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  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.

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.

For more information on accommodation and prices click here...

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

~ 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:  £269 - £309
Discount Prices:  £249 - £289
Departing: Monday (Mar - Oct) & Thursday (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 

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

Meals and refreshments. 
Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions. 

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 16 (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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Our guide, Audrey, was amazing. She went above and beyond the itinerary. Apart from looking after everyone so well, she was very amusing (hilarious at times!) and really knew her stuff about this part of Scotland. Even if not all together true, she had an answer to all the questions people fired at her. The tour of the islands was fabulous, weather behaved itself and great travelling companions. The blips we had with accommodation were fixed for us by Audrey. We changed buses on the fifth day to continue on to Inverness and the Orkney Islands for a further four nights. Andrew was our extremely helpful, cheerful, friendly guide who looked very smart in his Campbell kilt! We certainly hope to travel with Rabbie's again but doubt if anything can surpass this great eight-night tour. We recommend Rabbie's to anyone of any age considering exploring Scotland.
Posted by Penny Joppe/Tony de Goutiere on 10/02/2015

My wife, 2 daughters and I took the tour of Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye with Richard as our guide. He is a very accomplished guide and was able to offer us great insights on the geography and history of Scotland. He demonstrated a great deal of patience in dealing with persons of a diverse background as well as giving us many opportunities and suggestions for picture taking. I found Rabbie's to be a very professional organisation which did not resort to the gimmicks of other tours companies. When there was a glitch with one hotel reservation, the clerk Michael at the Rowantree Hotel in Oban contacted Rabbie's who responded quickly with alternate accomodation. Duncan another Rabbie's guide who was on site delivering other guests took over and took our luggage to the alternate hotel. Rabbie's paid for our dinner that evening to show good faith. Richard our guide was very concerned and ensured we were reimbursed for our meal quickly. We are considering another tour with Rabbie's to the Orknies.
Posted by Rod Noakes on 04/09/2014

My daughter and I recently returned from Mull, Iona & the Isle of Skye. I had no idea how incredibly beautiful Scotland is! Photos don't do it justice, particularly in Skye. Our tour was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, due in large part to our great guide, Paul. With his extensive knowledge of history and folklore (and a wonderful selection of Scottish music), he brought the past to life for us. He is a master storyteller—introducing background, building on it with perfect timing, and delivering the last piece of information, or the end of the story, just as we arrived at each destination. He brought us all along on a marvelous journey. This tour left both my daughter and me feeling a deep personal connection to Scotland. Thank you Paul, and thank you Rabbies! Bridget Dole
Posted by Bridget Dole on 02/09/2014

I just finished an amazing 5 day tour if Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye with my Mum. And so to commemorate the trip, I thought I would share a poem. Thank you John, and all my new friends, for an wonderful trip. Five Days in Scotland Five days we spent on a Rabbie's bus, Sixteen intrepid travelers. Representing countries from around the globe, Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, and England. The vibe was amazing, the connection secure, with John, our fearless driver and guide. Friendships were formed from the very first morn, Encouraged and fostered by John. Our interchangeable navigators took the front passenger seat, responsible for all events meteorological. We explored the West Highlands over hill, mountain and dale, Trying valiantly to NOT feed the midgies. We were more than a little surprised by two rams and a sleeping lamb; one asleep in a parking spot and the others who chose to do battle, front and centre, on the road! Iona and the isle of Skye were inspiring, But so were the other spots too. And John's fantastic driving skills kept us securely on the track, Driving both forwards and backwards. We were regaled with amazing and lyrical tales, Of fairies, Kings, Queens and Clan leaders of old, So many things to remember and so many tales to share. And to any who asks, "Would you do it again?" We reply, "Absolutely, let's head out together again!" 👍 🐑 ☕️ ✔️ 🚻 🚐 😎 Thanks, Maggie
Posted by Maggie Greenough on 03/08/2014

We really enjoyed our tour last week to Iona, Mull & Skye. We especially enjoyed our fantastic driver/guide Duncan MacLachlan, his knowledge, humor and wonderful stories kept us entertained the whole time. We cannot praise him enough!
Posted by Kris & Sandra Hallergard on 12/06/2014

We had a really great time! Thank you George for the wonderful time and the fairy tales. We are missing scotland already and will return ;-) Greetings from Germany
Posted by Susanne on 02/06/2014

Just want to thank our Guide Georg for a great time and his fabulous fairy tales. Greetings from Germany.
Posted by mareeen on 01/06/2014

Sarah was an outstanding driver and tour guide. She was friendly, knowledgeable and very aware of the needs of her tourists. It made the whole trip very enjoyable.
Posted by Marlene on 23/05/2014

Overall the itinerary was great, well constructed for the time frame. I chose this tour because of the small group size & I am very impressed with the company, the organisation & the staff. However, my highest praise is for the young kilt wearing Duncan, he is simply an outstanding driver/guide, a wonderful story teller, able to weave history, culture & legend together into a coherent & entertaining dialogue...& deliver it expertly. The depth of his knowledge is amazing, he is passionate about the subject, & he has a natural ability to connect with people. He was always friendly, helpful, considerate, punctual, professional & efficient. He is a great ambassador for his country & its history & congratulations to the company for employing such high calibre staff. Thank you very much for a terrific few days.
Posted by Anne on 15/05/2014

I am in the early stages of planning of what might be a once in a lifetime trip to Scotland from the United States. I am having a hard time deciding between some of the 5-6 day tours. I know I want to go north of Edinburgh and we like rugged landscapes and ruinous castles. Which tours have you done and would recommend! Considering Iona, Mull, and Isle of Skye OR Highland Explorer OR Orkney and Far North OR Outer Hebrides and Skye.
Posted by AmandaB on 03/04/2014

fantastic tour to the highlands with one of the best tour guide we ever had thanks to duncan amazing landscapes and lots of history and storys about the highlanders
Posted by Jens on 27/09/2013

Sarah is a fantastic tour guide. She went out of her way to personalize the tour. Lots of laughs were shared. While having fun, she always conducted herself in a professional matter ensuring we were well informed. Additionally, I enjoyed the diversity of the group.
Posted by Lisa on 21/09/2013

Ross was great, a number of us had cameras, so we got a lot "photo ops" along the way. His history knowledge was great. The weather on Skye was typical, so Ross rearranged our day to fit the changing conditions and our opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery that is Skye. The side trip to the Faerie Glen to walk around was a bonus.
Posted by Bill on 03/09/2013

Ross did a great job! He knew just where to go to avoid crowds, get great photos, and maximize our time. Very knowledgeable of all items related to our tour (history, geography, personalities, etc) he had an answer for every question!
Posted by Geoff on 12/08/2013

George, our guide was wonderful. He made us all comfortable and he was very enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge. We really enjoyed the whole tour and would come back and do it all again.
Posted by Kelly on 06/08/2013

After having completed 4 Rabbies tours, the last one of Iona Mull and the Isle of Skye tour was my favourite. The scenery, the great weather and a great driver/guide George helped make it a fantastic 5 days. For anyone who enjoys the outdoors this tour is food for the soul! ♥ :)
Posted by Teresa Clarke on 30/07/2013

The professionalism and competency of George ensured we all had a great trip, he goes out of his way to accommodate everyones requests! The swimming sheep and bubbling water were a bonus on top of 5 days packed full of sights!!!
Posted by Teresa on 30/07/2013

I had a wonderful time. A great thanks to you Sarah (our lovely guide), you never failed to amaze us with tons of stories, facts and figures . Your granny must have been a very wise woman ;-) Travelling alone sometimes feels a little lonely, but certainly not on a Rabbies Tour. The small groups create a familial atmosphere. I had the pleasure of meeting some lovely people from all over the world. This was definitely not my last Rabbies tour!
Posted by Ines on 09/07/2013

Our 5 day 4 night tour was better than we had dreamed it would be. Suu Caledonia, our beloved guide, was passionate, smart, witty, an adventurer (and willing to stop at places that were of particular interest us) and a fantastic story teller. Her soundtrack and stories that tied in with our visit to the stunning Scotland landscape were unsurpassed. We went to see Bruce Springsteen in Glasgow, and honestly the tour with Rabbies and the concert are tied for my highlights of our trip to Scotland. I will post pictures later.
Posted by Suzanne Halvorson on 26/06/2013

Enjoying the company of a small group tour, Andrew was the best guide ,always so happy & full of knowledge wherever we were .
Posted by john on 22/06/2013

I really enjoyed going to Staffa, and exploring the fairy ponds and fairy glen in Skye. I also found Paul's commentary fantastic. It would not have been the same tour without the commentary (and music).
Posted by Kate on 21/06/2013

I recently did the five day tour with Duncan. I had a wonderful time. Duncan was an excellent driver and guide. He was friendly, helpful and full of knowledge and great stories. I really enjoyed the small group tour, and will definitely do that in future. I have in the past done larger tours, and while I enjoyed them, the small group was much better. I also liked the fact that dinner was not organised so we could do what we chose to. I would not hesitate in recommending Rabbies to anyone. I wish we had you in Aus, but I will be back. And will choose Rabbies.
Posted by chris on 20/06/2013

A fantastic trip with tour guide/driver, Doug, who kept the history "lessons" interesting and fun ! The weather was great, I met wonderful people , and will be savoring the memories for a long time to come... Thanks, Rabbies. It was my 4th tour with your company in 3 years, and I wouldn't travel any other way !!
Posted by Colleen Sampson on 12/06/2013

Our driver/guide Sarah made everywhere most interesting with her excellent knowledge of Scottish History and Legends
Posted by ELLEN on 10/06/2013

Our family recently went on a tour with Duncan McLachlin as our guide. We had a fabulous time and are sure we had the best guide Rabbie's has to offer. Duncan was knowledgable, personable, and very funny. He often went out of his way to make our tour the best it could possibly be. We have recommended Rabbie's to many friends and also told them to ask for Duncan! Dianna, Ian, Sarah and Robin
Posted by Dianna Mcaleer on 03/06/2013

Our guide, Sarah, for her enthusiastic telling of stories & legends - had us wanting for more. Her knowledge of the area was amazing and she was always only too happy to help. Also made it an active tour for us stopping whenever possible for us to get out and about even in adverse weather conditions.
Posted by Peter & Anna Brennan on 08/05/2013

Audrey was incredible, the best tour guide I've ever had. We never had a dull moment, she always kept things interesting but without it being too fast paced, it was perfect. Every stop we made was enjoyable, with a good variety. Audrey told us the best stories about everywhere we went, she was fun and friendly and definitely kept us entertained and made things very easy on all of us the entire tour.
Posted by Aubrey Stapp on 17/04/2013

My husband and I took this tour in September 2012 and loved every minute. Our driver was Audrey and she did an excellent job, always pleasant and helpful and a great story teller!
Posted by Colin and Barbara Tucker on 18/10/2012

The time spent on Iona and Mull was the most enjoyable part of a very enjoyable tour.
Posted by Luisa Ferrari on 23/09/2012

limiting the numbers is a good idea as everyone gets to know each other a little so it felt very relaxing. Also not too much time spent getting on/off the bus. Audrey was a great guide, very friendly, helpful and caring - and very funny in places :)
Posted by Wendy Edwards on 18/09/2012

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