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  Important Information about your Accommodation on Tour

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.

The accommodation prices above are for your guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, or for the variation between providers. We will always do our very best however to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy. Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependant on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available**

**There is no cash point facility in the village of Plockton**

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

For more information on accommodation and prices click here...

Iona, Mull & the Isle of Skye 5 Day Tour - 4 Island Magic

Highlights
~Oban 
~ Iona and Staffa 
~ Eilean Donan Castle 
~ Glenfinnan and the ‘Harry Potter’ viaduct
~ White sands of Morar
~ Isle of Skye 
~ Castle Stalker 
~ Quiraing mountain pass
~ Mull 
~ Loch Ness

5 days to enjoy 4 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, Glenfinnan, the White sands of Morar, travelling over the sea to the Isle of Skye, Glencoe and Loch Ness for a great sample of the best of Scotland.

Stay 2 nights in Oban, seafood capital of Scotland and 2 nights in the picturesque harbour town of Portree, on the Isle of Skye.


Please phone us if date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 09.00       Returns: 19.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £289 - £299
Discount Prices:  £269 - £279
Departing: Mondays (March to October)
Accommodation Info Accommodation Options
 
 
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Day 1 Highlights include Loch Lomond National Park, Inveraray, seat of the Campbell clan, and the heart of the ancient Scots kingdom of Dalriada, before staying in the beautiful harbour town of Oban for 2 nights.

Day 2** is an island adventure exploring the dramatic southern coastlines of Hebridean Mull and the peace and tranquillity of Iona - birthplace of Celtic Christianity and traditional burial ground of Scottish Kings. It also gives you the option to take a boat trip to Staffa. 

Day 3 takes you north along the west coast, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker and visiting Glencoe. Then on to Fort William, where you will take the ‘Road to the Isles’ which passes Glenfinnan with its viaduct, made famous in the Harry Potter films and the white Sands of Morar before catching the ferry over the sea to Skye, where you stay in the picturesque harbour town of Portree for 2 nights. 

Day 4 focuses on exploring Skye including the wild north of the island, the Old Man of Storr, the mountain pass of the Quiraing and Skye’s most westerly point at Neist.

Day 5 returns you through the Cuillin Mountains to the mainland to Eilean Donan Castle (set of Highlander) and the dramatic mountain scenery of Glen Garry, past the 5 Sisters of Kintail and on to eerie Loch Ness, the central Highlands, Pitlochry and Edinburgh. 

**Day 2 is an early start because there is so much to see and do, so you might miss your breakfast

 

Departure Point
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map. 

Return to Waterloo Place 

Inclusions
 
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. 
Air Conditioning as standard. 
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide. 
All ferry fares except the optional trip to Staffa
Rabbie's Discount Card - money off restaurants, shopping and attractions. 

Exclusions
 
Meals and refreshments. 
All Visitor Attractions. 

Accommodation
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you. 
For more information on accommodation and prices click here

*NB On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary. 

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! Accommodation on this tour is dispersed around Oban and Portree which are small but hilly! If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking. Because there is so much to see and do on the 2nd day, we catch the early ferry which means you may miss your breakfast at your accommodation.

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I am in the early stages of planning of what might be a once in a lifetime trip to Scotland from the United States. I am having a hard time deciding between some of the 5-6 day tours. I know I want to go north of Edinburgh and we like rugged landscapes and ruinous castles. Which tours have you done and would recommend! Considering Iona, Mull, and Isle of Skye OR Highland Explorer OR Orkney and Far North OR Outer Hebrides and Skye.
Posted by AmandaB on 03/04/2014


fantastic tour to the highlands with one of the best tour guide we ever had thanks to duncan amazing landscapes and lots of history and storys about the highlanders
Posted by Jens on 27/09/2013


Sarah is a fantastic tour guide. She went out of her way to personalize the tour. Lots of laughs were shared. While having fun, she always conducted herself in a professional matter ensuring we were well informed. Additionally, I enjoyed the diversity of the group.
Posted by Lisa on 21/09/2013


Ross was great, a number of us had cameras, so we got a lot "photo ops" along the way. His history knowledge was great. The weather on Skye was typical, so Ross rearranged our day to fit the changing conditions and our opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery that is Skye. The side trip to the Faerie Glen to walk around was a bonus.
Posted by Bill on 03/09/2013


Ross did a great job! He knew just where to go to avoid crowds, get great photos, and maximize our time. Very knowledgeable of all items related to our tour (history, geography, personalities, etc) he had an answer for every question!
Posted by Geoff on 12/08/2013


George, our guide was wonderful. He made us all comfortable and he was very enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge. We really enjoyed the whole tour and would come back and do it all again.
Posted by Kelly on 06/08/2013


After having completed 4 Rabbies tours, the last one of Iona Mull and the Isle of Skye tour was my favourite. The scenery, the great weather and a great driver/guide George helped make it a fantastic 5 days. For anyone who enjoys the outdoors this tour is food for the soul! ♥ :)
Posted by Teresa Clarke on 30/07/2013


The professionalism and competency of George ensured we all had a great trip, he goes out of his way to accommodate everyones requests! The swimming sheep and bubbling water were a bonus on top of 5 days packed full of sights!!!
Posted by Teresa on 30/07/2013


I had a wonderful time. A great thanks to you Sarah (our lovely guide), you never failed to amaze us with tons of stories, facts and figures . Your granny must have been a very wise woman ;-) Travelling alone sometimes feels a little lonely, but certainly not on a Rabbies Tour. The small groups create a familial atmosphere. I had the pleasure of meeting some lovely people from all over the world. This was definitely not my last Rabbies tour!
Posted by Ines on 09/07/2013


Our 5 day 4 night tour was better than we had dreamed it would be. Suu Caledonia, our beloved guide, was passionate, smart, witty, an adventurer (and willing to stop at places that were of particular interest us) and a fantastic story teller. Her soundtrack and stories that tied in with our visit to the stunning Scotland landscape were unsurpassed. We went to see Bruce Springsteen in Glasgow, and honestly the tour with Rabbies and the concert are tied for my highlights of our trip to Scotland. I will post pictures later.
Posted by Suzanne Halvorson on 26/06/2013


Enjoying the company of a small group tour, Andrew was the best guide ,always so happy & full of knowledge wherever we were .
Posted by john on 22/06/2013


I really enjoyed going to Staffa, and exploring the fairy ponds and fairy glen in Skye. I also found Paul's commentary fantastic. It would not have been the same tour without the commentary (and music).
Posted by Kate on 21/06/2013


I recently did the five day tour with Duncan. I had a wonderful time. Duncan was an excellent driver and guide. He was friendly, helpful and full of knowledge and great stories. I really enjoyed the small group tour, and will definitely do that in future. I have in the past done larger tours, and while I enjoyed them, the small group was much better. I also liked the fact that dinner was not organised so we could do what we chose to. I would not hesitate in recommending Rabbies to anyone. I wish we had you in Aus, but I will be back. And will choose Rabbies.
Posted by chris on 20/06/2013


A fantastic trip with tour guide/driver, Doug, who kept the history "lessons" interesting and fun ! The weather was great, I met wonderful people , and will be savoring the memories for a long time to come... Thanks, Rabbies. It was my 4th tour with your company in 3 years, and I wouldn't travel any other way !!
Posted by Colleen Sampson on 12/06/2013


Our driver/guide Sarah made everywhere most interesting with her excellent knowledge of Scottish History and Legends
Posted by ELLEN on 10/06/2013


Our family recently went on a tour with Duncan McLachlin as our guide. We had a fabulous time and are sure we had the best guide Rabbie's has to offer. Duncan was knowledgable, personable, and very funny. He often went out of his way to make our tour the best it could possibly be. We have recommended Rabbie's to many friends and also told them to ask for Duncan! Dianna, Ian, Sarah and Robin
Posted by Dianna Mcaleer on 03/06/2013


Our guide, Sarah, for her enthusiastic telling of stories & legends - had us wanting for more. Her knowledge of the area was amazing and she was always only too happy to help. Also made it an active tour for us stopping whenever possible for us to get out and about even in adverse weather conditions.
Posted by Peter & Anna Brennan on 08/05/2013


Audrey was incredible, the best tour guide I've ever had. We never had a dull moment, she always kept things interesting but without it being too fast paced, it was perfect. Every stop we made was enjoyable, with a good variety. Audrey told us the best stories about everywhere we went, she was fun and friendly and definitely kept us entertained and made things very easy on all of us the entire tour.
Posted by Aubrey Stapp on 17/04/2013


My husband and I took this tour in September 2012 and loved every minute. Our driver was Audrey and she did an excellent job, always pleasant and helpful and a great story teller!
Posted by Colin and Barbara Tucker on 18/10/2012


My daughter, Deanne, and I did this tour, Suu's last for the season with 12 others and we had the greatest time. Suu is without peer. She gathered us into her heart and showed us HER heelands, complete with "heeland coo's", in a riotous adventure of sights, experiences, music and the best "true" stories of all time. Thanx to the other members of the gang and a huge "goodonya" to Suu. I may never be the same!! Ian Dawson. (Australia.)
Posted by Ian on 16/10/2012


Thank you to Suu, our wonderful, amazing, passionate, fun, free-spirited, great story-telling, adventurous, and all around perfect guide. Suu made the tour the best it could be. She went above and beyond all expectations. She took us to all kinds of amazing sites, told hilarious stories, played fun and beautiful music, and constantly made us laugh. Suu's love and passion for Scotland came through in everything she did. I would recommend her 1000% to anyone. If you ever are lucky enough to travel with Suu, you will have wonderful memories to last you a lifetime. This was my second time to Scotland and I am more in love with the country than ever. I look forward to coming back again and hopefully will have the opportunity to travel with Rabbie's again. Thanks for everything Suu! And thanks to the rest of the great tour group for such a fun week on Iona, Mull, Skye, and in the highlands! Best wishes, Kim
Posted by Kim Raum-Suryan on 08/10/2012


My husband and myself took a week's holiday to scotland,one of our dream destinations.we went on the 5 day ,4 night tour of isle of skye,mull and iona from sept 24th to28th 2012. Suu,our guide was wonderful.She mesmerized us with her master story telling ability,immense energy,powerhouse of information and terrific sense of humour.The scenic beauty,drive and the places were beautiful.The B&B accommodation was in picturesque locations and very comfortable.Being vegetarian,we got a very good choice of vegetarian food.We made some wonderful friends and came with sweet memories.I would highly recommend this tour and hats off to our super Suu.
Posted by shailajanagesh on 05/10/2012


Suu Ramsay was a guide extraordinaire. One could not ask for better. HER SKILL INTEREST AND ENTHUSIASM IS WAS OVERWHELMING STORY TELLING AMAZING AND ENTHRALLING. HIGHLY COMMENDED AND RECOMMENDED TO ALL
Posted by Martin Beech on 05/10/2012


Dear Sue I was booked to go on the 2 day tour to Inverness but cancelled it and returned south a couple of days early. I felt very tired and just decided to stay put in Edinburgh. I was meeting up with friends anyway and the extra days in Inverness I think would have rather clouded what was really a wonderful 5 day experience. Thank you so much Sue for being such a great driver, tour guide, story teller and for being so helpful to me. You really made the trip for me. You really are fabulous. With love Martin
Posted by Suu Caledonia Ramsay on 04/10/2012


This was the most fun we have ever had on Holiday. Audry made the trip with her upbeat and fun story telling. Can't wait till next year, already planning a return trip!
Posted by The McCrearys on 30/09/2012


The time spent on Iona and Mull was the most enjoyable part of a very enjoyable tour.
Posted by Luisa Ferrari on 23/09/2012


limiting the numbers is a good idea as everyone gets to know each other a little so it felt very relaxing. Also not too much time spent getting on/off the bus. Audrey was a great guide, very friendly, helpful and caring - and very funny in places :)
Posted by Wendy Edwards on 18/09/2012


I did the 13 day Scottish Highlights tour which in actual fact was 3 tours merged into 1. My 1st being the Whiskey tour in Islay with our tour guide Pete. He was the subject matter expert. My tour companions were fantastic and funnily were all Doctors apart from myself and one of the Wives. They were highly amused of my antics of mixing whiskey and coke. We had a ball though. My 2nd and favorite part of the tour was in Skye. My ancestors home. I managed to get a photo in Glencoe of the no Campbells sign for a house mate I live with back home who happens to go by that name. Suu was the tour guide and I can only describe her as a patron saint of Scotland. Her knowledge, passion and story telling were 2nd to none and she really made us feel like we were touring back in the day of the clans. My last tour which a lot of the Skye tour members traveled on as well which was good was the Orkney Islands. Our tour guide was very intelligent and had an outstanding amount of knowledge on past and current day events in Scotland. I did not realise why or how so many people share common names and why and were it stemmed from until this trip. Having known before I started this tour that I would be one of the if not youngest members on the tour I had know idea how I would enjoy it especially traveling by myself. With that said the people I met and the tour guides them selves really made my holidays very enjoyable and it will be a trip I will never forget and cherish forever. Thank you team members and Rabbies for my incredible holiday!!! In true Rabbies spirit I wrote a poem of my trip. I have composed it into a photo so I hope you can all read it clearly enough.
Posted by Lane Macdonald on 16/09/2012


We were blessed with 5 days of SUNSHINE on our tour in Scotland. We had a FANTASTIC time with a GREAT tour guide SUE. Her dedication and passion to make the tour enjoyable and to show us all that was possible was admirable. Her knowledge of the area and history was amazing. Thanks Sue, Ray and Elize
Posted by Ray Goddess on 12/09/2012


Audrey and the group were great. Audrey is such a friendly and concernd person and a great driver. Beside that it´s great to get to know people from all over the world! The best part of the journey were to visit Staffa, the lighthouse on Skye and the views on Skye.
Posted by Karin Thoma on 06/06/2012


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Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

5 Days 4 Islands - Scotland At Its Best!! Enjoy the magic, ancient history and the undisturbed tranquillity of the islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa and the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye. 

Day 1 takes you north past Stirling castle, and then west to Scotland's first National Park around Loch Lomond, and the bonny banks". You will travel through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands through 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 area close to the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada before arriving in bustling town of Oban, the gateway to the islands, for your 2 night stay.

Day 2 is an early start crossing on the ferry to Mull and enjoying an island adventure exploring her dramatic coastlines and wild beauty, before taking the small ferry to the peace and tranquillity of Iona - birthplace of Celtic Christianity and ancient burial ground of Scottish Kings. Here you can visit the historic abbey with its intricate carved crosses in the churchyard or explore the rocky headlands and sandy coves of this island gem. There is also an opportunity to take a small boat out to the island of Staffa (except Saturday departures in September) and view the dramatic basalt columns immortalised by Mendelssohn in his Hebridean Overture "Fingal's Cave". You then return on the ferry to Oban for your second night.

Day 3 takes you north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, and Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. You then pass through Fort William and take the historic road to the Isles to catch the ferry to Skye. You will travel through Glenfinnan, at the head of Loch Shiel, this is where the standard was raised to start the Jacobite rebellion. Glenfinnan is also home to a 100 year old viaduct, which was made famous when the Hogwarts Express steamed across it on the way to school in the Harry Potter film. From Glenfinnan the road crosses mountains and glens before reaching Arisaig and on through a spectacularly scenic stretch of coast with fantastic views of the islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Skye, This beautiful coastline is formed by a series of white beaches and a turquoise sea, known as the white sands of Morar. The road ends at Mallaig where you take the short ferry crossing ‘over the sea to Skye’ where you arrive on the Sleat Peninsula, commonly referred to the ‘Garden of Skye’ with great views of the Cuillin mountains. From here you travel north to the picturesque harbour town of Portree. You are then dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening. 

Day 4 is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver/guide's knowledge will come to the fore in developing the best day out for you. For example you might travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery or visit the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. After lunch you can travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively a visit to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod, may be possible. We return you to your accommodation in Portree in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village.

Day 5 You will be collected from your accommodation and travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back over to the mainland. You stop to visit the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander", set at the junction of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders, before travelling east where you will take in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail.  Onto Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting "Nessie".  Heading south now through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, made famous now as "Monarch of the Glen Country" before passing Dalwhinnie, 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. Arriving at 19.00 approx.

Photography Credits: 
Visit Britain.
Visit Scotland.
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Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts.