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5-Day Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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    Day 1: Edinburgh - Trossachs National Park - Oban

    Stop At: Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Scotland
    One of Scotland’s largest lochs. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Inveraray Castle, Inverary, Inveraray PA32 8XE Scotland
    You venture through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands and the magnificent whitewashed 18th Century town of Inveraray, home to the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Longistan Croft Road, Oban PA34 5JL, UK
    This Victorian harbour town offers excellent seafood and a charming intimacy. This will be your base for the next 2 nights.
    Duration: 5 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Oban.

    Day 2: Oban - Isle of Mull - Iona (optional trip to Staffa & Fingal's Cave)

    Stop At: Fingal’s Cave, PA76 6SW Scotland
    (optional boat trip)

    Volcanic rock columns are home to black guillemots, fulmars, puffins and the magical Fingal's Cave.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Isle of Staffa, Scotland
    (optional boat trip)

    Felix Mendelssohn, who visited the uninhabited island of Staffa, off Mull, in 1829, was inspired to compose his 'Hebrides Overture' after hearing waves echoing in the impressive and cathedral-like Fingal’s Cave. The cave walls and surrounding cliffs are composed of vertical, hexagonal basalt columns that look like pillars (Staffa is Norse for ‘pillar island’). You can land on the island and walk into the cave via a causeway. Nearby Boat Cave can be seen from the causeway, but you can’t reach it on foot. Staffa also has a sizeable puffin colony, north of the landing place.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Iona Abbey and Nunnery, Iona Abbey Iona ABBEY ISLE, PA76 6SQ Scotland
    You take the small ferry to 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 rocky headlands and sandy coves.
    ** Passengers may have less free time on Iona, if they opt for the Staffa boat trip.
    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Oban.

    Day 3: Oban - West Highlands - Plockton

    Stop At: Castle Stalker, A828 Between Ballachulish and Connel, Appin Scotland
    Located in one of Scotland's most beautiful spots and dramatically sited on a small island at the mouth of Loch Laich.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Glencoe Mountain, White Corries Kingshouse, Ballachulish PH49 4HZ Scotland
    The scenery of Glencoe is breathtakingly beautiful!

    From the spectacular 3 Sisters to the Majestic Buachailie Etive Mor, this has got to be one of the most beautiful places in Scotland!
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Plockton Harbour, Plockton IV51 8TW Scotland
    The picturesque village of Plockton boasts an incomparable location on a sheltered bay of Loch Carron surrounded by a ring of hills.

    Plockton has a charming seaside setting and the road follows the bay with a chocolate-box row of neatly painted cottages arranged around the curve of a tiny harbour. The village is backed by a craggy landscape of heather and pine.
    Duration: 4 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Plockton.
    * Please note that Friday departures will stay in Portree instead.

    Day 4: Touring around Isle of Skye

    Stop At: Kilt Rock, Scotland
    Picturesque observation point offering panoramic views of waterfalls, cliffs & sea.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Portree Harbour, Off the Sound of Rassay, Portree Scotland
    Set round its natural harbour and fringed by high ground and cliffs, the town is a popular tourists’ holiday destination and the harbour continues to be used by fishing boats as well as pleasure craft.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Plockton.
    * Please note that Friday departures will stay in Portree instead.

    Day 5: Plockton - Loch Ness - Pitlochry - Edinburgh

    Stop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX Scotland
    An iconic and gorgeous 13th century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Fort Augustus Abbey, Fort Augustus Scotland
    Situated on the most southern tip of Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, this historic and scenic hamlet is a popular tourist destination.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, UK
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    5 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Professional driver/guide
    • All ferry crossings, except optional trip to Staffa
    • Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
    • 4 nights en-suite accommodation in either Bed and Breakfast or 3-star Hotel.
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Meals and refreshments
    • Admission fees
    • Entry/Admission - Inveraray Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Fingal’s Cave
    • Entry/Admission - Isle of Staffa
    • Entry/Admission - Iona Abbey and Nunnery
    • Entry/Admission - Castle Stalker
    • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 14 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
    • Please note Friday departures will stay in Portree for 2 nights, instead of Plockton.
    • Booking three or more people: we can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
    • When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
    • Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available
    • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Passengers travelling after 1st April 2020 are allowed to carry 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to airline standard carry-on luggage (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 22 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 21 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    This was a great trip, covering about 700 miles of awe-inspiring landscapes. We experienced Scotland’s beautiful glens, islands and mountains - all while learning about the history and culture from our wonderful guide Gill. Her experience, knowledge and passion for her country came through every...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Nothingbeatstravel19
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    This trip was phenomenal but was made especially amazing by our guide Gill Brown, who was not only extremely knowledgeable about environmental issues, history and unique and hidden gems but also very friendly, had great music, and listened to the wants and needs of every...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank yaronsymphona
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    After careful consideration, we decided to do a tour versus building our itinerary and attempting to navigate Scotland in a rental car. We were so pleased we did! The locations visited were absolutely lovely (and enjoyable)...but it was definitely our tour guide, Gill, who created...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank ctmom123
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Our guide, Gill Brown was wonderful. She was an excellent driver, quick witted, easy going, great historian and made the entire 5days an amazing experience. I would highly recommend this tour. This is our second Rabbie's tour and both John G and Gill B did...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Jan M
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    I can’t over emphasize what a wonderful five days we had. Our guide Gill Brown took us to out of the way places and knew how to dodge the more touristy places. She brought the area alive for us with her story telling and her...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Acidnitro
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    19 July 2019|
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    Response from Robin W | Reviewed this property |
    I'm not sure the website only shows one day, but perhaps you're not opening the other tabs for each of the other days?
    22 September 2018|
    Response from TheReal_Lachlan | Reviewed this property |
    Try AirBnb. I’m sure you will find something or just contact hotels and get multiple rooms
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