Oban & the Isle of Mull

Oban & the Isle of Mull

Discover the unique romance of the Isles of Mull & Iona and of Oban the 'Gateway to The Isles' on this 5 day tour.


Discover the unique romance of the Isles of Mull & Iona and of Oban the 'Gateway to The Isles' on this 5 day tour.


Your first view of Oban is one you are unlikely to forget. From the north, you glimpse this bustling port from the top of the 'Bealach-an-Righ'. As you sweep down the hill towards the expanse of the bay, the view opens up before you and one begins to appreciate why Oban has developed into Scotland's most popular west-coast town

Beyond Oban lie the islands of the Inner Hebrides: Kerrera, which protects the town from Atlantic storms, the low, green island of Lismore, majestic Mull and the granite mountains of the Morvern peninsula. Beyond them, the sacred island of Iona, Coll, Colonsay and Tiree.

Oban today is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands - the "Gateway to the Isles". The panoramic views of the mountains, lochs and islands which have captivated artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries are as striking now as they were when Dunollie Castle, a ruined keep which has stood sentinel over the narrow entrance to the sheltered bay for around six hundred years, was the northern outpost of the Dalriadic Scots.

It is no surprise to find Oban in the 21st Century remains a magnet for travellers from all over the world. The town's present day popularity owes much to the Victorians, and as early as 1812, when the Comet steamship linked Oban with Glasgow, the town played host to intrepid travellers touring Staffa - the inspiration for Mendelssohn's Hebridean Overture - and Iona - home of Scottish Christianity since St Columba stepped ashore in AD563.

Indeed once Oban had the royal seal of approval from Queen Victoria, who called it "one of the finest spots we have seen", the town's destiny as an

endearingly enchanting holiday destination was as firmly set as the lava columns of Fingal's Cave in Staffa.



Magical Mull

Mull is the largest of the islands of Argyll and the third largest in Scotland. It has a rich cultural heritage and some of the most stunning land and seascapes to be found. The island's main town, Tobermory, is famed for the cheerful colours of its waterfront buildings and the yachts bobbing in the natural harbo


Off the rocky Ross of Mull lies the little island of Iona, steeped in history as the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. It was from here that St Columba spread the word across the ancient kingdom, and the island instils an inner peace in the visitor, no more so than in the tranquil Iona Abbey. His life is celebrated at the Columba Centre at Fionnphort



Neptune's Staircase is what is known as a staircase lock, comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822. It is the longest staircase lock in Britain lifting boats 64 feet.The system was originally hand-powered but has been converted to hydraulic operation.


Seil Island

Seil is separated from the mainland only by the thinnest of sea channels which is spanned by the elegant 18th century humpback Clachan Bridge, popularly known as the 'Bridge over the Atlantic'.

The island's main village, Ellenabeich, comprises neat white terraces of workers cottages crouching below black cliffs on the westernmost tip of the island. Confusingly, the village is often referred to by the same name as the nearby island of Easdale, since they formed an interdependent community based exclusively around the slate quarrying industry. Ellenabeich has featured in a number of TV and films including Para Handy and Ring of Bright Water. The village's main attractions are the gardens of An Cala with its glorious azaleas and Japanese flowering cherries in early summer and the Scottish Slate Islands' Heritage Centre which is housed in one of the little white cottages.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head north via Moffat and Glasgow to Loch Lomond, time at leisure for lunch before continuing past Tyndrum and the North End of Loch Awe on our way to Oban and the Columba hotel. Dinner in the hotel tonight.


Day 2

Today we travel by ferry from Oban to the magical Isle of Mull, renowned for its rich history, wildlife and beautiful scenery. We head across the island past Duart Castle to the most westerly point, Fionnphort, here we cross as foot passengers to the enchanting Isle of Iona and its famous Abbey, resting place of over 100 Scottish kings and the birthplace of Christianity within Britain. After time at leisure we return to Mull and then back via the ferry to Oban and dinner at the Columba.

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Day 3

This morning we head north along the shoreline of Loch Linnhe to Fort William, after some free time we then continue to Neptunes Staircase and see the boats navigating the 8 lochs of the Caledonian canal, continuing along the side of the canal we head to Gairlochry and make a stop off at the Commando monument in Spean Bridge where thousands of elite Commandos trained during WW2. Dinner at the Columba on our return to Oban.

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Day 4

We spend a leisurely morning in Oban the unofficial capital of the West Highlands and acclaimed as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. The mountains, lochs and islands have captivated artists, authors and poets for centuries. before an afternoon excursion to Seil Island, we cross the bridge over the Atlantic which opens up the stunning coastal scenery of these Scottish Islands and visit the quaint village of Easdale, with its whitewashed fisherman’s cottages. We return to Oban for dinner.

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Day 5

A final breakfast at the hotel before we leave Oban and return home to Cumbria, arriving back early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Columba Hotel

The Columba Hotel, a much loved Oban landmark is situated in a prime spot right down on a stunning seafront in Oban. A place which looks out onto a beautiful landscape of rolling mountains, lochs and islands, and is the perfect staging post for trips to Lismore, Mull, Iona and Fingal's Cave on Staffa. The town has a vibrant nightlife and the Columba Hotel itself is well placed for a visit to Oban's world famous whisky distillery. A striking Victorian building, its handsome exterior is home to a wealth of modern facilities, including bars and restaurants that are popular with locals and guests alike.

The Columba is the perfect base for a holiday in this vibrant seaside town.

The dining room of the Alba Restaurant has been fully refurbished, but has kept its relaxed atmosphere and Victorian charm. Featuring excellent service and a range of top quality Scottish dishes, a meal in the Columba Hotel is always a special occasion.

Guests and non-residents are also invited to unwind in the hotel's Harbour Bar and Harbour Lights Bar. Serving a wide variety of whiskies, wines, beers and spirits, enjoying a drink as the sun sets across Oban Bay is not to be missed.

At the Columba Hotel, breakfasts are also worth waiting for, with guests given the choice of either a delicious hot or cold buffet. Our friendly staff can also cater for all business dining requirements.

With 49 well equipped, en suite rooms the Columba Hotel has a whole variety of accommodation to suit everyone's requirements. Whether you are a leisure or business guest, our bedrooms create a 'home from home' feeling. Every comfort is catered for.

Enjoy, as standard

  • Comfortable beds

  • Flat screen T.V’s with a selection of digital channels

  • Tea & Coffee making facilities

  • Trouser Press or Iron & Ironing Board

  • Digital Dial Telephones

  • Hairdryers

  • Free Wi-Fi Access

  • Individual heaters to give the guest control

  • Complimentary toiletries

  • Extra bedding

  • Lift access to all floors

Our rooms all offer a high standard of decor and furnishings with everything you require to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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