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Walking & Wildlife on Mull and Iona

8 Days & 7 Nights 5 Read 2 reviews
  • Explore the wildlife-rich walker's paradise of Mull & Iona by car and on foot
  • Look out for the local wildlife including eagles, whales, dolphins and otters
  • Wander the 13th century abbey on Iona
  • Overnight in the picture-postcard town of Tobermory
  • Take a boat trip to Fingal's Cave that inspired Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides Overture'
Explore the spectacular Inner Hebridean Isles of Mull and Iona on foot on this drive and hike adventure. This area is home to playful marine mammals and majestic sea eagles, as well as stunning Highland scenery just begging to be explored. Walk in the footsteps of St Columba on Iona and marvel at the colourful houses of pretty Tobermory on Mull. Take a boat trip out to the majestic basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave on Staffa and discover the inspiration behind Mendelssohn’s ‘Hebrides Overture’. Follow our suggested route by car and ferry with daily walks through Highland landscapes created by a ancient volcanic activity and ice age glaciers. With 3 nights on historic Iona and 4 nights in Mull we provide you with suggested walks each day. The trip includes your return ferry crossings from Oban on the Scottish mainland to Craignure on Mull, the passenger only ferry to Iona and also a boat trip out to the famous Island of Staffa. This trip is suitable for those with use of a car as there is little public transport and many of the walks are remote. Car hire is not included but if you wish we can book as an additional option.
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What To Expect

This holiday allows you to travel through the Isles of Mull and Iona staying in friendly traditional B&B accommodation. Each day provides a new experience and we suggest many walks on the Islands. Enjoy the wildlife and spectacular landscapes that make this area so special.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Drive & Hike, Multi Centre Walking | Enjoy the best of a large region by car and on foot. Day hikes in the best places. Itinerary usually inn to inn, with mapping provided. No bag transfer. Car hire offered as an option or included., You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whisky & More...
  • Wildlife
  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded Moderate. The trails follows 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 10 miles walking. 

Navigation

Most of the route and walks are not way marked so you should be able to read a map and follow route descriptions closely. We supply a guidebook with detailed maps so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way

Accommodation Information

We specifically choose the guesthouses to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.

Single Rooms

This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers. If you require single rooms in your party we will of course try to accommodate your request, subject to availability and at a supplement.

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively your info pack includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your info pack will of course have details.

Included
  • 7 Nights in hand-picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Ferry crossings as in the itinerary (1 car and passengers)
  • Boat trip to Staffa
  • Information pack and route notes with maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Oban
  • Car hire (we can also arrange car hire for you)
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Car hire (we can also arrange car hire for you)

When To Go

Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better and the midges have not yet appeared. Although having walked the Islands in the summer I believe any time between March and October offers a wonderful experience.

Getting to the Start

Your trip includes return ferry crossings from Oban on the mainland to Mull and return crossings from Mull to Iona. Times may be viewed on the Calmac ferry website  http://www.calmac.co.uk/ 

Getting to Oban

GLASGOW AIRPORT: the closest airport with 30 airlines serving about 90 destinations worldwide. For information on airlines and transport to and from the airport please visit  http://www.glasgowairport.com/ 

CAR: Easily accessible via the A82 following the West Side of Loch Lomond and then the A85 at Tyndrum (2.5 hrs). If you travelling from London the most direct route is via the M1/M6 to Scotland from where the M74 will take you toward Glasgow and the route North.

RAIL: From Glasgow you can catch the train to Oban (3hrs) on the world famous West Highland Line.

BUS: From Glasgow you can take the Scottish Citylink bus to Oban (3hrs)  http://www.citylink.co.uk/ 

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.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Travel to Iona Day 2 Walking on Iona Day 3 Boat trip to Staffa Day 4 Travel to Tobermory, Mull Day 5 Walking on Mull Day 6 Walking on Mull Day 7 Walking on Mull Day 8 Departure

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