OK, so I’ve traveled with Rabbie’s for several tours now and Magical Mull was one of my favorites! First off, James was a terrific guide and driver, and we were blessed with a fabulous group of fellow travelers from ALL over the place: America, the UK, Moscow, and Germany. You’re only as good as your group and your tour guide, and we were VERY lucky!
The tour itself was great, and visiting Tobermory was something I’ve always wanted to do. Great B and B as well, but what NO ONE tells you is that all of the B and Bs are located up an almost vertical set of roads. If you’re not in anything but tip-top shape, best not forget anything before heading down, otherwise your heart may just explode inside your chest. Who wants that? So messy!
Mull is indescribably beautiful, and visiting Iona and Staffa was an added thrill. Staffa is NOT for the faint-of-heart, but to sit among the puffins—and as the boat guide said, “Sit and wait—they’ll come to you!” Which they did. 100 tourists, sitting in rapt silence, all you hear is the wind and the flapping of small wings—folks, it doesn’t get much more “magical” than that. I promise.
There is much to see, historically, as well, from Iona Abbey to the magnificent standing stones near Kilmartin Glen, visited in teeming rain, which only added to the mystery.
Thanks again, James and Rabbie’s, for providing David and me with such a memorable trip!
Hi John! Greetings from Australia. I loved your report about your trip to Mull/Iona/Staffa. Like you, I also have been on a few Rabbies tours and thats why I booked on my next one coming up in 5 weeks time. On one of these tours we did get to Mull (Tobermory is lovely) but unfortunately due to the weather conditions couldnt get to Iona/Staffa. (the boat captain actually said - I can get you there, but I may not be able to get you back)..so we missed out. Hoping that this trip I will get out there - not sure about Staffa as depending on the weather - I would love to see Puffins in person this time too!
My tour is a 17 day tour of the outer hebrides which includes mull, orkneys, skye, harris/lewis and Islay. going to try and pack light as my bags will be full of whisky afterward visiting the distilleries..haha.
Thanks again for your report.
Rachel H Rachel Hopkins