6 Scenic Walks on Mull and Iona

The Oban Three Isles Tour: Visit Mull, Iona and Staffa in a Day

You don’t have to head out to far-flung places to enjoy a Hebridean island adventure in Argyll & the Isles. The Islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa are all within day-trip distance of Oban and can easily be visited together. Each of these magical islands offers something different, from the sandy beaches of Mull to the fascinating history of Iona, to the basalt caves of Staffa. Look out for wildlife, including dolphins, basking sharks and sea eagles, as you travel between these three isles.

Want to see all three within a day? Book the Three Isles Tour, operated by West Coast Tours, departing directly from Oban. Sit back and relax whilst an expert guide takes you on a tour of the three island.


Visit Mull, Iona & Staffa in a Day!

Journey through the stunning scenery of the Isle of Mull, delve into the ancient history of Iona then onto the unique Isle of Staffa to see the geological wonders of Fingal’s Cave and, until early August, the opportunity to see its nesting puffins.

The Three Isles Tour, operated by West Coast tours, departs daily from Oban Ferry Terminal, crossing the Firth of Lorn to Craignure on Mull where you join your coach. Here's what you can expect from the journey. 

Stop 1: Mull

For many visitors to the West Coast of Scotland, a trip to Mull is a highlight of their holiday. This wonderful island has everything: great beaches, magnificent castles and vibrant cultural life. If you love getting active in the great outdoors you’re in for a treat in Mull, with great walking, cycling and kayaking on offer. Mull also has Ben More, the only Munro on the Inner Hebrides.

On the coach journey, you’ll hear fascinating commentary about the beautiful scenery you’re traveling through and the history of the island. The route through Mull is via Glen More to Fionnphort where you board the ferry for the Isle of Staffa.

Stop 2: Staffa

Staffa lies five miles southwest of Mull.  This dramatic, uninhabited island is best known for its magnificent basalt columns and spectacular sea caves. Go ashore to see the famous Fingal’s Cave, also known as An Uamh Binn (Cave of Melody), which inspired Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. 

You have approx. 1 hour on the island to spot puffins and explore the breathtaking scenery before heading on your third ferry journey of the day towards Iona.

Stop 3: Iona

Dreamy Iona sits off the southwestern-most tip of Mull. The passenger-only ferry from Fionnphort on Mull to Iona takes just 10 minutes. The island is only 1.5 miles wide by 3 miles long, so it’s small enough to explore on foot. Set out to discover beautiful bays, panoramic views and historic sites. Iona is the birthplace of Celtic Christianity.

Iona Abbey, just a short walk from the ferry, is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred places. The abbey was founded by St Columba and his Irish followers and became the heart of the early Scottish church. The Augustinian Nunnery is an equally peaceful place. Afterwards, take a stroll to St Columba’s Bay at the south end of Iona. It’s believed to be the place where St Columba and his fellow monks landed on Iona in 563.

After approx. 2 hours on Iona, you'll make your journey back to Oban via Mull. 

After a packed day of adventure, Oban will welcome you with plenty of places to eat, drink and relax!