Our Mull, Staffa & Iona tour has just got even better: with more lunches, wine at dinner, hotel porterage, and service charges all included for 2018
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 and it’s a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours wandering around the shops, which include local arts and crafts outlets. 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, and we also sail out to the little island of Staffa, whose natural cathedral of basalt columns is one of the wonders of the west coast.
- 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
- We’re covering more than ever in the price of your 2018 tour, including:
- All tips
- More lunches and wine served with dinner
- On-board water bottles on coach journeys
- Return coach travel available from from Aberdeen, Montrose, Arbroath, Dundee, Perth, Kinross, Dunfermline, Edinburgh & Glasgow
- 3 nights’ accommodation with dinner (with wine), bed and breakfast at the Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa
- All coach and ferry transfers
- 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
Single supplements apply. Subject to availability. Some pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers being achieved.
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.
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.
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.
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.