Duart Castle
Duart Castle

Mull, Staffa & Iona

4 days From £735

17 May 2019

The Isle of Mull is a place of tumbling burns, high peaks, dramatic views and a silent, lonely beauty. From our base at the comfortable Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, conveniently located close to the ferry terminal with superb views of the Sound of Mull, the Morvern hills and the Firth of Lorne, we will explore some of the highlights of the island. The multi-coloured buildings that line the waterfront of the island’s principal town, Tobermory, will be familiar to many. From here we sail on a new wildlife cruise that takes us to the Treshnish Isles, home to thousands of seabirds including puffins, and the little island of Staffa, whose natural cathedral of basalt columns is one of the wonders of the west coast. Duart Castle, the 13th century home of the Chief of Clan MacLean, sits broodingly on its headland, seemingly unmoved by the stunning views across the Firth of Lorne to Ben Cruachan. Lying just off the Ross of Mull, the sacred isle of Iona is famous the world over for its peaceful Abbey, a place of calm and contemplation, the perfect antidote to the stress of modern life.

If you would like to enjoy an extended nine-day tour of some of Scotland’s finest Islands you could combine this tour with one of our six-day Grand Tours of the Outer Hebrides, which depart on 12 May, 9 June and 8 September from £895pp - please ask for details.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Ferry crossings
Book Now £735 Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £150

Tour highlights:

  • Sailing out of Oban Bay as the holiday begins
  • Wildlife cruise from Tobermory plus 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

Tour details

Dates 17 May 2019 - 20 May 2019
Duration 4 days
Cost £735 Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £150 Balance due by 22 February 2019
Activity Level Moderate
Tour code BWMUL19A

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Aberdeen 0600 2245
Montrose 0645 2200
Arbroath 0705 2140
Dundee 0730 2115
Perth 0800 2045
Kinross 0900 1945
Dunfermline 0915 1930
Edinburgh 0930 1915
Glasgow 1045 1800

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.

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17 May 2019: Itinerary

We depart from our designated pick up points and head for the Western Highlands, stopping in Inveraray for lunch (not included). On arrival in Oban we will board the late afternoon ferry for Craignure on Mull. Our base is the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, conveniently located close to the ferry terminal with superb views of the Sound of Mull, the Morvern Hills and, across the bay, Duart Castle. Please note this hotel now offers excellent spa and leisure facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, steam room, Norwegian Spruce Sauna and hydro foot spa. A range of reasonably priced treatments are also available.

Dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Craignure

Today we will drive through the spectacular scenery of the Ross of Mull to Fionnphort, from where we cross as foot passengers to the ‘sacred isle’ of Iona. 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.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Craignure

After our full Scottish breakfast we will depart for Tobermory, the island’s ‘capital’, whose multi-hued buildings lining the waterfront will be familiar from a hundred calendars. This is the starting point for our wildlife cruise to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa, during which we can expect sightings of Whales, Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Puffins and Sea Eagles. After a one hour sail, we land on the idyllic Isle of Lunga, the largest of the Treshnish Isles. Surrounded by wildflowers and stunning scenery, the main attraction that can be seen close up is the large Puffin colony nesting in burrows in the grassy hillside. These comical birds are incredibly inquisitive and will come within a few metres of you. Lunga is also a popular habitat to an ever increasing number of Guillemot, Razorbill, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Shag, Great Skua and a Seal colony.

After spending up two hours ashore exploring the Treshnish Isles, we take the short 15 minute crossing to the geological wonder of Staffa, which was formed by volcanic eruptions over 50 million years ago. As the basaltic lava cooled it formed an extraordinary pattern of predominantly hexagonal columns which form the faces and walls of the principal caves. We will have around an hour ashore to explore the island, in particular the massive natural cathedral known as Fingal’s Cave, following in the footsteps of illustrious tourists from Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson to Jules Verne and Queen Victoria.

Please note this tour does not land on the Treshnish Isles after the seabirds have left the islands (they leave in the middle of August) however it still offers a scenic sail through these Islands en-route to a landing visit to Staffa

(Please note a reasonable degree of mobility is required to go ashore but the less adventurous are welcome to stay on board. There is a toilet on board and a packed lunch is included.)

We sail back to Tobermory and return by coach to our hotel in time for dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Craignure

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.

Meals include: Breakfast

17 May 2019: Additional Info

17 May 2019: Accommodation

Situated on the crescent of Craignure Bay, The Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa has stunning views over to Morvern and the west coast. The main ferry terminal is just a few hundred yards away, with a shoreline path leading to the hotel.

Most of the rooms at The Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa have views of the scenic surroundings, and guests can also make use of the extensive leisure facilities and spa.

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