Oban, Mull and Iona Small Group Tour - 3 day tour
Oban, Mull and Iona Small Group Tour
3 day / 2 night tour
The West Coast of Scotland contains some of the finest scenery in Europe. Your base in the picturesque port of Tobermory is ideal for touring the rugged scenery of the Isle of Mull and the tranquil island of Iona, the ancient burial place of the Scottish Kings. It was here that St Columba founded his monastic settlement more than fourteen centuries ago. On this tour, you’ll experience many aspects of Scotland’s rich heritage.
Small Group Tour - travel in an intimate group of just 16 passengers
Oban - visit Oban Distillery to discover the traditional way of making Scotch whisky
Isle of Mull - explore the stunning scenery and rich wildlife of this beautiful island
Isle of Iona - escape to this tiny and tranquil island wilderness
Morvern Peninsula - take to the backroads and discover hidden Scotland
Movie locations - Balamory, Blooded and Ring of Bright Water
Guest house accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh/Glasgow - Oban - Tobermory (Isle of Mull)
From Edinburgh and Glasgow, we enter the picturesque Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. As we travel along the banks of Loch Lomond, we will soon leave the Lowlands behind and enter the beauty of the Highlands! We'll make a stop in the picturesque village of Luss, so you can enjoy the views over the "bonnie, bonnie banks" to towering Ben Lomond.
At Arrochar, we drive around the head of Loch Long, then undertake the long climb over the Rest and be Thankful pass which rewards us with panoramic views of Glen Croe and Ben Arthur.
Inveraray Castle has been the home of the Duke of Argyll for centuries. The castle you'll see today was built by the Third Duke, who also decided to move the village to make room for his new home.
The result was a pretty town on the banks of Loch Fyne that exudes 18th Century charm, as we will discover.
Our journey continues along the banks of Loch Awe, where we'll see the ruins of Kilchurn Castle before making our way through the Pass of Brander and past the Falls of Lora.
On arrival in Oban, you'll have the chance to visit the famous Oban Malt Whisky Distillery to enjoy a tour and tasting. Alternatively, you can just relax in the town or, if you are feeling energetic, you can do the climb up to McCaig's Tower to enjoy the stunning views.
Later this afternoon, we'll board the ferry for the short sail to the Isle on Mull. On arrival, we'll make our way to Tobermory, our home for the next two nights.
Overnight: Tobermory, Isle of Mull (2 nights),
Day 2 - Mull and Iona Excursion
A memorable day awaits as our tour of the Isle of Mull takes us to Glen More and then along the banks of Loch Scridain to the winding road across the Ross of Mull to reach Fionnphort, where the ferry to Iona awaits.
In 563, St Columba arrived on Iona from Ireland to found a monastery and bring Christianity to Scotland. Since then, Iona has attracted visitors who come to explore Iona Abbey and soak up the sense of peace and history that pervades the island.
Close by, St Oran’s Graveyard has been in use for centuries and is said to be the resting place of many early Scottish Kings, including Macbeth.
Iona is also famous for its beautiful beaches that are washed by crystal clear waters. It’s easy to find a secluded cove to sit, relax and take in the lovely views.
Later we’ll return by ferry to the Isle of Mull and rejoin our coach.
Our journey back to Tobermory takes us on the less-travelled route, which skirts the foothills of Ben More then follows the banks of Loch na Keal to reach Gruline, where Governor Lachlan Macquarie, “The father of Australia” is buried.
Day 3 - Tobermory (Isle of Mull) - Glen Coe - Edinburgh/Glasgow
Our last day starts with a short sail from Fishnish to Lochaline on the Morvern Peninsula.
As we travel through this remote and wild landscape, keep a careful watch, and you might be rewarded with a unique wildlife encounter as this area is home to many West Highland species, including otters, pine martens, red deer and golden eagles.
At Ardgour, we’ll join our second short ferry of the day to cross the Corran narrows. This old drovers route was used to take cattle raised in the Hebrides to the markets in Central Scotland.
As we make the short crossing, look out for Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain, towering over the surrounding countryside.
We’ll make a stop in picturesque Glen Coe, where in 1692, Campbell soldiers cold-bloodedly slaughtered more than forty members of the MacDonald Clan who had been their hosts.
We continue through the wilds of Rannoch Moor before making a refreshment stop in the village of Tyndrum.
The last part of the journey takes us the entire length of Loch Lomond before arriving in Glasgow then making the short drive to Edinburgh.
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 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.
A delicious Scottish breakfast is included each morning of your stay.
What are the optional extras on this tour and how much do they 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 what the visit to a whisky distillery will be like?
A visit to a traditional whisky distillery is a feast for all the senses. After a warm welcome you’ll normally have a short audio/visual presentation on the the history of the distillery and the traditional methods used in the distilling process.
Next is a tour of the distillery where you you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation.
Your tour will end with a tutored tasting of a malt whisky and the opportunity to buy a souvenir of your visit in the distillery shop.
How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited to 1 bag per person that weights no more than 15kg and has maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm.
Luggage larger than this will only be carried if space is available.
- 2 nights guest house accommodation
- Location: Tobermory, Isle of Mull (2)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (2)
- 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: 17:45 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.
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.