Mull, Staffa and Iona

4 Days

From £485pp

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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, Duart Castle.

Dinner is served here in the 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 you have 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 Mull, stopping first in Tobermory, the island’s ‘capital’. The multi-hued buildings that line the waterfront will be familiar from a hundred calendars, and it’s a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours. We continue to Oskamull and depart on a cruise to the little island of Staffa. Sailing out of Loch na Keal beneath the towering bulk of Ben More, keep an eye open for otters, seals, porpoises, dolphins and basking sharks – these waters are rich in wildlife.

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 Glen Coe and Loch Lomond, arriving back at our original pick-up points during the evening.

What's Included

  • 3 nights at the Isle of Mull Hotel – dinner, bed & breakfast
  • All coaching and ferry transfers
  • Visits to Tobermory, Staffa, Iona, Duart Castle, Fingal’s Cave and Morvern
  • Services of a professional tour manager

Supplements per person

  • Single room: £75.00
  • May, June, July and September 2017 supplement: £40.00
  • Insurance: £21.00 (under 65); £42.00 (65–74); £63.00 (75–90)

Rail/air travel and overnight accommodation in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Perth before or after the tour available on request

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Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

The same 3-night package including flights from London (other airports on request) to Glasgow is also available from £585pp. (single supplement applies)


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Departure points and times

Depart Return
(Skene Street)
0600 2245
(Outside railway station)
0645 2200
(Railway station)
0705 2140
(Outside Discovery Point)
0730 2115
(Canal Street)
0800 2045
(Moto Services)
0900 1945
(Outside Fife College)
0915 1930
(Edinburgh Marriott Hotel)
0930 1915
(Millenium Hotel)
1045 1800

The same 3-night package including flights from London (other airports on request) to Glasgow is also available from £585pp. (single supplement applies)