IONA, MULL & THE ISLE OF SKYE

8-day/6-nts with 5-day of touring with 2 independent nts in Edinburgh (pre/post)


Highlights

Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye

Two (2) independent days in Edinburgh (pre/post touring), followed by five (5) days to enjoy four (4) fantastic West Coast Islands including the islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa and the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye. Highlights also include Loch Lomond National Park, Eilean Donan Castle, Glenfinnan, the White sands of Morar, traveling over the sea to the Isle of Skye, Glencoe and Loch Ness for a great sample of the best of Scotland. Stay two (2) nights in Oban, seafood capital of Scotland and two (2) nights in the Plockton, plus first and last nights in Edinburgh.

Tour Highlights

  • Small intimate coaches.
  • Visits to: Oban, Iona, Staffa, Isle of Skye, Mull and Loch Ness.
  • Including Eilean Donan Castle, Glenfinnan and the ‘Harry Potter' viaduct, white sands of Morar, Castle Stalker and Quaraing mountain pass.

Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye Tour Includes

  • Six (6) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in Edinburgh (pre/post) at pre-booked mid-ranged 3-4 * hotel in Edinburgh City. To be advised at time of booking.
  • Two (2) nights at your choice of B&B or Hotel in Oban.
  • Two (2) nights at your choice of B&B or Hotel in Plockton.
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival, continental self-serve at the Bowmore Cottages).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Five (5) days of custom touring.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

Additional Notes

Part of this tour has a number of rooms in the beautiful Bowmore Distillery Cottages. These are self catering cottages in the grounds of the distillery itself and offer a unique accommodation experience. The cottages have between 3 and 6 bedrooms and these are all en-suite but are NOT serviced during your stay. The kitchen and lounge facilities are shared and self-service continental breakfast ingredients will be provided. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE SHARED NATURE OF THE ACCOMMODATION INDIVIDUAL BEDROOMS DO NOT HAVE LOCKABLE DOORS. When these rooms are full we will use nearby B&Bs.

Itinerary

Day 01, U.S. - Edinburgh

Depart the U.S. on overnight flight to Scotland.

Day 02, Edinburgh

Arrive Edinburgh; Transfer to your hotel is included, however. You are free to enjoy this beautiful city on your own. (Please note, hotel check-in is generally between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. If you are arriving into Edinburgh early - the hotel will be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 03, Edinburgh - Touring Begins

In the morning, make your way to the Edinburgh departure point (see departure point information below) for 8:45 am(If you booked a departure point transfer at time of booking, your driver will collect you as noted on your voucher). Depart Edinburgh at 9:00 am. We travel north past Stirling castle, and then west to Scotland’s first National Park around Loch Lomond, and the bonny banks”. We will travel through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands through the magnificent white-washed 18th Century town of Inveraray, home to the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll. The afternoon will be spent in the heart of Argyll exploring the area close to the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada before arriving in bustling town of Oban, the gateway to the islands, for our two (2) night stay.

Day 04, Touring - A full day exploring

It is an early start today crossing on the ferry to Mull and enjoying an island adventure exploring her dramatic coastlines and wild beauty, before taking the small ferry to the peace and tranquility of Iona - birthplace of Celtic Christianity and ancient burial ground of Scottish Kings. Here we can visit the historic abbey with its intricate carved crosses in the churchyard or explore the rocky headlands and sandy coves of this island gem. There is also an opportunity to take a small boat out to the island of Staffa (except Saturday departures in September) and view the dramatic basalt columns immortalized by Mendelssohn in his Hebridean Overture “Fingal’s Cave”. We then return on the ferry to Oban for our second night.

Day 05, Touring - Another day in paradise!

Today we travel north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, and Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. We pass through Fort William nestling in the shadow of Ben Nevis which at 1344 meters is the highest mountain in the British Isles. We continue through the Great Glen a natural fault in the earth’s crust that runs through Scotland and on through Ireland. From here we travel north to the picturesque fishing village of Plockton. We are then dropped off at our accommodation in the early evening.

Day 06, Touring - Isle of Skye

Is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and our driver/guide. We will use his/her local knowledge to decide on the best day out for the group. For example: heading west towards the 13th century home of the Clan Macleod - Dunvegan Castle, the emerald green valley of Glendale or the dramatic sea-cliffs and lonely lighthouse at Neist Point. In the afternoon the tour may concentrate on the south of the island. Spend time heading down to Elgol for seascapes and views of the Cuillin, or Talisker and its beautiful bay or indeed Glenbrittle and its famed waterfalls. We return you to your accommodation in Plockton in the late afternoon for we to enjoy a free evening in the village.

Day 07, Touring - return to Edinburgh

We will be collected from our accommodation and travel east where we will take in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Continue on to Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting “Nessie”. Heading south now through the Grampian Mountains along Loch Laggan, made famous now as “Monarch of the Glen Country” before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland’s highest whiskey Distillery, and onwards into Highland Perthshire before heading back to Edinburgh over the Forth Road Bridge. Arriving Edinburgh at approximately 7:00 pm. Our tour ends at 6 Waterloo Place in Edinburgh, where you will make your own way back to your pre-booked hotel.

Day 08, 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 1; 8   1419
Apr 15 (Sold Out)   1419
Apr 17   1419
Apr 22; 24; 29; May 1 (Sold Out)   1419
May 4   1419
May 6; 8 (Sold Out)   1419
May 11   1419
May 13; 15 (Sold Out)   1419
May 18   1419
May 20; 22 (Sold Out)   1419
May 25   1419
May 27; 29 (Sold Out)   1439
Jun 1; 3 (Sold Out)   1509
Jun 5   1509
Jun 8; 10; 12; 15; 17; 19; 22; 24 (Sold Out)   1509
Jun 26   1509
Jun 29 (Sold Out)   1509
Jul 1   1509
Jul 3 (Sold Out)   1509
Jul 6; 8; 10; 13; 15; 17; 20; 22; 24   1509
Jul 27   1729
Jul 29 (Sold Out)   1729
Jul 31; Aug 3; 5; 7; 10   1939
Aug 12 (Sold Out)   1939
Aug 14; 17; 19; 21; 24   1939
Aug 26; 28   1729
Aug 31; Sep 2 (Sold Out)   1509
Sep 4; 7; 9; 11; 14   1509
Sep 16 (Sold Out)   1509
Sep 18; 21; 23; 25   1509
Sep 30; Oct 2; 7; 9; 14; 21   1469

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.

Price fluctuation end of July and end of August due to seasonal overlap.

This tour does not include:

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

Airfare

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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
Iona, Mull & the Isle of Skye 5-day tour - Based on B&B, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel - [details] 
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