Three Jewels – Hebridean Island Hopping Mull, Iona and Kerrera

Walking Holiday
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Walking Holiday
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Why Book With Us?

  • Small Groups of Max 8
  • Local Guides
  • Hiking off the Beaten Track
  • Authentic Small Hotels

  • 7 Days
  • Max 8
  • May 2023
  • Easy Walks
Three Hebridean Islands – Mull, Iona and Kerrera

Green and lush these islands are a universe to themselves. Experience life in the Hebrides, pristine nature and wildlife. Visit the delightful Puffins on bird colony island Lunga, meander through Victorian gardens, medieval castles and Bronze Age stone circles, roam amidst rugged hills and lonely glens on this enjoyable relaxed journey.

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Coastal Ambles, Wildlife Adventure and Island Discoveries

Easy Walking in Pristine Hebridean Nature

A delightful trip for those who enjoy the outdoors in a more leisurely way, who enjoy gardens as well as secluded nature, exploring heritage and stories and taking a curious look at real island life. 

  • Easy Walking in Unspoilt Nature of the Hebridean islands
  • Visit Island Bird Colonies and spend time with Puffins
  • Explore Neolithic Stone Circles, Medieval Castles and Victorian Gardens
  • Experience Island Life
  • Enjoy Welcoming Tea Rooms and Hospitality

Discover Neolithic Stone Circles, explore medieval Castles and magnificent Rhododendron Gardens, watch for sea eagles and otters and hike along ruggedly beautiful coastal paths between mountains, sea and sky.

The West Coast was home to Scotland’s first people who left many traces of their culture, some up to 5000 year old, in the valleys, along the shore and on hill tops. Later, in the 5th century, the first Scottish Kings arrived from Ireland establishing their Kingdom of Dalriada in the valley of Kimartin.

Wildlife The sea and wild landscapes offer superb opportunities for observing birds and sea mammals in their natural environments. Learn to distinguish between eagles, buzzards and ospreys and follow the trail of otters on land. The Atlantic is home to seabirds such as puffins, gannets, fulmars, razorbills and manx shearwaters.

Accommodation
For your comfort we have chosen and tested good quality, cosy and warmly hospitable 3 star accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. The local pub is an excellent place to celebrate your day’s adventures in the evenings – with delicious ale and good food in the company of your group of fellow travellers.

Your walking group of no more than 8 allows flexibility and a friendly, personal ambience. You are accompanied throughout by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will endeavour to make your holiday a wonderful and enjoyable experience.

What’s Included

  • Escorted Walking Holiday with knowledgeable Tour Guide
  • Boat Trip to Puffin Island Lunga & Staffa
  • Kilmartin Museum & Inveraray Castle
  • Small Group Tour (max 8)
  • Travel in Comfortable Minibus (from/ back to Glasgow)
  • 6 Nights Bed & Breakfast in Comfortable Highland Hotels
  • 7 x Picnic Lunch
  • All Ferries

Not Included

  • Single Room Supplement (please contact us if you wish a single room)
  • Travel to and from Glasgow
  • Evening Meals, Beverages, Personal Expenses
Itinerary

Day 1Journey to the Hebridean Coast

We meet in Glasgow at a prearranged meeting point around 10 am heading north along famous lake Loch Lomond and into the Highland mountains. Our first walking break near the north end of Loch Lomond takes us onto Scotland’s famous West Highland Way for a picnic lunch on top of a rock with grand view. The journey continues west  arriving in the lively fishing port Oban to catch the ferry to the Isle of Mull.. 

*Driving 3 h, Ferry 1 hour, walking/ exploring 2 hours/ Overnight Isle of Mull

Day 2Eagles and Otters, Cliffs and Crofters

The western shores of Mull are a remote landscape created by a heavily indented coastline and imposing cliffs. Old oak and hazel forests line the many coves and beaches. The path takes us over green pastures to ruined old crofting settlements where we may sit a while waiting for an otter or spot one of Mull’s famous white eagles.

*Walking 8km, 4 hours, easy/ Overnight Isle of Mull

Day 3Treshnish Isles - Staffa’s Famous Sea Cave and Puffins on Lunga

A highlight of your trip: we take a boat to the Treshnish Isles where we discover the magnificent Fingal’s Cave which inspired Mendelssohn to write his famous Hebrides Overture.

The neighbouring 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 barely notice us. We are awe – inspired!

There are many other amazing 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 4Remote Island Settlement & Coastal Walk

The tiny settlement of Lochbuie sits in a beautiful bay and enjoys one of the most stunning locations on Mull. Easy walking takes us along a forested shoreline with wonderful views to the mainland, we visit a tiny church with history, the grand and still inhabited laid’s house, a medieval castle, a mausoleum and even a prehistoric stone circle – all backed by beautiful scenery. Today’s treat: a fabulous cafe has opened its doors serving delicious coffee and home baking to be enjoyed with superb views.

Then we head west to catch the evening ferry to Iona.

*Walking 8km, 3 hours/ Overnight Isle of Iona

Day 5Idyllic Isle of Iona, Scotland’s Cradle of Christianity

Rarely does one find such idyllic scenery combined with significant historic monuments:

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 christianising Scotland. There are 12th century ruins, artful Celtic crosses and the well restored and quite special building of the Abbey to explore. 

However, wild and white sandy beaches await, green meadows and the blooming machair, turquoise water for swimming and a miniscule hill for a gigantic view … 

*Easy walking as you like/ Overnight Isle of Iona

Day 6Isle of Kerrera

Leaving Iona and heading back across Mull we board the morning ferry back to Oban just to hop onto the next island. Though only a 5 minute ferry ride from the mainland, like most islands Kerrera is a universe to itself. Boasting a growing population of 35 including children the community lives a seemingly relaxed and very outdoor focussed life on this green and lush island. We are treated to an amazing coastal walk with all the backdrop you could wish for: tall cliffs with a ruined medieval castle atop, dunes and flower meadows and another cafe rewarding us with culinary treats and fabulous views.We leave this delightful oasis to spend our last night on the scenic Argyll Coast.

*Walking 3 hours 6km, Ferry 10 mins each journey, Drive 2 hours/Overnight Argyll Coast

Day 7Prehistoric Kilmartin Glen & Inveraray Castle

We explore the green landscapes of Kilmartin Glen, home to one of Europe’s richest prehistoric sites: amazing standing stones, burial cairns and stone circles take us back 6000 years of human history. And the is also the surprising and well camouflaged ancient Fort Dunadd, the original seat of the first Scottish kings and heart of the foundations of Scotland as a nation.

We continue south and take in the 18th century town Inveraray and vist the elegant Inveraray Castle, built in the 1740s by the Dukes of Argyll, the chiefs of Clan Campbel. We find out much about Scottish history as well as the connection to infamously romantic Rob Roy – dealer, thief and lord of the poor.

*Walking 2 hours, easy, Driving 3 hours, Arrival in Glasgow around 17:00 hrs

 

Where you Stay

We travel to 3 different locations beginning with the Isle of Mull for 2 nights, Iona for the following 2 nightsand Arran for the last 2 nights. For all our tours we choose small, cosy island Hotels for comfort, en suite bathrooms, friendliness and excellent Scottish cuisine. 

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. Supplement are available from £225.

Walking Information

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.

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