Iona, Mull & the Isle of Skye
5 day tour

  • Iona Abbey
  • Edinburgh tours to Mull and Iona
  • Oban Seafood
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Old Man Storr Isle of Skye
  • Calgary Beach Isle of Mull

Rugged mountains, pristine lochs, and mythical moments abound on this tour of Scotland's beautiful islands.

Tour map

Highlights

Walks
Ferry
Abbeys
Gaelic Culture
Lochs
Mountains

Places you explore


Loch Lomond National Park - One of Scotland’s largest lochs. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.

Glencoe - Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.

Oban - This Victorian harbour town offers excellent seafood and a charming intimacy.

Iona and Staffa* - Visit the tiny Island of Iona, inhabited with just around 120 people.

Fingal's Cave - The cave is compiled of naturally assembled hexagonal pillars from Paleocene lava flow.

Isle of Skye - One of the world’s most stunning islands.

Eilean Donan Castle - An iconic and gorgeous 13th century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.


Your journey


Living on an island was hard.

You were subject to the will of the ocean, limited to local hunting, and could be invaded from any side, at any time.

But we think all these hardships build the most beautiful cultures and spectacular landscapes.

In the Isle of Skye, you have gorgeous winged cliffs carved by the winds of the east Atlantic. The sea and sky enveloping Mull are stocked with herds of whales and soaring eagles. And the people of Iona have a remarkable culture that has been influenced by the invading Celts, Vikings, and Christians.

Take this tour and discover Scotland’s rugged, beautiful, and historic islands.


Tour Details

Starts
Check-in closes at 08.45 (tour departs at 09:00) - Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Finishes (approx.)
19:00
Luggage
You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Stare into mountainous horizons in the West Highlands
  • Stroll through the handsome harbour town of Oban

Travel north past Stirling Castle and to the region of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

You venture through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands and the magnificent whitewashed 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 before arriving in the bustling town of Oban for your two night stay.

Day 2

  • Discover the history of Celtic Christianity
  • See one of Scotland’s most unique geological wonders at Fingal’s Cave

Today you have an early start, beginning the day crossing on the ferry to Mull for a chance to explore dramatic coastlines and wild beauty.

You take the small ferry to 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 rocky headlands and sandy coves.

There’s an opportunity to take a small boat for an optional trip to the island of Staffa* 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.


* Please note that due to the timings of the sailing, we're unable to visit Staffa on the tour departing Saturday 8th June 2019.

Day 3

  • Arrive in the most ‘tropical’ town in Scotland, Plockton
  • Be awestruck by the majestic slopes of Glencoe

You ramble north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, and the gorgeous Glencoe.

You then venture through Fort William and under the shadow of Ben Nevis, which at 1,344 meters is the highest mountain in the British Isles.

We continue through the Great Glen, a natural fault in the earth’s crust that runs through Scotland. From here, you travel north to the picturesque fishing village of Plockton. You’re dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening.

Day 4

  • Traverse the legendary landscapes of Skye
  • Enjoy breath-taking vistas

Today is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather, and your driver-guide will use their local knowledge to decide on the best day out for the group.

You may ascend the Quiraing along Trotternish Ridge and be rewarded with spectacular views. Alternatively, you could drink in the scenery at Loch Corruisk or drive through the dramatic Red Cuillin to the little hamlet of Elgol.

We return you to your accommodation in Plockton in the late afternoon for a free evening to explore the village.

Day 5

  • Snap a few photos at the gorgeous Eilean Donan Castle
  • Try and spot the Loch Ness Monster

You’re collected from your accommodation for the short drive to the famous stronghold of Eilean Donan Castle.

Then, you travel east taking in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. You continue on to Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting "Nessie’.

Your tour moves through the Grampian Mountains and along Loch Laggan, before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky distillery.

In Perthshire, you stop for refreshments before heading back to Edinburgh past Perth and over the Firth of Forth.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful experience with Rabbies

Pat Baker Posted on 02/11/2019

I travelled with my adult daughters on the 5 day tour, visiting Mull, Iona and Skye. Our guide Paul was fantastic. He knew the areas well and made stops along the way for scenic sites, good lunch spots and even took us to meet his parents on Mull. He did not stop at touristy shopping areas like so many tour companies do, Rabbies evidently doesnt try to make money off guests purchases. The bus was comfortable for the 12 guests and the guest houses they booked for us were clean, convenient and served full breakfasts. Please make sure you bring cash, the guest houses DO NOT take credit cards. We also asked Paul to make us dinner reservations in Plockton based on earlier reviews. Meeting up at the Edinburg bus station was easy, except a sign in the front window of the bus identifying the tour would have been helpful. Rabbies also helped one party make connections with other tour buses since they were on an extended trip, we stopped in Inverness to get them on to their next tour. It was out of the way but we all agreed and enjoyed our quick lunch stop. I highly recommend using Rabbies on your vacation.

Another amazing adventure

Ninsig Posted on 07/07/2019

Another summer, another multiday tour with Rabbie’s. Because I love Scotland I just keep coming back. I enjoy getting on a Rabbie’s bus, find a nice seat and just relax, look at the scenery and listen to the guide. Since I have done several tours with Rabbie’s before I had been to many of the places we visited on this tour. However, each guide makes the tour unique so you can get so many different experiences. Arron, my guide on this tour, was simply amazing. He figured out what places I had been to before and tried to find places I hadn’t been. He did a great job so I actually got to visit quite a few new places. To have a guide that knows his way to the hidden gems was brilliant. He was very attentive to the passengers, tried his best to find places and views that would suit all. Not all the passengers were able to walk in the terrain but Arron did his best to make them get a good tour. Since Plockton is such a small place he had even prebooked restaurants for the couple of nights we stayed there, making sure that everyone would be able to get a proper meal. He really did everything he could to make sure that each passenger had the best experience possible. He stopped the bus to rescue a little frog he spotted on the road. Others would not even have noticed this tiny animal. If Arron spotted someone in need, he would help. He loves Scotland and seemed to really enjoy having the opportunity to show the passengers the beauty of his country. The stories he told were interesting and funny. I quite enjoyed the one about the headless horseman on Mull and the one about Hamish the giant. Arron is sweet, gentle, funny, attentive, considerate, patient, flexible, sensitive – a man with a heart as big as all outdoors – and an absolutely awesome guide. I’d jump back on the bus with him any day. I’m sure he can make even the dullest place memorable.

Magical tour

Kathleen Hewson Posted on 17/05/2019

Just returned from this great tour. It was a time when the individual elements combined to give me a fabulous time. Weather, travelling companions and a great guide, Gill B, were near perfect. I got to the top of Staffa saw a puffin and dolphins played round our boat. This was my first proper holiday on my own since my husband died and i was a little apprehensive about being left out. I was included by everyone, we all got on so it was great to meet people from other counties. If you are reading this and you are on your own just take that step you will have a good time. Thank you everyone on the trip. Great music too.

Great Tour

Clive Marion Posted on 04/10/2018

Had a small 5 man group and 2 guides so was all the more fun. Thanks Aron (Hope I spelt that right) and Stefan of course, even the rain and wind didnt dampen our spirits. We visited some awesome places and stayed in some excellent BBs.

A Life-Affirming Journey Through The Highlands

Anna Dutkowsky Posted on 15/09/2018

One week later, I want to offer my immense gratitude to Rabbies for five of the most magical days in the Highlands. From mind-boggling scenery, spellbinding storytelling and bus sing-a-longs (including a whisky drinking song and a nursery rhyme Ill never get out of my head), to Highland cows in the road, countless sheep and eight vivid rainbow sightings, it truly was like living in a dream. Our tour guide (and possible real-life faerie) Heather over-delivered on every expectation short of a unicorn sighting, and I couldnt say enough good things about her. Right off the bat, her excellent sense of humor set the tone for our group, and I knew we were in for a fun five days. Not only did she embody the warmth and friendliness that the Scots are known for, but she is a born storyteller and regaled us with tales of Scottish Highlands folklore. A hush would fall over the bus whenever she started telling a story, and wed all end up clapping enthusiastically at the end. I couldve listened to her talk forever. Heather regularly impressed us with her in-depth knowledge of Scottish history, folklore and environmental issues, all while skillfully navigating the Highlands roads. You could tell that she injected some personal touches, too, like a seemingly impromptu whisky tasting and helping us locate the perfect place for a group photo (including perfectly executing a jumping photo!). Ill be telling all of my friends and family to take a Rabbies tour whenever theyre in the UK or Ireland from now on. The Highlands make you forget about your daily life unlike any place Ive ever been. I thought Id be able to check off Scotland after this trip between all that we were able to see in five days, but in fact its had the complete opposite effect. Now, Im more drawn than ever to this incredible country full of kind, warm people. Its only a matter of time before I get myself back there. Thank you so much for five unforgettable days!

Wish it would last forever

Marianne Denning Posted on 15/08/2018

We took the Mull Iona Skye tour and pulled into the bus station 3 hours ago. Im delighted to say we had the best time. Our mini bus had Russian, German, Thai, Brazil, Australian and Americans aboard. The first day we all decided we could cure the worlds troubles! Catty was our guide. This young woman is so sweet, smart and capable. She interacted with all of us, had us laughing and enjoying every minute. Nothing was too big a challenge for her...including rain, clouds, and crazy drivers!! This was just a truly lovely tour...personally adored Iona. I encourage anyone who is looking for a reliable, efficient, dependable, consistent company to show you the beauty of Scotland to book with Rabbies.

Great tour

Catherine Bruce Posted on 15/07/2018

Have just returned from this tour today.Apprehensive at 1st, my travel agent in country Victoria Australia hadn’t heard of Rabbies tours.Our tour guide Mac was the best ,an absolute bundle of knowledge and many tales of Scotland he,kept us all entertained.To top it all off he played the bag pipes well.Will spread the word to my Aussie friends.

Just amazing!

Paula and Steve Correira Posted on 06/09/2017

What an unforgettable journey! Our guide Chris led us on an unforgettable journey with his historical knowledge, cultural lore, love of beauty for Scotland, caring attitude and wicked wit. We heartily recommend this tour for those seeking the love of the journey and Scotlands superb scenery and history. As well as the laughs and thoughtful conversation. Thanks, Chris and Rabbies Tours.

Great thanks to Audrey :)

Tracy Chan Posted on 20/07/2017

Rabbies definitely a great option for those who consider travelling to Scotland. Im lucky to have Audrey to be my guide throughout the five-day tour.. Audrey is an experienced guide, knowledgeable in Scotland, with a high sense of humour, bringing us memorable and unforgettable moments! Songs on bus was chosen with care with rich combination, and with unique and special style. I was amazed by the song that ended exactly when we arrived the bus station (where we first met) on the last day of trip, which gave a perfect ending to our tour. Audrey is also a caring guide that cares about each of us all the time. I admire her way treating friends, strangers, and even the nature. I would choose Rabbies again if Im heading to UK or Ireland. Hopefully there would be more tours being organised around Europe! 26377322272131537324203583045626371:)

Sarah lavinia Feenstra Posted on 24/10/2016

This was once more one of the most fantastic weeks of my life. Our tourguide Pete was just wonderful and did a great job. I met some wonderful people on the tour. It was was a week to never forget.I am in love with Scotland.It is the keeper of my heart.

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in Oban and two nights in Plockton. Please note that if your tour departs on a Friday, you stay in Portree instead of Plockton. Also, during busy periods, the same change may take place.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Plans can change, so we let you alter your accommodation choices for free within the first 48 hours of booking. After this time, amendments aren't guaranteed and carry a surcharge. Please contact rooms@rabbies.com if you have any questions.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

You may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation for each separate accommodation booked. If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.

B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is £35 - £40 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single standard room is £40 - £60 per night.

B&B En suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £45 - £60 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single en suite is £60 - £80 per night.

Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £70 - £85 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single is £85 - £130 per night.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com , or check out our full FAQs .

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Travel the local way on small group tours of 16 people or fewer

You'll have a guaranteed experience, or your money back

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