Mull, Staffa and Iona 2018

4 Days

From £750pp

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  • Sailing out of Oban Bay as the holiday begins
  • Enjoying a drink in the Mishnish in Tobermory
  • The amazing spectacle of Fingal’s Cave
  • Taking in the view towards Ben Cruachan from the top of the keep at Duart Castle
  • Moments of peaceful contemplation at Iona Abbey

Tranquil Iona, awe-inspiring Staffa, rugged Mull: we like to think that the wildly differing moods of these three isles represent the very best of what the Inner Hebrides has to offer. Join us on a tour that takes in mysterious sea caves, medieval castles, and magnificent scenery, and you’re sure to find that good things really do come in threes. 

From Mull, the second largest of the Inner Hebridean islands, to tiny Iona, via unspoilt, uninhabited Staffa — get acquainted with our carefully-curated list of Hebridean beauties. It’ll soon become apparent that each one has its own distinct air. 

As we set foot on the isle of Iona, the ‘cradle of Christianity’, that air is a sort of sacred hush. Once here, you have free rein to explore — why not take a look inside the famous Abbey? Arrivals on Mull are greeted, by contrast, with the bright bustle of Tobermory, with its pastel-coloured waterfront houses, shops and taverns. Go just a little further, though, and you’ll soon encounter ancient castles and timeless craggy mountain ranges, to boot. 

Staffa has served as a source of inspiration for many — Mendelssohn, Turner, Keats, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Scott...and that’s just the artists. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert also fell in love with the island on their royal visit in 1847. With wonders like Fingal’s Cave, with its uncannily geometric interior, it’s hardly surprising. 

You might be pleased to hear that it doesn’t stop there...even on our return home we pass through some of the most magnificent scenery in the country. 

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Day 1

We head for the Western Highlands. On arrival in Oban we board the late afternoon ferry for Craignure on Mull. Our base is the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa with superb views of the Sound of Mull, the Morvern Hills and across the bay to Duart Castle.

Dinner is served here in this evening.

Day 2

We travel along the Ross of Mull to Fionnphort, where we cross as foot passengers to the ‘sacred isle’ of Iona. Like an emerald teardrop off Mull's western shore, enchanting, idyllic Iona, holy island and burial ground of kings, is a magical place that lives up to its lofty reputation. Here we will enjoy a light lunch along with the opportunity to visit the Abbey and wander over the island, taking in the atmosphere of calm and contemplation which attracts visitors from all over the world. 

Dinner is served back at our hotel in the evening.

Day 3

We depart for a tour of Staffa, stopping first in Tobermory, the island’s ‘capital’ with the iconic multi-hued buildings that line the waterfront. We climb aboard and depart for a stunning cruise which takes us along the Treshnish Isles as well as Staffa. Be sure to keep an eye open for puffins, otters, seals, porpoises, dolphins and basking sharks – these waters are rich in wildlife.

A packed lunch is included today.

We sail back to Ulva Ferry pier and return by coach to our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4

Following breakfast, we will visit Duart Castle, the 13th century home of the Chief of Clan MacLean. We can explore the dungeons, the state rooms and appreciate the strategic position of the castle from the top of the keep. Thereafter we will take the short ferry crossing from Fishnish to Lochaline and drive through the magnificent mountain scenery of Morvern, before crossing Loch Linnhe by the Corran ferry and continuing our homeward journey via Glencoe and Loch Lomond, arriving back at our original pick-up points during the evening.

 

What's Included

  • Three nights’ dinner (with wine), bed and breakfast at the Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa
  • Two lunches included
  • All coaching and ferry transfers in Scotland
  • Visits to Duart Castle and Iona, including entrance to the Abbey; wildlife cruise to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Porterage at the hotel
  • Gratuities (driver and tour manager)
  • Bottle of mineral water each day 

 

Supplements per person

Single room: £90.00

Transport and overnight accommodation before or after the tour available on request  

 

2018 Insurance Prices

As part of our booking conditions, our travellers must have adequate insurance protection for any holidays overseas but we strongly recommend that you are covered for any of our tours. Our travellers are welcome to take out their own insurance policy, providing that we have the details of this before departure. Alternatively, we can provide our own recommended single-trip travel insurance for all holidays, please see the most upto date prices below: 

UK Tours:
Under 65, from £18.00 | 65-74, from £35.00 | 75 and over, from £52.00

EU Tours:
Under 65, from £32.00 | 65-74, from £64.00 | 75 and over, from £96.00

Worldwide Tours:
Prices on application

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Aberdeen
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06:00 22:45
Montrose
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06:45 22:00
Arbroath
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07:05 21:40
Dundee
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07:30 21:15
Perth
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08:00 20:45
Kinross
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09:00 19:45
Dunfermline
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09:15 19:30
Edinburgh
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09:30 19:15
Glasgow
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10:45 18:00