Tours to Mull, Iona and Staffa
|6 days||Isles of Mull, Iona, Bute + Ardnamurchan||Sunday 11 April|
|6 days||Isles of Mull, Iona, Bute + Ardnamurchan||Monday 18 October|
The terraced hills of Mull ( 'mass of hill') give this island its name and lend much to its rugged beauty. On the eastern side of the island, the coastline paralells that of the mainland from the ferry terminal at Craignure to the colourful and picturesque town of Tobermory, nestled around its beautiful harbour. The west coast of Mull is a varied mix of towering cliffs, deeply indented sea lochs and some fine sandy beaches. Just off the south west tip of Mull lies the island of Iona, which has a history and importance out of all proportion to its size. St Columba landed on Iona from Ireland in the 6th century, and founded a monastery which quickly became the Christian centre of Europe. Since that time, the site has been used for a succession of churches and chapels. The current building dates from the 16th century, by which time 60 kings of Scotland, Ireland and Norway were buried in the graveyard. A few miles north of Iona lies the tiny island of Staffa, which is famous for the basaltic columns of Fingal's Cave, which inspired Mendelssohn to write his famous Overture in 1832.
Duart Castle silhoutted against the hills of the Isle of Mull