4 Day Tour from Edinburgh to the Isle of Mull, Iona and Staffa
Explore The National Trossachs Park, Bonnie Argyle, The Hebridean Isles of Mull, Iona, and Staffa on four memorable days from Edinburgh. From the historical Stirling Castle, to the tranquil Hebridean Isles this 4 day tour has it all.
Visit Scotland’s historic Stirling Castle, described by many in medieval times, as the brooch that clasps the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands together. Enjoy the breath-taking panoramic scenery of the National Trossachs Park, and the rural wildlife filled Hebridean Isles of Mull, Staffa and Iona on your great Scottish adventure.
Mull, Iona and Staffa Tour Highlights
Day 1: The Kelpies, Stirling Castle, The Trossachs National Park, Hairy Coos at Kilmahog, St Conan Kirk, Oban
Day 2: Oban to Mull Ferry, Calgary Bay, Tobermory, Duart Castle
Day 3: Isle of Staffa Boat Trip, Isle of Iona, Iona Abbey
Day 4: Mull to Oban Ferry, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, Loch Lubnaig, Edinburgh
Tour Style: Private Tour (Flexible and can be extended with additional days at the time of booking)
Your 4 day tour itinerary to the Isles of Mull, Staffa and Iona
Day 1 – Edinburgh to Oban
Departing from your hotel in Edinburgh, we travel to the largest equine statues in the world, The Kelpies. Towering at over 100 feet, the magical Kelpies, Duke and Baron, dominate the skyline above the Helix Park. They are impressively illuminated at night, adding just that little extra magic.
Travelling on just a few miles away, we make a stop to the iconic, Stirling Castle, where we are treated to a fascinating tour of this magnificent medieval fortress. Discover the Royal Palace, The Royal Chapel and Great Halls, before having a traditional Scottish Pub lunch in the Trossachs National Park.
After traversing through the picturesque highland town of Callander, we stop at Kilmahog to feed the hairy heilan’ coos “Hamish” and “Honey Dubh”. Our journey continues on through Argyle, to Saint Conan’s, Kirk where we can marvel at the amazing architectural delights of this historic church, before heading on to Oban (the gateway to the Hebrides), for our first overnight stop.
Day 2 – Oban to the Isle of Mull
Taking an early morning ferry from Oban, we sail by the daunting Duart Castle, on the western shores of Mull, before disembarking at Craignure. We then take a short drive to view the picturesque pastel coloured houses in Tobermory, the capital of Mull.
We will have enough time to sample some local sea food, or just take a leisurely stroll through Tobermory, as our road trip takes us on to Calgary Bay. It is thought that Calgary in Canada, was named after this beautiful sandy Scottish seaside bay.
We then take the road south for a brief visit to the mighty Duart Castle, home to the Chief of Clan MacLean. The recently renovated Duart Castle, offers visitors self-guided tours of this magnificent historical fortress, that guards the Sound of Mull. Make sure to visit the castle’s well stocked gift shop.
Our last leg of today’s journey, take us south to Fionnphort, on the Ross of Mull for our overnight stay.
Day 3 – Boat trip from Mull to the Isle of Staffa and Iona
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, we take the short walk to the harbour, where we join a Staffa Boat Trip to visit the Isles of Staffa and Iona. Look out for Minke whales and dolphins, among the many other sea life that can be spotted en-route, as we sail to Staffa in search of Puffins. Make sure to visit Fingal’s Cave, before we sail to the sacred Isle of Iona, the cradle of Christianity and ancient burial site of Scottish kings.
After lunching in a local hostelry, we take the short walk to Iona Abbey. Like pilgrims before us, we discover where St Columba and his companions introduced Christianity to Scotland.
Late afternoon sees us take the short ferry journey, crossing the sound of Iona to Fionnphort on the Ross of Mull, for our last overnight stay.
Day 4 – Isle of Mull to Edinburgh
Departing from Fionnphort on Mull, we make our way to Craignure to catch the ferry to Oban on the Scottish mainland. Travelling North, we stop in Appin, to capture some photographs of Castle Stalker, before driving through the majestic mountains of Glencoe.
Our journey continues through Rannoch Moor and The National Trossachs Park, where we take some time to stop off at Loch Lubnaig, before travelling to Edinburgh to conclude our wonderful 4 day tour.