oban.

Originally a small fishing village, Oban is known as the Gateway to the Isles and is where we take the ferry to the Island of Mull. On arriving at Craignure, we make the short drive to Tobermory, with its distinctively brightly coloured houses overlooking the sea. This will be home for your three-night stay.

Day 2
After breakfast, we make our way to Fionnphort where we catch the passenger ferry that takes us to the tiny island of Iona. For centuries Iona has had a special place in the hearts of many people from all corners of the world. In AD563 Iona became the gateway to Christianity in Scotland when St Columba and 12 companions arrived on these shores from Ireland. You can stand on Torr an Aba, the little hill above the Abbey where St Columba is said to have 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.

Discover Iona’s beautiful white sandy beaches and clear turquoise seas. Some 3.0 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, there are excellent walking opportunities and a variety of wildlife to look out for. Standing around 101 meters above sea level is the highest point on Iona, Dun I and the Well of Eternal Youth. Don’t miss a hike here as 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 option available to take a 3 hour boat trip to Fingals Cave and the Isle of Staffa, which includes an hour on the island. Between the beginning of May and start of August is the best time to see puffins with their distinctive colourful beaks. Other nesting or feeding seabirds on Staffa 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
This morning our first visit will be to the Kilmore standing stones which lie above the village of Dervaig. Nearby there are signs of an ancient fort and the remnants of an old clearance village. If you like beaches our next stop will be a treat. Calgary Bay with its white glistening sand set against a stunning blue sea is considered one of the finest beaches in Scotland. There is also a good chance of spotting a white-tailed eagle or two around this area.

We take the ferry for the one-minute crossing from Mull to the island of Ulva, 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.

The island of Ulva was given its name by the Vikings who arrived here around 800 AD, they named it Ulfur, meaning Wolf Island. However, there are standing stones that date back to around 1500 BC and artefacts found in a cave on the south side of the island have revealed traces of human occupation dating back 6,000 years, proving the Vikings were not the islands first residents. Enjoy some home baked bread and home made soup at the Boathouse. It also specialises in fresh local seafood caught around the shores of the island. To gain a fascinating insight into the island of Ulva be sure and visit Sheilas cottage. This restored traditional thatched cottage serves as the islands museum and heritage centre.

On our return to Tobermory you can catch up with some souvenir shopping or enjoy a wee dram or two with a tour of the local whisky distillery, finishing off another day in the great outdoors.

Day 4
We catch the first of two ferries today after a short drive to Fishnish. The first ferry takes us over the Sound of Mull to Lochaline. From here relax and soak up the stunning scenery on the one hour drive to Ardgour. Here we catch our second ferry of the day for the five minute crossing over 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.

From here we will head over the desolate wilderness of Rannoch Moor to the attractive village of Killin. Standing on the village bridge you can view the famous white waters of the Falls of Dochart, where there are a spectacular series of rapids that carry the river under the bridge. We continue by Loch Lubnaig, the Pass of Leny and Callander to Doune Castle. Here you will have an opportunity to get some photos of this famous castle which was used as Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was also the setting for Winterfell in Game of Thrones and more recently as Castle Leoch (The MacKenzie Castle) in the hugely popular Outlander TV series.

Our route to Glasgow will takes via the Kelpies and Edinburgh. Standing at over 30 metres in height a stop for photos at the Kelpies is a must. They are the largest equine sculptures in the world and a monument to Scotland’s horse powered industrial heritage.

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

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.

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, 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 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 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 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.

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 Mull?

Yes while on Mull, 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 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 09.15: Departs 09.30 – Returns 19.30

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 Glasgow

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

Check in 09.15
Departs  09.30
Returns  19.30

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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