Out on the edge with St Donan- The Small Isles

Varying length stays ON THE SMALL ISLES

COST from £375 INCLUDES FERRIES, with discounts of groups of 3 or more. EXCLUDES ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS/DRINK

The voyage to the Small Isles is an experience of casting off and getting away from it all. The scenery and sense of space is truly exceptional with the mountainous Isle of Rum forming a magnificent backdrop. The small isles aren’t that frequented and therefore the pace of life is laid back. This compact region has a surprising contrast of scenery from wild mountains to gentle green islands, all superbly set off and isolated by the moody Atlantic. This is why this tour is called ‘Out on the Edge’. The ‘St Donan’ title is included as Eigg was the island Donan chose to establish his ‘colony of heaven’, an early Christian community which paid the ultimate sacrifice when Donan and his 52 companions were martyred by Picts.

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'Out on the Edge with St Donan' has 3 options;

 3-day -  4-day  -  4-day inc Canna

 

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The Three Day Trip & Trek

Day 1 – Sunday

-        Depart Glasgow 09:30 north to Loch Lomond and towards Oban to follow the east coast of Loch Linnhe northwards to the Corran ferry.

-        Travel across Morven to see the stunning setting of Castle Tioram with a walk along the tree fringed shores of the sea loch. Grading: Moderate along some boggy paths. Distance 5.5kms. Height: 150m

-        Onto Arisaig for a walk along the white sandy shores

-        Onto accommodation and evening meal.

Day 2 - Monday

-        Take the 10:15 ferry either direct to Eigg, or stay on board for a truly inspiring cruise around mountainous Rum and on to the outlying and remote island of Canna and back to Eigg. Note that although the ferry briefly docks at Rum and Canna, we won’t be able to go ashore. The ferry has a café that serves food and is warm and comfortable.

-        Arrive on Eigg at 16:10 and on to accommodation. There are plenty of good walks and a host of attractions.

-        Excursions can include climbing up the iconic An Sgurr peak - a fine rocky peak, the remnants of a lava vent from the volcanic heart on neighbouring Rum. From its summit there are sensational panoramic views across the Hebridean seas to the neighbouring isles and the mountainous mainland. Other options include trekking down to the massacre cave and other caves; ponder among the Celtic ruins where early Christians were martyred by Picts.

-        The island has cafes, a pub and a restaurant to choose from.

-        Time to do one of the walks listed before evening meal.

Day 3 - Tuesday

-        Time for another walk before departing at 13:00 with possible options from the list on day 1.

-        Arrive Mallaig at 15:30 via Muck.

-        Stop off at Glenfinnan 16:30 to visit the Jacobite monument at the head of Loch Shiel in a stunning location and see the viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter films. Photo stop for a church in what has to be a top contender for the most beautiful church setting of anywhere in Scotland.

-        Journey back to Glasgow (arriving 20:30) via Glencoe including a stop and a stroll to the Falls of Falloch. Grading: easy along well made paths. Distance 0.6kms. Height 10m

Arrive Glasgow at 20:30

St Donan’s ruined monastery, ponder the past among these Celtic ruins of these early pioneers and their mass massacre: Grading: Moderate with some cross country walking. Distance 4kms Height: 50m

An Sgurr peak for sensational panoramic views across the Hebridean seas to the neighbouring isles and mountainous mainland. Grading: Moderate to difficult, but largely moderate with a rock scramble to an airy rocky summit with big drops. Distance: 8kms    Altitude: 403m

Massacre Caves: a trek down to go inside this cave and Cathedral cave and learn the history of how it acquired these names: Grading: moderate to difficult with a steep scramble down to the cliffs, but otherwise easy. Distance: 5kms   Height: 160m

Singing sands: Grading: easy. Distance: 14kms (or hire a taxi for a 1km walk to the Singing sands and a 7km walk back.  Height: 140m both directions.

Cost £375 includes ferries. Discounts on groups of 3 or more (see 'Buy' tab). Excludes accommodation and food/drink. Accommodation will be booked by us in a good standard of B&B or inn and will be paid by you direct to the provider. As it will depend upon availability at the time of booking, accommodation prices vary and so we recommend you budget around £95 for 2 people sharing a room. Single supplements are available but these vary widely from between £50-85 per person. We will quote you the exact amount once we've made a provisional enquiry with the accommodation provider. 


4 days Out on the Edge with St Donan - 2 nights on Eigg

 

Cost £430 with discounts of groups of 3 or more (see 'Buy' tab). Includes ferries, but excludes accommodation and meals.

A more relaxed approach with the opportunity to cover Eigg in detail and at a gentler pace.

Tours leave on Monday from Glasgow at 09:30

 

Day 1 – Monday

Depart Glasgow at 09:30 north to Loch Lomond and towards Oban to follow the very fine east coast of Loch Linnhe northwards to the Corran ferry.

Travel across on the ferry to Morven and drive to see the stunning setting of Castle Tioram.

Walk along the tree fringed shores of the sea loch and over the hills to loop back to the start. Grading: Moderate along some boggy paths. Distance 5.5kms. Height: 150m

Walk along a sandy beach at Arisaig.

Onto accommodation and evening meal at the inn.

 

Day 2 –  Tuesday

10:15 dep from Mallaig on the ferry to Eigg arriving at destination 12:45 via Isle of Muck

Onto accommodation for a 2 day/2 night stay.

Time to do a walk or two as listed at the end of this itinerary.

 

Over Days 2 & 3

Do all of the recommended walks below at a chilled pace.

 

Day 4 – Thursday

Thurs: 11:40 dep Eigg – via Muck – Eigg 13:15 – Arrive in Mallaig at 14:30. Or time for another walk before departing at 13:15 from the possible options below.

Stop off at Glenfinnan 15:15 to visit the Jacobite monument at the head of Loch Shiel in a stunning location and see the viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter films. Option to view the Jacobite exhibition in the visitor centre (cost £3.50 adult). Photo stop for a church in the most beautiful setting of anywhere in Scotland.

Journey back to Glasgow via Glencoe including a stop and a stroll to the Falls of Falloch. Grading: easy along well made paths. Distance 0.6kms. Height 10m

Arrive in Glasgow at 20:00

The Walks on Eigg:

St Donan’s ruined monastery, ponder the past among these Celtic ruins of these early pioneers and their mass massacre: Grading: Moderate with some cross country walking. Distance 4kms Height: 50m

An Sgurr peak for sensational panoramic views across the Hebridean seas to the neighbouring isles and mountainous mainland. Walk grading: Moderate to difficult, but largely moderate with a rock scramble to an airy rocky summit with big drops. Distance: 8kms    Altitude: 403m

Massacre Caves: a trek down to go inside this cave and Cathedral cave and learn the history of how it acquired these names: Grading: moderate to difficult with a steep scramble down to the cliffs, but otherwise easy. Distance: 5kms   Height: 160m

Singing sands: Grading: easy. Distance: 14kms (or hire a taxi for a 1km walk to the Singing sands and a 7km walk back.  Height: 140m both directions.

COST: £430 includes ferries but excludes accommodation and food/drink. Discounts available for groups of 3+ Accommodation will be booked by us in a good standard of B&B or inn and will be paid by you direct to the provider. As it will depend upon availability at the time of booking, accommodation prices vary and so we recommend you budget around £95 for 2 people sharing a room. Single supplements are available but these vary widely from between £50-85 per person. We will quote you the exact amount once we've made a provisional enquiry with the accommodation provider. 

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4 days Out on the Edge with St Donan - one night on Canna & 2 nights on Eigg

Cost £570 with discounts for groups of 3+. Includes ferries and one night in caravan, but excludes other accommodation and meals/drink.

Day 1 – Friday - Departs Glasgow at 08:00

Depart Glasgow at 08:00 north to Loch Lomond, through Glencoe, up to Fort William and on to the final stretch of the ‘Road to the Isles’.

Sail from Mallaig at 12:35 for a voyage to the isles of Eigg, Rum and arriving at isolated Canna at 15:00 for an overnight stay on this tranquil island. As this island is remote and sparsely populated, the only B&B has a limitation of 2 nights minimum, so we will be self-catering for our first night in a caravan. A meal will be brought and is included in the cost.

Excursions here include walking over the bridge to St Edward’s church on the neighbouring island of Sanday; visiting the Celtic ruins and engraved stones. Enjoy the deep sense of peace in a community that has a police presence only twice a year and boasts of an unmanned shop with an honesty box. Grading: Easy. For the longest walk to St Edwards – Distance: 3.75kms   Height gained: 10m

 

Day 2 - Saturday

The onward voyage departs Canna at 10:15 and sails around the Isle of Rum onto the Isle of Muck for disembarking passengers only and sails again for our final destination of Eigg, arriving at 12:35

Settle in accommodation and go for a walk (see the choice to choose from at the end of the itinerary).

 

Day 3 - Sunday

A complete day on Eigg with time to see all the attractions listed at the end of this itinerary, and still time to chill out. Could also go to the café, pub and shop near the pier, or to the community centre in the old manor house which serves meals and sometimes holds markets.  

Evening meal at the NW end of Eigg in a setting that often provides a great sunset with the rugged mountains of Rum in silhouette.

 

Day 4 - Monday

Still with most of the day on Eigg, chance to complete the rest of the walks and things you want to see and do.

Depart on 16:25 ferry direct to the mainland, arriving at Mallaig at 17:40

Stop off at Glenfinnan to visit the Jacobite monument at the head of Loch Shiel in a stunning location and see the viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter films. Photo stop for a church in the most beautiful setting of anywhere in Scotland.

Journey back to Glasgow via Glencoe

Arrive Glasgow at 22:00

Walks on Eigg:

St Donan’s ruined monastery: Grading: Moderate with some cross country walking. Distance 4kms Height: 50m

An Sgurr. Walk grading: Moderate to difficult, but largely moderate with a rock scramble to an airy rocky summit with big drops. Distance: 8kms    Altitude: 403m

Massacre Caves: Grading: moderate to difficult with a steep scramble down to the cliffs, but otherwise easy. Distance: 5kms   Height: 160m

Singing sands: Grading: easy. Distance: 14kms (or hire a taxi for a 1km walk to the Singing sands and a 7km walk back.  Height: 140m both directions.

COST: £570 with discounts for groups of 3+. Includes ferries and first night in a caravan but excludes accommodation on Eigg and food/drink. Accommodation will be booked by us in a good standard of B&B or inn and will be paid by you direct to the provider. As it will depend upon availability at the time of booking, accommodation prices vary and so we recommend you budget around £95 for 2 people sharing a room. Single supplements are available but these vary widely from between £50-85 per person. We will quote you the exact amount once we've made a provisional enquiry with the accommodation provider. 

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