Iona, Mull and Arran
6 day tour of some fabulous scottish islands
We meet you at the Rail Station of choice and we head for Oban the gateway to the Isles from there we will catch the ferry across to Mull. We will visit Tobermory the picture postcard island capital with an optional visit to the Whisky distillery. On Mull there are standing stones and stone rows hidden amongst the most wonderful scenery. Where if we are lucky we may see Red deer and if we are very lucky we may even glimpse an Eagle.
The end of the day sees us staying in Fionphort a small port set overlooking the Isle of Iona our accommodation will be in one of the excellent guest houses known to us in the village.
After a splendid breakfast we catch the morning ferry to Iona, where St Columba one of the earliest Christian missionaries landed and set up a monastery. We have the day to explore the ancient abbey and nunnery, ancient stones, chapel and the beauty of the white sandy beaches that fringe this very special island.
Iona is home to a religious community to this day and many people find a sense of peace, tranquillity and spirituality in this beautiful spot.
We set off from Fionphort to explore more of Mull visiting waterfalls and mountains and lochs looking for wildlife.
We catch the afternoon ferry to Oban where we explore this bustling port and town that boasts a whisky distillery, interesting shops and fish pier. We will stay in Oban where we will find an array of good restaurants and pubs for our evening sojourn.
We set of for one of the best archaeological sites in Britain - Kilmartin Glen.
We will visit the museum then head into the glen where we will see huge standing stones, stone circles, cup and ring marked rocks, we can clamber into burial cairns and for those feeling energetic can climb the famous Dun at the rock of Dunadd coronation site of the ancient Pictish rulers.
We drive south then toward Tarbert and Claonaig where we catch a ferry to Lochranza on the Isle of Arran where we head for our hotel.
We set off for Machrie Moor where several stone circles some of round boulders and others of giant tall standing stones are spread out in a stunning landscape. The site is one of Archaeotours favourites and certainly worth the half hours walk to reach it.
The afternoon takes us on a round island tour where the scenery and wildlife matches the splendid archaeology. We will see burial cairns, standing stones, a castle, mountains and hopefully seals and maybe dolphins and deer. Returning in the evening to our hotel.
We leave Arran on the ferry from Brodick and sail to Ardrossan from here you can catch a train to your destination.