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

Highlights
~ Loch Lomond National Park
~ Oban
~ Iona and Staffa
~ Fingal's Cave
~ Castle Stalker
~ Isle of Skye
~ Eilean Donan Castle
~ Cuillin Mountains
~ 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, 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 fishing village of Plockton, on the shores of Loch Carron. *On Monday departures this tour may stop in Portree for 2 nights instead of Plockton. If you wish to book your own accommodation please contact us first to confirm overnight details.

If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.

Adult Prices: £269.00 - £325.00
Concession Prices: £249.00 - £305.00
Departs: 09.00
Returns: 19.00 approx
Departing: Monday (Mar to Oct), Wednesday (Apr to Oct) & Saturday (May to Sept)
Rabbies Accommodation Information

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. We will always do our very best 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 dependent 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.

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.

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Itinerary

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 sitting in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. From here we continue along the Great Glen and onwards to Eilean Donan Castle (set of Highlander). From here we continue onto the picturesque fishing village of Plockton for 2 nights.

Day 4 focuses on exploring Skye. Your guide will choose the best itinerary to suit the weather and local conditions to give you a chance to get off the beaten track. You may visit Elgol for views into the Cuillin Mountains, Glenbrittle with its waterfalls and wild scenery or perhaps Dunvegan Castle.

Day 5 returns you through the dramatic mountain scenery of the 5 Sisters of Kintail and Glen Garry, on to eerie Loch Ness, the Central Highlands, Highland Perthshire and finally back to 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.

Departure Point on or after 1 April 2017
Gate J & Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions

~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide.
~All ferry fares except the optional trip to Staffa

Exclusions
~Meals and refreshments.
~Entrance fees to 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 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information
We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so 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. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Customer Reviews

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 - 24/10/2016

I am in love with Scotland. We became one.
Sarah lavinia Feenstra - 24/10/2016

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!!!
Krystle Wang - 26/07/2016

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!
Hugh Rod - 23/07/2016

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.
Calvin Lam - 14/07/2016

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!
Mary - 30/06/2016

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.
Julie Goff - 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.
Julie Goff - 16/05/2016

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.
SheilaRon - 03/05/2016

The 4 Island Magic Tour is really magic! Mull, Staffa, Iona and Skye, I do not know which island was the best. We also had the chance to visit some amazing castles in the Western Highland and famous Glencoe. Plockton was a perfect location to visit Skye. The little hotels in Oban and Plockton were very good. A very BIG THANK YOU to our guide Audrey. I add some photos and I hope you see the magic...
Reiner - 11/04/2016

Traveller Photos

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4 Isle magic tour oct 2016 by Sarah lavinia Feenstra

4 Isle magic tour oct 2016 by Sarah lavinia Feenstra

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4 Isle magic tour oct 2016 by Sarah lavinia Feenstra

4 Isle magic tour oct 2016 by Sarah lavinia Feenstra

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Mull Iona Skye by george

Mull Iona Skye by george

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5-Days-Isle-of-Skye-Tour by Daniel Helmer

5-Days-Isle-of-Skye-Tour by Daniel Helmer

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Colorful Scotland part 1 by Katti Faceli

Colorful Scotland part 1 by Katti Faceli

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4 Island Magic by STEPHEN JARVIS

4 Island Magic by STEPHEN JARVIS

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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 "bonnie 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 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 nestling in the shadow of Ben Nevis which at 1344 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 and on through Ireland. From here you travel north to the picturesque fishing village of Plockton. 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 will use his/her local knowledge to decide on the best day out for the group. For example: heading west towards the 13th century home of the Clan Macleod - Dunvegan Castle, the emerald green valley of Glendale or the dramatic sea-cliffs and lonely lighthouse at Neist Point. In the afternoon the tour may concentrate on the south of the island. Spend time heading down to Elgol for seascapes and views of the Cuillin, or Talisker and its beautiful bay or perhaps Glenbrittle and its famed waterfalls. We return you to your accommodation in Plockton in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village.

Day 5 You will be collected from your accommodation for the short drive to the famous stronghold of Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander", set at the junction of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Then you travel east taking in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Continue on to 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 approx. 19.00

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

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