La Magie de Mull, d'Iona & des Highlands de l'Ouest
circuit de 4 jours

  • Loch Lomond castle
  • Isle of Iona
  • Mull tours from Edinburgh
  • Tobermory
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Quatre journées passées à explorer les îles magiques de Mull et Iona, ainsi que le meilleur des West Highlands.

Carte du circuit

Highlights

Boat Cruises
Ferry
Lochs
Mountains
Walks
Beaches
Abbeys
Prehistoric Sites

Endroits à découvrir


- Glencoe et les West Highlands (Hautes Terres occidentales)

- Traversée en ferry du détroit de Mull

- Le petit port haut en couleurs de Tobermory

- Iona et son ancienne abbaye

- Les plages isolées de la Baie de Calgary

- Les pierres levées de Kilmartin Glen

- Inveraray


Votre voyage


Quatre journées passées à explorer les îles magiques de Mull et Iona, ainsi que le meilleur des West Highlands. Que ce soit des plages sablonneuses isolées, des montagnes spectaculaires, des pierres levées mystérieuses ou d’anciennes abbayes, ce circuit explore tout à la fois l’environnement naturel sauvage de Mull et des West Highlands, ainsi que sa longue et complexe histoire humaine.


Les Détails

Départ
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
Retour
19:00
Bagage
Vous ne pouvez transporter que 14kg maximum de bagages par personne lors de nos circuits, sous la forme d'un bagage similaire à un bagage cabine pour avion (environ 55 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm) . Vous pouvez également garder avec vous un petit sac léger pour vos effets personnels.
Discounts

Étudiants, personnes plus de l'âge de 60, et enfants (entre 5 et 15 ans)

Important information
  • Emportez des vêtements imperméables et des chaussures de marche
Tour inclusions
  • Tous les billets de ferry sauf le voyage facultatif à Staffa
  • Transport par un minibus Mercedes de luxe à 16 places
  • Climatisation standard
  • Anecdotes et services d’un chauffeur-guide de Rabbie’s
Tour exclusions
  • Entrées dans tous les sites touristiques
  • Hébergement

Itinéraire

Jour 1

Admirez ce que les West Highlands ont de plus beau: les paysages et l’histoire dramatique de Glencoe, les paysages montagneux sauvages de Morvern. Vous finirez la journée avec une traversée en ferry du détroit de Mull pour arriver à Tobermory qui sera votre base pour les 3 nuits suivantes.

Jour 2

Vous passez une partie de la journée dans une région reculée du nord-ouest de Mull, où se trouve la plage vierge de la Baie de Calgary. Dans l’après-midi vous serez libre d’explorer Tobermory et peut-être de visiter la distillerie locale de whisky.

Jour 3

Aujourd’hui vous explorez l’extrémité sud de l’île et vous traversez le bras de mer pour aller à Iona avec son ancienne abbaye et ses belles plages. Vous pouvez choisir de faire une excursion en bateau à Staffa où vous découvrirez les merveilles de la grotte de Fingal et une grande variété de faune sauvage sur le chemin du retour. Retour à Tobermory le long des falaises sauvages de la côte ouest.

Jour 4

Vous quittez Tobermory et revenez sur le continent par Kilmartin Glen avec ses ruines préhistoriques et ses pierres levées puis par Inveraray, ville du 18ème siècle. De là nous retournons à Edimbourg en passant par Luss sur les rives de Loch Lomond.

Itinéraire (English)

Day 1

Depart Edinburgh and travel North past Stirling castle to the small bustling town of Callander. From here we continue through the Queen Elizabeth forest park and the bristling terrain of the Trossachs, before reaching the wide and remote expanse of Rannoch Moor, one of the largest wildernesses left in Europe.

A short drive north brings us to Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of Clan MacDonald in 1692, before we take a short ferry ride across Loch Linnhe. From there we then meander through the impressive mountains of Morven to Lochaline, where we take another ferry to the Hebridean island of Mull.

A short drive brings us to Tobermory, the island’s capital for our through night stay. Tobermory, meaning ‘Well of Mary’, is one of the prettiest harbour towns in Scotland with its brightly painted houses overlooking the sea.

Day 2

This is a leisurely day, with a drive to the more remote areas of the island, as we visit the pretty settlement of Dervaig, with its own festival theatre, and Kilmore church, with its round steeple.

From here we will venture to the wild thrashing sandy shores of Calgary Bay (Calgary in Canada takes its name from here). If you are lucky you might see the huge white tailed eagles which live in this area. An early afternoon return to Tobermory will allow you to soak up the atmosphere of this pretty town, with a chance to peruse the small shops, and the local Tobermory Whisky Distillery.

Day 3

Today we bask in the glory of Mull, as we head south to Fionnphort, where we take a passenger ferry to the small island of Iona. Iona is an island of quiet charm, lapped by glorious turquoise waters, and it is the cradle of Celtic Christianity, with the arrival of St Columba in 563AD. Plenty of time will be given to explore the island where you can visit the Abbey and its museum of history and Celtic heritage, with its magnificent Celtic crosses and headstones. Alternatively, you can enjoy a stroll along the peaceful sandy beaches.

In the afternoon there is the opportunity to take a small boat to the island of Staffa, where nature enthusiasts may be able to spot the abundant marine life. Staffa, with its basalt columns, 5 and 6 sided hexagonal stepping stones, and Fingal’s cave is the most amazing tribute to the effects of nature and is also known as ‘Nature’s cathedral’

After a day in the great outdoors we return to Tobermory for the night.

Day 4

Departing Tobermory we head south to Craignure, the main ferry terminal for a short crossing to Oban, the biggest town in Argyll. From here we head to Kilmartin Glen, and are given a chance to explore an area known as’ the valley of ghosts’ with its standing stones and Neolithic burial chambers.

Continuing west, we arrive in the white washed 18c town of Inveraray nestling on the shores of Loch Fyne. Inveraray castle is a mixture of Scots Baronial and Neo-Gothic architecture and is the seat of Clan Campbell. The castle also featured in a recent episode of ‘Downtown Abbey’.

After leaving the town we arrive in the National Park of Loch Lomond and climb up more than 800 feet to the pass of ’ Rest and be Thankful’, before hugging the shores of Loch Long and Loch Lomond itself.

We continue to drive East towards Stirling, with opportunities for impressive photos of the castle, before we return to Edinburgh in the early evening.

Les Opinions

Liam was an ideal

Janis Purins Posted on 14/10/2019

July 2- July 5: Great Mull

John Sweeney Posted on 08/08/2019

OK, so I’ve traveled with Rabbie’s for several tours now and Magical Mull was one of my favorites! First off, James was a terrific guide and driver, and we were blessed with a fabulous group of fellow travelers from ALL over the place: America, the UK, Moscow, and Germany. You’re only as good as your group and your tour guide, and we were VERY lucky! The tour itself was great, and visiting Tobermory was something I’ve always wanted to do. Great B and B as well, but what NO ONE tells you is that all of the B and Bs are located up an almost vertical set of roads. If you’re not in anything but tip-top shape, best not forget anything before heading down, otherwise your heart may just explode inside your chest. Who wants that? So messy! Mull is indescribably beautiful, and visiting Iona and Staffa was an added thrill. Staffa is NOT for the faint-of-heart, but to sit among the puffins—and as the boat guide said, “Sit and wait—they’ll come to you!” Which they did. 100 tourists, sitting in rapt silence, all you hear is the wind and the flapping of small wings—folks, it doesn’t get much more “magical” than that. I promise. There is much to see, historically, as well, from Iona Abbey to the magnificent standing stones near Kilmartin Glen, visited in teeming rain, which only added to the mystery. Thanks again, James and Rabbie’s, for providing David and me with such a memorable trip!

Wonderful Paul!

Diane Peters Posted on 21/05/2019

Just returned from beautiful Isle of Mull. Unfortunately on the penultimate day I fell and injured my knee badly. Our wonderful driver/guide Paul zoomed off to find frozen peas, took me to A E, arranged a lift back to the hotel, and arranged for me to stay in a first floor room as I was currently on the third floor without a lift. On the journey home next day he was so kind and did everything to make my journey as bearable as possible. He has restored my faith in human nature! My injury hasn’t put me off - I will definitely be back in Scotland soon - using Rabbies of course! Diane

Our August 15th Tour

John R Gundhus Posted on 24/08/2017

We truly enjoyed our tour. Pete was an outstanding driver and guide. He kept us entertained with stories, jokes and did a great job with our requests and questions. The Isle of Mull, Iona Straffa and all the sites in-between were beautiful. That combined with Pete’s outstanding performance made it a memorable family trip for us. This is our 2nd Rabbies tour and we hope to book many more in the future! Its a long journey from Los Angeles but well worth it.

Our August 15th Tour

John R Gundhus Posted on 24/08/2017

We truly enjoyed our tour. Pete was an outstanding driver and guide. He kept us entertained with stories, jokes and did a great job with our requests and questions. The Isle of Mull, Iona Straffa and all the sites in-between were beautiful. That combined with Pete’s outstanding performance made it a memorable family trip for us. This is our 2nd Rabbies tour and we hope to book many more in the future! Its a long journey from Los Angeles but well worth it.

Magical Mull and Iona... and puffins :)

Charl Posted on 16/07/2017

Ive been wanting to do this tour for a couple of years now, timing it for when the puffins were on land. This year I managed it and it was well worth the wait. Day one we left grey wet Edinburgh behind in the extremely capable hands of Ross, heading west through Callander, the majestic Glencoe and the highlands to catch the ferry over to Mull late afternoon. Luckily the weather picked up by lunchtime on the first day and we were pretty lucky for the rest of the trip. Day two was by far the highlight of the tour for me. Awakening to blue skies and sunshine, we hit the road down to Fionnphort to catch the ferry over to Iona. The scenery was stunning and we started the wildlife spotting with highland cows and deer. Fionnphort itself gave us a hint of what was to come with still turquoise waters and white beaches. 20 minutes on the ferry and we were on Iona - a beautiful island with more turquoise waters and beaches. We had a couple of hours to explore the abbey and the ruins and take in the amazing scenery before boarding a boat out to Staffa. The rest of the afternoon was such a wonderful experience, the geology of the island is amazing, seeing really is believing from the beautiful Fingals cave to the unbelievable rock formations. We climbed up to the top of the rocks and made out way along to where hundreds of puffins were on the edges of the cliffs. Sitting down watching them come in to land and walk around you was just the most special time. I would love to do this again. Out trip back to Tobermory again took in some amazing views. Day three and more beaches and lovely scenery as we explored Mull, though the rain was threating now. Calgary bay didnt quite show us her best colours but you could just imagine what it would be like on a sunny day. The afternoon was free time to explore Tobermory. We chose to tour the distillery and try a couple of wee drams. A visit to the cafe in the chocolate shop is also recommended as somewhere to hide from a shower of rain. The last day came too quickly and we left Mull behind, sailing back into Oban. Then heading back down to Edinburgh via Kilmartin Glen and the standing stones, Inveraray and the lovely village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. All in all this was another brilliant Rabbies tour with a great guide. Huge thanks to Ross for making this as good as it was.

Pilgrims and puffins

Ninsig Posted on 12/07/2017

This was a tour I have been wanting to do for some time and I was not disappointed. The guide was Ross, and once I knew he was the guide I knew I were in good hands. I’ve travelled with him before and he is an excellent guide and a great photograper. The tour started in very wet conditions but it got better the closer we got to Mull. We stayed 3 nights in the beautiful little harbour town Tobermory. All though Mull has a lot of great scenery the real highlight of the tour was the trip to Iona and Staffa. We were very lucky with the weather that day and it was lovely to see Iona in sunshine. A visit to the abbey was interesting and there also seemed to be some pilgrims visiting the island. The boattrip to Staffa was nice and the sea was very calm. The boat actually managed to sail into Fingal’s Cave, something we were told only happens around 20 of 400 times. So we were lucky to have this experience. Once we had landed on the island, the walk to the cave was nice and it was great to listen to the sound of the sea crushing in and see the colours inside. No wonder Mendelssohn was inspired when he visited! And then there were the puffins an absolutely wonderful experience. The birds were so adorable and cute and we got very close. To just sit there on the hills watching the birds was just awesome! This tour is one I wouldn’t mind doing again one day. Thanks again to Ross for another great tour. He’s a brilliant guide.

Magical Mull, Isle of Iona West Highlands 4 Day Tour

Margo Posted on 11/09/2016

The whole trip was really magical - the route was very interesting. We could admire Glencoe, beautiful views along the road from Ardgour to Lochaline. We gazed at breathtaking scenery, colorful Tobermory, castles and diverse wildlife on the Isle of Mull. The Iona Abbey was truly amazing, and the beaches were wonderful there, too. The weather was very nice, which added more charm to the whole experience. The Isle of Staffa is surely worth seeing, especially Fingals Cave and countless wildlife. On the way back to Edinburgh we could see very interesting Kilmartin with standing stones and burial cairns. There were four gorgeous days. I would like to add a BIG THANK YOU to Emily - our tour guide. Here are some photos.....

Le Logement

Où est-ce que vous passez la nuit?

Vous resterez trois nuits à Tobermory, capitale de l’île, un port aux jolies maisons colorées.


Comment cela marche-t-il?

Votre hébergement n’est pas inclus dans le prix de votre excursion. Cela signifie que vous avez le choix entre nous demander de réserver un hébergement local de qualité ou réserver vous-même votre propre logement.


Je souhaite que Rabbie’s réserve mon hébergement. Que se passe-t-il maintenant?

Nous réservons votre hébergement et nous vous déposons à votre porte. Vous devrez régler vos hôtes directement, veuillez donc vous assurer que vous avez suffisamment d’espèces car les B & B n’acceptent pas tous les cartes de crédit. Comme cela dépend de la disponibilité, nous ne pourrons pas toujours réserver votre premier choix d’hébergement. Ne vous inquiétez pas, s’il y a quelque problème important, nous vous enverrons un email.


Et si je souhaite changer l’hébergement réservé par Rabbie’s?

Il n’est pas possible de garantir les changements d’hébergement car cela dépend de leur disponibilité. Des frais minimum de modification d’un montant de 5 livres seront appliqués, ils augmenteront jusqu’à un maximum de 20 livres, selon la longueur de l’excursion.


J’ai réservé mon hébergement moi-même. Que dois-je faire?

Vous aurez besoin d’une confirmation de réservation des B & B et hôtels. Quand nous arrivons à nos étapes pour la nuit, nous vous emmènerons jusqu’à votre hébergement, si toutefois il n’est pas trop loin du centre.


Quels sont les différents types et tarifs des hébergements?

En général nos hébergements ne sont pas à plus de 15 minutes à pied du centre ville. Nous les vérifions régulièrement pour nous assurer que les lits sont confortables et les chambres propres. Les prix mentionnés ci-dessous sont à titre indicatif.


B & B (Chambre et petit déjeuner) Standard

Les toilettes et les douches sont en commun avec une ou deux autres chambres. Le prix est entre 30£ et 35£ par personne par nuit. Une chambre simple standard coûte entre 35£ et 60£.


B & B (chambre et petit déjeuner) avec salle de bains particulière

Les toilettes et les douches/bains sont privés. Le prix d’une chambre double occupée par deux personnes est de 40£ à 50£ par personne par nuit, le prix d’une chambre simple est de 55£ à 65£ par nuit. Durant les périodes de pointe, les prix peuvent monter jusqu’à 75£ ou 80£ la nuit. A Oban, Portree et Inverness les chambres avec une belle vue sont parfois plus chères. En Irlande, les B & B coûtent environ 45€ ou 55€ par personne par nuit.


Hôtel

Les hôtels ont un bar ou un restaurant et servent les repas du soir. Le petit déjeuner est servi le matin et est inclus dans le prix. Le tarif d’un hôtel 3 étoiles est entre 65£ et 85£ par personne par nuit. Un hôtel 4 étoiles coûte entre 75£ et 120£ par personne par nuit. En Irlande, les hôtels coûtent entre 55€ et 65€ par personne par nuit.


Auberges de jeunesse

Une auberge de jeunesse consiste de chambres partagées/dortoirs avec 4 à 16 lits superposés. Les linges de toilette ne sont pas fournis mais on peut en louer. Les blocs sanitaires sont à proximité des dortoirs. Une cuisine équipée est à votre disposition pour que vous puissiez y préparer vous-même vos repas. Le tarif d’une auberge de jeunesse varie de 15£ et 25£ par nuitée. Il y a le choix entre un dortoir mixte (hommes et femmes dans un dortoir) ou un dortoir non mixte (dortoir réservé aux femmes ou dortoir réservé aux hommes) ; si vous avez une préférence, veuillez nous le faire savoir au moment de votre réservation.


J’ai encore des questions, qui peut y répondre?

Si vous avez encore des questions, n’hésitez pas à nous appeler au + 44 (0) 131 226 3133 ou à nous contacter par email sur rooms@rabbies.com.

Questions Fréquentes

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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