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    Winter - Mull & Iona

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    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Accommodation: Classic
    Confirmed: When 3 Travellers Book


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    There is a wild beauty about the islands of Mull and Iona in winter.

    As the salty wind blows the trees clean of leaves and flint-flecked waves break steadily on quiet shores, the turn of the season strips the island back to its most stark. This starkness is felt in the sea arches that stand like ancient battlements, the gulls that wheel white as snow, and the ethereal light that glimmers across land, sea and sky.

    With your expert Wilderness Scotland guide, enjoy discovering these stunning Inner Hebridean islands. Based on the Isle of Mull, traverse the captivating and diverse landscapes while immersing yourself in island history, culture and traditions.

    Spend a day on the evocative Isle of Iona, home to hidden bays, rugged cliffs and a fascinating history. With the shorter daylight hours and quieter coastlines that winter brings, look out for wildlife synonymous with Mull, including red deer, otters, sea eagles and owls. Spend your evenings in your cosy winter hideaway, enjoying the woodfired hot tub and a crackling fire. With Hebridean skies being some of the darkest in Europe, bring your day to the perfect close by looking up at an ink-black, silent sky filled with the sharpest of stars.

    Please note – The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide with regard to weather conditions and other factors.

    Trip Highlights

    • Enjoy exploring the stunning landscape of the Inner Hebrides on foot with your knowledgeable guide.
    • Spot winter wildlife, including red deer, otters, seabirds and eagles.
    • Spend a day on the evocative Isle of Iona, visiting historical sites and immersing yourself in coastal scenery.
    • Experience the warmth of Highland hospitality in a cosy private lodge with a wood-fired hot tub

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome to Mull

    Meet your Wilderness Scotland guide at the train station in Oban this morning before enjoying a short ferry crossing over the Sound of Mull to arrive in Craignure. Sticking close to the beautiful coastline, take a short circular walk with rewarding and magnificent views across the neighbouring islands of Tiree and Coll. Afterwards, continue to your cosy accommodation, located just outside of Fionnphort and looking out over the shimmering waters of Loch Pottie. (L, D)

    Walk details: 3km/ 1.75 miles | Approx. 1.5 hours | Ascent 65m/210ft

    Day 2 – The Isle of Iona

    After a relaxed breakfast, spend the day exploring the historic Isle of Iona. Discover its beautiful coastline scattered with rocky outcrops and hidden bays, as well as its rich history that dates back to the Iron Age. Visit Iona Abbey and one of the best preserved medieval nunneries in Britain. Depending on the weather conditions, perhaps hike to the highest point on the island, Dun I, which offers views as far as Rum, Eigg and Skye. Just below the summit, splash your face with water from a dark pool in a rocky cleft known as the Well of Eternal Youth. An evocative and atmospheric island, the beauty and history of Iona can be felt even more keenly in the quiet of winter. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 7.5km/ 4.75 miles | Approx. 3 hours | Ascent 110m/360ft

    Day 3 – Exploring the Ross of Mull Peninsula

    This morning head out to explore the rugged south coast. Walk along crescents of silvery sand, looking out over rocky islets and old stone ruins free from summer bracken. An area popular with wildlife, spot seals beyond the breakers and fields full of lapwing and golden plover. After lunch, meet a couple of local island weavers and spend some time learning about their craft and their treasured Hebridean traditions. Before returning to your cosy accommodation, explore more of this enchanting landscape on foot, if you’ll feeling brave dip your toes in the North Atlantic Ocean before heading back to your accommodation to warm up in the wood-fired hot tub. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 9.5km/ 6 miles | Approx. 3 – 4 hours | Ascent 182m/600ft

    Day 4 – Coasts, Cliffs and Caves

    Today, enjoy a scenic drive north as you follow the coast past the spectacular Ben More and the mountains of Mull for another beautiful hike. Along the way, stop on the cliffs to peer down into sheltered bays, looking out for the whiskered face of an otter and other marine wildlife. Walk to a spectacular waterfall, made even more impressive by the pulsing winter water and the dark, deep pool below. If the weather is favourable this afternoon, hike out to one of the most impressive caves in the Hebrides. Tonight, celebrate your wild winter adventure with a lovely meal and a fiery dram of the island’s whisky. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 3.5km/ 2.5 miles | Approx. 1-2 hours | Ascent 130m/426ft

    Day 5 – Depart Mull

    After breakfast, bid farewell to Mull as you travel back to Craignure and hop on the ferry back to the mainland. Upon arrival, your guide will transfer you back to the train station in Oban so you may begin your journey home. (B)

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    Accommodation Read More

    We will be based in private accommodation, beautifully located on the tip of the Ross of Mull Peninsula. The accommodation has a modern and nautical feel, with a wood-burning stove in the centre of the main living area. Comfortable bed space across 6 en-suite rooms, a modern kitchen and hot tub make it a relaxing place to return to after a day of walking.

    Meals Read More

    This trip is ‘All Inclusive’ meaning all meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 5 are provided.

    The accommodation team will keep us well fed with freshly prepared cooked breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals using local produce. Included dinners are two courses as standard. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 4 nights accommodation in private accommodation with hot showers, wood-burning stove, fully equipped kitchen, lounge and drying room
    • All meals, from lunch on Day 1 until breakfast on Day 5
    • (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Oban
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace, and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet/450 m. Distances will be typically 8-10 km, but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    Your Guide will meet you at Oban Railway Station by the fixed seating area at 11:30 am on Day 1 of your trip.

    The trip will conclude at Oban Railway Station at 12:00 pm on the final day of the trip.

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    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Green Graded Walking Holidays

    Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 review of Winter – Mull & Iona



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    That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.


    Cathryn Oldmixon

    Reviewed on 02/04/2024

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: USA
    Trip Date: 23/03/2024
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Overall great experience. Everything is totally planned and all you need to do is show up (and be prepared to hike!) I will definitely be returning for another Wilderness Scotland trip in the future.

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