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Skye, Mull and Inner Hebrides Tour

Skye, Mull and Inner Hebrides Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Best Traditional Hotels

Start Date: 6 Nights / 7 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

Just off the mainland are a number of outstanding islands each with very varied scenery, culture and attractions; from the dramatic peaks of Skye to the whisky distillieries on Islay.

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Starting from Edinburgh or Glasgow we will travel west before taking the world famous ferry to the Isle of Skye. After exploring the islands, we will travel south, island hopping to Mull, Islay and Arran ending back at your starting point.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Glen Coe - Glenfinnan - Ferry

Day 1: Glen Coe - Glenfinnan - Ferry

From either Edinburgh or Glasgow we will drive through the spectacular highlands before reaching GLEN COE. This mountain pass has a very turbulent history and you will hear the stories behind the conflict between the Campbells and the MacDonalds. As we travel towards the ferry we will pass GLENFINNAN - where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard to gather support before the Battle of Culloden. To get to Skye, we will take the small FERRY which inspired the Skye Boat Song. Skye has a wealth of places to see and things to do, we can tailor these to your interests.

Day 2: Isle of Skye - Cuillin Hills - Talisker

Day 2: Isle of Skye - Cuillin Hills - Talisker

The ISLE OF SKYE'S outstanding scenery has many highlights. Dominating the south of the island, the jagged Cuillin Hills are probably Britain’s finest mountain range. Towards the north, the Old Man of Storr, is an iconic monolith rising 150 feet by the road. Skye is a haven for artists due to the exceptional light found here there are many award winning seafood restaurants. Sightseeing options are; DUNVEGAN CASTLE - the seat of the chiefs of the Clan Macleod; Skye’s only distillery - a volcanically powerful TALISKER malt said to “explode on the palate” or; BOAT TRIPS to feed the Sea Eagles in the Sound of Ramsay.

Day 3: Isle of Mull - Castles - Tobermory

Day 3: Isle of Mull - Castles - Tobermory

We begin by catching the ferry to the mainland. Passing spectacular scenery, from vast mountains to white sandy beaches we will reach Kilchoan the port for the Mull ferry. TOBERMORY is the main town on Mull and rocky coastline gives magnificent sea views. Options this afternoon include Torosay Castle, with it’s fabulous collection of furniture and paintings; Duart Castle serenely sitting on a promontory on the eastern edge of the island - home of the Clan Maclean, with an outstanding banqueting hall and state rooms all within the C13th keep. Its held prisoners from a Spanish galleon sunk in 1588.

Day 4: Iona - Abbey - Staffa

Day 4: Iona - Abbey - Staffa

The ST COLUMBUS EXHIBITION at Fionnphort explains how St Columba began his mission in Scotland in 563AD and we will travel by boat to the Island of IONA. Iona’s ABBEY has a wealth of architectural detail and monuments from many periods including the finest Celtic cross in Britain. The burial ground contains the graves of many Scottish Kings, including Malcolm I, Donald I and Macbeth. An alternative today, would be to take the boat to the incredible Fingal’s Cave on STAFFA to see some of the wildlife of the area, including whales, dolphins and seals.

Day 5: Kilmartin Glen - Jura - Islay

Day 5: Kilmartin Glen - Jura - Islay

From Mull, we travel to Oban and then, south to Tarbert, passing several castles and stunning scenery on the way. From here, we take the 3 hour journey to Islay, with a fantastic view of Jura’s three peaks, known as the Paps of Jura. JURA, named after the Norse word for deer, is the home of the whisky named after the Island’s most famous inhabitant, George Orwell. Also on the way is KILMARTIN which is Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscape with over 350 ancient monuments. Finally, after the ferry trip, we arrive on ISLAY.

Day 6: Islay - Bowmore - Finlaggan

Day 6: Islay - Bowmore - Finlaggan

Islay’s main administrative centre is the Georgian village of BOWMORE. The distillery here is known for its peaty malt whiskies and is one of 8 on the island. The MUSUEM OF ISLAND LIFE in Port Charlotte contains information on the wildlife and social history of the island. The medieval stronghold at FINLAGAN was chosen by the Clan MacDonald who became the “Lord of the Isles “as their seat to control an area from Kintyre to Lewis. It was the home to the privy council and was out of royal control. We will take the late ferry back to the mainland.

Day 7: Arran - Brodick Castle - Heritage Museum

Day 7: Arran - Brodick Castle - Heritage Museum

The island of ARRAN is reached by ferry from the Kintyre Penisula. Arriving at tiny village of Lochranza dominated by Goat Fell a craggy ridge of granite, shaped by glaciers in the last Ice Age. The southern part of the island is gentler and the capital Brodick is the home to one of Scotland’s grandest homes, BRODICK CASTLE. Built on the site of a Viking fortress, the castle contains a wealth of treasures and the gardens a renowned for their exotic plants. The Arran HERITAGE MUSEUM tells the story of the island from the geology to social history. We will catch the late ferry back to the mainland.


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