Isle of Skye and Mull Tour – Itinerary
Day one of the Isle of Skye and Mull tour begins with the photostops at Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle. Then across the bridge and through the “Garden of Skye”. A ferry trip back to the mainland is followed by a fantastically scenic drive to our second ferry crossing. This takes us to Tobermory, pretty island capital of the Isle of Mull for our overnight.
Day two starts with a visit to Duart Castle. Then we cross another ferry to a mainland peninsula called Morvern. Crossing our fourth ferry of the whole trip brings us to Fort William, from where we return to Inverness up the length of the Great Glen.
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle make a great stop because you can capture two icons in one photo. One of the great castles of Scotland, Urquhart was first held by Pictish tribal chiefs, later becoming a mighty royal castle, and finally a Clan Grant stronghold. It saw 1,000 years of continuous occupation before its fall, in 1692. It overlooks the dark waters of Loch Ness – the largest lake in the country. This is more than enough water to hide its most famous inhabitant – Nessie!
The Five Sisters of Kintail
The mountains known as the Five Sisters of Kintail are very popular with photographers and hikers due to their five jagged peaks. The Jacobites and Redcoats fought the Battle of Glen Shiel on the lower slopes in 1719. Legends and tales abound in the Kintail area.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle is called the “most romantic castle in the Highlands” due to the number of weddings it hosts. A Clan Macrae stronghold, it has a great exhibition, shop and café and has been in movies like Highlander, James Bond and Made of Honor. It is a favourite with photographers, and as a result appears on many postcards and calendar pictures.
Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides. It is known the world over for breathtaking scenery and its rich body of myth and legend. The island is well served too by a range of local shops and crafters. Skye has featured in many TV shows and films in both Hollywood and Bollywood, and plenty homegrown productions too.
The Sleat Peninsula
The Sleat Peninsula in the south is our target after crossing the Skye Bridge. Here, in the “Garden of Skye” we can visit the beautiful port of Eilean Iarman, or the Clan Donald Centre with gardens, museum and restaurant. Our destination is Armadale ferry port and there are several quality shops that can be visited while awaiting the ferry.
Armadale Ferry runs from Armadale on the Isle of Skye to Mallaig (on the mainland). The crossing takes around 30 minutes and it is one of the most scenic in the world. Enjoy views of the Black Cuillin Mountains, the fjord of Loch Nevis, and the island group known as the Small Isles (particularly Eigg and Rum).
Ardnamurchan Peninsula is the westernmost point of the UK mainland. Our afternoon route takes us first through some of the most scenic woodland areas of the West Highlands and then we push onto the rugged and remote Peninsula itself.
Kilchoan Ferry is our second ferry of the day, taking us from Ardnamurchan to the Isle of Mull. This is another scenic crossing, other islands visible in the distance. We sail right into Tobermory Bay – famous because of its sunken Spanish galleon.
Isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull is the second largest of the Inner Hebrides. It is well known for its wildlife, sealife, scenery, culture and food. We arrive in the main town, by ferry, mid to late afternoon on day one of the two day tour. We love all the local craft and artisan shops here, so it is a good place to overnight.
Tobermory is the pretty capital of the Isle of Mull. The great range of souvenir, crafts and gift shops make it an ideal place for gift shopping. The many bars and restaurants serve us well in the evening too. It is famous for all the colourful harbourfront houses, and also being the setting for the childrens’ TV series; Balamory.
Duart Castle is the clan seat of Clan Maclean. It dates from the 12th century and was restored by Sir Fitzroy Maclean in the early years of the 20th century. It has featured in the movies “When Eight Bells Toll” – 1971, and “Entrapment” – 1999.
Fishnish Ferry is the shortest crossing between the Isle of Mull and the mainland, (only about 15 minutes). This ferry offers excellent views of the beautiful Sound of Mull and the ruins of Ardtornish Castle
Corran Ferry is the last ferry crossing on our tour. We cross Corran Narrows by the lighthouse, at Ardgour. Arriving on the eastern side of the salt-water inlet of Loch Linnhe, it is a short drive to Fort William.
Isle of Skye and Mull Tour – Price
£420 per day. In order that you retain utmost flexibility in your day-to-day choices the rate does not include your food, accommodation, visitor centre entries and train or boat tickets.
Isle of Skye and Mull Tour – Departure
The tour can depart from your Inverness accommodation, or from any transport hub you prefer, such as bus station, train station or airport. You tell us, and we’ll be there.