Iona, Mull & the Isle of Skye
5 day tour

  • West Coast Mull tours
  • Edinburgh tours to Mull and Iona
  • Castle Stalker
  • Eilean Donan Castle tours from edinburgh

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'll 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.

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 harsh winds of the east Atlantic. The sea and sky enveloping Mull are stocked with vast herds of whales and huge 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

Departs
09.00 - Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Returns
19.00 approx
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
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's 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 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.

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
  • Delver deep into Celtic history

Today is 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 go to the 13th century home of the Clan Macleod, Dunvegan Castle, travel through the emerald green valley of Glendale, or head to the dramatic sea-cliffs and lonely lighthouse at Neist Point.

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 Forth Road Bridge.

Customer Reviews

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.

Sarah lavinia Feenstra Posted on 24/10/2016

I am in love with Scotland. We became one.

Wonderful 5 day tour with Alan!!!!

Krystle Wang Posted on 26/07/2016

We just returned from our trip to Scotland and had an absolutely amazing time during our Rabbies tours -- a 5 day trip to the Highlands and West Coast islands, a one day trip to Alnwick castle, and a one day trip to St. Andrews. Although all three of our tours were wonderful, we especially had an incredible experience during our 5 day trip to Iona, Mull, and Isle of Skye thanks to our tour guide Alan. He was simply the star of our trip. Within the first day, his talented/suspenseful storytelling and gentle humor brought our group together, and by the end of the trip, we were all reluctant to say goodbye. We were spoiled by his flexibility and thoughtfulness any reasonable requests for additional stops were seamlessly added and he still managed to accomplish this despite the famous changeable Scotland weather. His recommendations for what to do, see, and eat at each stop or town were spot on. Because of his willingness to go the extra mile (he even drove back to our BB to retrieve the camera we had accidentally left...), our 5 days were filled with unforgettable experiences and stunning vistas. In short, we particularly recommend the 5 day tour to Isle of Iona, Mull, and Skye...and if possible, ask for Alan!!!

The best

Hugh Rod Posted on 23/07/2016

We had Suu as our guide for the Oban, Mull, Skye tour. Amazing. The passion and the gaelic and the floor show were extraordinary and such fun. Worth bottling! Highly recommended!

Scottish Island Highlights - Iona, Mull, Skye and Orkney 9 Day

Calvin Lam Posted on 14/07/2016

We (a group of 8) joined the Rabbies Scottish Island Highlights - Iona, Mull, Skye and Orkney 9 Day Tour between May 28 to June 5, 2016, which was a combination of The Iona, Mull the Isle of Skye 5 Day Tour - 4 Island Magic and The Orkney and Scotlands Northern Coast tour. Our guide/driver for the first one was Audrey, and that for the 2nd was Stevie. Overall, the tour went through really lovely places with stunning sceneries and we love Scotland, never realised that its such a beautiful place, especially the beaches along the N. coast and places like Plockton, Iverary, etc. While on the whole, we enjoyed it, we had very different experiences with the 2 guides. Audrey in our first tour (May 28-June 1) was absolutely fantastic and a natural, her passion and will to make sure that all in the group are flawlessly looked after was sooo good. Shes never tired (despite the long driving and accompanying us to every excursions) and never stopped to entertain us with her interesting stories of Scotland, and her songs collection was wonderful, local and specific to our tour. Her passion about her job and Scotland was simply infectious. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the 2nd guide- Stevie. While he too was knowledgeable, he lacked the passion and the drive to make us feel comfortable about the tour, or to help us especially in time of our need. Our first nite with him as guide was in Inverness (June 1) and there was a mix-up with the 4 rooms Rabbies booked for us. Basically, we went up to the hotel and the owner said theres no booking for us, Stevie was not participative in helping and told us that he had to go while his office was frantically looking for rooms, and that we had to take taxis later to go and find out hotels - supposed when (and if) his office got some rooms for us. Thats rather disconcerting for us, he was not that interested in having the group communicating and live harmoniously together for the trip. The atmosphere was that we feel that were just left to our own including going to some excursions, sometimes wasnt really sure what we expect and whether thered be adequate time for us to visit the key sights (climbing down and up). Im sure he can do better given that hes really knowledgeable, and he did show some improvements in the last 2 days. Sometimes making tour members feel being looked after is the crucial success trait for a tour leader - I think.

Thank you, Alan

Mary Posted on 30/06/2016

Had an amazing experience on the five day tour of Iona, Mull and Skye with Alan as a guide. His vast knowledge of Scottish history, culture, natural history and languages combined with superb storytelling and a wicked sense of humor made the tour a winner. Cant wait to return to Scotland and try another Rabbies tour!

Great Trip- Thanks Arran

Julie Goff Posted on 16/05/2016

What a great trip, very interesting and Arran kept us entertained with his history and tall Scottish tales. Only thing was whilst it was an Island tour we did not stay on any islands. Oban and Plockton are lovely, but Plockton is very small and finding somewhere to eat was difficult as it was very busy when we visited. Would have preferred to stay in Tobermory and Portree.

Great Trip- Thanks Arran

Julie Goff Posted on 16/05/2016

What a great trip, very interesting and Arran kept us entertained with his history and tall Scottish tales. Only thing was whilst it was an Island tour we did not stay on any islands. Oban and Plockton are lovely, but Plockton is very small and finding somewhere to eat was difficult as it was very busy when we visited. Would have preferred to stay in Tobermory and Portree.

Memorable Tour

SheilaRon Posted on 03/05/2016

What a fantastic tour! The scenery was awesome. The places we visited were of great interest. The weather was testing! Our driver and guide, Mac, was outstanding with his knowledge, his stories, his music and his ability to get us safely around chasing the elusive sun. Additionally he also collected many bags of rubbish while we were enjoying the best of Scotland - a passionate guardian of Scotlands heritage and environment.

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in Oban and two nights in Plockton. During busy periods, you may stay in Portree instead of Plockton.

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?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply.


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. You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

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


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

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 between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £80.00 per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


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.


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