Let us, your local experts, design your perfect Scottish itinerary with car rental, ferry to Mull and mainland return. A minimum of seven nights’ accommodation is required as part of your Maclean Gathering tour in guest house, hotel and/or castles. There are many options for sailing, walking, whisky, golf, wee glens and hidden places – or see below for suggestions, something to whet your appetite, ask for info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample Itinerary : A self drive 7 night tour (arrive and depart Glasgow) – add on more days?
Arrive into Glasgow airport where you collect your pre booked AUTO car and head out through stunning Scottish scenery. Please remember that you may be on the wrong side (well right/correct for us Scots) of the road and out of your time zone. Travel to the famous Loch Lomond (an hour away) and take a break. Then another 1.5 hours drive through the Argyll Forest taking you to Kilmartin Glen. We suggest a good stop here with lunch in your first Scottish pub. Here you can see and touch 5000 years of our history – standing stones, burial cairns, castle etc. Another hour takes you to Maclean lands – Oban, known as the seafood capital of Scotland. Enjoy your first night in Scotland.
After a leisurely morning around the Oban area you take the reserved ferry to Mull. The sailing is only 45 minutes and you get fantastic views of Duart Castle on the approach to Mull. You spend the next 3 nights (or more), taking in the island’s scenery, castles, graves, beaches and even Tobermory Distillery if you wish,– plenty to keep even the seasoned traveller happy . Overnight Mull. TOBEMORY IS NOW FULL BUT WE CAN ACCOMMODATE YOU ELSEWHERE ON THE ISLAND. Tonight maybe meet Liz and Paul for a drink in the local pub? Any actual restaurants must be booked in advance as this will be a busy weekend. Just ask us, we know!
A free day driving around Mull, maybe a full day down to south of the island where you can take a five minute sail over to the wee island of Iona (1.5 x 3 miles with only 120 residents.) See the Maclean cross erected around 1500 where three medieval roads met. You can also sail over to Staffa but we do suggest we pre book the ferry it takes a couple of hours and is around £30. There is plenty of Maclean history on Iona and lovely white beaches which you don’t expect from Scotland. This evening maybe attend a clan event in Tobermory? Let us know your plans.
The Clan Maclean Gathering takes place at the 13th century, Duart Castle today. It’s an hour’s drive south to the gathering. Usually the events start at 11am with the grand march and end around 3pm but we will keep you updated as the clan plan this event. There are typically piping events, highland dancing and a wee clan village showing you how to wear the old Scottish highland dress. You have the opportunity to explore Duart Castle at you leisure and maybe meet the chief. Clan events are optional and are usually in Tobermory.
Days 5 & 6
Today you take a 25 minute ferry from Tobemory to the Ardamurchan peninsular, passing MacLean’s Nose! You then take another ferry from Malaig across to the famous Isle of Skye. You check into the wee capital of the island, Portree (having only 2300 residents). There is plenty of scenery, castles and things to keep you more than happy for two days. Maybe tour Talisker Distillery, Flora MacDonald’s Grave, the Old Man of Storr and many other sights on this famous island, we’ll give plenty of suggestions.