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$741.72 Cultural & Theme Tours

Iona, Mull, Isle of Skye Small Group 5-Day Tour from Edinburgh

ItineraryDay 1: Edinburgh - Trossachs National Park - ObanStop At: Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandOne of Scotland’s largest lochs. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandYou venture through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands and the magnificent whitewashed 18th Century town of Inveraray, home to the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: ObanThis Victorian harbour town offers excellent seafood and a charming intimacy. This will be your base for the next 2 nights.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Oban.Day 2: Oban - Isle of Mull - Iona (optional trip to Staffa & Fingal's Cave)Stop At: Fingal's Cave, The Hebrides, Scotland(optional boat trip) Volcanic rock columns are home to black guillemots, fulmars, puffins and the magical Fingal's Cave. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Isle of Staffa, Isle of Mull, The Hebrides, Scotland(optional boat trip)Felix Mendelssohn, who visited the uninhabited island of Staffa, off Mull, in 1829, was inspired to compose his 'Hebrides Overture' after hearing waves echoing in the impressive and cathedral-like Fingal’s Cave. The cave walls and surrounding cliffs are composed of vertical, hexagonal basalt columns that look like pillars (Staffa is Norse for ‘pillar island’). You can land on the island and walk into the cave via a causeway. Nearby Boat Cave can be seen from the causeway, but you can’t reach it on foot. Staffa also has a sizeable puffin colony, north of the landing place.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Iona Abbey and Nunnery, Isle of Iona, The Hebrides, ScotlandYou take the small ferry to Iona, birthplace of Celtic Christianity, and ancient burial ground of Scottish Kings. Here you can visit the historic abbey with its intricate carved crosses in the churchyard, or explore rocky headlands and sandy coves. ** Passengers may have less free time on Iona, if they opt for the Staffa boat trip.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Oban.Day 3: Oban - West Highlands - PlocktonStop At: Castle Stalker, Appin, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandLocated in one of Scotland's most beautiful spots and dramatically sited on a small island at the mouth of Loch Laich.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Glencoe Mountain, Ballachulish, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe scenery of Glencoe is breathtakingly beautiful!From the spectacular 3 Sisters to the Majestic Buachailie Etive Mor, this has got to be one of the most beautiful places in Scotland!Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Plockton Harbour, Plockton, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe picturesque village of Plockton boasts an incomparable location on a sheltered bay of Loch Carron surrounded by a ring of hills.Plockton has a charming seaside setting and the road follows the bay with a chocolate-box row of neatly painted cottages arranged around the curve of a tiny harbour. The village is backed by a craggy landscape of heather and pine.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Plockton.* Please note that Friday departures will stay in Portree instead.Day 4: Touring around Isle of SkyeStop At: Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandPicturesque observation point offering panoramic views of waterfalls, cliffs & sea.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland(optional)Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend on offer at award winning 5* Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.Built on a rock in an idyllic loch side setting, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Portree Harbour, Portree, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandSet round its natural harbour and fringed by high ground and cliffs, the town is a popular tourists’ holiday destination and the harbour continues to be used by fishing boats as well as pleasure craft.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Plockton.* Please note that Friday departures will stay in Portree instead.Day 5: Plockton - Loch Ness - Pitlochry - EdinburghStop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAn iconic and gorgeous 13th century castle that once warded off Viking invasions. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Fort Augustus, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandSituated on the most southern tip of Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, this historic and scenic hamlet is a popular tourist destination.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$82.27 Tours & Sightseeing

Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban, and Inveraray Tour from Glasgow

We depart Scotland's largest city Glasgow, traveling to the largest expanse of fresh water in Scotland Loch Lomond. Here we can visit the conservation Luss village for coffee and sightseeing. Luss is known for the T.V programme "Take the Highroad".Traveling deep into the Highlands, we pass by some amazing views (including Loch Awe, the longest in Scotland). Every moment you spend here you feel is rich with history. The Kilchurn Castle (historically a stronghold of the Campbell Clan) is known for being haunted it is a ruined 15th and 17th century structure on a rocky peninsula. On this part of the tour you will understand the Battle of the Pass of Brander, known as the Wars of Scottish Independence.It's lunchtime and we arrive at Oban here you can explore Scotland's Victorian seaside town, climb up to McCaig's Tower, enjoy the stunning views to the isles of Mull and Kerrera. On offer here is some of the freshest seafood you'll ever have tasted (own expense). Heading home, you'll visit the seat of the Campbell Clan at Inveraray, where we'll stop so that you can indulge in ice-cream, homemade cakes,sweets and a drink in the elegance of Loch Fyne (own expense).

$537.38 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Magical Mull, Iona & West Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

In addition to its historical sites, the Isle of Mull is known as a world class wildlife destination with a range of habitats: rugged mountains, open hills, forests, moorland, pasture, lochs and extensive coastline. You’ll experience this variety and some of the famous beaches of Mull when stopping at Calgary Bay, Tobermory, and several other locales. Throughout the tour you’ll have regular comfort breaks with the option to have a coffee (own expense) or go for a stroll. You’ll have lunch in small towns or villages where you can choose where you eat, or you’ll stop in rural family-run establishments where you have your choice of dishes. Evenings will be spent in Tobermory where you can find great places for dinner and enjoy the ambiance of this charming town. Accomodations and breakfasts are included; entrance tickets and other meals are at own expense.

$330.39 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-day Isle of Mull and Iona Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

Day 1 On your first day, you’re going to explore some of the mainland’s most memorable sights. You start with a saunter around Loch Lomond in the pretty village of Luss. A perfect spot to drink a coffee and sing the ‘Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond.’ Your driver-guide then takes you through the unforgettable landscapes of Glencoe before a lunch stop at the traditional Clachaig Inn. Now it’s time to reach the remote wilds of Scotland. You hop on a 10-minute ferry to a mountainous peninsula and travel to the port of Lochaline. Here you board another ferry and make your way to the east coast of Mull. Wild nature is abundant here, and your first glimpse of the magic is in Aros Park, a beautiful area boasting waterfalls and forest footpaths. In the early evening, you arrive in Tobermory with time to wander.Day 2 Saying goodbye to lovely Tobermory is hard, but don’t worry, you’ll be back in the evening. This morning, you travel past epic mountains to the south of Mull. This is where you’ll take a ferry to two of the most mysterious and dramatic locations in the region, Iona Abbey and Fingal’s Cave. One is an ancient religious site and the other is an unforgettable geological wonder. After satisfying your adventurous spirit, we take you north back to Tobermory. Maybe it’s time to try the seafood. Day 3 You travel south to Craignure to catch your ferry back to the mainland. Your ferry arrives in Oban where you have time to taste the fantastic local seafood and wander around this Victorian harbour town. You then venture to Kilmartin Glen, this is an archaeologist’s dream. Within this area, there are around 800 ancient monuments, including burial chambers, rock carvings, standing stones, castles and more. Your driver-guide will help you understand the significance of these and make the best use of your time here. Your last stop before arriving in Glasgow for the evening is Inveraray, a gorgeous wee town boasting an impressive view over Loch Fyne.

$364.89 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-day Iona and Mull Islands tour from Edinburgh

Day 1At 8:30am, meet on Edinburgh's famous street, the Royal Mile, to make your way west to Glasgow. There, join the rest of your group and journey to the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest loch, dotted with 60 islands. Your driver/guide will ensure you have the best views.Continue into the Highlands and take in the landscapes as they become more dramatic. Travel through glens to the west cost town of Oban. Home to some of the freshest seafood in Scotland, try some from the famous Oban Seafood Hut whilst looking out towards the nearby islands. At the center of town is the Oban Distillery if you feel like joining a tour and tasting. Alternatively, take a walk up McCaig’s Tower for views over the town.Take the short ferry ride to Craignure, Mull, and be sure to look out for wildlife as you cross. Once on Mull, drive north to the fishing port of Tobermory, where you will stay for the next two nights.Day 2Start your second day with a stunning drive covering the length of the island to Fionnphort. Along the way, enjoy the beautiful viewpoints. Catch another ferry from here as a foot passenger to the island of Iona. Only three miles in length, this island is a delightful place to spend a peaceful time. Visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery, founded in 563 by St Columba, and its museum of Celtic heritage and history. There are many excellent walks on Iona where you can admire the array of richly colored pebbles at St Columba’s Bay, especially the white and green Iona marble. Or walk up to Dun 1 to take in stunning views from the highest point on Iona. At the end of the day, return to Mull on the ferry and make your way back to Tobermony.Day 3Take a short ferry crossing from Fishnish to Lochaline. Driver through the remote Glen Gael as you pass the Sunart and LInhe lochs on your way to Ardgour. Then, another ferry ride over to Corran. Pass Ballachulish, surrounded by some of the most strikingly beautiful scenery in Scotland, and have time in Glen Coe to take pictures and learn the brutal story of the Massacre of that took place there in 1692. Further south, stop at Tyndrum before returning to Edinburgh by about 6pm.

$497.58 Day Trips & Excursions

Mull, Iona, and the Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

Day 1Departing from Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, we’ll head west to Glasgow to meet the rest of our group. You’ll then be able to experience the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond – Scotland’s largest loch. Next, we'll be able to enjoy stunning views at the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, before we make a quick stop at Inveraray to see the impressive Clan Campbell castle. Enjoy the grand entrance to the Highlands and watch the landscape begin to change as we drive comfortably north to Oban. This is the place to enjoy some of the freshest seafood in Scotland. Oban Distillery* is perched right in the center of town if you’d like to join a tour and tasting. Or, you can take a walk up to McCaig’s Tower for views over the town and islands further afield. Following a few hours in Oban, we’ll jump aboard our ferry and take the short journey to Craignure, Mull. Keep an eye out for whales, dolphins and even basking sharks. Once on Mull we’ll head north to the colourful fishing port of Tobermory.Day 2 Departing from Tobermory we’ll take a stunning drive, covering the length of the island to Fionnphort, enjoying some beautiful viewpoints along the way. We’ll catch the ferry from here as foot passengers to the tiny island of Iona. Just 3 miles from north to south, this sacred island is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peace and tranquillity. You can visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery*, founded by St Columba in 563, and its museum of Celtic heritage and history. We’ll return to Mull on the ferry and make our way back to Tobermory for the evening.Day 3 On day three we’ll take a ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline, it’s a short crossing and the perfect opportunity to look out for sea eagles. We’ll drive through the remote Glen Geal and make our way past the stunning lochs Sunart and Linhe on our way to Ardgour, from here we’ll take another short ferry over to Corran. We’ll pass Ballachulish which is surrounded by some of the most strikingly beautiful scenery in Scotland and have time in Glen Coe to take pictures and learn the brutal story of the Massacre of that took place here in 1692. Please note at this point you will join a new group of traveling companions and meet your new driver-guide. Then take in the majestic sweep of the Great Glen and the stunning heights of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Your day ends at a beautiful welcoming village on the banks of Loch Ness.Day 4 After a delicious breakfast, explore the beautiful and tranquil Loch Ness. Why not take a boat tour* over to Urquhart Castle or just monster hunt from the shore? We then drive through Inverness to visit Culloden*, last stand of the Jacobites against the British government forces. Then you’ll pass the stunning Cairngorm mountains, stopping to visit a whisky distillery* and then you will be able to explore a picturesque Highland town before arriving back in Edinburgh.*Optional Extra Subject to Availability.