Iona, Mull, Skye & Orkneys 2021/2022

0
Price
From$2,490 pp
Price
From$2,490 pp
Full Name*
Email Address*
Your Enquiry*
* I agree with Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.
Please agree to all the terms and conditions before proceeding to the next step
Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account

703

Why Book With Us?

  • Over 22 years of exceptional service
  • Hand-Picked tours & accommodations
  • Preferred Suppliers & Rates

Contact us...

Our experienced travel designers are ready to arrange your travels.

1-888-597-3519

905-639-9954

dhtour@dhtour.ca

9 Days / 8 Nights (B 'n B or hotel)
Availability : April - October
Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

Iona, Mull, Skye & Orkneys: 2 nts Oban, 2 nts Plockton, 1 nt Inverness, 2 nts Kirkwall, 1 nt Ullapool

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

Experience Scotland’s iconic landmarks and offbeat charms on this nine day tour.

You’ll see the famed beauty of Skye, you’ll hear about the infamous tragedy of Glencoe, and you’ll get to know the legends of Loch Ness and Loch Lomond.

And there’s more. Because you’ll also venture far from the well-trodden paths to the northern wilds of Orkney, and the peaceful shores of Iona and Mull.

It’s a tour that’s perfect if you want an unforgettable experience of both Scotland’s local secrets and world class highlights.

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS / MAX 16 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

Loch Lomond National Park – One of Scotland’s largest lochs. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.

Oban – This Victorian harbour town offers excellent seafood and a charming intimacy.

Iona – Visit the tiny Island of Iona inhabited with around 120 people.

Fingal’s Cave – The cave is compiled of natural hexagonal pillars and has inspired many musicians and writers.

Isle of Skye – Traverse one of the world’s most stunning islands, with beautiful views around every corner.

Eilean Donan Castle – An iconic and gorgeous 13th-century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.

Orkney Isles – These beautiful islands are full of ancient history and wildlife.

Glencoe and Rannoch Moor – Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.

Loch Ness – This loch holds more fresh water than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined. But does it also hold the Loch Ness Monster?

Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar – Learn how people used to live in ancient times at these prehistoric monuments.

North Coast 500 – A rollercoaster road of ruined castles, pristine beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming villages

Pick Up Location & TIme

Edinburgh  (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 8:45am (tour departs at 9:00am) – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Drop off Location & Time

Edinburgh
7:00pm

Price Includes

  • 8 night Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation or hotel accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full Scottish breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Meals

  • 8 breakfast
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attraction
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are world famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1Edinburgh - Oban

Travel north past Stirling Castle and to the region of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

You venture through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands and the magnificent whitewashed 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 before arriving in the bustling town of Oban for your two-night stay.

Day 2Oban

Today you have an early start, beginning the day crossing on the ferry to Mull for a chance to explore dramatic coastlines and wild beauty.

You take the small ferry to Iona, the 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 rocky headlands and sandy coves.

There’s an opportunity to take a small boat for an optional trip 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. (B)

Day 3Oban - Plockton

You ramble north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker. Next, you head to the gorgeous Glencoe, one of the most famous natural landmarks in all of Scotland. This beautiful area boasts steep slopes and photogenic peaks. Your driver-guide may reveal to you the tragic tale that’s haunted this valley for over 300 years.

You then venture through Fort William and under the shadow of Ben Nevis, which at 1,344 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. From here, you travel north to the picturesque fishing village of Plockton. You’re dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening. (B)

*Please note that if your tour departs on a Friday, you stay in Portree instead of Plockton. Also, during busy periods, the same change may take place.

Day 4Plockton

Today is a very flexible day on Skye; and your driver-guide ensures you take a unique route that suits the weather, the local events, and your group’s interests.

You may ascend the Quiraing along Trotternish Ridge and be rewarded with spectacular views. Alternatively, you could drink in the scenery at Loch Corruisk or drive through the dramatic Red Cuillin to the little hamlet of Elgol.

We return you to your accommodation in Plockton* in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village. (B)

*Please note that if your tour departs on a Friday, you stay in Portree instead of Plockton. Also, during busy periods, the same change may take place.

Day 5Plockton - Inverness

You’re collected from your accommodation for the short drive to the famous stronghold of Eilean Donan Castle.

Then, you travel east taking in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. You continue to Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting “Nessie’.

Half an hour south of Loch Ness you will stop in the village of Spean Bridge and join a new bus for the continuation of your tour to Orkney. Your guides will help you transfer your luggage and introduce you to your new travelling companions.

With your new crew you continue north following the Great Glen travelling along the famous loch and passing by Urquhart Castle.

You arrive in Inverness, the Highland Capital, in the early evening. (B)

Day 6Inverness - Kirkwall

It’s an early start, leaving behind the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, crossing over the Black Isle, and continuing past Dunrobin Castle.

From here, you drive along the northeast Highland coastline, travelling into some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery. Onwards through Scotland’s most northerly mainland village, John o’ Groats, and then to Gills Bay, where you board the ferry, and cross the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago.

It’s a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel where you stop for a visit before continuing to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, Capital of Orkney. Here you can visit Kirkwall’s magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets. (B)

Day 7Kirkwall

Today is your chance to explore this archipelago’s fertile green pastures fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

You visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar and the Druidic standing stones of Stenness.

You stop in Stromness and then travel onto Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions.

Then it’s back to Kirkwall for your second night after what is sure to be a memorable day. (B)

Day 8Kirkwall - Ullapool

After a relaxed start, you leave Orkney and sail the Viking waters back to the mainland. From here, you travel the old road right across the very top of Scotland, driving past the stunning Ben Loyal and Ben Hope mountains, following the rocky cliffs and stunning golden sand beaches.

You then visit the far northwest Highlands and the wilderness of the mountains of Assynt before stopping to view the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle.

From here, you travel to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village where you spend your last night’s stay on tour. (B)

Day 9Ullapool - Edinburgh

Leaving Ullapool behind, you take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into Corrieshalloch Gorge. You then admire the beautiful Loch Glascarnoch, on the way past the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, Inverness.

You can visit Culloden Moor, the site of The Battle of Culloden in 1746, one of the bloodiest events in our history and the last battle to have been fought on the British mainland. Next, you take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns, made famous by Diana Gabaldon in the ‘Outlander’ books.

From here, you travel through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest, hugging the Cairngorm mountain range. You enjoy lunch in these beautiful surroundings before travelling through The Big Tree country of Perthshire, the Kingdom of Fife, and back to Edinburgh. (B)

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: May 5 to September 29 – Monday Wednesday, Friday & Saturday (except May 31, June 25, August 4 & Sept 8,10 & 22) $2490 $2750
2021: October 4 to October 25 – Monday & Wednesday (except October 20 & 27) $2490 $2750
2022: April 2 to May 31 – Monday Wednesday, Friday & Saturday  $2480 $2740
2022: June 1 to September 30 – Monday Wednesday, Friday & Saturday  $2570 $2830
2022: October 3 to October 24 – Monday & Wednesday (except October 19 & 26) $2480 $2740
Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: April 3 to April 26 – Monday, Wednesday & Saturday $2830 $3490
2021: April 28 to September 29 – Monday Wednesday, Friday & Saturday (except June 12, 14, 16 & Sept 11)    $2920 $3590
2021: October 4 to October 25 – Monday & Wednesday $2830 $3490

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

Map

Photos