Join us on your own private discovery of the beautiful Isle of Mull and the mystical Isle of Iona. Enjoy laid-back nature, stunning white sandy beaches, fabulous food and drink options, get up close and personal with wildlife and marvel at the geological structures around the island. Enjoyable, educational and just downright relaxing. Nothing will be rushed with this tour. Unwind and get back to nature!
Suggested meeting point is Oban (there is a train direct from Glasgow to Oban) we then make our way along the ‘Sound of Mull’. If another meeting point is preferred this may require an additional travel day. Please enquire on booking. Ferry trips in Scotland are always a delight. The 50 minute trip is well worth it. The ferry fare is included in the package.
Once on Mull we explore everything from the beautiful spirit produced at the Tobermory Distillery to the atmospheric and religiously significant Isle of Iona where only locals cars are allowed. There is the option of walking along to the silvery white sand beaches of Iona. Crafts are big business in Mull and Iona, none more so than the traditional Ardalanish Weavers. Handmade quality at its best.
Mull has some great restaurants and we are spoilt for choice!
Beaches are everywhere around Mull and one of the best known is Calgary Bay Beach, the namesake of the Canadian city in Alberta Province. We will spend some time also discovering the taste of Mull visiting some of the many talented food producers on the island.
Mull is full of history, incredible views, friendly locals (animal and human) and it’s a great place to relax and let the breeze wash away the modern day stresses!
Day 1 – Set off by ferry from Oban 09:20 check in (alternative travel to Mull by helicopter. Request details on booking).
-Drive to biggest town on island, Tobermory. Check into accommodation.
-Walking tour of the colourful harbour area (maybe even catch site of otters!) then short walk to the famous Tobermory Distillery to get a tour and taste of the gems they have to offer and you may be tempted to leave with a bottle or two!
-Choice of 25 minute walk or take the vehicle to the Isle of Mull Cheese Co to sample some of their fabulous cheeses and take tea in the ‘Glass Barn’ at the farm.
-Return to accommodation to get ready for dinner. Dinner at your own expense and discretion. Suggestions of great Tobermory restaurants available on request. If preferred we can make suggestions/ bookings on booking of tour.
Day 2 – After a hearty breakfast we make our way West to the stunning Calgary Bay (origin of name of famous Canadian city!).
-Morning stroll on calming white sand beach. Plenty of photo opportunities.
-Visit Calgary Art in Nature centre (includes a woodland walk if interested). There are many pieces of sculpture and art scattered around the site and woods in a wild situation.
-Lunch at cafe (own expense).
-Drive to the Eas Fors Waterfall for some great photo opportunities
-Drive back to the Lip an Cloiche Gardens where it is possible to see many plants growing here that will not grow in other areas of Scotland due to the mild and temperate conditions on Mull.
-Return to accommodation to get ready for dinner at the cosy and quaint ex-fisherfolk cottage restaurant, Ballygown. Table will be provisionally booked but as with all meals is optional to you but this place is well worth a visit.
Day 3 – Early start, travel to Fionnphort to take a boat tour to Staffa Island which has stunning wildlife and incredible geological structures. The tour will include the famous Fingal’s Cave which is made up of hexagonal, basalt columns and is quite a wonder to view. There is a good chance you may also be able to view Dolphins, porpoises and minke whales in their natural habitat. In the Summer months puffins inhabit Staffa. This tour lasts 3 hours and with all tours in Scotland waterproof clothing is recommended! A longer tour which includes Treshnish Isles is available. If interested in booking this instead of standard tour please request at booking stage.
-suggested lunch at Fionnphort Seafood Bar (own expense).
-take a 10 minute ferry trip for an afternoon on the isle of Iona for a wholly religious experience. Visit the famous abbey and/ or visit the many craft shops and walk the white sands with spectacular views over to surrounding islands with views of Ben More.
-drive back to accommodation for the night
-suggested dinner spot of Ninth Wave within walking distance of B&B. This cosy croft restaurant has amazing seasonal menus to delight your tastebuds. The owners of the restaurant ethos is one where “luxury meets environmental awareness”.(Own expense)
-post-dinner whisky tasting at The Keel Row
Day 4 – Final day, hearty breakfast then have leisurely drive east to the mystical standing stone circle at Lochbuie under the Ben Buie mountain. Spend some time soaking up the atmosphere.
-visit the nearby Moy Castle.
-visit small church of St Kilda at Lochbuie
-make our way along the east coast of the island to Craignure.
-lunch at Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa. (Own expense). Option of spa treatment (own expense). Alternatively, visit Duart Castle, restored 13th century castle and dungeons with exhibition of the history of the Chiefs and the Clan Maclean. The cafe also has a tearoom for refreshments.
-make our way to ferry terminal for 17:05 ferry back to Oban and the end of our adventure.
-ferries to Mull and Iona
-entry to all organised events/ visits
What’s not included?:
-all food. This is at discretion of each guest. Great restaurants will be suggested. Booking may be possible (subject to availability. Earlier the better for booking.)
– Standard – Basic level accommodation costed in any tour priced including accommodation.
– Premium – Higher grade likely to include breakfast or standard level accommodation in an area where general costs of accommodation are higher due to seasonality.
– Luxury – Superior high level accommodation likely to be graded 5* by the Scottish Tourist Board and likely to include dinner in the package. Availability for this can be limited in some areas.
PLEASE NOTE: WHERE AN ADJUSTMENT TO COST OF ACCOMMODATION HAS TO BE MADE, UP OR DOWN, AN ADJUSTMENT INVOICE OR CREDIT WILL BE ISSUED ONCE ACCOMMODATION IS FINALISED.
Please note that this tour will require 4 consecutive days free in the calendar.