Isles of Skye and Mull & Iona
A suggested 6 nights self drive holiday visiting these two quite large and interesting islands making use of the road less travelled between Skye & Mull, through Morar, Moidart and Ardnamurchan. You can visit Mull or Skye first, and it is very easy to adapt and change the number of nights.
Days 1-3 – Isle of Skye. Enjoy 2-3 days (3 nights) in Skye.
Travel over the Skye bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh for three nights at your choice of accommodation in wonderful Skye. With its spectacular Cuillin Mountains, Skye truly is a magical island with marvellous walking, wonderful boat trips, castles including Armadale in the south and Dunvegan in the north (with boat trips to see the seal colony), Talisker whisky distillery, heritage museums and a great variety of bird and wildlife.
Day 4 – the “Road between the Isles”. Join the ferry from Armadale in the south of Skye across to Mallaig (6-10 sailings a day which take 30 minutes). A scenic day, passing by Morar and Arisaig, through Moidart where the only things that rush are the streams. Continue to Kilchoan for the ferry ride to Tobermory on Mull (non-bookable service, there are 5-7 ferries a day which take 35 minutes), or to Lochaline for the ferry to Fishnish on Mull (a more frequent service taking 18 minutes, also non-bookable, just turn up and wait for the next available ferry), depending on where you are staying. Taking at least 2-3 hours on narrow roads, you will marvel at what the wilderness of this small area of Scotland offers.
Days 4-6 – Isle of Mull. Enjoy 2-3 days (3 nights) in Mull.
There are whale watching trips, you can visit the Island of Iona and its Abbey (passenger only ferry from Fionnphort, small charge applies), take a boat trip to Staffa or Ulva, visit the Tobermory whisky distillery, and explore castles and gardens keeping an eye out for sea eagles. Mull is the third largest of the Hebrides with rugged and unspoilt beauty.
Day 7. Ferry: You leave Mull on the ferry from Craignure (every 1-2 hours or so) which takes about 55 minutes to sail to Oban where this fascinating holiday ends. From Oban it will take about 21⁄2 hours to drive to Glasgow depending on traffic.
This can be booked with hotels and/or guest houses/B&Bs of a good 3-4 star standard that we work with on a regular basis and receive excellent feedback from our other guests.
These small, remote, pretty isles are excellent for walking, peace and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, otters and that most elusive of birds, the corncrake – you’ll probably hear it but will you see it?</font>Douglas Hart Managing Director