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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.

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

Highlights
~ Loch Lomond National Park
~ Oban
~ Iona and Staffa
~ 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. *please note 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.

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

Departs: 09.00       Returns: 19.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £289 - £319
Discount Prices:  £269 - £299
Departing: Monday (Mar - Oct), Wednesday & Saturday (May - Sept)

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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 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. 

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


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
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. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

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We actually did the 9 day tour which included the Orkney Isles. We had a great time and whenever we come back we will be definitely be using Rabbies
Posted by Sean Merritt Heather MacPherson on 09/10/2015


We would like to express our heartful gratitude to our above 5-day tours (24 to 28 Aug 2015) coach - Duncan. He took great care for each of our tour members. His detailed description of every scenic spot has impressed us of Scotlands highland history, geography and culture. Duncan also recommended various Scottish cuisines and we found very delicious indeed. He changed his route when we were back to Edinburgh since there was a car accident on the highway. He sent us back safely and in time due to his smart decision. We plan to visit Scotland again and join your tour once again!
Posted by Florence Lau on 05/10/2015


My husband and I did the 5 day Iona, Mull, and Skye tour with Jamie, and it was incredible! By far the best tour Ive ever done. Jamie was amazing, knowledgeable, and extremely fun! The route he took us on and the locations we visited were stunning and mind-blowing. I highly recommend this tour. The optional boat trip to Staffa was the highlight of my entire trip. Dont miss out on this amazing tour!
Posted by Heather Smith on 19/09/2015


Thank you for sharing your wonderful country with us. We loved it
Posted by STRAUHSKI on 07/09/2015


Doug was fantastic. He went out of his way to ensure everyone was comfortable in the coach and everyone had a choice in where to go. He told stories and funny anticdotes and kept us entertained with music if he wasn't talking. Excellent guide.
Posted by Jane on 27/07/2015


Sarah, the driver was very friendly, and did a great job telling us about the history of our surroundings.
Posted by Stephen on 13/07/2015


Both Duncan and Angus were outstanding. James was also very good and he had to deal with a couple difficult passengers. The scenery was amazing and the commentary very helpful. The drivers were also helpful about restaurants and other issues. We had been on 2 tours with Rabbie's previously and our outstanding experience continued.
Posted by Robert on 06/07/2015


Scenery was stunning but Jamie really made it great. He was friendly,efficient and very knowledgeable and his stories were great. Rabies and all the drivers seem to have a good reputation wherever we went.
Posted by gillian on 30/06/2015


John Wells was our guide and is Excellent in this capacity. Our group was diverse but the dynamics were warm and comfortable which made this an unforgettable trip. Two persons in our group had been on Rabbie Tours before -- a solid recommendation. The smaller number of passengers makes a decided difference. One feels on more intimate terms with the natural wild beauty of Scotland and the camaraderie shared by the end of our first day continued all the way throughout the 5 days. John is Masterful at encouraging, engaging and energizing the group process. Thank you, John and Rabbies for putting together such a rare experience. Jane and Daniel Kincaid
Posted by Jane and Daniel Kincaid on 23/06/2015


Common relationship with other tour passengers. Our guide and driver was was exceptional. Richard was a skilled and well trained driver on roads that are less than friendly. His driving skills allowed us to relax and enjoy every minute of our 5 days.
Posted by Michael on 23/06/2015


Richard did an excellent job: good driver, right amount of commentary, kept the group on time, sensitive to the need for stops, eager to show Scotland. He did not try to be an entertainer, but kept the focus on what we were seeing on the tour.
Posted by Virginia on 22/06/2015


Suu is a great down to earth person with a wealth of knowledge, made the trip with her true stories of the area travelled. Area around Plockton
Posted by Michael on 22/06/2015


Suu's stories! that girl needs to publish her book because I am dying to hear more of her stories.
Posted by Tahmina on 20/06/2015


Jamie made the trip so much fun. He was knowledgeable, caring, compassionate, concerned, and overall the best!
Posted by Dr William on 17/06/2015


I had almost forgotten about this forum. Its been quite a time since Ive joined. Now that Ive remembered, Id like to take the opportunity to thank Pete again for this great tour. Like all the other rabbies guides, he is a skilled, patient, friendly guide with a great talent for story-telling, but furthermore he is a wonderful, authentic, and really nice guy, too. It was a pleasure to meet him.
Posted by Sabine on 05/06/2015


no nonsense approach - honesty, competence, experience, gentleness of guide Richard - beauty of the country
Posted by Guy on 30/05/2015


We thoroughly enjoyed the whole 5 day tour. The bus size was just right. Andrew our guide really made the tour so special. He is such a pleasant guy, with so much knowledge of the areas we visited. He shared lots of good stories, played great music, and was there to help in any way he could.
Posted by Brenda on 27/05/2015


We enjoyed meeting people from other nations; our guide was lots of fun and well informed; Oban and Plockton had very nice lodging and good dining options; we never tired of the dramatic Highland vistas; our visit to Iona was quite memorable
Posted by Janice L on 27/05/2015


The guide looked after us superbly, giving us the information, telling us stories and helping me climb up to places as I'm no longer youthful and agile!!
Posted by Shirley on 19/05/2015


Engaging with new people from arround the world, seeing new parts of Scotland, Plocton and Skye. Not having to drive.
Posted by Brian on 27/04/2015


Everything was enjoyable. This is the second Rabbies Tour I have been on. As a single person travelling I find them ideal. The two tour guides I have had so far have been outstanding. John on the tour of Ireland, leaving from Dublin and Audrey on this tour. I loved everything.
Posted by m j on 19/04/2015


Suu is a great down to earth person with a wealth of knowledge, made the trip with her true stories of the area travelled. Area around Plockton
Posted by Michael on 22/06/2015


Suu's stories! that girl needs to publish her book because I am dying to hear more of her stories.
Posted by Tahmina on 20/06/2015


Jamie made the trip so much fun. He was knowledgeable, caring, compassionate, concerned, and overall the best!
Posted by Dr William on 17/06/2015


no nonsense approach - honesty, competence, experience, gentleness of guide Richard - beauty of the country
Posted by Guy on 30/05/2015


We thoroughly enjoyed the whole 5 day tour. The bus size was just right. Andrew our guide really made the tour so special. He is such a pleasant guy, with so much knowledge of the areas we visited. He shared lots of good stories, played great music, and was there to help in any way he could.
Posted by Brenda on 27/05/2015


We enjoyed meeting people from other nations; our guide was lots of fun and well informed; Oban and Plockton had very nice lodging and good dining options; we never tired of the dramatic Highland vistas; our visit to Iona was quite memorable
Posted by Janice L on 27/05/2015


The guide looked after us superbly, giving us the information, telling us stories and helping me climb up to places as I'm no longer youthful and agile!!
Posted by Shirley on 19/05/2015


Engaging with new people from arround the world, seeing new parts of Scotland, Plocton and Skye. Not having to drive.
Posted by Brian on 27/04/2015


Everything was enjoyable. This is the second Rabbies Tour I have been on. As a single person travelling I find them ideal. The two tour guides I have had so far have been outstanding. John on the tour of Ireland, leaving from Dublin and Audrey on this tour. I loved everything.
Posted by m j on 19/04/2015


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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 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: 
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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.

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