Argyll, Mull and Iona

Wednesday 1st May to Friday 10th May 2019
10 - Days


Prices from: £1995


Discover the tranquil Trossachs, the rugged Western Highlands and the pristine Inner Hebrides on this unique tour of the remote Scottish Highlands and islands.


Departure Date: 01-May-2019
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Initially based in the historic city of Stirling, you then visit the famed port town of Oban, before relaxing for three nights on the inspiring Isle of Mull. You will travel on the storied steamship “Sir Walter Scott” on Loch Katrine, and visit the famed ’Hollow Mountain’ by Loch Awe. At Oban, there’s leisure time and a distillery visit before a scenic drive along the rugged northern Argyll shoreline. You’ll then sail to Mull, where you’ll immerse yourself in the spectacular natural scenery and breath- taking landscapes, from deep lochs and towering peaks to tranquil sandy beaches. Further tour highlights include Ben More on Mull and the ancient Abbey on Iona. With plenty of photo opportunities and stops for exploration, comfortable hotel stays and fine cuisine, this is truly a northern adventure holiday not to be missed.

Wednesday 1nd May
London to Stirling on the ‘Highland Chieftain’
You’ll join the ’Highland Chieftain’ at London’s Kings Cross for the journey to Scotland, following the route of the iconic East Coast Main Line (ECML) through increasingly inspiring scenery. A light lunch will be served at your seat as you travel First Class in spacious comfort. The train travels via York, Newcastle and Edinburgh before you arrive at historic Stirling, where you book into the Golden Lion hotel for the next two nights. A welcome dinner is served at the hotel this evening. (L D)

Thursday 2rd May
Steam Cruise on Loch Katrine and Stirling Castle
In the morning you transfer by coach from Stirling along scenic roads to nearby Loch Katrine, set in the centre of Trossachs National Park. You’ll then enjoy a 2-hour lake cruise on the world- famous steamship ‘Sir Walter Scott’ to Stronachlachar from Trossachs Pier, taking in the beauty of the loch that inspired Sir Walter Scott, Coleridge and Wordsworth. On returning you’ll take a light lunch at the restaurant on the pier. Afterwards you transfer by coach again to Stirling Castle for a guided tour of the grounds. There will be plenty of free time to have a look around Stirling itself afterwards. Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

(B L D)

Friday 3rd May
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe and Cruachan Hollow Mountain
After breakfast you embark on a scenic drive over breathtaking Western Highlands to Oban. Enjoy the panoramic windows, extra legroom and upholstered seats of your luxury coach as looming mountains and remote moors pass by. A first highlight is the visit to the ruined 15th century Kilchurn Castle, once the stronghold of Clan Campbell. These towering remains sit in a picture-perfect location on the shores of Loch Awe, dwarfed by Ben Cruachan, the ‘Hollow Mountain’. After your visit the coach continues the short distance to the lake-side Cruachan visitor centre, where a light lunch will be served at the Hollow Mountain Cafe. After lunch, you’ll have a 45- minute guided tour of the incredible Cruachan hydroelectric power station, inside the mountain. A bus drives you through the 1.1 km long vaulted access tunnel to the massive machine hall, a setting that is straight out of a Bond movie. Alternately, you can use the time to take a stroll along Loch Awe. In the late afternoon, your coach continues the short distance to Oban. You’ll spend the next 3 nights at an elegant, seaside hotel here. Dinner will be served at your hotel tonight. (B L D)

Saturday 4th May
At leisure in Oban and distillery visit
Today you may enjoy a leisurely morning and can take time to explore the pretty seaside port of Oban, ‘Gateway to the Isles’. The town has pedestrian streets and is dominated by McCraig’s Tower, an architectural folly from the early 20th century. The striking stone structure mimics the Roman Colosseum and is visible from afar. In the afternoon, you have a tour visit scheduled to the famed Oban distillery, founded in 1794, and can savour a wee dram of this locally crafted single malt. Dinner will once again be served at your hotel. (B D)

Sunday 5th May
Loch Crerar, Loch Linnhe and Castle Stalker
After a leisurely breakfast, you enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning coastline of northern Argyll. The coach passes alongside spectacular sea lochs, such as Loch Etive, Loch Crerar and the largest of them all, Loch Linnhe. There’ll be plenty of photo opportunities so you can capture the unsurpassed natural scenery. You’ll take a pleasant lunch break at Port Appin, a small ferry pier with wonderful views over to the deep green island of Lismore. In the afternoon, you visit Portnacroish, where panoramic views of the island situated, sea-framed Castle Stalker round off your day of discovery. You return to Oban in time for dinner at your hotel. (B L D)

Monday 6th May
Isle of Mull and Duart Castle
This Morning, you embark on the morning ferry from Oban to Craignure on Mull. From there you start your discovery of this enchanting island, calling first at the legendary Duart Castle for a tour of the grounds. Lunch will be taken there at the local tearooms there. You then continue along the spectacular eastern shoreline of Mull, making stops at scenic locations for bird watching, photography and to admire the beaches. You then arrive at Tobermory, and check in to the grand Western Isles Hotel where you’ll spend the next 3 nights. (B L D)

Tuesday 7th May
Ben More and Iona
In the morning you’ll be treated to another scenic drive to discover more about Mull. Enjoy a panoramic stop at the foot of majestic Ben More, the island’s highest point with an elevation of 966 m (3169 ft). At Fionnphort, at the very western tip of Mull, you take the CalMac ferry for the short crossing over to the legendary island of Iona. It’s sacred ancient Abbey is one of the earliest centres of Christianity in the British Isles. You’ll have plenty of time to see the site and explore its beautiful natural setting. In the late afternoon you return by ferry and coach to your hotel, stopping at another scenic vantage point along the way for more bird-watching and nature photography. (B L D)

Wednesday 8th May
Tobermory and Northwestern Mull
Today your tour is dedicated to exploring the north-western corner of Mull, with its windswept, lush green landscape and stunning coastal scenery. Lunch will be taken in Tobermory today. Tobermory was built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main town on Mull, notable for its brightly painted buildings, busy harbour and scenic backdrop of woodland-fringed hills. (B L)

Thursday 9th May
West Highland Main Line to Glasgow
Today a true railway highlight awaits, as you first take the ferry from Craignure to Oban and board a ScotRail service train for the journey over the amazing West Highland Main Line. See Loch Awe and Loch Lomond from the comfort of your carriage, before arriving at Glasgow Queen Street station in the late afternoon. You then have an evening leisure time in this vibrant metropolis, discovering the attractive pedestrianised city centre, framed by impressive historic buildings and visit the bustling shops and restaurants. Take a stroll down the “Style Mile” or Argyll Street, or discover the Art Nouveau or Art Deco architecture of Central Glasgow. Your overnight accommodation will be at a conveniently located city centre hotel. (B)

Friday 10th May
At leisure in Glasgow and return to London
After breakfast, you spend a few more hours exploring Glasgow, before boarding an early afternoon Virgin Pendolino at the resplendent Glasgow Central station. You’ll be accommodated in First Class comfort as the train whisks you back to London Euston at high speed through the Scottish Lowlands and the English Lake District. (B)


Details

Price

  • Tour price £1995
  • Single supplement £295

All prices shown are per person.

Price Includes

  • First Class rail travel to Stirling and return from London
  • 9 nights bed and breakfast at good quality 3-star hotels
  • 7 dinners and 7 lunches
  • All visits, train travel, transfers and tours, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Reserved seats
  • The services of a tour manager

Meals included each day are shown as:
B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner

 

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