This tour allows you to do the same as detailed in The Three Isles Tour with an earlier departure from Oban. Take a scenic route through the beautiful and dramatic Isle of Mull and a visit to the Isle of Iona to see the famous abbey, then the highlight - an awe-inspiring visit to the unique volcanic Isle of Staffa to see Fingal's Cave.
For early risers, this tour starts earlier than our standard Three Islands Tour and allows you to discover the wonders of three Scottish islands in one day taking you through the stunning scenery of the Isle of Mull followed by a visit to the Isle of Iona to see the famous Abbey, but the highlight of this tour is the awe-inspiring visit to the unique Isle of Staffa to see Fingal’s Cave and, from mid-April to early August, the opportunity to see its nesting Puffins.
The tour departs from the Ferry Terminal Railway Pier, Oban, on Caledonian MacBrayne’s MV Isle of Mull. As you leave Oban on the ferry you'll see Dunollie Castle perched high on a hillside north of Oban, before crossing the Firth of Lorn and sailing past the 800 year old Duart Castle before landing at Craignure on Mull where you join your coach.
The 1 hour scenic route through the sourthern part of Mull is via Glen More to Fionnphort, keep an eye out for sea eagles circling overhead! At Fionnphort you board the ferry for the 45 minute boat ride to the Isle of Staffa. On the water always look-out for sightings of whales, dolphins, basking sharks, and sea eagles which are iconic to the North-West coast of Mull.
After landing on Staffa you can walk along the shoreline over the hexagonal basault columns that make up the island to visit Fingal’s Cave. There's a short flight of steps close to the mooring you can use to climb up to the island and look for some photo opportunites with the puffins.
Finally we we sail south to the Isle of Iona. You'll have time to explore Iona on foot - see the Benedictine nunnery and the Reilig Oran burial ground – the burial place of kings – on the route to Iona Abbey, which is a short walk from the pier.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING YOUR TIME ON STAFFA: The National Trust for Scotland has advised us that there has been erosion over the Winter months at the entrance to Fingal's Cave that requires urgent repair. This means that while you can still walk to the cave and view, you cannot enter until these repairs are complete. At present there is no definite timescale for repairs but we will update as soon as we know they are complete.
Tour tickets should be collected from West Coast tour office the day before if possible.
For passengers wishing to have more time viewing Puffins, Sealife we recommend our Treshnish Isles and Staffa tour below
Sailings and landings subject to favourable sea and weather conditions.
Lunches, snacks and refreshments are readily available on Iona.