Mull, Iona, & Staffa Puffin Experience (double) Guided Tour

Our partner: Highland Explorer Tours

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Description

The Puffins are here, and they want to meet you! Meet the most amusing and inquisitive birds in Scotland, while exploring the stunning west coast, plus the idyllic isles of Mull and Iona. Our journey along Loch Lomond is just a warm-up for the scenery and sea views to come. Photograph the colourful harbour in Tobermory, where we will spend two nights. Marvel at Fingal’s Cave and get up close to the adorable puffins on our water-based adventure around Staffa and the Treshnish Isles. You’ll have the chance to spot whales, Seals and eagles. Experience the beauty and serenity of Iona, before spending the final night in Oban. On our last day, we journey through stunning scenery, including the mighty Glencoe, before visiting Deanston Distillery.

What´s Included

  • Local Scottish Guide
  • 3 nights Hotel Accommodation
  • 3 traditional Scottish breakfasts
  • All ferry crossings
  • Puffin tour to Staffa and Treshnish Isles
  • Deanston Distillery tour

What to bring

  • Passport / photo ID
  • Students must hold a valid ISIC/ISE/ITIC card
  • Travel Insurance
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID and/or negative COVID test result

Additional information

  • Due to the popularity of this product, this tour does not qualify for a deposit option - full payment is required at time of booking. Please note this tour runs in conjunction with our sister company HAGGiS Adventures.
    • A cancellation made 21 day or less will incur a 100% fee.
    • Adults / Students must be over 18 at the time of travel.
    • The minimum age for Highland Explorer tours is 5 years old.
    • Students must hold a valid ISIC/ISE/ITIC card
    • Please arrive to check-in 15 minutes before departure
    • Multi-Day Travel Declaration: Passengers travelling on one of our multi-day tours are required to fill in a Travel Declaration form that states that proof of double vaccination or proof of negative lateral flow antigen test is required before embarking on our tour. If a passenger does not wish to take a test and cannot produce a vaccine passport/certificate or negative test result, the OPerator reseerves the right to refuse to allow 'the passenger ' to take part in the tour. In such case the Operator will not be liable for any refund, compensation or any additional cost incurred by the passenger.
    • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark.
    • Highland hotels and guesthouses do not have lifts/elevators. Guests should be able to walk up steps in order to access rooms.
    • In this new, fast-changing Covid-19 era, we are doing all we can to adapt to new requirements and expectations, given the disruption caused. Read more about the important new steps and procedures that we have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you peace of mind when you are travelling during these new times
      Your Responsibility
      All our guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organization and local Government guidelines.
      • Regular washing of hands and sanitising when required
      • Please bring your own:
      o Hand sanitiser
      o Face mask. These are to be worn at all times on the coach and in public areas.
      • Temperature checks will be taken at the start of each day on tour. If your temperature is above 37.5 degrees, you may not be able to travel.
      • Maintain social distancing. o You need to make the Guide aware if you develop any COVID like symptoms.
      • You need to make the Guide aware if you develop any Covid like symptoms.

Itinerary

DAY 1
DAY 1: Edinburgh to Tobermory
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DAY 1: Edinburgh to Tobermory

Leaving Edinburgh at 8.30am, we journey west through Glasgow - the largest city in Scotland – towards the scenic beauty of Loch Lomond. Explore the charming village of Luss, take photos from the Rest and Be Thankful viewpoint and enjoy free time in pretty Inveraray for lunch. Visit the ancient Dunadd Fort before continuing towards the bustling port town of Oban for our ferry to Mull, where we spend two nights in Tobermory.

DAY 2
DAY 2: Tobermory
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DAY 2: Tobermory

After breakfast, we check-in for our cruise to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa. Sit back and relax on our water-based adventure around the beautiful Treshnish Isles. Throughout this six-hour extravaganza keep an eye out for seals, eagles and whales, while listening to commentary from our wildlife guide. We spend two hours on Lunga to explore the large puffin colony that nest in burrows on the grassy hill side sounded by wildflower. Listen to tales of giants and geology as we sail to Staffa and marvel at Fingal’s Cave. Enjoy the beautiful island views and marine life as we return to Tobermory. This adorable multi coloured harbour town is our home for the night.

DAY 3
DAY 3: Tobermory to Oban
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DAY 3: Tobermory to Oban

Today we travel across mountainous Mull to visit the spiritual Isle of Iona, often referred to as the sacred heart of Scotland. Enjoy plenty free time to have lunch, visit Iona Abbey, explore the white sand beaches, and experience the special feeling reported by many visitors to the island. Afterwards, we catch the ferry back to Oban, where you can try fresh seafood and have a drink with the locals on our last night.

DAY 4
DAY 4: Oban to Edinburgh
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DAY 4: Oban to Edinburgh

We depart Oban and travel through the dramatic and breath-taking landscape that is Glencoe and onto the wild expanse of Rannoch Moor and Rob Roy's old stomping ground. We stop at Deanston Distillery to learn all about single malt production – and sample it straight from the source. Catch a glimpse of the Wallace Monument, while listening to tales of our national hero. Return to Edinburgh at around 5.30pm after four awesome days.