Island Adventure Inner Hebrides

Wildlife Experience on Scotland’s Atlantic Coast

This superb versatile trip offers diverse wildlife experiences and easy walking in unrivalled coastal scenery surrounded by alpine landscapes. Discover the beautiful islands Mull, Iona and Arran.

Dates
28 June 2019
Duration
9 Days
Walking
Easy Walking
Price
£1345.00
£170.00 Deposit

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Scotland’s West Coast Archipelago

9 Days Guided Walking Holiday

Scotland’s wild Atlantic Coast is magical! Our versatile new trip offers stunning wilderness experiences in a myriad of green islands surrounded by alpine mainland landscapes – unrivalled coastal scenery, interesting history and diverse wildlife from birds to sea mammals.

  • Explore Neolithic Stone Circles, Castles and Gardens.
  • Take a Boat Trip to the Isle of Lunga to spend time with Puffins.
  • Watch Gannets, Fulmars, Razorbills and other Seabirds.
  • Visit Staffa, Mendelssohn’s Celebrated Sea Cave. 
  • Enjoy Welcoming Tea Rooms and Hospitality on a Buddhist Island.

What’s included

  • 8 Guided Walking Days
  • 1 Journey Day
  • Tour Guide throughout
  • Travel from and back to Glasgow in comfortable minibus
  • 8 Nights Bed & Breakfast in comfortable Highland Hotels
  • 4 x Picnic Lunches
  • Boat Trip To Puffin Island
  • Ferries
  • Entrance Fees

Not included are:

  • Evening meals and refreshments
  • Single Room Supplement (please contact us if you wish a single room)
  • Travel to and from Glasgow
  • Personal Expenses

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Glasgow and Journey to the Isle of Arran

We meet at Glasgow Central Station at 10 am and 15 minutes after at Glasgow Airport and head for Ardrossan Harbour (1 hrs drive) to catch the ferry to Arran (1 hour). The Isle of Arran lies in the huge estuary of the Glasgow River Clyde and is surrounded by mainland on three sides and only in the south open to the ocean.
Often called miniature Scotland, the island’s northern half has stunning volcanic mountains and in the south rolling green fields.
We explore Brodick Castle and its extensive and beautiful Rhododendron Gardens. Following lunch on the castle terrace with breathtaking views to the mainland we make our way to the impressive neolithic site in Machrie Moor. Its stone circles and unusual dolmens are particularly mystical in the early evening light.
Walking 1.5 hours, 4 km, easy
Overnight Lagg Hotel, Isle of Arran

Day 2
Arran’s Holy Isle – Early Christianity, Buddhism & Nature’s Delights

This small rocky island lying off Arran’s eastern shore has been called holy since the 6th century when it became St Molaise’s solitary retreat. Today, the island belongs to the Scotland based Samye Ling Buddhist Community who has created a modern and environmentally designed retreat and centre for world peace and health. We take a small ferry across and are welcome with a cup of tea and introduction so that we can fully enjoy the island’s enchanting atmosphere and natural beauty: wild goats, ponies and sheep roam the island, Tibetan paintings adorn the rocks by the shore and the rare Whitebeam tree can be found here. The views are wonderful and you may just ike to stay …
Walking 7km, 3 hours
Overnight Lagg Hotel, Isle of Arran.

Day 3
Island Studded Atlantic Coast & Scotland’s Richest Neolithic Landscape

We leave Arran via its northern harbour Lochranza und drive along the scenic and island dooted coastline of Argyll. At Kilmartin, we find a wealth of prehistoric monuments. On foot, we discover 5000 year old burial cairns, standing stones and amazing rock carvings and explore Dunadd Fort, where the first Scottish Kings were crowned 500 BC. The day provides a fascinating insight into a lesser known part of Scottish history.
Later this afternoon, we will travel by ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull en route to Iona. Our home for 2 nights is the charming Argyll Hotel with a relaxing garden, grand views and an excellent restaurant.
Walking 8km, 3 hours, easy
Overnight Argyll Hotel, Iona.

Day 4
Idyllic Isle of Iona, St Columba’s Abbey and Sandy Beaches

Probably Scotland’s most important early Christian historical monument is Iona Abbey. Founded by St Columba along with 12 monks in the 6th century Columba undertook the task of christianizing Scotland. There are 12th century ruins, artful celtic crosses and the well restored and quite special building of the Abbey to explore.
Not to be missed is a walk along the island’s wonderful white beaches and green meadows and a minisule hill for a gigantic view.
Easy walking, 3 hours, 6 km
Overnight Argyll Hotel, Iona.

Day 5
Walking and Wildlife on the Lush Isle of Ulva

We leave Iona for the Isle of Mull – a green paradise with valleys, hills, a rocky coast and an abundance of wildlife. Ruth, our island expert, will take us right into the world of eagles, otters, ancient history and wonderful landscapes with lots of interesting stories. The tiny island Ulva is an almost uninhabited paradise which will be our roaming ground for the day. We will spend time watching for wildlife and looking at plants – all at a slow pace.
Walking 7km, 4 hours
.Overnight Isle of Mull.

Day 6
Iconic Isle of Staffa, Sea Caves, Puffins and Seabirds on Treshnish

This is a highlight of your holiday: we take a boat to the Treshnish Isles where we discover the magnificent Final’s Cave which inspired Mendelssohn to write his famous Hebrides Ouverture.
The neighboring island Lunga is home to an amazing number of breeding Puffins who are so busy flying in and out of their nests, looking after their brood that they hardly notice us. We are awe – inspired!
There are many other birds – Razorbills, Guillemots, Gannets and Shags – all living together in protective harmony for the breeding season.
Sea journey 3 hours in total, walking as you please.
.Overnight Isle of Mull.

Day 7
Coastal Island Walk

Dunes, sandy beaches and lush green meadows, with guaranteed sea views make for a relaxing day and plenty of time to watch out for sea eagles and other breeding birds and enjoy the plentyfull flora on the way.
Drive: 10 mins each way, Walking 4 hours on undulating terrain
Overnight Isle of Mull

Day 8
Whisky and a Harbour Stroll Through Oban and Journey to Glasgow

Leaving the isle of Mull this morning we travel to Oban by ferry. The lively harbour town invites for last minute souvenire shopping, an ice cream on the promenade or a quick visit to its famous whsiky distillery.
Then our journey takes us south along Loch Lomond with a planned arrival time in Glasgow around 5pm and your trip ends.
Drive 30 mins, Ferry 1 hour, journey/ drive 3 hours

*If you require accommodation in Glasgow or Edinburgh we are happy to help with additional arrangements.

Local hospitality at its best

We travel to 3 different locations beginning with the Isle of Mull, then Iona and finally the Isle of Arran. For all our tours we choose small, cosy Highland Hotels for comfort, friendliness and excellent Scottish cuisine and local ales. For this trip, however, we have included a Bed & Breakfast guesthouse on the Isle of Mull for its beautiful location, comfort and homeliness. Here we have the opportunity to sample the local fayre in different venues each night.

Please note that prices are based on 2 sharing. We always match guests with same sex, of course. If however, you prefer single room accommodation then please let us know. The supplement payable is £225.

 

Walking Details

Your walking group – small is beautiful

Our groups are of a personable size of no more than 8 persons and accompanied throughout by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will do her/ his best to make your time with us in Scotland interesting, enjoyable and comfortable.

Level of fitness

The hiking on this trip is of an easier nature and designed for people with a good general level of fitness and mobility. We hike on good trails but also some rough, rocky and uneven paths. You should be sure footed, have good balance and be used to regularly walking on unpaved tracks .

You may like to concider bringing  some walking poles.

Our itinerary lists distances and elevation for each day. If you are unsure, please contact us and we are happy to discuss any issues.

A Hebridean Journey