MULL AND THE ISLES
OF IONA ABBEY
Great Scottish Tours (GST) can arrange for your tour to begin at your departure point, such as your hotel, in the cities of Sterling, Glasgow or Edinburgh.
The first part of the tour passes through beautiful Perthshire to Crieff, famous for its whisky, and up to Loch Earn, in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
Continuing west to Oban, we detour into the , which boasts spectacular views of the south side of Loch Etive and smoked salmon from the local smokehouse.
Heading onwards, we reach Oban and its spectacular views over to the Isle of Mull. Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and the largest island in the area of
Argyll and Bute. It is the first of the Inner Hebrides islands which we will visit, crossing the Sound of Mull by ferry.
After disembarking at Craignure, we turn left along the single-track road to Fionnphort. There is a good chance of spotting some highland ‘coos’ as we travel through Mull's
magnificent scenery on the short journey to Fionnphort,
where we will enjoy our first overnight stay in Fionnphort
Pick up points
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling,Perth
village of Taynuilt
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
we will make our way to Oban
Argyll and Bute
Inner Hebrides islands
Board the Short ferry Crossing which will take you to port Craignure in
Isle Of Mull
Returning To Fionnphort for an Over Night Stay
Achnacriche sits within
a large garden surrounded
by ancient oak woodland
Premium Rooms with;
Located in Bonnavoulin on the Morvern peninsula
This B&B offers accommodation with unlimited WiFi
3 Course Meal
locally sourced ingredients
Relax in the private guest
sitting room with its log burning
stove, large screen television, books
and maps about this wonderful part of Scotland.
Enjoy a full
breakfast in the garden room
Evening meals & picnic lunch
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is the
fourth largest park in the British Isles,
and is chock full of incredible nature,
from beautiful Lochs, stunning
mountains and tranquil glens, a holiday
in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is
Seabirds & Puffins
We start the morning in Fionnphort harbour and board the foot ferry for a short crossing to the 'sacred isle' of Iona, taking in the glorious scenery on the way.
This beautiful island, home to the iconic Iona Abbey, is one of the oldest Christian religious centres in Western Europe and is reached by a short walk from the ferry landing.
There is also an opportunity to visit Fingal's Cave. This is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, known for its natural acoustics and fascinating hexagonal basalt
columns. Composer Felix Mendelssohn visited Staffa Island, where he jotted his first notes of the Hebrides Overture Fingalsӧhle (Fingal’s Cave). Allocated time ashore is around
two hours, depending on the tides. There may also be a chance, depending on the time of year of your visit, to see the puffins May to early August are the best months to see the
colony and watch the puffins searching for sand eels to feed their young, making this a worthwhile trip for any nature lover. These delightful and comical-looking little birds
spend some months entirely at sea, leaving their colonies towards the end of July- August .
We will continue heading on to Tobermory for our second overnight resting place.
Starting In Fionnphort
Short Foot Ferry Crossing
'sacred isles of iona'
The Isle of Mull or just Mull is the second-largest island of the Inner Hebrides and lies off the west coast of Scotland
Island of Staffa
Returning To Tobermory
Corran Esplanade, Oban
The award-winning property stands out on Oban's beautiful seafront
The spacious en-suite rooms boast king-size or super king-size beds
large flat-screen TV
The superb bathrooms offer top quality accessories
Bathrobes and large towels
The serene Isle of Iona is home to the oldest and most sacred religious places in all of western Europe.Restored medieval abbey is on site of the ancient church.
The Isle of Mull or just Mull has attractions, accommodation, culture, stunning wildlife, whales Dolphins and the UK's largest eagle population.
The uninhabited island of Staffa includes the famous Fingal's Cave. Fingal's Cave was immortalised by Mendelssohn
Iona Abbey is one of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites. Located on the Isle of Iona, just off the Isle of Mull
Tobermory Return to Glasgow Edinburgh, Stirling or Hotel
We will continue the route back to Craignure to catch the ferry back to the mainland. On route, we can arrange a private tour of the legendary Inverawe Smokehouse before heading on to Kilchurn Castle. The castle’s dramatic location at the head of Loch Awe, with the peak of Ben Cruachan visible, is one of the most photographed locations in
Scotland. The inscription over the front door recognises John Earl of Breadalbane and his wife, Countess Mary Campbell, and contains the date of 1693. From the top of Kilchurn Castle, you can see the original territory of Clan Campbell.
As we head back to Crianlarich, we will travel further down into the Trossachs & Loch Lomond area, which is steeped in history, famous events, and notable individuals like Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and Rob Roy MacGregor. Their stories have been told by numerous novelists, the most famous being Sir Walter Scott.He wrote about Rob Roy and Loch Katrine in his novels and poems and is partly responsible for the popularity of the area today. Many of the characters have been portrayed infilms about their lives, such as Rob Roy (1953, 1995), William Wallace in Braveheart (1995), and Mary Queen of Scots (1971), played by Venessa Redgrave.
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe & Loch Lommond
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