MAGICAL MULL, IONA & the WEST HIGHLANDS ISLES

7-day/5-nts with 4-day of touring featuring Mull, Iona & the West Highlands, plus 2 independent nts Edinburgh


Highlights

Magical Mull, Iona and the West Highlands Isles

Enjoy two (2) independent days in Edinburgh (pre/post) with four (4) days bring you the Magic of Mull! Spending three (3) nights in the prettiest harbor town, Tobermory. A fantastic new itinerary with Mull, Iona and the West Highlands.

Tour Highlights

  • Visits to: Glencoe, Tobermory, Dervaig and Mull.
  • Includes Calgary Bay, ferry to Iona, Kilmartin Glen, National Park of Loch Lomond.

Magical Mull, Iona and the West Highlands Tour Includes

  • Transportation by top-of-the-range 16-seat Mercedes mini coaches.
  • Five (5) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in Edinburgh (pre/post) and three (3) nights in Tobermory.
  • Choice of B&B or Hotel in Tobermory. Edinburgh based on Holiday Inn Express or Ten Hill Place or similar. Other properties may incur supplements.
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Four (4) days of custom touring per itinerary.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

Itinerary

Day 01, U.S. - Edinburgh

Overnight flight from the U.S. to Edinburgh. Air can be purchased from Celtic Tours at time of booking or you can purchase this tour on a land only basis, where your tour will begin on day 02 in Edinburgh.

Day 02, Edinburgh

Arrive Edinburgh and transfer [included] to your prebooked accommodations. Spend your day independently exploring Edinburgh on your own. (Please note, check-in time at most hotel's is between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm). Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 03, Edinburgh - Touring Begins - Tobermory

Depart Edinburgh at 9:00 am and travel north past Stirling Castle to the small bustling town of Callander. From here we continue through the Queen Elizabeth forest park and the bristling terrain of the Trossachs, before reaching the wide and remote expanse of Rannoch Moor, one of the largest wildernesses left in Europe. A short drive north brings you to Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of Clan MacDonald in 1692, before you take a short ferry ride across Loch Linnhe, where we then meander through the impressive mountains of Morven. At Lochaline you take another ferry to the Hebridean island of Mull. A short drive brings us to Tobermory, the island's capital for our three (3) night stay. Tobermory, is one of the prettiest harbor towns in Scotland with its brightly painted houses overlooking the sea.

Day 04, Touring - Tobermory

This is a leisurely day, with a drive to the more remote areas of the island. We visit the pretty settlement of Dervaig, with its own festival theatre, and Kilmore church, with its round steeple. From here we will venture to the wild thrashing sandy shores of Calgary Bay. (Calgary in Canada takes its name from here). If we are lucky we might see the sea eagles that live in this area. An early afternoon return to Tobermory will allow us the chance to soak up the atmosphere of this pretty town, with a chance to peruse the small shops, and the local Tobermory Whiskey Distillery.

Day 05, Touring - Tobermory

Today we will bask in the glory of Mull, as we head south to Fionnphort, where we take a passenger ferry to the small Island of Iona. Iona is an island of quiet charm, lapped by glorious turquoise waters, it is the cradle of Celtic Christianity. Plenty of time will be given to explore the island where we can visit the Abbey and its museum of history and Celtic heritage. Visit the magnificent Celtic crosses and headstones, or enjoy a stroll along the peaceful sandy beaches. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to take a small boat to the Island of Staffa, where nature enthusiasts may be able to spot the abundant marine life. Staffa, with its basalt columns of 5 and 6 sided hexagonal stepping stones, and Fingal's cave is the most amazing tribute to the effects of nature and is known as ‘Nature's Cathedral'. After a day in the great outdoors we return to Tobermory for the night.

Day 06, Touring - Edinburgh

Departing Tobermory we head south to Craignure, the main ferry terminal for a short crossing to Oban, the biggest town in Argyll. From here we head to Kilmartin Glen, and a chance to explore an area known as “the valley of ghosts” with its standing stones and Neolithic burial chambers. Continuing west, we arrive in the white washed town of Inveraray nestling on the shores of Loch Fyne. Inveraray Castle is a mixture of Scots Baronial and Neo Gothic architecture and is the seat of Clan Campbell. The castle also featured in a recent episode of “Downtown Abbey”. After leaving the town we arrive in the National Park of Loch Lomond and climb up more than 800 feet to the' Rest and be Thankful', before hugging the shores of Loch Long, and Loch Lomond itself. We continue to drive east towards Stirling, with opportunities for impressive photos of the castle, before we return to Edinburgh in the early evening (approx. 7:00 pm). Our tour ends at Waverly Bridge in Edinburgh, where you will make your own way back to your pre-booked hotel.

Day 07, Edinburgh - Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your return flight to the U.S.

Optionals

Rates & Hotels

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2017Land Only
Apr 30; May 7; 14   1119
May 21 (Sold Out)   1119
May 28   1139
Jun 4; 11; 18; 25; Jul 2; 9   1409
Jul 16 (Sold Out)   1409
Jul 23   1409
Jul 30   1619
Aug 6   1829
Aug 13 (Sold Out)   1829
Aug 20   1829
Aug 27   1619
Sep 3; 10; 17; 24   1409
Oct 1; 8   1159

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Visitor attractions

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start / end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one would depart from the US. Tour begins in UK one day later.

 
Hotels featured on this tour
Magical Mull 4-day tour - Tour Based on B&B, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel - [details] 
Magical Mull 4-day tour - Tour Based on Hotels, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel - [details] 

 

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