On this holiday the spectacular views from the coach are not the only ones in store – the ferry crossings between these stunning islands provide panoramic vistas of the wonderful coastline and the other delightful off-shore islands.
The Inner Hebridean islands form part of a beautiful archipelago just off the west coast of Scotland and are blessed by an influence from the Gulf Stream; a warm Atlantic Ocean current which keeps the temperature slightly higher than other parts of Scotland. Surprisingly to some, the islands are lucky enough to be some of the sunniest places in the UK, perhaps that’s what inspired the colourful capers of Tobermory and its iconic harbour-side seafront. While the town itself plays host to an array of charming pubs, specialist shops and fabulous eateries, a visit to the north of Mull offers the chance to see incredible sea eagles in their natural habitat.
We have pick up points in Newtown (subject to numbers) , Welshpool and Oswestry with many additionaly points in-between. Please let us know if you have a preferred pick-up point and we will do our best to accommodate you.
On Day 1 we’ll swap the Welsh hills for the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the Trossach Mountains which we’ll comfortably traverse on our way to Dumfries, where you can unwind at the luxurious Holiday Inn hotel.
On the morning of Day 2 we’ll set off for Oban; the gateway to the Hebrides, before we set sail on the early afternoon ferry across to the Isle of Mull. Here we’ll spend the next 2 nights at the splendid Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa with its panoramic sea views and its reputation for fine food.
Day 3 offers a scenic drive across the Isle of Mull as well as the chance to take the foot passenger ferry across to the legendary Isle of Iona and its rich history. Time permitting in the afternoon we will visit the colourful town of Tobermory to the north of the island.
On Day 4 we’ll be leaving Mull on the morning ferry back to Oban and we’ll make a stop at Inveraray, the traditional county town of Argyll. From there we’ll skirt around the beautiful shores of Loch Lomond on our way south to the fabulous Mercure Ayr hotel, just a short walk from the seafront in Ayr.
On Day 5 we’ll be sailing from Wemyss Bay and we’ll get another round of stunning panoramic views on our way to Rothesay on the beautiful Isle of Bute. No visit to the island would be complete without a visit to Mount Stuart; a flamboyant gothic mansion set in stunning gardens within 300 acres of land. We’ll make sure you have time to make some photo-stops at the stunning bays of Scalpsie and Ettrick.
On Day 6 we’ll bring you safely southbound on our journey home.