Drive the full length of Loch Ness, see Cairngorms National park and the stunning Glen Coe, and pass Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.
- Adult ages 16-59
- Child aged 3 to 15 inclusive
- Senior Seniors(s) 60yrs+ / Students
The Wilderness Experience
Come join us on a three-day adventure to Mull and Iona, two of Scotland’s most stunning and unspoilt islands. You take four ferries on this tour and have loads of opportunities to wildlife spot and explore both islands — a nature lover’s dream.
- Oban: Explore Oban, climb McCaig’s Tower and enjoy fresh seafood.
- Mull: Two nights in the colourful harbourside town of Tobermory
- Iona: Visit the Abbey* and explore the untouched wilderness.
- Wildlife Spotting: Look out for sea eagles on the way to the Corran ferry.
- Glen Coe: Dramatic and wild landscape with history to match
Small-Group Mull & Iona Tour *16 Passengers Maximum*
Journey west to Loch Lomond…
Departing from Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, we may head west to Glasgow to meet the rest of our group. (If everyone is departing from Edinburgh, we will miss this stop.) We’ll then be able to experience the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond – Scotland’s largest loch, dotted with 60 islands. One of the most intriguing islands is Inchconnachan, which is inhabited by a colony of wallabies! They have thrived on the island since the 1940s. We will stop at a small village called Luss, where you can walk the beach or visit the pretty village shops.
Stunning views and fairytale castles…
We’ll continue through the Trossachs and stop to enjoy stunning views at the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, a beautiful place to stop and look back upon your journey. We will then make a quick stop at Inveraray to see the impressive Clan Campbell castle. It is a beautiful example of Gothic Revival architecture.
The seafood capital Oban…
We’ll travel through the Scottish Highlands and watch the landscape begin to change as we drive comfortably north. Our journey continues through the glens and onwards along the shore of Scotland’s longest Loch to the west coast town of Oban. This is the place to enjoy some of the freshest seafood in Scotland. Opt for the seafood platter from the famous Oban Seafood Hut if you’re feeling adventurous. Oban Distillery* is perched right in the centre of town; if you’d like to enjoy a tasting, you can just pop in and be welcomed by the world-famous Oban 14-year-old in their upstairs bar. Or you can take a walk up to McCaig’s Tower for views over the town and islands further afield.
Cross the water to Mull…
We’ll jump aboard our ferry and take the short journey to Craignure, Mull. During the hour-long crossing, keep an eye out for whales, dolphins and even basking sharks. Once on Mull, we’ll head north to the colourful fishing port of Tobermory the capital of the island, where we’ll be staying for the next two nights. The delicious Cafe Fish is a great place for dinner, but it’s a good idea to book ahead as it can get very busy! Some of the fantastic accommodation we use in Tobermory is located up a steep hill, so please do let us know if you have any mobility issues when booking.
Tobermory to the beautiful Island of Iona…
Departing from Tobermory, we’ll take a stunning drive covering the length of the island to Fionnphort, enjoying some beautiful viewpoints along the way. We’ll catch the ferry from here as foot passengers to the tiny island of Iona. Just 3 miles from north to south, this sacred island is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peace and tranquillity.
You can visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery*, founded by St Columba in 563, and its museum of Celtic heritage and history. Or take one of many excellent walks, perhaps to St Columba’s Bay, where St Columba is said to have arrived with his monks in 563. Here, you can admire the array of richly coloured pebbles, especially the white and green Iona marble. Or walk up to Dun I, ‘The Hill of Iona’, to take in stunning views from the highest point on Iona. As Iona is entirely explored on foot (we leave the bus on Mull) we recommend suitable clothes and shoes for walking.
Wildlife spotting on the journey back to Tobermory…
We’ll return to Mull on the ferry and make our way back to Tobermory for the evening. On these drives, it’s important to keep an eye out for otters. Whenever you see seaweed and rocks, there’s a possibility you’ll spot one, as this is where they tend to find their prey. You’ll have to look carefully, however, as the seaweed acts as a good camouflage for them on the shoreline.
A day of short ferry rides and backroads…
On day three, we’ll take a ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline. It’s a short crossing and the perfect opportunity to look out for sea eagles. We’ll drive through the remote Glen Geal and make our way past the stunning lochs Sunart and Linnhe on our way to Ardgour. From here, we’ll take another short ferry over to Corran.
The beautiful and eerie Glen Coe…
We’ll pass Ballachulish, which is surrounded by some of the most strikingly beautiful scenery in Scotland, and have time in Glen Coe to take pictures and learn the brutal story of the massacre that took place here in 1692.
Heading further south, we’ll stop in Glasgow for anyone who wants to depart the tour here before returning to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.
Q. How does our accommodation booking service work?
We can book your accommodation for you, or you can choose to book your own, as long as it is centrally located at the overnight stop location. Your driver-guide will drop you off and pick you up from the accommodation and you will pay direct to your hosts.
Q. How much will the accommodation cost?
Accommodation is not included in the tour price, below is an estimate of the costs per bed or room night.
- Hostel: Shared rooms from £18 to £28 per single bed per night
- Bed & Breakfast: From £80 – £110 per room per night
- Bed & Breakfast Ensuite: From £110 – £150 per room per night
- Hotel: From £150+ per room per night
- Ensuite: This means you will have your own private bathroom/toilet/shower
All accommodation costs depend on availability and season – so it may be more or less than estimated above. Also, please be advised that many smaller accommodation providers only accept cash payments, and do not accept debit/credit cards as method of payment.
Q. If I wish to book my own accommodation is there anything I need to know?
Once you’ve booked your accommodation, you’ll need to contact us at [email protected]
highlandexperience.com and let us know where you have booked to stay. Please, only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. If you’re unsure, please check with us first.
- No matter when you visit, the weather in Scotland can be “changeable”, to say the least. We suggest that you bring suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket (it has been known to rain in Scotland), sunglasses and plenty of layers.
- Ensure you bring shoes suitable for short walks, on rough or uneven terrain.
- Although most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, we would also recommend bringing cash with you.
- Don’t forget a camera to snap the fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!
- Please limit your luggage to 1 x small/medium piece per person (no more than 15kg), along with 1 x small handbag or daypack.