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Island Hopping on Scotland's West Coast 2018

8 days from £1019*
Departing: September 2018
* Price shown: 22 September 2018 from LGW - LGW


Enjoy some of Scotland's celebrated island scenery

Escape the crowds, and journey from Glasgow to Inverness, and explore four enchanting Scottish Islands. Discover a land of sparkling lochs, white-sand beaches, soaring mountains and heather-clad moors, and a pace of life most of us have forgotten ever existed, as you visit the Isle of Arran, Bute, Mull and ancient Iona.

Tour Highlights

  • Discovering why the Isle of Arran is known as Scotland in Miniature
  • The scenic ferry crossing to the Isle of Bute
  • A visit to Mount Stuart House, one of Scotland's finest Gothic Revival buildings
  • Historic Inveraray and the lively resort of Oban
  • Time to explore the Isle of Mull, the largest of the Inner Hebrides
  • Scenic coach rides past the Kyles of Bute and across the Morvern Peninsula
  • Time to enjoy Iona, the cradle of Scottish Christianity

What does the price include?

  • Seven nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at hotels in Ayr (2 nights), Inveraray (2), Craignure (2) and Newtonmore (1)
  • Flights to Glasgow (returning from Inverness)
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Scotland

Fly to Glasgow airport. Our Tour Manager will meet you at the airport, and a coach will be waiting to transfer you to your first hotel. Check in, and then spend the rest of the day relaxing.

Day Two: Included Isle of Arran tour

Today, we head to Ardrossan for the 55-minute ferry crossing to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. Visit historic Brodick Castle, the ancient seat of the Duke of Hamilton, which houses a superb collection of silver, porcelain and paintings, and stroll the castle's gardens.

Alternatively, stay on the coach and enjoy a tour of the island's lovely, ever-varying landscape of mountains and lochs, rolling hills and meadows. Look out for seal colonies and birdlife as we head north along the coast road to the ruins of Lochranza Castle and follow Arran's western coast, past scenic villages and stunning views across to the Mull of Kintyre, to the southernmost tip of the island.

Day Three: Included Isle of Bute tour

This morning we'll head to Wemyss Bay where we'll board the ferry for the 35-minute crossing to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. Our destination here will be Mount Stuart House. The first Scottish home to be built with electric lighting, central heating, a telephone and a lift - and quite possibly the first house in the world to have a heated indoor swimming pool - Mount Stuart shot to fame in April 2016 when a new copy of Shakespeare's First Folio was found tucked away in the house's library.

In the afternoon we'll head north to Inveraray. After a short ferry crossing, we'll follow the Argyll coast along the Kyles of Bute and past the rocky slopes of the Arrochar Alps, over Rest And Be Thankful Pass and on, to the shores of Loch Fyne.

Day Four: Day at leisure

Spend a leisurely day exploring Inveraray, or making the most of the hotel's facilities.

One of the oldest planned towns in Scotland, Inveraray was rebuilt in the mid-1700s by the 3rd Duke of Argyll (after the original village was demolished to make more space for his castle). Why not visit its famous Jail, the Maritime Museum housed in the Arctic Penguin, a 1911 iron schooner, or Inverary Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell?

Day Five: Included tour of Oban

This morning, we head to the bustling resort of Oban, gateway to the islands of the Inner Hebrides. Stroll along the esplanade or, if you've got the energy, climb up Battery Hill to McCraig's Tower. On a clear day, the views of the Islands of Kerrera and Mull are well worth it.

Later, we'll board the ferry for the 40-minute crossing to Mull and make our way to the Isle of Mull Hotel, our base for the next two nights.

Day Six: Included Isle of Mull and Iona tours

Today we'll head west, along the Ross of Mull, to Fionnphort for the ferry crossing (as foot passengers) to the sacred Isle of Iona. A holy site since St Columba landed there in A.D.56, the island's monastery is still a place of pilgrimage, and is also the burial place of many early Scottish kings. Follow the pilgrim path up the slight rise, through the pretty cottages and ruined nunnery, to the Abbey itself. After time to explore, we'll return to Mull and head to the principle town of Tobermory. Wander along the waterfront, past its distinctive, colourful buildings, and explore the town's little arts and crafts shops.

Day Seven: From Tobermory to Fort William and Newtonmore

After breakfast, we'll head to Fishnish Pier for the ferry crossing Lochaline before continuing the scenic journey across the Morvern Peninsula to Liddesdale and onward across the bottom of Loch Linnhe on another short ferry ride, up to Fort William and on to Newtonmore, in the Spey Valley, for our final night's stay.

Day Eight: Fly home from Scotland

Bid farewell to Scotland, today, as we transfer you to Inverness for your flight home.

Departure Airport Date Price From
BHX 08 September 2018 £1129
BHX 22 September 2018 £1079
BRS 08 September 2018 £1059
BRS 22 September 2018 £1039
LGW 08 September 2018 £1169
LGW 22 September 2018 £1019
LHR 08 September 2018 £1129
LHR 22 September 2018 £1079
LTN 08 September 2018 £1059

Scottish Island-Hopping Touring Hotels 

You will be staying in four comfortable hotels on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. The bedrooms at all the hotels will have private facilities, TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour (or one hour 15 minutes for autumn departures with reversed itineraries).

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Please note that autumn departures of this tour will operate in reverse, flying into Inverness and returning from Glasgow. You will stay at the Hallmark Hotel, Irvine, on Days Six and Seven.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Hotel spa treatments

To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you book any spa treatments prior to travelling.

**Low deposit of £79pp applies to new bookings only made before 31st August 2018. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only. Exclusions apply.  This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.