Isles of Iona, Mull and Skye Small Group Tour
5 day/4 night tour
This relaxing tour will introduce you to the neighbouring islands of Mull and Iona, the rugged beauty of Glen Coe and the sheer majesty of the Great Glen and Loch Ness. The highlight is undoubtedly a two-night stay on the Isle of Skye allowing easy-paced exploration of the magical isle. This tour presents the Highlands and Islands like you’ve never seen them before!
Price range: £535 - £775
Small Group Tour - travel in an intimate group of just 16 passengers
Mull - discover the remote glens, sweeping bays and charming villages of this picturesque island
Iona - experience an ancient holy island that offers peace and tranquillity
Skye - discover the beauty of the Cuillin Hills, the bizarre landscape of Trotternish and the attractive fishing port of Portree
Loch Ness - enjoy a monster-spotting cruise on Scotland’s most mysterious lake
Movie locations - Made of Honour, Loch Ness and Brave
Guest house accommodation included - hotel upgrade option available
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh/Glasgow - Oban - Tobermory (Isle of Mull)
From Edinburgh we head westwards to Glasgow then onwards into the natural beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Enjoy a drive along the "bonnie, bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond then up and over the Rest and be Thankful mountain pass to reach Inveraray. We’ll make a short stop in this attractive town so you can see the impressive castle, home to the Dukes of Argyll.
At Loch Awe enjoy picture postcard views of picturesque Kilchurn Castle before travelling through the Pass of Brander, where Robert the Bruce routed the Clan MacDougall in a famous battle. The bustling town of Oban is our next treat. During our stop here why not visit the famous Oban Malt Whisky Distillery or enjoy some recently landed seafood on the pier. If you’re feeling energetic the climb to explore McCaig’s Folly, which towers over the town, will reward you with wonderful panoramic views.
Later we board the ferry for the short crossing to the Island of Mull. During our sail look out for porpoises who often join us for the journey! On arrival it’s a short drive to colourful Tobermory, our home for the next two nights.
Overnight: Tobermory, Isle of Mull (2 nights),
Day 2 - Mull and Iona Excursion
Today we explore the Isle of Mull, the second largest of the Inner Hebrides, and the Sacred Island of Iona. From Tobermory we retrace our route to Craignure, enjoying panoramic views over the Sound of Mull.
Our journey continues through Glen More which features some of the finest and most rugged scenery on the island. We’ll follow the banks of Loch Scridain to reach the little village of Fionnphort were we board the ferry for the short crossing to the tranquil Isle of Iona, one of Scotland’s most sacred and historic sites.
We’ll enjoy an extended visit to the island so you can explore the Benedictine Nunnery and visit famous Iona Abbey. Don’t forget to seek out the Graveyard of the Kings, the resting place of nearly 50 early Scottish Monarchs.
Back on the Island of Mull we’ll return to Tobermory along the banks of Loch na Keal which sits in the shadow of towering Ben More.
Day 3 - Tobermory - Glen Coe - Isle of Skye
We leave the Isle of Mull by using the backdoor ferry route to Lochaline on the Movern Peninsula. Our journey through this remote area of Scotland will take us through Glen Geal then along the banks of Loch Sunart. We’ll board another ferry for the short crossing of the Corran Narrows - during the sail can you spot Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain?
Glen Coe has an unforgettable impact on everyone who visits it. This dramatic landscape of towering peaks and sweeping glens is truly awe-inspiring. We’ll make a stop so you can savour the unique atmosphere of this special place.
At Glen Coe you’ll join a new group of travelling companions with a different driver/guide for the next part of your tour.
The Great Glen follows the line of a massive geological fault. This impressive valley is peppered with lochs which are connected to form the Caledonian Canal, a popular route for pleasure boats sailing through the Highlands.
We'll make our way through this glorious scenery to reach romantic Eilean Donan Castle which sits on a little island at the meeting point of three lochs – Long, Duich and Alsh. This graceful castle dates back to the 13th Century and with towering mountains as a backdrop it makes an unforgettable sight. There’s time to photograph and visit this iconic building before we cross the road bridge "over the sea to Skye”.
Overnight: Isle of Skye (2 nights)
Day 4 - Exploring the Isle of Skye
There’s an exciting day ahead as we explore the stunning scenery of the Isle of Skye. The spectacular Cuillin Hills dominate the landscape and will be the backdrop to most of our travels today - look out for the gentler Red Cuillins to the east and the stark peaks of the Black Cuillins to the west.
The Jurassic coastline of the Trotternish Peninsula provides some of the island’s most beautiful and bizarre scenery. During our tour you’ll see Kilt Rock, with its waterfall cascading over a vertical cliff edge; the Old Man of Storr which towers 19M high and the weird stone formations of The Quiraing.
The Isle of Skye will forever be associated with the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his unsuccessful attempt to capture the British Crown for the Stuart dynasty. If time permits we’ll visit the grave of Flora Macdonald who famously helped the Prince escape "Over the sea to Skye”.
Portree is the largest town on Skye and at its heart is a picturesque harbour overlooked by colourfully painted houses. There’s a stop here so you can enjoy some lunch and explore the "Port of the King”, as the town is known.
After lunch we'll visit Dun Beag an excellent example of a broch: a kind of Iron Age round stone tower only found in Scotland. It stands at the top of a rocky knoll and would have been built around 2,000–2,500 years ago. As we will discover it has a commanding position overlooking Loch Bracadale and the Cuillin Hills beyond.
Day 5 - Isle of Skye - Loch Ness - Edinburgh/Glasgow
We bid farewell to island life and return to the mainland. Making our way through Glen Shiel there are views of the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range to savour.
Next is a scenic drive along the banks of deep, dark and mysterious Loch Ness. There’s the chance to enjoy a cruise on the loch to get fabulous views of ruined Urquhart Castle.
Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, boasts an attractive location straddling the banks of the River Ness. We should get good views of its famous castle as we make our way through the city en-route to historic Drumossie Moor. It was here in 1746 that the Battle of Culloden took place between Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army and the troops of the British Army. It was to be the last battle ever fought on British soil during which the Jacobite forces were routed. As we will discover this bloody battle changed Highland life and culture forever.
Our journey continues through the attractive Cairngorm National Park then through the dramatic scenery of the Drumochter Pass. We’ll make a stop for afternoon tea in delightful Pitlochry before making the last part of journey towards Perth the onwards through ancient Fife. Finally we’ll cross the River Forth and make the short journey into Edinburgh.
If you are returning to Glasgow you’ll be dropped at Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station for the return journey to Glasgow by train. There is a frequent service and the journey time is around 50 minutes. The train tickets are included in the tour fare.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Small Group Tour?
With an average of just 16 passengers (and never more than 20) a Small Group Tour will provide a more intimate and flexible travelling experience. These tours are carefully planned to travel off the highways so you’ll discover quaint villages and picturesque vistas that other tours just can’t access. All the small group tours that we feature are operated by purpose built luxury minicoaches that feature air-conditioning, panoramic windows, wifi, usb charging points and comfortable seating. Each group is led by an experienced driver/guide who will entertain and inform you with stories of our history, nature and folklore. Comfortable guest house accommodation with en-suite bathrooms, tv and other amenities is included in the price of all tours. You can choose to upgrade to hotel accommodation, at extra cost, if you wish. A delicious Scottish breakfast is included each morning of your stay. If you’ve got more time to spare a series of extraordinary itineraries has been created by combining one or more shorter tours. Seamless in operation these unique holidays allow you to discover even more of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands. A feature of these tours is that you will travel with a different driver/guide and fellow travellers for each portion of the itinerary.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
To give you complete choice admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour. The tour itinerary has been carefully designed to provide sufficient time for you to visit these attractions:
If you click on the links above they will provide you with more information on each attraction including current admission prices. In some cases a special discount is offered to tour passengers, your driver/guide will provide details if this applies.
Please note that credit/debit cards are not always accepted so it is recommended that you carry sufficient cash with you should you want to make a visit.
Tell me more about the optional Loch Ness Cruise?
Mount your very own Nessie adventure by taking a one hour cruise to explore the deep, dark and mysterious waters of Loch Ness. The cruise boat is equipped with on-board sonar, comfortable seating inside and out as well as toilets. Refreshments are available for purchase or you can bring packed food. You can purchase a ticket from your driver/guide on the day of the tour and payment is in cash only.
Can I join the tour in Edinburgh and leave in Glasgow (or v.v.)?
Yes you can, but you need to book your transfer in advance. You can do this by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 24 hours after making your reservation. Please ensure you quote your booking reference in the email. We’ll be happy to make the arrangements for you and there is no extra charge for this service.
What type of room should I choose?
There are different bedrooms types to choose from, here is what you can expect: Single room - one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - two people sleeping in two separate beds. Double room - two people sharing one large bed. Family room - three people sharing a room sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person). Please note that a family room can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
- 4 nights guest house or hotel accommodation
- Location: Tobermory, Isle of Mull (2) and Isle of Skye (2)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (4)
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned minicoach with wifi and usb charging points
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Parish Hall Coach Tour Stop
266 George Street
Glasgow G1 1QX
Check-in: 09:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:45 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:00 hrs
From 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Check-in: 08:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:00 hrs
Concession discount applies to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The price of this tour includes guest house accommodation with en-suite bathroom. You can up-grade to hotel accommodation at extra cost during the booking process.
One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos)
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
This tour departs from Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can choose to return to either city at no extra charge! Please make your selection during the booking process.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.