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MULL AND THE ISLES

 

OF IONA ABBEY

 

 

THREE-DAY TOUR

Day One

 

Mull-Iona-Staffa-Fionnphort 

 

 

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

Itinerary

 

 

DAY ONE

 

 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

 

 


Accommodation

 

 

ACHNACRICHE

 

 HOUSE

 

Drimnin Estate

 

Achnacriche sits within
a large garden surrounded
by ancient oak woodland

 

Premium Rooms with;

Sea views


Garden view

 

Located in Bonnavoulin on the Morvern peninsula

 

 This B&B offers accommodation with unlimited WiFi

 

Flat-screen TV

 

 



Evening information



DINING



ACHNACRICHE RESTAURANT



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. 



BREAKFAST


included

Enjoy a full

breakfast in the garden room


Evening meals & picnic lunch 

(pre-booking essential)




 

 

Nearby

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

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 

 

sublime.

 

wildlife

Seabirds & Puffins

 

Accessibility

Wheelchair-accessible entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Two

 

Fionnphort-Iona Abbey-Staffa-Tobermory

 


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.

Itinerary


DAY TWO



Starting In Fionnphort


Short Foot Ferry Crossing
to the
'sacred isles of iona'

IONA ABBEY

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
Fingal's Cave

Returning To Tobermory






Accommodation

 

 

MACKAYS

 

Guest House

 

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

 

 Easy chairs 

 

large flat-screen TV

 

The superb bathrooms offer top quality accessories

 

 Bathrobes and large towels

COMPLIMENTARY

 

 

Evening Information




DINING 




The Ninth Wave


Award-winning game and seafood restaurant on the Isle of Mull


Lobster, crab, hand-dived scallops and fish are often caught only hours before appearing on your dinner plate


More Info


BREAKFAST


Mackays






About




HIGHLIGHTS



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 


 

 

 

 

Day Three

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.

 



HIGHLIGHTS

Inverawe Smokehouse

Ben Cruachan 

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe & Loch Lommond

Bookings & Enquiry

 

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