Discover enchanting islands, dramatic landscapes and stunning scenery on this two-centred tour incorporating the wonderful islands of Arran, Mull and Iona. The Isle of Arran casts its magical spell over the most unsuspecting visitor, whilst Mull has wonderful wildlife and pristine beaches, and idyllic Iona is one of the most sacred places to visit in the Inner Hebrides.
Detailed Overview

Price includes

Overnight Hotel

  • 1-night dinner, bed & breakfast

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Porterage

Main Resort Hotel

  • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the Riverside Lodge Hotel

  • Welcome tea/coffee & shortbread on arrival

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Pianist on 1 night

  • Free use of leisure facilities - swimming pool

  • Return ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick

  • Guided tour with tasting of Isle of Arran Distillery

  • Entrance to Brodick Castle and Gardens

  • Porterage

  • Ferry from Brodick to Ardrossan

  • One-hour Loch Lomond Cruise

Main Resort Hotel

  • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the Columba Hotel

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Porterage

  • Return ferry from Oban to Mull (Craignure)

  • Return foot passenger crossing on the Fionnphort to Iona ferry

Overnight Hotel

  • 1-night dinner, bed & breakfast

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Porterage

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We head north into Scotland for an overnight stay.

Day 2

Travel Day
We head to Irvine to the Riverside Lodge hotel, our base for 3 nights.

Day 3

Isle of Arran drive & Whisky Distillery tour
We take the ferry across to Brodick for our day on Isle of Arran. It's easy to see why the Isle of Arran is often referred to as 'Scotland in Miniature', with its constantly changing landscape of highland glens and rugged mountains alongside sweeping sandy bays and picturesque coastal villages. We head to the Isle of Arran Whisky Distillery where we take a tour to learn the art of whisky making and sample a dram of the finished product. After our guided tour here we head to Brodick Castle & Gardens. A 19th century castle which houses a collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture. Dramatically set against the backdrop of Goat Fell Mountain, the grand castle has stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Firth of Clyde. The grounds range from landscaped gardens to woodland trails, there's plenty to explore.

Day 4

Day of Leisure
Today we take a scenic drive through the Ayrshire Coast - we travel through Troon, Ayr and head down to Ballantree with stops along the way.

Day 5

Travel Day & Loch Lomond Cruise
Today we depart from our hotel in Irvine and head right through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park - a stop at Loch Lomond is a must. Therefore, we have included a one-hour circular tour of Loch Lomond's South basin. Enjoy views of the magnificent Ben Lomond, passing a number of Loch Lomond's stately homes and castles along the shoreline. Venture out towards Inchmurrin Island- the largest of Loch Lomond's 33 islands and home to the ancient remains of Lennox Castle, which in the 14th century sheltered a fugitive Robert the Bruce before he was to become King of Scotland. We then make our way to our hotel for a further three nights.

Day 6

Iona
We catch the ferry to Craignure on Mull, before continuing via Glen More to Fionnphort, to board as foot passengers for the short crossing to the tranquil Island of Iona. Discover its Abbey (admission not included) and the burial place of Scottish Kings. Although a tiny island, Iona is full of history and heritage.

Day 7

Oban
Enjoy a free day to explore the coastal resort of Oban, known as the 'Gateway to the Isles' and the 'Seafood Capital of Scotland', with its many award-winning restaurants. Why not stroll along the Esplanade, visit McCaig's Tower which overlooks the town, enjoy a wee dram at the distillery or visit the War & Peace Museum.

Day 8

Travel Day
Enjoy a relaxing drive through the glorious Argyll scenery, with possible stops in Inverarary and at the picturesque setting of Loch Lomond, before continuing through Scotland to our final overnight stay.

Day 9

It's time to head for home.

Other Information

Hotel

4* Riverside Lodge Hotel, Irvine, Ayrshire

Riverside Lodge Hotel is a luxurious four-star property set just outside Irvine, Ayrshire. Just recently refurbished, this hotel is perfectly placed for a leisure stay. The hotel has 128 excellent bedrooms including top-class executive suites. The Riverside Lodge Hotel also features a spacious lounge bar, stylish Brasserie restaurant, which serves delicious, mouth-watering foods and a 9-hole golf course.

• 24-hour Reception • Lounge Bar • Internet Access – free in room • Restaurant • 9-hole golf course • TV with digital channels • Tea/coffee facilities in room • 24-hour rooms service • Hairdryer • Iron & Ironing board on request •

3* Columba Hotel, Oban

The Columba’s Victorian charm offers a warm welcome to locals and travellers alike with 50 beautiful rooms with views of the harbour, sea and the hills.

• There is a Lift at this hotel • TV • Telephone • Tea/coffee making facilities • Hairdryer • Iron & Iron Board • Complimentary toiletries • Free Wi-Fi • Restaurant • Bar • Lounge •

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