From the comfort of our Cabin RIBs
The quick, easy and efficient transport from the Scottish mainland direct to the iconic Iona Abbey, Staffa and the Puffin colony. Travel time by RIB from Easdale to Iona is just 75 minutes. We offer a full wildlife commentary throughout the journey.
PRICES - ADULTS £80 and CHILDREN £59 - Family discount prices are available, please contact us for more information. Please note, we require minimum passenger numbers to confirm our trips - we will inform you when your trip has reached the required passenger numbers.
Departing Easdale at 09:45hrs we head straight to Iona where you get 2.5 hours on land to explore and enjoy this wonderful island. Either take a picnic or visit one of the many cafes or restaurants. We then re-board our RIB and head over to Staffa (non-landing) and, if the sea conditions allow, the skipper will nudge the boat into Fingal's cave. If the puffins are still around (they tend to depart late July) we will visit the colony before heading back to Easdale via the south coast of Mull, viewing the Carsaig arches and arriving back at around 16:30hrs.
Visit Iona Abbey, linked with St Columba, with ample time ashore to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Iona is recognised as one of the most important Christian sites in Argyll, Scotland and indeed the UK. Iona was founded in 563 AD by St Columba, an Irish monk who spread Christianity throughout the western isles and Scotland. Not the first Christian monk in the area but St Columba is considered the most influential person in the early Christian calendar. A visit to the famous and now restored Abbey is a must. Our boat arrives at Iona jetty before the main influx of daily tourists from Oban. This allows you ample time for relaxed viewing of the Abbey and surrounding historical sites.
Fingal's cave was visited by many famous people of the Victorian era including Mendelssohn who, after his visit, wrote his Hebridean Overture. The spectacular basalt columns are best seen from the sea, so we do not land on Staffa but take the opportunity to visit to the Puffin colony at the north-west area of the island of Staffa (before they head offshore). These comical birds with their brightly coloured beaks are a delight to view during their breeding season.
Seafari operates two cabin RIBs on this tour. They are similar vessels to our open RIBs as they comfortably cruise at 25 knots. They are built in our own dedicated workshops with the same care and attention to detail as our other boats. They have twin engines and comfortable seating. The major difference is the cabin which provides shelter to passengers during the journey.
We do not provide waterproofs for this trip as the boat we use has a cabin to offer protection from the elements however we still recommend taking warm clothes. All our passengers must wear a lifejacket whilst on the boat - our lifejackets have crotch straps so trousers are more suitable than skirts.
Please email or phone 01852 300003 for the latest information.