Pre-Parliament Tour to Mull and Iona (19-21 July 2023)

by Kevin John Tolmie

A Pre-Parliament Tour has been arranged to the islands of Mull and Iona. The tour will begin on Wednesday 19 July with registration aboard the morning CalMac ferry from Oban to Craignure, Mull. You will need to arrange your own ferry passage. A coach will meet you at Craignure. The tour ends on Friday 21 July when you are returned by coach to Craignure for the return afternoon ferry to Oban. Note that there are two other ferry routes off the island. Other details remain to be finalised but the outline itinerary is set out below. It will be of a smaller scale than the 2018 tour to Harris and Lewis. Accommodation has been booked in the Isle of Mull Hotel for thirty Clansfolk.

We have invited the Chief of the MacLeans of Duart to be our guest for a formal dinner on Wednesday 19th July. It is hoped that one of our Chiefs will also be able to attend. As at previous pre-parliament tours Clansfolk can express interest in attending some elements independently although this may be limited by the size of venues. An option for Clansfolk is to dine again in the Isle of Mull Hotel Bistro on 20th July. This could be together as a group but at your own expense.

The Tour cost of £425 per person includes two nights’ accommodation in the four-star Isle of Mull Hotel, dinner on 19th July, coach travel, ferry from Mull to Iona, and all admissions – Iona Abbey, Duart Castle, etc. I will be leading the tour assisted by my wife, Wilma. We look forward to you joining us. Online booking for the tour is expected to be available early in the new year. If you have questions, please do contact me via Also look out for updated information on

  Wed 19.07 Thu 20.07 Fri 21.07
Morning Make you own way to the Isle of Mull ferry Coach to Fhionnphort. Ferry to Iona. Guided tour of Abbey. Visit to Ardalanish weavers. Including facility to eat packed lunch
Lunch On board Packed lunch Packed lunch
Registration On board    
Afternoon Arrive Craignure. Coach pick-up. Visit Duart Castle. Onward to IoM Hotel. Late registration. Walking tour of island. Return to Fhionnphort. Coach to Craignure MacQuarrie Memorial and Tobermory. Onward to Craignure. Late afternoon ferry to Oban
Dinner Formal with MacLean Chief as guest Informal by own arrangement  
Evening Entertainment Talk