Isle of Mull, Iona & The Highlands 

4 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Overview

Our four day tour from Edinburgh lets you to Discover Scotland’s rugged west coast and the outstanding islands of Mull, sacred Iona and their tranquil sister isles. These wild, yet tranquil islands are ideal for spotting wildlife such as seabirds, eagles, dolphins and even whales.

Visit Iona Abbey, still a place of worship today. Ramble up to Iona’s highest point at Dun I for panoramic views to other Hebridean islands such as Tiree, Coll and the Treshnish Islands. On a really clear day you’ll glimpse Rhum, Eigg and Skye and even the Irish coast.

Stroll along Tobermory’s picture-postcard harbour front with its brightly painted houses, go off the beaten track to the geological wonder of Fingal’s Cave on Staffa and dip your toes in the azure waters of some of Scotland’s best beaches.

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Tour Duration
4 Days - 3 Nights

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Day 1
Departing from Edinburgh we call in at Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow, before heading north into Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We drop into the quaint conservation village of Luss on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond before heading into the Highlands, alongside Loch Long, and into the ‘Arrochar Alps’. Our steep climb ends at the iconic viewpoint the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ where these words were etched on stone by weary soldiers who built the military road in 1750. Our Highlands and islands road trip stops for lunch at Inveraray on Loch Fyne. Scotland’s first planned town, it was built in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell. Its white-washed buildings are a great example of Scottish Georgian architecture. You can stroll around the town or explore Inveraray Castle and its resplendent gardens, where the Duke of Argyll still lives today.

We’re soon adventuring on to Scotland’s rugged west coast, famous for sea lochs that stretch out for miles, towering mountains and pristine sandy beaches. The busy port of Oban, ‘The Gateway to the Isles’, welcomes us and we board the ferry to the Isle of Mull. After disembarking there’s a picturesque drive to Tobermory, probably the most photographed town in Scotland with its brightly painted houses overlooking the harbour, where we’ll stay for three nights.

Day 2
Day two sees us drive to Fionnphort for the short passenger ferry to the tiny sacred island of Iona. It’s been a place of Christian worship and pilgrimage ever since St Columba and his companions came from Ireland to establish a monastery here in 563 AD. You can visit Iona Abbey and take a walk up Torr an Aba, the little hill above where St Columba’s writing hut is thought to have stood. Explore St Oran’s Chapel and Reilig Òdhrain, the graveyard where 48 ancient kings of Scotland, including Macbeth, are said to be buried. At just one and a half miles wide and three miles long, it’s easy to appreciate Iona’s charms. Why not ramble to the highest point at Dun I and sip from the Well of Eternal Youth, a little pool said to have been blessed by St Brigid of Ireland. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views to other Hebridean islands such as Tiree, Coll and the Treshnish Islands and on a really clear day you’ll see Rhum, Eigg and Skye and even the coast of Ireland.

Wildlife lovers might enjoy the option to take a three hour boat trip to Fingal’s Cave on uninhabited Staffa, which includes an hour spent on the island. The best time to see puffins is from early May to early August and you might also spot gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Dolphins and porpoises are often playing in the water and in summer look out for minke and fin whales or even the elusive basking shark whose fin breaks the water as it feeds. Fingal’s Cave is a geological wonder with its hexagonal basalt rock columns formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. Its evocative acoustics inspired Mendelssohn to compose his Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave) after he visited in 1829. One of Pink Floyd’s unreleased tracks from their 1970 Zabriskie Point soundtrack sessions is also called Fingal’s Cave. After a full day our small group heads back to Tobermory where you can spend the evening at your leisure.

Day 3
A short drive takes you to the small village of Dervaig which was established, in its current form, in 1799 by the Laird of Coll. The Kilmore standing stones lie above the village and nearby there are signs of an ancient fort and a Highland clearance village. We can’t miss out a visit to one of Scotland’s finest sandy beaches at Calgary Bay, where glistening white sands rival any foreign destination. A one-minute ferry takes us to Ulva, an island haven for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts that’s definitely off the beaten track. Around 800 AD the Vikings landed and named it Ulfur, meaning wolf island. But they weren’t the first residents as standing stones date to around 1500 BC and artefacts found in the area suggest human life dating back 6,000 years. Once upon a time Ulva boasted around 800 residents but today there are just five. As a result it’s a truly unspoilt isle with pristine blue waters rolling onto white shell beaches and woods carpeted in billiard green moss. Keep an eye out for sea eagles, golden eagles and otters. The isle’s Boathouse restaurant serves tasty home-baking and local oysters and there’s even a museum and heritage centre housed in the thatched ‘Sheila’s Cottage’. Back in Tobermory there are traditional Scottish pubs, souvenir shops and Tobermory Distillery to enjoy where a dram of single malt awaits.

Day 4
After a short drive to Fishnish our first ferry of the day takes us over the Sound of Mull to Lochaline in Morvern on Scotland’s mainland. This spectacular peninsula was shaped thousands of years ago by volcanoes and ice. An hour later we’re lining up for the small Corran Ferry en route to our lunch stop in Glencoe where you can ask your friendly driver-guide about the infamous 1692 massacre. Then we’ll emerge from the towering mountains into bleak but beautiful Rannoch Moor, one of Europe’s last great wildernesses, and head into picturesque Killin. You’ll want to pose for selfies at the village’s dramatic river rapids, the Falls of Dochart.

Our adventure continues passed Loch Lubnaig, through the Pass of Leny and Callander to another favourite photo stop at mysterious Doune Castle. Dating from around the 14th century you’ll see why it’s a film-makers favourite and starred in Outlander as Castle Leoch, Game of Thrones as Winterfell and in cult comedy Monty Python as Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot. From ancient architecture to a feat of modern-day engineering at the Kelpies. Standing over 30 metres high, these two giant steel horse heads are the world’s largest equine sculptures and a monument to Scotland’s horse-powered industrial heritage. From there we deliver you back to Edinburgh.

Images of Inveraray, Cal Mac Ferry, the Falls of Dochart and The Kelpies © Visit Scotland

Departure & Return Information
Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh.
At the end of this tour you can return to Edinburgh or Glasgow. All you need to do is select your preferred drop off location on the booking form.

Check in 07.45
Departs  08.00
Returns  18.30

Important
In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and consequently miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Tour Inclusions
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini-coach, the services of an English speaking driver-guide and all ferry fares.

Tour Exclusions
Accommodation, lunch, refreshments and entry fees to visitor attractions.

Children
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

Luggage
This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

Tour Highlights

Day 1
Glasgow, Luss, Loch Lomond, Rest and be Thankful, Inveraray, Oban, Ferry to Mull & Tobermory.

Day 2
The Isle of Iona, Iona Abbey, Boat trip to Fingal's Cave & Staffa.

Day 3
Dervaig, Calgary Bay, The Island of Ulva & Tobermory Distillery.

Day 4
Ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline, The Corran Ferry, Glencoe, Falls of Dochart, Callander, Doune Castle & the Kelpies.

Please note we may visit some attractions on a different day due to weather etc.

Optional Visitor Attraction Costs

Inveraray Castle
Adults £12.50
Seniors £11.00
Students £11.00 (with valid ID)
Children £8.00

Visiting Inveraray Castle
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, Inveraray Castle will not be reopening full time for the summer 2021 season. Their opening schedule varies across the summer months.  If you wish to visit the castle, please check if they are open on the Inveraray Castle website before reserving your tour. When the castle is closed passengers will be able to access an area nearby to the castle on foot for photos.

Iona Abbey
Adults £7.50
Seniors £6.00
Students £7.50
Children £4.50

Staffa Boat Trip (Boat trip lasts 3 hours)
Adults £35.00
Seniors £35.00
Students £35.00
Children (5- 15) £35.00

Tobermory Distillery
Includes a dram of Tobermory 10 year old at the end of your tour.
Adults £8.00
Seniors £8.00
Students £8.00
Children (5-17) £8.00

All attractions are payable in cash on the day.

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Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.

06/06/22 – Callum & Lynda

First off, our driver John Black was excellent!  Very cheery guy with lots of interesting little tidbits of information during our journey.   He even checked the weather forecast for our trip to Iona and Staffa and arranged the trip for the day with the best weather.  So grateful for that as we had a perfect, beautiful day for that part of the tour.   The next day was rainy and windy so we would have missed Staffa if John hadn’t have looked at the forecast and rescheduled it. The tour bus is very, very comfortable and it was also very nice that there were only 9 of us onboard.  Made for roomy and comfortable travel.   Lots of “comfort” stops and plenty of time to tour different places that we stopped in.  We would definitely recommend your tour company and wouldn’t hesitate to book with you again on our next trip to Scotland. Cheers.


20/06/22 – Claudia 

I had a ridiculously good time! From the very first moment John jumped out of that bus.. full of energy, of a sunny, cheerful disposition… I was relieved. I’m still smiling when I think about our tour. I felt so safe while he was driving and the roads aren’t that easy to drive at all.. I had lovely fellow travellers. John entertained us and shared all of his knowledge (trivial or not) 🙂 And there were other small things too that I loved.. for instance, he only played Scottish Bands on his bus. 🙂 He really put effort in it. We saw how much he loves his job and that he really wanted us to have a good, unforgettable time! And he excelled! I’m still so happy I ended up on that particular trip and think about doing another tour any time soon. So thanks to John in particular and all the other people in the background organising! I had a great time!


30/05/22 - Vanessa

Thank you so much for an amazing holiday.  The information before booking was really good and we used the online chat function to ask questions.  We thoroughly enjoyed our tour it had the perfect balance of visiting all the sights with leisurely time and regular breaks. There was something there for all ages even our 5 year old enjoyed it. Our days in Iona and on Mull were in glorious sunshine.  Our tour guide John Black genuinely went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and had everything they needed. It was obvious that he loves his job.  He helped my mum down some steps and did high fives with my son.  He was an excellent driver working long days and navigated the single track roads in Mull in a big vehicle with ease, we were grateful to have someone else doing the driving for us.  He was flexible and had lots of advice and recommendations. We’d definitely recommend the tours to others and hope to book the Skye tour next time. Many thanks to the team.


25/10/21 - Maureen

For me, all was perfect - the itinerary (who could possibly dislike a boat trip to Staffa?), the comfort of the mini-bus, the wonderful B&B you booked for me and, of course, Cliff, our driver and guide. He was considerate, very informative, and funny.  So many marvellous photos and memories. Thank you so much for a great holiday.


29/09/21 – Kath and Phil

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed all the places we visited. Our tour guide/driver Nick was professional and friendly, he took the time to get to know everyone on the tour. He had a wonderful sense of humour and an extensive knowledge of the highlands and the places we visited. Though one could get a little confused with all the Mcdougle's and Mcdonald clans😊. Thank you, Nick, for your daily `People choice` music: I think we all enjoyed it. We were fortunate in having a really nice and friendly group and lucky enough to have excellent weather. The coach we excellent, we felt comfortable and safe. Nick worked hard ensuring the coach remained clean and covid 19 safe. All four days were different from the beautiful village of Luss on the 1st day to the visit to the Isle of Staff when we saw Dolphins, Whales and feeding gannets to our last the experience of the Kelpies. We would have no hesitation recommending the Discover Scotland Tours to any one, and we would certainly use them again. 10/10.


26/06/21 – Sue

It was great! Nick made the whole trip a delight  - with his great personality welcoming us all onto the bus daily .....and discussing the days itinerary with us all and agreeing any additions / changes with us all . His knowledge of the places and their history was unbelievable together with his personalised stories along the way. There is not moment of the trip I would have changed for the world I loved every minute of it. I will definitely be travelling with you again later this year. Thank you to you all for a wonderful holiday from booking to getting back home I’m glad I travelled with you.


31/05/21 – Anamaria

The tour was quite amazing, we were lucky to have mostly sunny weather and postcard-worthy locations everywhere. Staffa and Iona were the highlights for me. Our tour leader Cliff was most accommodating, and the tour atmosphere was very positive overall. It was my second experience with your company and I would definitely join your tours again.


17/10/20 – Duncan

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Scotland. The whole organisation of the tour was very smooth and our Tour Leader, John Toner, was exceptionally helpful, dependable, always cheerful and chatted continuously about various historical features and Clan rivalries and the brutal side of the Scottish rivalries. We were very impressed!! We particularly enjoyed the visits to Duart Castle, Iona and Glencoe The Harbour view Guesthouse in Tobermory was exceptionally good in all respects. As we normally go to the Isles of Scilly for our holidays, we also enjoyed the ferry trips!


23/09/20 - Rebecca via TripAdvisor

Brilliant tour company. Modern/comfortable bus. Professional, friendly and knowledgable guide. Great value for money. Would definitely recommend/book again.


21/07/19 – Fiona

The tour was excellent. Keep doing what you’re doing at these kind of prices and you can’t go far wrong. Nothing negative to say. Literally nothing. John was great. As a Scot returning to Scotland, I was unsure what to expect but this truly exceeded all expectations. I’ve been on some terrible trips in Australia and New Zealand but the tripadvisor reviews were so good I thought I’d try it and see instead of hiring a car. No regrets and would like to check out your trip to Skye.

FAQs

Where does the tour stay overnight?

We stay in the village of Tobermory for all 3 nights of our tour.

The village has some restaurants for evening dining and a shop should you require any necessities.

Can you reserve my accommodation?

Yes, we can reserve both B&B & hostel accommodation for you. There is an option to request your preferred accommodation when booking. You will then receive a confirmation email containing details of your accommodation provider & the exact cost of your stay.

Payment is made directly to the accommodation provider on a arrival.

What is the price for accommodation?

The guide price for accommodation is as follows:

B&B double/twin room: £100.00 - £130.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
B&B single occupancy: £85.00 - £110.00 per room per night
Hostel: £25.00 - £30.00 for a mixed dorm bed.

We provide a guide price as each establishment has their own pricing structure. We allocate accommodation on a first come first served basis. An exact cost will therefore be confirmed once you have booked and we can confirm what is available.

What can we do if we don’t want to participate in an optional extra?

All attractions are optional. Should you wish not to visit an attraction then your Tour Leader will provide you with information of any alternative options in the area, this may be local walks or the location of a nearby coffee shop.

Can I book my own accommodation?

You can self-book your accommodation should you wish to. The accommodation must be in the Tobermory and we ask that you let the accommodation provider know that you are travelling with us.

If you choose to book your own accommodation, please inform us where you are staying as soon as possible.

Will I get picked up/dropped off at my accommodation while on Mull?

Yes, while you are staying in Tobermory your Tour Leader will drop you off each evening and collect you again the next morning.

A pick up time will be arranged while you are on tour. Please ensure you are ready to depart on time each morning.

How much luggage can we bring?

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

There are left luggage facilities in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Train Stations and Edinburgh Bus Station if you require to store luggage while you are on tour.

Will I be able to pay by credit card while on tour?

In the Scottish Highlands many businesses do not accept card, particularly in rural areas where mobile signals are not very strong. Optional extras are also paid in cash to your driver. Therefore, it is best to bring cash with you.

There are cash machines on route should you require to take out money while on tour.

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