Iona, Mull and Skye
from EdinburghTour Highlights: Loch Lomond, Rest and be Thankful Mountain Pass, Inveraray, Kilmartin, Oban, Islands of Mull and Iona, Appin, Fort William, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Portree, Cuillin Hills, Kintail, Loch Ness, Cairngorm National Park and the Forth Bridges.
Enjoy four fantastic West Coast Islands including the islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa and the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye. Highlights also include Loch Lomond National Park, Eilean Donan Castle, Glencoe and Loch Ness for a great sample of the best of Scotland.
Edinburgh to Oban (2 nights)
We take you west to Scotland's first National Park around Loch Lomond, stopping at the charming conservation village of Luss. Travel through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands, to the magnificent white-washed 18th Century town of Inveraray, home to the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll. The afternoon will be spent in the heart of Argyll exploring the standing stones of Kilmartin, before arriving in the beautiful fishing harbour town of Oban.
Excursion to Mull and Iona
Today an early start crossing on the ferry to Mull and enjoy an island adventure, exploring the dramatic coastlines, before taking the small ferry to Iona - birthplace of Celtic Christianity. There is 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". Return on the ferry to Oban for your second night.
Oban to Skye (2 nights)
We travel north along the West Coast around Appin, passing Glencoe, the scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald. We continue through Fort William and up to the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge with its great views over Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. We then take the "Road to the Isles" and stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander". Crossing over the sea to Skye, we travel up to the picturesque harbour town of Portree stopping for dinner on the way. You are then dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening.
Overnight: Portree/ Isle of Skye.
Today is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and we take passengers preferences into account. You might travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary scenery. Visit Kilt Rock with it's waterfall cascading over the cliffs. Later go for a walk out to a lighthouse, the furthest westerly point on Skye. Or go over to Dunvegan Castle. Talisker Distillery is also here, as are the famous Cuillin Hills. Return to your accommodation in Portree in the early evening.
Skye to Edinburgh
You will be collected from your accommodation and travel south through the Cuillin Hills, back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Onto Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting "Nessie". There is a boat trip (Summer only) available here that will get you that bit closer! Heading south through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan before passing Dawhinnie, 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.