This Gathering midi coach tour has a limited availability of 24 guests. The tour has been extended by one day and upgraded to staying at the Western Isles Hotel.
Tuesday 20 June Arrive into Glasgow (ideally) or Edinburgh Airport. Make your own way to Glasgow, drop off your luggage and explore the city. Overnight in Glasgow at the lovely The George Hotel, George Square, city centre. Complimentary spirits in your room and in the VIP lounge, top floor. Early evening we have a meet and greet with your tour director, enjoy a beer or wine with nibbles.
Wednesday 21 June after your first fully cooked Scottish breakfast wehead north past Loch Lomond (time for photos and rest room) then through the mountains and glens (Rest and be Thankful). Then on the quaint wee town of Inveraray (HQ to Clan Campbell so we won’t be stopping). Finally we reach Oban and for those who wish, Oban Distillery. We’ll have a couple of hours free to enjoy the town before taking the 4pm ferry to Mull. A 45 minute sail to Craignure, going right past Duart Castle. Then up to Tobermory and check in to The Western Isles Hotel.
Thursday 21 June Today we have chartered a private boat to sail from Tobermory to Staff to see Fingals Cave and hopefully plenty of puffins. We will allocate a morning or afternoon slot for you but if you don’t fancy it, please let us know. Meanwhile our coach will be taking a short trip to visit the Maclean witches’ graves at Pennygown Graveyeard, near Salen. This will take approx 1.5 hours and is optional, both morning and afternoon, giving you plenty of free time to explore Tobermory. Maybe tour the distillery, see the Maclean section of Mull Museum and of course collect your welcome packs and tickets for the Maclean Gathering events. This evening Liz and Paul will be hosting a private dinner in Macoghans pub for all our guests. This will be an optional extra expense, more to follow.
Friday 23 June We travel to the holy isle of Iona today. On Iona you will see the Maclean’s Cross, the Street of the Dead (Scottish kings buried here), the abbey, chapel and other Celtic crosses. The incompleted Book of Kells was started here, due to Viking raids it was moved to Dublin – ironic as Dublin was a Viking capital! Take sturdy walking shoes and rainproof jacket. Iona and Staffa are self guided, return to your hotel early evening. A great day out.
Saturday 24 June The gathering events at Duart Castle. We drive you there for the clan opening walk and bring you home again. This evening free for any clan events you may wish to book in advance, usually the Chief’s ball in Tobermory. Overnight Tobermory.
Sunday 25 June We leave Mull on the morning ferry to Oban, then through the infamous Glencoe and the wild and desolate Rannoch Moor, on to Edinburgh where your driver and guide leave. We will be stopping en route. Overnight Edinburgh, the Victorian Braid Hills Hotel with distinctive corner towers, stained glass windows and original ornate ceiling cornicing. Just 8 minutes from the city centre the hotel is in a quieter part of the city. Deluxe Rooms with views over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Enjoy the capital.
Monday 26 June Final day and night in Edinburgh. The day is totally yours.
Tuesday 27 June Your final Scottish breakfast before your flight home. For those of you returning home from Glasgow you will need to sget to Glasgow Airport during the day, ready for your flight on Wednesday. We are happy to help with train bookings but please not this is not included , nor accommodation at Glasgow Airport. Airport transfers are not included as the coach leaves on Sunday.
This tour is £1495 per person sharing. Single supplement upon request. For ALL tours there is a non refundable deposit of £500 per person. Full balance will be required 6 months prior. Minimum age 9 years old, sharing, price on application.
The Clan Maclean Gathering do not have an official tour operator/partner. MCLEANSCOTLAND are wholly independent and have been offering tours for the Maclean Gatherings for 25 years. Paul is a life member of Clan Maclean.