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8 Day Islay, Iona, Mull and Skye

Roam the majestic Skye and explore the north’s rolling mountains on this tour from Edinburgh. Travel to the tune of Scottish traditions on this wide-ranging tour of Scotland. You start off with a symphony of smoky whiskies on the famous isle of Islay. There’s time here to enjoy four distilleries as you venture through Neolithic sites and sweeping coastlines.

You then visit the harmoniously peaceful islands of Mull and Iona. Here you have a chance to spot some of Scotland’s most elusive wildlife and the final movement is a crescendo of the monumental mountains and sights of the Isle of Skye.

It’s an unforgettable ending before you make your way back to the city of Edinburgh.




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Tour Highlights

  • Oban - This town is blessed with two lovely nicknames, ‘the Gateway to the Isles’, and ‘the Seafood Capital of Scotland’
  • The Islay Single Malt Whiskies - On an island known as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’, there’s a regal quality to the peaty style of its single malt whiskies
  • Sandy beaches of Islay - Stroll some of the most beautiful and rugged beaches in the UK along Islay’s West Atlantic coast
  • Iona - You’ll visit the tiny Island of Iona inhabited with just around 120 people
  • Fingal's Cave on Staffa - The cave is made of naturally formed hexagonal pillars and has inspired many musicians and writers
  • Isle of Skye - Traverse one of the world’s most stunning islands, with beautiful views around every corner
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Oban, Loch Lomond National Park and Islay

Day 2

Kilchoman Distillery, Bruichladdich and Bowmore

Day 3

Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg

Day 4

Kilmartin Glen and Oban

Day 5

Mull, Iona and Staffa

Day 6

Ben Nevis and Plockton

Day 7

Skye

Day 8

Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness and Perthshire

Day 1

Explore the delightful harbour town of Oban then venture through the sights and stories of the Loch Lomond National Park.

Try and spot dolphins and whales as you travel by ferry to Islay. Leaving Edinburgh, you head into the Highlands with a short stop in the holiday town of Callander for refreshments.

After travelling through the mountainous part of the Loch Lomond National Park, you arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban. You have a couple of hours here, where you can visit the Oban Distillery and sample some local seafood for lunch.

You then depart Oban mid-afternoon for the journey through Kilmartin Glen to the port of Kennacraig where you catch the evening ferry to Islay. The sail is just over two hours, and you should look out for dolphins, whales, and seabirds.

On arrival it’s a short drive to Bowmore for your three night stay.

Day 2

Sample Scotland’s peatiest whiskies and discover the modern distillery of Kilchoman.

Today you explore Islay’s beautiful viewpoints, white sand beaches, and famous whiskies. In the morning you take the short drive to the west of the island, where you visit the Kilchoman Distillery, the newest and smallest on the island.

After lunch in the distillery, we continue to the scenic Rhins of Islay to visit Bruichladdich for another chance to taste delicious single malt whisky.

You head back to Bowmore where you have the chance to visit the distillery or relax and explore the village.

Day 3

Savor some of the boldest tasting whiskies in Scotland. Today you explore the southern side of the island, home to the smokiest and peatiest of all whiskies: Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg.

You first visit Ardbeg for a tour, tasting, and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce.

You then visit Laphroaig, and if there’s time you can take a short stop for a tasting at Lagavulin.

On most tours it’s also possible to visit to the ruins of Kildalton church and see its famous 8th Century Celtic cross.

Day 4

This morning you take the ferry back to the mainland and travel the short distance to Kilmartin Glen where we will have lunch.

There are more than 350 prehistoric monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin and you will have the chance to see the mysterious stone circles and standing stones and visit the community museum.

From here the tour continues round the coast to the beautiful little village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne. Here you’ll join a new bus for the continuation of your tour to Oban.

Your guides will help you transfer your luggage and introduce you to your new travelling companions.

Once we arrive in Oban you’ll have a free afternoon to enjoy this bustling and busy highland town. For those who are partial to some retail therapy, there are numerous shopping possibilities, or for those who wish to continue their thirst for Scottish whisky, Oban distillery is nicely situated in the heart of the town.

A hike uphill will bring its own rewards with stunning views from the most photographed structure in the west, McCaig’s folly. The folly built on instruction by a local banker in 1897 resembles the coliseum in Rome, and provides magnificent vistas over the distant Firth of Lorne.

You will stay in this glorious highland town for 2 nights.

Day 5

Is an early start crossing on the ferry to Mull and enjoying an island adventure exploring her dramatic coastlines and wild beauty, before taking the small ferry to the peace and tranquillity of Iona – birthplace of Celtic Christianity and ancient burial ground of Scottish Kings.

Here you can visit the historic abbey with its intricate carved crosses in the churchyard or explore the rocky headlands and sandy coves of this island gem

There is also an opportunity to take a small boat out to the island of Staffa and view the dramatic basalt columns immortalised by Mendelssohn in his Hebridean Overture “Fingal’s Cave”.

You then return on the ferry to Oban for your second night.

Day 6

We take you north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, and Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692.

You then pass through Fort William nestling in the shadow of Ben Nevis which at 1344 meters is the highest mountain in the British Isles.

We continue through the Great Glen a natural fault in the earth’s crust that runs through Scotland and on through Ireland.

From here you travel north to the picturesque fishing village of Plockton.

You are then dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening.

Day 7

Today is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver/guide will use his/her local knowledge to decide on the best day out for the group.

For example: heading west towards the 13th century home of the Clan Macleod – Dunvegan Castle, the emerald green valley of Glendale or the dramatic sea-cliffs and lonely lighthouse at Neist Point.

In the afternoon the tour may concentrate on the south of the island. Spend time heading down to Elgol for seascapes and views of the Cuillin, or Talisker and its beautiful bay or indeed Glenbrittle and its famed waterfalls.

We return you to your accommodation in Plockton in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village.

Day 8

You will be collected from your accommodation for the short drive to the famous stronghold of Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film “Highlander”, set at the junction of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders.

Then you travel east taking in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail.

We continue on to Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting “Nessie”. Heading south now through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, made famous now as “Monarch of the Glen Country” before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland’s highest whisky Distillery, and onwards into Perthshire where we stop for refreshments before heading back to Edinburgh past Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge.

Important Information

  • Discounts for students and seniors over 60.
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person.
  • Unfortunately we don’t carry anyone under 18 years old on this tour.

Tour Inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of a driver-guide.

Departure Information

  • Departs 08.30 – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.
  • Returns 19.00.

Accommodation

  • We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.
  • We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard.
  • The prices below are for guidance only.

B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

  • The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast.
  • The cost is between £30.00 – £35.00 per person per night.
  • A single standard is between £35.00 – £60.00 per night.

B&B En/suite

  • The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price.
  • The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.
  • The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 – £80.00 per night.

Hotels

  • Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals.
  • Breakfast is included in the price.
  • The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 – £85.00 per person per night.
  • Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 – £120.00 per person per night.

Hostels

  • A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds.
  • The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room.
  • Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals.
  • The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.
  • Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms.
  • Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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