Isles of Mull, Iona & Skye

6 Day Island Hopping Tour from Glasgow

Overview

Feast your imagination and fill up your senses on our six day island hopping tour of Mull, Iona & Skye from Glasgow. 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.

Immortalised in words and pictures the world over, the Isle of Skye was voted the globe’s 4th best island destination according to National Geographic. Stunning scenery with the jagged Cuillin mountains at its heart, the azure blue crystal clear waters of the fairy pools, rich in history with a vast array of wildlife it’s little wonder the Isle of Skye is one of most popular tourist destinations in Scotland.

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6 Days – 5 Nights

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Day 1
Departing from Glasgow on Monday, we’re soon in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We call in at the idyllic village of Luss, a picture postcard destination where quaint 18th and 19th century cottages wynd down to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. The church is worth a visit and you can learn about the remarkable history of this 1500-year-old settlement. Look for the Viking grave in the churchyard, a classic example of a ‘hogback’ lair. We’ll make our way over the mountain pass through the ‘Arrochar Alps’ which peaks at the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, a famous Scottish landmark. A band of soldiers etched the words in stone as they constructed the military road in 1750. As the road loops round the northern tip of Loch Fyne you’ll catch site of the white Georgian buildings of Inveraray, Scotland’s first planned community. You can explore the town’s quaint streets during our lunch stop, or visit grand Inveraray Castle and its magnificent gardens.

Our Highland tour continues through Scotland’s untamed west coast and you won’t be short of photo opportunities of lochs, glens, mountains and castles. The pretty fishing village of Oban, ‘The Gateway to the Isles’, is now a bustling tourist town and where we board the ferry to begin our island adventure. Arriving on spectacular Mull we head for Tobermory where we stay for three nights. You’ll recognise the town’s brightly-painted harbour buildings from many a postcard and painting.

Day 2
Our second day starts with a drive to the small ferry landing at Fionnphort. The sacred Isle of Iona has been a place of Christian pilgrimage for centuries and you’ll start to appreciate its unique atmosphere as our small passenger ferry glides over turquoise waters to land us there in 10 short minutes. The Celtic Christian religion was founded here by St Columba and his companions when they arrived from Ireland in 563 AD. Enjoy the tranquillity of Iona Abbey and then stroll up Torr an Aba, a rocky outcrop where archaeologists believe St Columba’s writing hut stood. You can also discover the small stone building of St Oran’s Chapel and the graveyard Reilig Òdhrain, thought to be the burial place of 48 ancient kings of Scotland including Macbeth.

If you hike up to Iona’s highest point at Dun I you’ll enjoy wide views to other Hebridean islands such as Tiree, Coll and the Treshnish Islands. On a cloudless day you can glimpse the Small Isles of Rhum and Eigg as well as Skye and even the coast of Ireland. If you’re an explorer, why not take the three hour boat ride to uninhabited Staffa to see the unique geological features of Fingal’s Cave. Mendelssohn was moved to write his Hebrides overture after a visit. You’ll have an hour to spend here and the chance to see lots of sea life such as puffins, razorbills, guillemots and gannets. You might be rewarded with a ringside seat to watch dolphins and porpoises playing, or even spot minke and fin whales or the elusive basking shark.

Day 3
A tour of the Isle of Mull wouldn’t be complete without encountering the Kilmore standing stones near Dervaig. There are remains of a Highland clearance village and signs of an ancient fort close by. Calgary Bay is one of Scotland’s most spectacular beaches and we’ll have a break here so you can appreciate its sparkling white sands. Look out for the white-tailed eagle. The tiny Isle of Ulva is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts who love to glimpse sea eagles, golden eagles and otters. We’ll take the short ferry ride over so you can see the standing stones that date back to around 1500 BC and appreciate the untouched shell beaches and lush woodland. This wee island even has a café where you can try local oysters and a museum and heritage centre under the thatched roof of ‘Sheila’s Cottage’. Back in Tobermory there’s a dram of single malt whisky to be savoured at its distillery and restaurants and traditional Scottish pubs to spend an evening in.

Day 4
Enjoy a lovely view of the Sound of Mull as our ferry departs Fishnish to reach the mainland and the Morvern peninsula. After a short drive and ferry ride across Loch Linnhe, we’re soon delivered into dramatic Glencoe where jagged mountains trail down to the narrow road. It’s easy to picture the bleak February night of 1692 when the MacDonalds were massacred by the Campbells after days of sharing hospitality. In Glencoe your small group joins our Skye tour so you can continue on the second half of your Highlands and islands adventure.

Your tour will travel through the Highland holiday resort of Fort William on route to the Glenfinnan Viaduct, famous as the bridge on the way to Hogwarts. Be ready for stunning panoramic views of Glenfinnan where Loch Shiel extends 17 miles away. This is one of Scotland’s most romantic and legendary spots, the point where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his army to help him claim the throne for the exiled Stuarts. Eight months later his claim ended in failure at the Battle of Culloden. His fallen clansmen are remembered by the poignant Glenfinnan Monument with its lonely piper on top. From Glenfinnan your tour will continue north through Glens Garry, Clunie & Shiel to one of Scotland’s most iconic castles Eilean Donan. The fortress rises proudly out of its small island and has been immortalised in movies such as Highlander, Loch Ness and James Bond epic The World is Not Enough. From here it is a short drive to the village of Kyleakin which will be home for the next two nights.

Day 5
A full day on the romantic Isle of Skye will leave you in wonder at its unique natural beauty and wildlife. Whatever the conditions, your driver-guide will make sure you experience its best. The island’s famous mountains, the Cuillins, dominate the landscape as they rise either side of Glen Sligachan. Much of Skye has an other-worldly quality to it, like the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle with their glinting blue waters where you can dip your toe in or even swim around. After lunch in the main town of Portree the Trotternish Peninsula will amaze you. Curious rocky pinnacles and crags punctuate the landscape, like the ancient landslide of the Quiraing and Kilt Rock, which descends in columns like the Scottish national dress. The Mealt waterfalls crash off a cliff face into the sea below. If reachable we’ll visit the bizarre grassy mounds and small pools of Fairy Glen. We’ll stop for photos at another geological creation, the Old Man of Storr, before returning to Kyleakin for an evening at your leisure.

Day 6
We’ll board the ferry ‘over the sea from Skye’. A unique experience as the ferry at Kylerhea is the last manual turntable ferry in Scotland. Another mountain range, the Five Sisters of Kintail, can best be seen from Glenelg viewpoint. Our Highland tour continues to mysterious Loch Ness for lunch and a wander beside the intriguing locks of the Caledonian Canal, a great waterway of the world. For dedicated Loch Ness monster hunters, there’s an optional boat trip. Traversing through the Cairngorms National Park, we’re in ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country with the chance to spot the red deer stag, osprey or even golden eagle. We stop at Dalwhinnie Distillery for a dram of single malt whisky and a chocolate tasting session.

Heading south into Perthshire, your driver-guide will point out regal Blair Castle, ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl and location of Europe’s last remaining private army the Atholl Highlanders. The Victorian resort of Pitlochry provides our final refreshment break. Returning to Glasgow via Edinburgh, there are feats of engineering to behold as we drive over the Queensferry Crossing, which opened in August 2017, and look left to the Forth Bridge. Its iconic red cantilevers have UNESCO world heritage site status alongside the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

Please Note:
If there are no passengers booked to return to Edinburgh, our route to Glasgow will takes us past Stirling Castle.

Departure & Return Information
Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW.

Your tour will be shown on the Buchanan Bus Station display screen as Discover Scotland Tours – Mull & Iona. This screen will also show the bus stance your coach will depart from. We depart from stances 23 – 32.

At the end of the tour you can return to Glasgow or Edinburgh. All you need to do is select your preferred drop off location on the booking form.

Check in 09.15
Departs  09.30
Returns  19.30

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

Day 2
Ferry to Iona, The Isle of Iona, Iona Abbey, Boat trip to Fingals Cave & Staffa.

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

Day 4
Ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline, The Corran Ferry, Glencoe, Glenfinna, Isle of Skye Ferry & Kyleakin.

Day 5 
The Fairy Pools (if accessible), The Faerie Glen, The Cuillin Mountains, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock, The Old Man of Storr, Portree.

Day 6 
Five Sisters of Kintail, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains, Blair Castle & Pitlochry.

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

Optional Visitor Attraction Costs

Inveraray Castle
Adults £11.00
Seniors £10.00
Students £10.00 (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

Eilean Donan Castle
Adults £9.00
Senior £9.00
Student: £9.00
Children £4.00

Loch Ness Boat Cruise
Adults £16.00
Seniors £16.00
Students £16.00
Children £10.00

Distillery Tours
The cost varies slightly from distillery to distillery but as a rough guide it is around £10.00 per person to participate in a tour of the distillery which includes a wee dram.

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.

Our Isles of Mull, Iona & Skye 6 Day Island Hopping Tour combines our 3 Day Isle of Skye tour and our 4 Day Isles of Mull & Iona tour. Reviews of these tours can be located on the tour pages by clicking the tour titles.

We also welcome you to check reviews and comments on our Trip Advisor Page. 

12/09/22 – Amanda

Went to Mull for 3 nights then Skye as well. Discover Scotland tours are excellent! Our driver Stuart (for Mull) was a very respectful and interesting driver and guide. On Skye, the same can be said of John.These tours were both flexible, with drivers gauging the desires of the group. No early mornings here, we were able to enjoy our BB breakfasts before getting picked up directly for the day’s outing. Service was prompt, friendly and entertaining. Itineraries on both islands were well laid out and we especially enjoyed our daytrips from Mull to the isles of Iona, Ulva and Staffa. We come from BC’s west coast and were impressed by the unique landscapes. A highly organized company. Via TripAdvisor.


20/06/22 – Holly

We did the 6 day tour of Mull, Iona, Staffa and Skye plus more! It was phenomenal. Guides John and Jerry were knowledgeable and fun. The tour is structured brilliantly. Numbers of participants are small enough that we became a little family. Highly, highly recommend. Amazing is an understatement. I wish they would expand to other locations. I would not hesitate to go on one of their tours again. Via TripAdvisor.


23/05/22 – Tay

We took the 6D5N tour to Isle of Mull, Iona and Skye. Our tour guides, John (for Mull, Iona) and Jerry (for Skye) were great. They were knowledgeable, funny and passionate in sharing the best sights of Scotland together with some history or fun facts. The weather was mostly great and the tour guides also tailored our itinerary to make the best of the weather on each day. The highlight would definitely be seeing the puffins on Staffa Island. Big thanks again to a John and Jerry for making our Highlands trip such a memorable one. Via TripAdvisor.


25/10/21 – H L

I very much enjoyed the 6-day island-hopping tour, covering Mull, Iona, and Skye, as well as parts of the Highlands such as Glencoe and Loch Ness. John, the tour leader for the first few days, and Cliff, the tour leader for the final days, were both excellent. Although they had different personalities, both were professional, knowledgeable, and able to flex the schedules and sights to accommodate weather and passengers’ interests. The itinerary itself was very good and made for full days – even having to skip Staffa due to weather, I had plenty to do and see each day and was ready for dinner and my bed each evening! The B&Bs arranged by Discover Scotland were very nice too, with gracious hosts and locations close to restaurants. Finally, I appreciated the clean and updated condition of the buses, especially the air filtration system to increase protections against COVID. The seats were comfortable and included USB ports for charging my phone. I would definitely recommend a tour with Discover Scotland. Via TripAdvisor.


23/08/21 – Stephen

We chose 6 day tour of Mull and Skye and were not disappointed. Interesting itinerary gave an insight into the highlands . The two drivers Cliff and Jeff were helpful and informative and kept us safe and entertained throughout. The fantastic weather obviously helped the experience but the minibuses used were both comfortable and safe .The guesthouses chosen for us on Mull and Skye were very good and the scenery encountered breathtaking and awesome ; would recommend to anyone .The chance to visit small islands Iona and Ulva was both memorble and awesome whilst paddling on calgary beach in mull was as good a beach anywhere in world with white sands and azure seas . Five star experience. Via TripAdvisor.


16/08/21 – Yue

We did a 6-day tour around the Isle of Mull and Skye. The tour was very well designed, our guide John and Andy are both considerate, knowledgable and full of ethusiasm! We saw things that only local would know.The operation team did a fantastic job to book accomodation ahead of the time with recommendations for restaurant booking, it came handy particularly for Mull at peak season. Via TripAdvisor


24/05/21 – Esme

Just home from a 6 day tour of Mull and Skye. Weather was amazing ever day was beautiful weather could not have been better. The Trips to Iona and then the magnificent Fingals Cave was fantastic. Plenty of lovely runs on Mull before travelling over to Skye to visit all the lovely places. Our drivers Cliff and Andrew were very nice and had a great knowledge of the places of interest. Would certainly recommend. Via TripAdvisor


24/05/21 – Keren

My friend and I did the Inner Hebrides (Mull and Skye) 6 day tour. Loved it. The company (can’t remember the lady’s name) sorted out a problem meeting the tour in Glasgow (because of pandemic restrictions). Our first driver was brilliant – Cliff – helpful and friendly and loads of interesting information. Our second driver – Jeff – for Skye was brilliant as well (and really funny). We had a fantastic weather one day and he just showed us so much stuff – even a couple not scheduled – but nothing felt rushed – we had plenty of time everywhere we stopped. At the end, could happily have “gone round again”. Via TripAdvisor.


24/07/19 – Joerg

I had a really great time with you, on both of the trips (Isle of Skye 3 days & Isle of Mull 4 days) Both drivers excellent (Michael & John, competent in terms of driving and explanations and funny). I don’t find any point you could do better. Sorry 😉 Also your backoffice serve was great. iI appreciated very much your quick and friendly responses.


17/07/19 – Jian

After some Google research, I decided to take up the 6 day tour. I am very impressed with my experience and my two tour guides, Cliff and Michael. First 3 day on Isle of Mull, second part 3 days Fort William, Isle of Skye. Both of them are very knowledged and considerate, I am a keen amateur photographer, this tour covered all the scenic places! And I learned so much about Scottish culture

FAQs

Where does the tour stay overnight?

We stay in Tobermory for our 3 nights on the Isle of Mull and in the village of Kyleakin for both nights on Skye (please note during peak season some of our passengers may be allocated accommodation in the villages nearby to Kyleakin)

Both locations have 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 for you. There is an option to request your preferred accommodation when booking. After that, you will 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 arrival.

What is the price for accommodation?

The guide price for accommodation is as follows:

B&B double/twin room: £110.00 – £140.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
B&B single occupancy: £95.00 – £120.00 per room per night
Hostel – we do not reserve hostel accommodation but we can provide guidance on where passengers may wish to book. There is an option to request information on hostels at the time of booking.

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.

Can I book my own accommodation?

You can certainly self-book your accommodation should you wish to. It must also be in the villages of Tobermory and Kyleakin where the other passengers will be staying. Furthermore, 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 we be dropped off and picked up at our accommodation on Skye & Mull?

Yes while on both Mull & Skye, your Tour Leader will drop you off each evening and collect you at an agreed time each morning.

Above all, please ensure you are ready in plenty of time each morning.

How much luggage can we bring?

Our luggage allowance is medium suitcase weighing no more than 15kg per person. In addition passengers can bring  a small handbag/laptop bag which can be brought on to the coach. Above all, the overall weight limit of the coach dictates our luggage allowance and therefore can not be altered.

If you require to store luggage while on tour you may choose  to use luggage facilities. You’ll find these in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Train Stations and Edinburgh Bus Station.

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 driver-guide 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.

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. Your driver will also take cash payment for any optional extras. 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.

Does the 6-day tour visit a Whisky Distillery?

Yes, our 6 day tour visits Dalwhinnie Distillery for a tasting. There is not a distillery tour scheduled on this itinerary.

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