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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  5 days (approx.)
Visit four romantic Scottish islands in five days on a small group excursion from Edinburgh. You'll explore some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery on Scotland's rugged west coast, and visit the fabled islands of Mull, Iona, Staffa and Isle of Skye.

Highlights

  • Five-day small group excursion from Edinburgh to Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye by minivan
  • Scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands
  • Visit tranquil Iona, birthplace of Celtic Christianity
  • Explore the magical island of Skye
  • Your chance to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster
  • Discount Card to use at local restaurants, shops and attractions
  • Four nights' accommodation with private facilities in a B&B or hotel
  • Choice of hotel or guesthouse accommodation
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 16 people
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour
  • Comfortable Mercedes minivan

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What You Can Expect

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

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

Highlights on your five-day island excursion include:
  • Loch Lomond
  • Inveraray, home to the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll
  • Overnight in Oban, gateway to the islands
  • Ferry crossings to Mull and Iona
  • Iona's historic abbey
  • Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692
  • Views over Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain
  • Overnight in the picturesque harbor town of Portree on the Isle of Skye
  • Monster-spotting on Loch Ness
With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you are sure to have a memorable and personal experience on this special day trip to Scotland's west coast islands. You'll travel in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan and receive individual attention from your expert driver/guide. Traveling in a small group means you can reach out-of-the-way places to discover the real Scotland!

Winner of the Inaugural Scottish Thistle Award for Sustainable Tourism, October 2007.

Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Oban
Today takes you west to Scotland's first National Park around Loch Lomond, stopping at the charming conservation village of Luss set on the loch's "bonny, bonny banks". 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 ancient Kingdom of Dalriada and the standing stones of Kilmartin before arriving in the beautiful fishing harbor town of Oban, gateway to the islands, for the next two nights accommodation.

Day 2: Oban
Today is an early start 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 you are at leisure to 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 and view the dramatic basalt columns immortalized by Mendelssohn in his Hebridean Overture "Fingal's Cave". Return on the ferry to Oban for your second night.

Day 3: Oban - Portree
Today takes you 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. Pass through Fort William and travel on to the small town of Mallaig to catch the ferry to Skye. Crossing over the sea, travel up to the picturesque harbor town of Portree. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening where you are free to go out and explore the town.

Day 4: Portree
Today is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and the dynamics of the group. Your driver with his extensive knowledge will choose the best plan for the day. For example: travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery, visit Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with it's waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. Or a walk out at the most westerly point on the island at Neist. Or go over to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod. Talisker Distillery is also located on the isle, as are the famous Cuillin Hills. Return to your accommodation in Portree in the early evening for you to enjoy your second night in Portree.

Day 5: Portree - Edinburgh
You will be collected from your accommodation and travel south passing by part of the magnificent Cuillin Hills, leaving the island via the Skye bridge. The tour then takes the "Road to the Isles" through the splendor of the 5 sisters of Kintail, the mountains guarding the pass. Stop to visit the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander", set at the junction of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. From here, will continue east through GlenSheil and Glen Moriston to Loch Ness, where you will stop in the small Highland village of Fort Augustus at the south end for your chance to try and spot the monster. There is a boat trip (summer only) available here that will get you that little bit closer! Continuing 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 whisky Distillery, and onwards into Highland Perthshire for a final walk and coffee break in the fresh air of the north. Continue south past Blair Castle, returning back to Edinburgh passing Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge. Arrive into Edinburgh in the early evening where the tour will conclude.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Awesome trip. Our tour guide had a great way of telling us about the history of Scotland and her attention to detail was of extremely high standard. The tour was relaxing to have time to yourself but also busy enough to see and do plenty of activities. Would recommend to anyone of any age.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The bus was very comfortable. Our guide, Sara, was excellent,very clear in her information, quite a competent driver and her charming personality enhanced the whole tour.Our B and B accommodation was outstanding. The points visited on the tour were well chosen. We would certainly recommend this to others.

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