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Drive & Hike: Inner Hebrides & Skye tour
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Highlights

  • The Isle of Skye’s dramatic landscapes, rainbows & great walking.
  • Enjoying freshly caught seafood on the pier in Oban.
  • Eagles, whales, dolphins, deer and otters on the Isle of Mull.
  • Castles, history and mystery in the wild Highlands of Scotland.
  • Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain.

Discover the best of the Isles of Mull, Rum, Canna and Skye and the wild west coast of Scotland. Seafood prepared straight off the boat, mountains rising straight from the sea, brooding loch-side castles, wildlife encounters and much more.

Our Inner Hebrides and Isle of Skye drive and hike tour takes you from Glasgow, through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to Oban. The wildlife-filled Isle of Mull is next, followed by Mallaig and the dramatic Isle of Skye. Finally you return through the wild glens of the Highlands to Fort William and then back to Glasgow.

On your journey by car and foot you will find the true beauty, history and people of Scotland.

Day 1: Glasgow to Oban

Leaving Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, you head north along the banks of Loch Lomond through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and then through the Highlands to Oban.


Drive: approx. 118 miles, 3 hours


Overnight: Oban


Day 2: Oban

Oban, the Gateway to the Isles, is an almost perfect natural harbour. Spend your day in Oban visiting McCaig’s Tower, Dunstaffnage Castle, kayaking (not-included) or choose from several excellent walks on the islands of Kerrera or Seil.


Walks: choice from 1 to 7.5 miles


Overnight: Oban


Days 3 & 4: Isle of Mull

Take the ferry from Oban to Craignure on the Isle of Mull (1h15). Mull is renowned for its prolific wildlife including whales, dolphins, red deer, golden and sea eagles and otters.


Mull and its adjacent islands, including Iona and Staffa, boast numerous walks and excursions.


Ferry: 1h15 Drive: approx. 18 miles


Walks: choice from 2.5 to 5 miles


Overnight: Tobermory


Day 5: To Mallaig

Board the ferry at Tobermory for the short journey back to the mainland at Kilchoan (35min) on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Drive through spectacular remote scenery to Mallaig, taking a detour to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, the most westerly point on the British mainland.


Ferry: 35 mins Drive: 65 miles +


Overnight: Mallaig


Day 6: Mallaig & the Small Isles

Mallaig is the Gateway to the Small Isles of Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck. Taking a cruise to these tiny islands, offers an insight into how lonely and beautiful life on Scottish Islands once was. Alternatively enjoy a great walk from Mallaig.


Activity: Small Isles cruise (not included)/ or Mallaig walk (4 miles).


Overnight: Mallaig


Days 7 & 8: Isle of Skye

The ferry from Mallaig (0h50) brings you to Armadale on the magical Isle of Skye. Discover Armadale Castle, Dunvegan Castle, Talisker Distillery, the Black and Red Cuillin, Fairy Glen, the haunted landscapes of the Quiraing and Storr and the colourful houses of Portree.


Choose from a number of excellent walks on Skye, an island famous for its rewarding walking (and rainbows).


Ferry: 50 mins Drive: 45 miles, 1 hour


Activity: Discovery and walking (2 to 8.5 miles)


Overnight: Portree


Day 9: Travel to Fort William

A classic Highland drive today as you leave Skye over the Skye Bridge, past Eilean Donan Castle, through the majestic scenery of the Scottish Highlands and continue through the Great Glen to Fort William. Take a short detour to visit Loch Ness.


Drive: 105 miles, 2h30


Activity: Discovery and castle visits


Overnight: Fort William


Day 10: Fort William & Ben Nevis

Fort William nestles at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Enjoy a walk in stunning Glen Nevis, where you'll find Steall Falls, Scotland's second highest waterfall.


Activity: Optional Glen Nevis walks (3 to 8 miles)


Overnight: Fort William


Day 11: Onward Travel

Your trip ends after breakfast. The return drive to Glasgow over Rannoch Moor is a great way to end your trip.


Drive: 100 miles, 3hrs


Overnight: Not included

Accommodation

You will stay in carefully chosen small 3 and 4 star guest houses and B&B’s.

We regularly use the following properties but may accommodate you elsewhere if these are unavailable. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the areas covered are always popular and the guesthouses and inns do fill up early, especially in high season.


Single Rooms

This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers.  As all our trips are priced per person based on two sharing there is a single supplement payable to cover the additional costs that are not shared. If you require single rooms within your party we will of course try to accommodate your request, subject to availability.


Meals

Breakfast is included each morning, while lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival, alternatively your guidebook also includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.


Additional Nights

Many of our walkers choose to add extra nights on the tour and these can be added at the time of booking.


 



 

 

 



Thornloe Guesthouse - Oban



Thornloe Guest House

Thornloe offers 7 rooms in a Victorian House situated on a hill, just a 10 mins walk to the town centre. The house overlooks Oban Bay. There is free WiFi, bathrobes and each room has a tea and coffee maker.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Cuidhe Leathain B&B - Tobermory



Cuidhe Leathain B&B

Alan and Jeanette are your hosts (with their 2 dogs and cat) in this traditional Highland house in Tobermory. There is a guest lounge with books and a peat fire to in the colder months. Rooms have tea and coffee, robes and slippers.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Ashdale B&B - Mallaig



Ashdale B&B

Ashdale B&B enjoys fantastic views across the Sound of Sleat to Skye, Rum and Eigg. Guests enjoy free WiFi and there is ample parking. Rooms are stylish and have tea and coffee making facilities.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Duirinish B&B - Portree



Duirinish B&B

Ruth and Allan are your friendly hosts at Duirinish B&B, located just a five minute walk from the lively town centre of Portree. Enjoy complimentary in-room tea and coffee-making facilities, and there is WiFi for guests.


 

 

 


 

 

 



MacLean Guesthouse - Fort William



MacLean Guesthouse

This modern eight-room property is located just a five minute walk from the train station and town centre. Rooms are modern and bright, and there is free WiFi for guests.


 

 

 

Availability

Please note that Skye is exceptionally popular throughout the Summer months.  As a result it may be necessary to book upgraded accommodations and / or taxi transfers to accommodate your dates.  Your specialist will inform you of this prior to confirming your booking and advise of any supplement payable.


You can start your tour on any day. The best time of year is from early-April to late-October when the weather is best.  


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as all our holidays are priced per person based on two sharing, there is a single supplement payable to cover the additional costs that are not shared. If you require single rooms within your party we will of course try our best to accommodate your request, subject to availability.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

We supply a detailed road book including walk descriptions, driving directions, maps, places to see and personal recommendations.


Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded easy to moderate overall. We offer a choice of walks each day so can choose to do as much or little as you wish.


Car Rental

Car hire is not included as standard in your arrangements. You can either bring your own vehicle, or we can provide you with arrangements at an additional supplement.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to/from Inverness

By Air: Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports are the most convenient. Inverness or Aberdeen are also an option.


For public transporation within Scotland, including train and bus timetables, please see the excellent Traveline Scotland website. 


Car Hire: Car hire is available as an optional extra. Collection and drop-off available in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen.

Included

  • 10 Nights in 3 and 4 star B&Bs and guesthouses.
  • 10 Breakfasts.
  • A detailed road book and maps.
  • Ferry crossings: Oban to Mull, Mull to Ardnamurchan, Mallaig to Skye (1 car per booking).
  • Emergency telephone support from our UK office in the event of a problem.

Excluded

  • Travel to Glasgow/Scotland.
  • Car Hire (available as an optional extra).
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.

Extras

  • Single room supplement.
  • Hotel accommodation upgrade.
  • Extra nights along the way.
  • Car hire - we can arrange if required.

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further help.

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded easy to moderate and is perfect if you enjoy a good level of fitness. However as all of the walks are optional, you can choose whether or not you'd like to walk each day. The trails we recommend follow footpaths, bridleways, coastal trails, open fields and some minor roads. The walks may involve some relatively steep ascent and descents and days of up to 4 hours of walking. 

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Highlands are popular and accommodation can be limited, especially over April/May and July/August. All trips are subject to availability and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. We provide you with a comprehensive kit list so you're fully prepared. 

When is the best time of year?

The best time of year is from early-April to late-October when the weather is best, most attractions are open and the days are long.

The weather in winter is wild, the days are short, many attractions close (November to start of Easter) and not all walks may be possible. You will have the place almost to yourselves though.  

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.


A brilliant trip

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This was a great way to book a diverse itinerary around Scotland without the hassle of researching every B&B oneself. The drive and walk notes were really useful and added a lot to our holiday. The itinerary was well organised, and the days were a good length, with plenty of options. We loved it - thoroughly recommended.

Meandering Mel

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