3 DAYS - OBAN - MULL & IONA
FROM GLASGOW & EDINBURGH
Our 3 Day Tour of Oban, and the isles of Mull and Iona will take you through some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. Take in the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond, marvel at the imposing Glencoe and its gory history. Travel down the rugged west coast to the seaside Town of Oban before taking the ferry for a 45 minute sail to the inner-hebrides Isle of Mull and the colourful Tobermory.
Leaving Tobermory, gaze at the lush landscape as we travel to Fionnfort and on to the holy Isle of Iona, the heart of christianity in Scotland. In our way back to tobermory for our 2nd night we visit Duart Castle.
On our last day we travel back to Oban and journey to Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe, once a fortress for the Clan Campbell. From here it is a short journey to Inveraray, where we can visit Inveraray Castle or the Inveraray Jail.
We now travel over Glen Croe onto the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond again as we make our way back to your hotel.
what to expect
DAY 1 -Loch Lomond – Rannoch Moor – Glencoe – Castle Stalker – Oban – Tobermory
We will then make our way to Luss on the west banks of Loch Lomond and admire this old conservation village. At 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, Loch Lomond has the largest surface area in mainland UK. From the village of Luss we have excellent views over to Ben Lomond, the most southern Munro (Scottish mountains over 300ft). It is also on the goelogical Highland Boundary Fault which formed the Highlands and Lowlands.
You will also get the opportunity to take some great scenic photos of the loch and Ben Lomond, one of Scotland’s highest maintains.
Our adventure then takes us north through Glen Falloch, Loch Tulla and Rannoch Moor before arriving at Glencoe. It will also offer you the opportunity to witness this beautiful glen in its fullest spendour and learn about its gory history.
Time for lunch.
After lunch, we will eventually travel through Appin with views of Castle Stalker, made famous in “Monty Python and The Holy Grail”, before heading for the west coast town of Oban for your ferry connection to Craignure on the Isle of Mull and your accommodation in the colourful town of Tobermory.
DAY 2 – FIONFORT – IONA – IONA ABBEY – DUART CASTLE – TOBERMORY
We travel down through the island to the village of Fionnfort, where a short ferry journey across the Sound of Iona takes you to the holy Isle of Iona, “The Cradle of Christianity” in Scotland.
The Island is only 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide but it played a role in the history of Scoland. Here you will visit the Augustine Nunnery and the Benedictine Iona Abbey, built on the site of St.Columba’s Church. One of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites and a place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world. Records from 1549 shows that 48 Kings are buried adjacent to the Abbey and numerous Clan Chiefs. It is universally accepted that the burial ground ( Reilig Odhráin) was the royal burial ground between the 9th and 11 centuries.
The beautiful beaches are not to be missed and dolphins are regularly spotted.
In the afternoon you journey north again and pay a visit to Duart Castle, home of the Clan MacLean before heading back to Tobermory for some time to properly see this colourful town. We spend our 2nd night here.
DAY 3 – Oban – Inveraray – Loch Lomond
After a hearty breakfast, You will be collected at your accommodation as we say goodbye to Tobermory and make our way to the Craignure ferry and leave Mull behind to travel again to the mainland and Oban.
From Oban, we travel to Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle before arriving at Inveraray Castle, home of the Clan Campbell. This beautiful castle and gardens is set just outside the town with views over Loch Fyne. We then cross into Inveraray with its quaint shops. Time for lunch…or you could visit the Inveraray Jail and take a step back 2 centuries to discover the stories of real men, women and children who spent in this prison.
As we head home, we travel the old military road towards Loch Long and stop briefly at the “Rest and be Thankful” viewpoint, at the top of Glen Croe, named by the redcoats who built the original road.
Leaving Loch Long, it is only a short drive to the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond.
It is now onward to Glasgow or Edinburgh by early evening and the end of your tour.