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5-Day Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

By: Rabbie's
  • Five-day small group excursion from Edinburgh to Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye by minivan
  • Scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands
  • Visit tranquil Iona, birthplace of Celtic Christianity
5-Day Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
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Adventure through wild countryside and ancient villages on this 5-day trip of Scotland’s western isles from Edinburgh. Design your ideal experience with a combination of private guided tours, independent sightseeing and activities. Marvel at the beauty of Trossachs National Park, catch a chance sighting of the Loch Ness monster, and journey through the fabled islands of Mull, Iona, Staffa and Isle of Skye. Four nights in 3- or 4-star accommodation and daily breakfasts included.
What to Expect
Day 1: Edinburgh - Oban
Visit Scotland's first National Park around Loch Lomond, stopping at the charming conservation village of Luss set on the Loch's banks. Travel through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands through the white-washed 18th-century town of Inveraray, home to the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll. Spend the afternoon in the heart of Argyll exploring the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada and the standing stones of Kilmartin before arriving in the beautiful fishing harbor town of Oban for the next two nights accommodation.

Day 2: Oban
Take the ferry to Mull to explore dramatic coastlines and wild beauty, before taking the small ferry to the peace and tranquility of Iona - birthplace of Celtic Christianity and ancient burial ground of Scottish Kings. Here you are at leisure to visit the historic Abbey with its intricate carved crosses in the churchyard or explore the rocky headlands. There is also an opportunity to take a small boat out to the island of Staffa and view the dramatic basalt columns immortalized by Mendelssohn in his Hebridean Overture 'Fingal's Cave'. Return on the ferry to Oban for your second night.

Day 3: Oban - Portree
Today takes you to Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker and Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Pass through Fort William and travel to Mallaig to catch the ferry to Skye. Arrive in Portree. Spend the evening at leisure. 

Day 4: Portree
Spend the day at Skye at leisure, following recommendations from your guide. 

Day 5: Portree - Edinburgh
You will be collected from your accommodation and travel south passing by part of the magnificent Cuillin Hills, leaving the island via the Skye bridge. The tour then takes the 'Road to the Isles' through the splendor of the Five Sisters of Kintail, the mountains guarding the pass. Stop to visit the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film Highlander, set at the junction of three lochs as protection against Viking raiders.

From here, continue east through Glen Sheil and Glen Moriston to Loch Ness, where you will stop in the small Highland village of Fort Augustus at the south end for your chance to try and spot the monster. There is a boat trip (summer only) available here that will get you that little bit closer! Continuing 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 Highland Perthshire for a final walk and coffee break in the fresh northern air. Continue south past Blair Castle, returning back to Edinburgh via Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge. Arrive into Edinburgh in the early evening where the tour will conclude.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Enjoyable tour

This was our first Rabbies tour. They reponsed promptly to our enquiry in detail, and this gave us a good impression. Furthermore, I was informed once they could not find us room of our first and second choices in Oban. Since we were informed ahead...More

Thank PaulineYY2017
Rabbie's, Customer Service Representative at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Pauline, I'm delighted to see you had a good time of the tour! Last minute travel obstacles can be stressful, so I'm glad everything was sorted out well before the departure date. I second your suggestion to visit Staffa, it's amazing! In regards to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing guide/driver

Our guide-driver, Suu is a super competent driver on those very narrow roads and kept us all entertained with history, geography and folklore. She was excellent at reading the group's needs vis-a-vis breaks and photo opportunities. The itinerary was excellent by allowing for touring as...More

Thank nancytom10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Beautiful country a lot of it unspoiled.Unexpected sights such as the Puffin viewing.

A great trip,made better by our wonderfully knowledgeable guide Mac.There was never a dull moment ,history, Scottish music and dialogue.Mac. playing the bagpipes at the MacKenzie site was a bonus. I am a single senior traveller and totally enjoyed the company of the mixture of...More

Thank Catherine B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Inner Hebrides tour

This is our 4th tour with Rabbies and we were not disappointed. Everything was great, even on the days when the weather wasn't so good. Ross was a great guide. Our accommodation was excellent.

Thank D5177CEchristinet
Reviewed 16 July 2018
Arron the kilted giant offered a great performance

I know, you book this for the views, not the guide, but it makes all the difference in the world! Trust me. Arron made the most boring-looking fields an unforgettable experience. That aside, this tour was very well planned and executed. In my opinion, Iona...More

Thank Keven A
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