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Magical Mull, Isle of Iona and West Scottish Highlands Tour
Tour Theme: Small Group Sightseeing Tours (Multi-days)
This tour starts from: Edinburgh
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Four Days to explore the Magical islands of Mull and Iona along with the best of the West Highlands. From remote sandy beaches and dramatic mountains to mysterious standing stones and ancient abbeys, this is a tour that explores both the wild natural environment of Mull and the West Highlands, as well as its long and complex human history.
DAY 1: CALLANDER - GLENCOE - LOCH LINNHE - TOBERMORY
Travel North past Stirling castle to the small bustling town of Callander. From here we continue through the Queen Elizabeth forest park and the bristling terrain of the Trossachs, before reaching the wide and remote expanse of Rannoch Moor, one of the largest wildernesses left in Europe. A short drive north brings us to Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of Clan MacDonald in 1692, before we take a short ferry ride across Loch Linnhe. From there we then meander through the impressive mountains of Morven to Lochaline, where we take another ferry to the Hebridean island of Mull. A short drive brings us to Tobermory, the island’s capital for our 3 night stay. Tobermory, meaning ‘Well of Mary’, is one of the prettiest harbour towns in Scotland with its brightly painted houses overlooking the sea.
DAY 2: DAY EXPLORING MULL
This is a leisurely day, with a drive to the more remote areas of the island, as we visit the pretty settlement of Dervaig, with its own festival theatre, and Kilmore church, with its round steeple. From here we will venture to the wild thrashing sandy shores of Calgary Bay (Calgary in Canada takes its name from here). If you are lucky you might see the huge white tailed eagles which live in this area. An early afternoon return to Tobermory will allow you to soak up the atmosphere of this pretty town, with a chance to peruse the small shops, and the local Tobermory Whisky Distillery.
DAY 3: MULL - IONA - STAFFA - MULL
Today we bask in the glory of Mull, as we head south to Fionnphort, where we take a passenger ferry to the small island of Iona. Iona is an island of quiet charm, lapped by glorious turquoise waters, and it is the cradle of Celtic Christianity, with the arrival of St Columba in 563AD. Plenty time will be given to explore the island where you can visit the Abbey and its museum of history and Celtic heritage, with its magnificent Celtic crosses and headstones. Alternatively, you can enjoy a stroll along the peaceful sandy beaches.
In the afternoon there is the opportunity to take a small boat to the island of Staffa, where nature enthusiasts may be able to spot the abundant marine life. Staffa, with its basalt columns, 5 and 6 sided hexagonal stepping stones, and Fingal’s cave is the most amazing tribute to the effects of nature and is also known as ‘Nature’s cathedral’
After a day in the great outdoors we return to Tobermory for the night.
DAY 4: CRAIGNURE - OBAN - KILMARTIN GLEN - INVERARY - LOCH LOMOND
Departing Tobermory we head south to Craignure, the main ferry terminal for a short crossing to Oban, the biggest town in Argyll. From here we head to Kilmartin Glen, and are given a chance to explore an area known as’ the valley of ghosts’ with its standing stones and Neolithic burial chambers. Continuing west, we arrive in the white washed 18c town of Inveraray nestling on the shores of Loch Fyne. Inveraray castle is a mixture of Scots Baronial and Neo-Gothic architecture and is the seat of Clan Campbell. The castle also featured in a recent episode of ‘Downtown Abbey’. After leaving the town we arrive in the National Park of Loch Lomond and climb up more than 800 feet to the pass of ’ Rest and be Thankful’, before hugging the shores of Loch Long and Loch Lomond itself. We continue to drive East towards Stirling, with opportunities for impressive photos of the castle, before we return to Edinburgh in the early evening.
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Stay 3 nights in the colourful harbour town of Tobermory,
the capital of the island!!
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